Creating true wellness in our lives has so many aspects to it. Wellness is not just about the food we eat, exercising or taking supplements. Wellness begins in our spirit. True wellness begins when we make the decision that we are ready to align ourselves with health, when we become willing to do what it takes to align with our true nature. Our physical dis-ease acts as our teacher. Many lessons come to us through our physical ailments. Our physical ailments can act as our guide to show us what our spirit needs, what our lives are lacking or which direction we are to go. My chronic constipation, as frustrating as it has been, led me to my calling of helping others create wellness, freedom and joy in their lives. You never know where it's leading.
I believe in emotional causes to physical ailments so when we work with your health, we look at your food choices but we also look at other factors in your life that may be at play. For example, when a person struggles with anxiety, the first place we start is with food and supplements but we also begin looking at how one can become more secure and grounded in their lives. What are the triggers, what's underneath and which new structures can be added to loosen the grip and begin a new story.
The level of our wellness is affected by the thoughts we think every day, the emotions we experience, the beliefs we buy into, the people we keep around us, and by choices we make on a daily basis. Our wellness is also affected by how connected we feel to others, by how much we tap into our creativity, the quality of our breath, how well we manage our energy, and so much more!
Wellness is a journey! It doesn't happen overnight. When it comes to our health (or anything else for that matter), we want immediate results. We want it now. People will try something for a week and they don't see immediate results or they "fall off the wagon" and get so discouraged that they give up all together. But the truth is the most important aspect of true wellness is your commitment. When we commit to aligning with health, we realize that there will be bends in the road and there will be struggle and it may take time to get where we are going or to find the right things that work for us but we just keep steering back onto the path and trust in the process and the learning that goes right along with it.
I've strayed several months to a year or two at a time from my wellness path. When I first heard of a gluten allergy, I was on an airplane traveling for work. It was a long flight and I had been talking to a girl next to me for the entire ride. At some point, I mentioned my struggle with constipation and all of the things I had gone through trying to get to the bottom of it. She said that her mom was just diagnosed with Celiac. When she said that word, I got a strong hit in my gut. I went home and researched it and found out that if this were true, I would have to eliminate wheat/gluten all together. Back then, you couldn't buy gluten free food, not many people had even heard of it and there was no support available. So I ignored that information at the time and kept going. It wasn't until my daughter came along and began struggling with her gut that I knew it was time I made the stand and made the necessary changes in our diets. And that doesn't mean that we've done it perfectly every day since then. But if we find ourselves off course, we just start steering back. And each time you steer yourself back, your wellness path becomes easier and easier to find. And one day you find yourself feeling great, not because you did it perfectly but because you committed and carved out a new path for yourself.
When I work with people, I start where they are. I can work on whichever level you need the most help. Some people know they need to make a change but have no idea where to begin. I can help you create an action plan. Some people have the information they need and are not sure how to apply it. I can come to your house and SHOW you how to make recipes or offer delicious recipes within your framework. We can do whatever you feel you need to start taking action. Some people are eating healthy and are still not seeing the changes they want to see. We can dig deeper into other aspects of your life that may be standing in your way. I will help you work through your stuck areas so you get into the flow of your wellness journey and discover whatever it is your body is trying to teach you!
Jenny has observed my struggle with food, digestive issues, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain brought on by fibromyalgia. She suggested that if I would consider adjusting my diet, I may see remarkable results in other areas of my life too. Well, it took me a while to process this but I finally decided that she may have a point, so I scheduled a consultation with her. She spent time going over my history with food, including my physical and psychological experiences, such as my joints hurting worse when I eat potatoes and that I have uncontrollable cravings for cereal or sweets around 10 p.m. every single night. (When I say uncontrollable, I mean, it was virtually impossible to deny the challenge to sabotage myself!)
When I left my appointment, I felt armed with a solid understanding of what my food choices were doing to me. I also left with a packet full of information, including some great recipes and a feeling of empowerment! I felt that I could actually make these positive changes and that it was actually going to work for me! Within 1 week of following her recommendations, my joint pain was pretty much gone! Upon waking, I was alert and excited, and the dread of those first morning steps all but disappeared. I was energetic; the world just seemed to be a brighter and more positive place! I know it sounds crazy that simply eating different foods can be that life-changing but I can tell you first-hand that it’s true! I can’t thank Jenny enough for her support and expertise. - SLG