I'm not a big fan of conventional medicine. It has it's time and place, but I believe that in our desperate need to further technology we have lost sight of how amazing our body's are when allowed to heal naturally. Growing up, we didn't go to the doctor for well visits or colds or even the flu, we went when we were seriously ill. I honestly only remember three or four doctor's visits in eighteen years, two of which involved the nasty case of strep throat I had as a child, and I think the other two were mandated by the state for school purposes. That's why when my back issues started to come back, it never entered my mind to go to the doctor. What would my general practitioner do? Give me a muscle relaxer and an ice pack? The point seemed moot. Instead, I've been living with the pain and waiting to go see the chiropractor.
A few weeks ago I finally bit the bullet and decided to go back to the chiropractor. I've been dealing with some serious back pain, mainly in my lower back, which results in leg numbness and all around general discomfort, usually brought on by walking, carrying my baby, sitting, and standing. Which is unfortunate, since those things are non-optional for me.
After doing some research and reviewing prices, I decided to change from my chiropractor of four years to a completely new practice. Dr. Hollee of Crossroads Health Center does not just focus on the spine, but on the whole health. She is sweet and understanding, and a bowl full of knowledge. I was instantly impressed by her demeanor, and when she started testing my body I was shocked by the outcome. Dr. Hollee does muscle testing, which sounds totally weird at first. She had me raise up my arm and push up against her hand while she pushed various pressure points throughout my body. Places of weakness, such as my gallbladder, when touched with the slightest touch made it impossible for me to continue to keep my arm up against the slight touch of her hand. Honest to God, I wouldn't have believed it if it hadn't happened.
But it did. And through the muscle testing we were able to pinpoint my weaknesses. My body is currently running at 40%. My hips are slanted one direction, as are my shoulders, while my head is slanting differently. My gallbladder isn't functioning properly, which has contributed to the 30 pounds I gained in 8 months during my first year of marriage. I am 23 years old and my body is not working like it should.
And now it's time to fix that.
The first thing step:
Cutting out grains, potatoes, and corn.
Which sucks, by the way. As an Italian, my food groups are pasta, tomatoes, and bread. I literally eat carbs for breakfast, carbs for lunch, and carbs for dinner. I am a carb person. Or I was. I've had to completely revamp my diet. Instead of a bagel for breakfast, I do fruits or nuts or yogurt. Instead of pasta for lunch, I do chicken or veggies or soups. Instead of meat and rice for dinner, I've replaced my rice with cauliflower or broccoli.
It's really difficult to completely change your lifestyle. After two weeks of being grain-free, I decided to eat a quarter cup of pasta, you know, no big deal. Except it was. I had terribly stomach cramps, nausea, and my entire body felt heavy. It wasn't worth it, at all. Since then, I've been able to detect sneaky grains in my food based on my reaction after. I don't seem to have a big problem with corn or rice, but flour is like a body bomb. Gross.
The second step:
This means a small fortune paid out to the chiropractor. It kind of hurts my soul, but I need to able to function. I have to spread out my treatments more than I'd like to, and more than Dr. Hollee would like to, but we're making it work.
The third step:
Putting good stuff into my body to help it function, and to get rid of the bad stuff. There is a little bit of a challenge involved in this since I'm still breastfeeding, but Dr. Hollee is working with me to ensure that both my health and Anthony's health are secure.
The fourth step:
I know I need to do it, but haven't been because of my back issues. So I'm going to start doing yoga again, and maybe do a little running. Running surprisingly has little effect on my back. Make sense of that one.
The fifth step:
It's already started, and I'm definitely excited to see it continue. I didn't realize how bad it was, until my body started to work. It's actually kind of scary that I've been living like this for so long. I'm ecstatic to see how I improve upon further treatment.
What natural things are you doing to improve your lifestyle and body?
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