DSC02914Have you ever had those times when you felt sick and tired of being sick and tired? That was me back in 2004. I felt exhausted all the time. I had body aches like a truck had run over me – twice. I couldn’t think of words to finish sentences. It was awful. After some blood testing in 2006, my natural health doctor discovered the reason for my troubles. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. The disease attacks my thyroid. I decided it was time to take a new approach to getting well. It was time to go the natural route. I gave up the foods that triggered my disease – namely gluten and dairy. Making changes is difficult without guidance and support. It’s easy to fall back into old habits and eating habits unless you have someone to keep you accountable. The mind is the first thing that has to change. The motivation has to be there. My motivation was to feel good again.

Change is not an overnight shift. It’s taking baby steps every day, every week, every month to become healthy again. The body wants to heal. It has to have the right environment to do so. It matters what we eat; what we do and even what we think. Our bodies are complicated. The mind, body and soul all play a part in health. When one part suffers, all parts suffer. My favorite scripture verse for changing the mindset is 1 Corinthians 6:12: “Everything is permissible for me – but not everything is beneficial.” Finding the things that are beneficial for healing is the key. We are all different; my poison is different from yours.

It took me a few weeks to see a big difference in the way that I felt. But it has been the long range approach to realize that I have added life to my years. I feel better today than I did when I was in my thirties! Life change can happen. It is all possible and doable. With my diagnosis, I found a passion to help others heal and recover their vitality.

In 2009, I decided to take the next step in my new passion. I went to and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Health in New York City. It was one of the best decisions I could have made. Many good things came from that decision; like beginning to write. I have found another passion in blogging, writing health-inspired newsletters and even books (my second is coming out soon!).

2006 was the year when my path changed completely with a new focus and a new hope. Could this year be yours?