|“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”–Robert Frost|
Yesterday I shared with you some challenges I’ve had with pregnancy hormone/medication-induced weight gain paired with injuries and back pain; and some steps I have taken to overcome those challenges. Every path we take has different lessons to learn. These lessons, and how we learn them are important in shaping the people we ultimately become.
• Medications suck. They stay in your body and mess with it for a long time, even after you stop taking them. While I understand that some conditions absolutely require medication to manage them, if you have a disorder or chronic condition that can be successfully managed holistically and non-medically, I HIGHLY recommend you choose this path. Of course do not start or stop taking anything until you get the OK from your healthcare professional. If you don’t know if there is a non-medical way to manage your condition, ask some healthcare professionals and do some research.
• If your healthcare professional does not have the answers you are seeking, ask one who practices in a different modality of healthcare. For example, if you regularly see an MD, and nothing he or she tells you or gives you to take is helping, try seeing a naturopathic doctor (ND). It is likely that changing something in your diet or lifestyle could reduce or eliminate your symptom. Many people in Western society believe that MDs have all the answers and that there is no other way. That simply is not true.
• Reduce your exposure to chemicals and toxins. They can get inside your body in many different ways where they can build up, generate free radicals, and cause inflammation which leads to accelerated aging, weight gain, and several illnesses.
• Detoxification should be an ongoing effort. You can’t do a body wrap or cleansing plan for a couple of weeks and expect it to get rid of a lifetime’s amount of toxic build-up. You can use these tools to assist in detoxification, but the majority of your efforts should be constant through adequate hydration, physical activity, and proper nutrition.
• Don’t leave anything to chance or wait for change to come to you. While we sometimes encounter good luck, we cannot rely on it or live life waiting for it to strike. You have to live your own life. No one else can live it for you, nor should you want them to. Take responsibility and ownership of your own health and your own life and be proactive about facilitating change. Sure there are some things that are out of our control that we must surrender to, but for the most part we are in charge of ourselves, and we decide how our own lives play out.
• It gets better. We all have our ups and downs, and there are times when you know there is a light at the end of the tunnel…but the tunnel itself seems neverending. You will reach that light, you just have to take the appropriate steps to help yourself reach it.
Are you in a rut? Are you constantly tired? Do you get sick a lot? Has stress taken over? Are you surrounded by constant negativity or are you the reason for that negativity?
Stop blaming luck or fate or other people or even God and take a good look at yourself and the choices you have made that have led you to this point in your life. If you are not happy or are not well, then it is time to start making positive changes in different areas of your life.
Small changes add up and result in a big change. Make the decision to take the right path. It might not always be easy but it will always be worth it. I am not the person I was just a few years ago, and the people in my life have noticed. Not that I was a horrible, negative person…but I certainly could have made some wiser decisions. I just didn’t know that there was a better way to live. Now I know and I don’t ever want to go back.
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.