For quite sometime I have experienced some frequent health issues that have been built upon over the years. The first being that at about 16, I noticed that I would sweat in a cold room. I remember it beginning when I returned from a Caribbean Cruise I took with my family. I blamed it on re-acclimating myself to the dryer climate. At around 20, my nails started to flake. At the time, I was working for Starbucks so I attributed that to working with cleaning chemicals and using hot water on my hands all the time. At that same time, I noticed I was also getting stomach pains that were almost debilitating. These later flared up when I was 25 where I had to rush to the hospital because I thought my appendix was going to burst. But around 23, I experienced a lot of hormonal issues that were very in line with hypothyroidism.
I'm now 26 and decided enough was enough and decided to visit the best of the best MD's (well according to ZocDoc at least). I'm not one to go to the doctor and felt that one would not believe me. Even when I had visited the ER last year, the doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me and said "maybe" my pancreas was inflamed. From then I cut out a lot of sugar and went on to give up gluten and dairy... just so that I could uncover any hidden triggers. Still nothing changed! I explained this to my regular doctor (the best of the best I could find) and she decided we should run every common blood test possible. When I received my results, the only thing that came back abnormal was my white blood cell count. She attributed it to stress and said I was healthy. WTF.
You guys, I literally sobbed after the doctor told me that I was fine. Clearly, I was not. I started to question if it was all in my head, but I couldn't fully convince myself of this as my symptoms were SO real. I lived with this feeling of just knowing there was not something right in my body. I was speaking to one of my friends about my frustration. She recommended Eric Isen (http://www.ayurvedicintuitive.com/) because she was going through similar issues that could not be solved by Western Medicine. He is an intuitive healer, as in he has the gift to be able to "psychic-ly" see into your body. Crazy and sounds hokey, right? BUT keep reading.
So I sat down with Eric yesterday. He asked me what was going on. I mean, we sat for about 20 minutes discussing my issues. I even told him, "maybe it's all in my head! who knows!" trying to downplay the seriousness. After that, we meditated. (YES!) And that's where he uncovered my issue... I have a parasite/virus. He could literally see it in my body. EVERYTHING clicked. That explained my low white blood cell count- it's the #1 symptom for chronic infection, second to stress. My body is in fact quite sensitive to all the things I did cut out of my diet- sugar, dairy (except cheese, less lactose), and gluten. And the hormonal/stomach issues and odd sweating, are due to excess inflammation in my gut that hover my ovaries and kill my hormones. So it's not that I was low/high in my hormones, they just weren't traveling correctly. He told me the parasite/virus could have come from my family vacation OR possibly from the bad case of the chicken pox I had as a child. Instead of antibiotics, he recommended A LOT of tinctures (purified herbs) for 2 weeks where I will go through somewhat of a detoxification process as I kill this almost 10 year parasite! I just ordered them and will probably begin this 2 week process next week. I will definitely be posting about this afterward.
For the first time, I feel hopeful. I cannot wait to see the results of how well I really do take care of my body, rather than feeling like I have to work against it. If you want any of Eric's information, the website in this post will link you to him. His visits can be done over the phone, as well and are only $108.
I posted this #TBT picture sharing my journey from the hospitality industry to becoming a yoga instructor. I've been really surprised to receive a lot of messages from friends on Facebook and Instagram asking how I'm making a living off of being a yoga teacher aka a full-time hippy (lol jk) I decided I'd fully share my journey of this huge career transition and what has helped me find success!
Firstly, I never planned for this! Honestly when I gave my notice to my previous job in October 2016, I had no plan. I had a vague idea what my next step was. I was in such an unhappy position that not knowing was so much better than remaining where I was. I was absolutely terrified. I had just enrolled in grad school for Nutrition and figured I would begin yoga teacher training as a complimentary thing. I had debated the idea for 2 years and randomly came across a Corepower ad on Facebook. The program was 2 months and honestly I had only ever practiced at Corepower once or twice. However, something pushed me to respond to the "sign." I called their corporate number and enrolled over the phone, haha.
I remember the day I gave my notice. It was the day before I started my teacher training program- October 11th- and I told myself if "Landslide" comes on in class, I'm leaving. Well, I got in the class and the teacher's intention was about letting go and trusting to get the things we need...and then "Landslide" played. I cried...scratch that, no I BALLED the entire class. I woke up my husband when I got back home and told him "I'm doing it! I'm quitting!" (I want this to be emphasized- my husband was the biggest emotional support through this all. He was prepared for any disaster, as long as I was happy. Thankfully, no disasters occurred. I prayed way too much for all that ;))
You're probably wondering how horrible my old position was for me to feel not having a plan was better than staying there? Let's just say I cried everyday on the way to work, and would read inspirational quotes before I would get out of my car. I also started to initiate unnecessary arguments with my husband and drink so much from my lack of happiness. I had been in therapy for other personal issues and it soon became a safe haven from work. My therapist ended up diagnosing me with Work Related Depression and Anxiety. From such, despite me quitting, I was given the right to receive unemployment benefits. I had planned on returning to work ASAP but it was apparent that I needed to take advantage of the benefits available to me. I must have applied to an average of 2 jobs per day, and probably received a total of 3 call-backs. I'll be honest- I was a little embarrassed that at 25, I was on unemployment with no job in sight. However, sometimes you have to put your pride aside and just keep truckin'.
As soon as I graduated my teacher training program (December), I received my first teaching gig with Bloom Yoga, then on a whim I applied to LA Fitness and got hired, and then found a resort-style apartment complex seeking a teacher. Before I knew it, I had a class everyday. I always kept my eyes peeled on Indeed.com! I ended up finding a part time at-home position- I assist an owner with a club lacrosse team. From then, a friend of mine introduced me to the owner of Sojourn - the newest studio on my resume ;) where I'll also be assisting (aka hanging out lol) with anything and everything yoga!
I only have a year left of school so I'm excited to see how Nutrition will incorporate into all of this. Between my multiple teaching jobs and helping with Sojourn, I've managed to build my income back up to what I was making when I was working full time ...working no more than 30 hours! So why do I share this with you? The point is that as long as you keep an open mind and follow your heart, you will be okay. l know how cliche that sounds but it's said for a reason. If I could credit my "success" to one thing, it would be stepping out of my comfort zone. This started with me quitting a job that didn't serve my happiness. Most recently it's been me saying "yes" to more public speaking opportunities- I co-hosted a Nutrition workshop and this Saturday, I'll be guiding a meditation class. I figure I can't say no to anything from fear, and neither should you. I do not spend my free time watching TV. In fact, I try to avoid "relaxing" for the day until I've studied, taught, and contributed to my future in some way...today that would be contributing to my blog. Other days that means creating a new playlist or researching new yoga poses to use in class.
So whatever it is that you want to go after- do it. It is okay to be scared, but think of the amazing things that lie of the other side of your fear. But most importantly remember this, "A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there."