I think that most people that hit this blog will have said those magic words: “There’s got to be a better way”. They recognize they don’t feel well, they are frustrated with the medical system, doctors make them feel like they are “going crazy”, they have been told the words “there is nothing wrong with you” or they have a loved one that they want to help.
I can honestly say that my journey contains all of those.
I look back at my teens, my 20s, my 30s, and my 40s with awe. In my teens, I probably ate fairly good. Growing up on a farm, I remember having to make our own butter and cottage cheese. I had chores feeding pigs and milking cows. All in all, the “germs” that I accumulated were probably pretty good.
In spite of that, however, I always was just a little bit overweight. Just a bit, but I noticed it was always more than my friends, or more than the popular girls in school.
Fast forward to my 20s, where alcohol and refined carbs and restaurant food becomes the priority. It was much easier to eat nachos and beer for supper rather than cook a home based meal. I never really gave a lot of thought to where my food came from, or if it was healthy or not.
The late 20s and early 30s was much the same, except now I was a mom. I shudder to think of what I fed my daughter….apple juice, fast food takeout, all the while having a cigarette in the kitchen while I cooked….and how it changed her genes forever. In fact…I don’t really even want to talk about it here….(shudder).
Then my late 30s hit and 40s hit, and I started to be very unhappy with my weight. My daughter had a health issue which drove me to natural medicine, and I started to make different choices. I cut out milk and bread for a while. I tried to unsuccessfully lose weight. I started to read anatomy and nutrition books for fun. I saw a naturopath for issues instead of a doctor. I began to get educated. I tried to cook differently.
However, through all that, I can honestly say the pounds kept coming on and I don’t think I made better nutrition choices. I never really “got it”. Never bit the bullet and made the hard choices.
I didn’t understand that I needed to stick to it for MONTHS to notice big changes….not two weeks.
Now in my late 40s, life is very different. However, I had to get sick for it to happen.
So, are you:
What is the journey in your life? Where are you at? Are you just reading? Discovering? Thinking there must be a different way?
Are you trying to solve a problem? Trying to find answers? Trying to find a community, or someone that thinks in a way that resonates with you?
Are you frustrated with the information out there? Confused about where to start? Confused about what you should be doing and what you shouldn’t?
Don’t worry: that is COMPLETELY normal when you first start trying to find a way OTHER than the medical system.
If you are typical, you will jump on social media and try to find a group to join, or an icon to follow.
I did that, too.
Just this morning, I unsubscribed from a vegans and vegetarians group on Facebook that I have followed for some time (which prompted this blog). Keeping in mind I am a vegetarian (and a vegan for a short period), I found that the extremism of some people in that group really set me on a negative tone. The attitude of some of the people there blew my mind, and they pass along their judgement. What was meant to be support for my journey ended up poisoning my mind.
Which brings me to the point of this blog.
The journey to health and wellness, holistic, nourishing eating may be a slow journey for you or a fast one. But it is YOUR journey.
THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG. You may try different eating styles or diets. You may listen from afar, or dig right in and try everything. Your life will be full of naysayers that tell you to stop, or that you aren’t doing it right, or will pass along their ethical judgments on you.
Your journey should encompass healthy eating. It should encompass talking to the correct professionals (medical, naturopaths, healers).
And it must encompass spiritual and supportive mind, body, and spiritual practices.
This is YOUR journey. May it be as enriched as you need it to be.
SO WHEN SHOULD I GO NATURAL:
In short, every individual journey is COMPLETELY different. We believe that everybody should go natural at some point, as it has a place in every single human body. Most people go natural when they get sick, but it’s absolutely in your best interest to go natural before that. But do it at your own pace! Don’t let the criticisms or peer pressure of others influence you. Do what you need to do and in your own time.
More than anything, surround yourself with people who will support you. Build a tribe that will help you along your journey.
And if you ever need help or advice, we are here exactly for that! The Plants Dance Community is intended to provide a safe place for people from all walks of life. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.