One thing that has been abundant in my life lately is the there is not a “Right Way” to take care of yourself. Yes, sure there are guidelines by many institutions and schools of thought on how someone should take care of themselves. However, I am a firm believer in listening to your body and it’s needs. Just because something works for one person does not mean that it will work for you.
I have two amazing friends that have branched out and started their own company called “The Thrive Effect”. These two amazing human beings are battling autoimmune diseases with an holistic approach to their care. They believe in not only what is put into your body (whole foods, balanced nutrients and vitamins) but your mental and emotional well-being too. These girls are wonderful, kind, and caring human beings and I can not wait to see what they accomplish and learn from them. They started this journey because western medicine was not what they wanted to fill their bodies with. They are on little to no medication and work to thrive with their diseases. Is every day a picnic in the park? NOPE, but they listen to what their body is telling them. If they need modern medicine, sure use it! If they need a day of rest, they take it. They are working to build a community around this mindset and it’s truly an amazing feat!
I, myself, have had my own life lessons. I do not have an autoimmune disease but I work very hard to listen to my body. I see a chiropractor and I have for 10+ years, I see my PCP once a year for a physical, and I also practice a holistic approach to my life.
I focus on eating foods that will fuel my body, give it nutrients. I take nutritional supplements with the knowledge that I do not take in as much as I should or could. I have cut out a lot of processed sugar from my diet and I have quite literally trained myself to want water, fruits, and veggies. I very rarely binge eat anymore and if I do I have a portion and then most often don’t want it again for a six months to a year.
I am not saying The Thrive Effect girls or myself have it all put together. We don’t, I know we don’t, but we listen to what our bodies need. Am I saying that I deny myself if I want McDonald’s? Nope! Do I feel guilty if I want ice cream? Nope! I recognize that it’s okay and it’s not the “wrong way” to provide for my body if I enjoy those things.
I also make sure I try and take the time to recognize what is good for myself. I was working out three times a week over the last six months, in the last few weeks not only did I start a new job but my school semester started and I am now taking two classes on top of full time work, blogging, family, and my relationship. I know many people do this type or workload in varying degrees and sometimes much more. However, for myself the balance wasn’t there to work out. I allowed myself to let it go and I am focusing on my yoga practice.
My yoga practice helps me unwind and let go of the stresses. I didn’t feel the need to wake up early or throw in the time at the end of the day to complete a workout that would drain any energy I had left. Yoga helps my body unwind, relax, and recharge for the next items to come.
My mom has always said “There is no right or wrong way, there is only the way that is best for you.” As you finish reading this please take that thought with you, don’t think that what somebody else is doing is the right way and that you have to do it too. Listen to your body, your wants and your needs.
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