I’ve been sleeping until 12pm or 1pm most days this month. And I’m exhausted when I wake up – and not because I’m not getting enough sleep (I’ve been logging a solid 8-10 hours per night). My skin also looks terrible, I’ve been experiencing more and more headaches, my eyes feel strained, my back is bothering me, my entire body feels tense… the list of health annoyances goes on and on. The worst part is that I know what I need to do to heal some of these issues – I’ve known it for many months: I need to change my diet.
About a year ago, a friend introduced me to the concept of the Ketogenic Diet (a diet that is high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in – only complex! – carbs. As soon as she told me about it, I had an intuitive nudge that this diet would help with healing my body in various ways. But I’ve put it off this long because it is such a restrictive diet, and the idea behind it is to go on it and stay on it. What can I say? I’m Italian, and I love my simple carbs…
However, my body is starting to cry out in protest. It’s time to make the switch. I’m finally at that breaking point that it takes so many people to get to before they finally feel compelled to make some sort of change.
Why do we torture ourselves with our problems? Why do we insist on allowing things to reach a breaking point? How come we can’t just make the changes we see need to be made as soon as a problem presents itself? I suppose sometimes it’s difficult to believe in the possibility of healing/thriving, when we’re viewing it from the feargrounds of familiarity and/or finances. That’s why we continue eating foods that manifest diseases, and stay in jobs that make us want to pull out our hair, and remain in relationships that no longer serve us.
It takes a breaking point.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a new client say to me, “I’m at my wit’s end with this animal!” or “I’ve tried absolutely everything. You’re my last hope!” (Way to put pressure on a girl…) As a holistic practitioner, I’ve learned to accept that this is the reality of the alternative medicine field in general. People turn to holistic modalities when they have nowhere else to go. True healing takes work – and oftentimes a lot of it. Regardless as to whether you’re trying to heal yourself or your pet, you have to be willing to try different (and unconventional) approaches, and keep your mind open. Sadly, most people who love their pets prioritize their animals’ healing better than they prioritize their own. When it comes to animals, we will try unconventional approaches before we try them for ourselves. (On the flip side, this can be a really wonderful thing, because many people begin exploring their own holistic options after seeing how well their animals respond.)
People often avoid their own healing because they don’t want to do the work. Some people don’t want to face their emotions. Others don’t want to give up their lofty pay checks. Or their mediocre sex. I don’t want to stop eating popcorn. Or risotto. Or chocolate. (*Drool…*)
But I do want to heal. The truth is, deep down, we all want to. Most of us just need a good push. And if we don’t resist those little pushes that precursor the big one… then we don’t have to deal with the health crises, or the mental breakdowns, etc. When we pay attention to the signs, and follow what our hearts and our bodies are trying to communicate, there is happiness and prosperity and healthfulness waiting for us. You have to climb the rainbow first if you want to slide into that pot of gold.
That is something that I’m finally ready to work for. Are you?