While the specifics differ, most come wrapped in the same packaging.
They share a message we hear so often in our culture that we may barely notice it.
We are told:
"The solution is out there! and you will find it!
Just keep searching,
try as hard as you can,
and never give up."
For much of my life, that messaging drove my attempts to get rid of
chronic digestive problems, headaches, and unwanted weight.
As an adolescent, doctors decided that my problems were caused by
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but could offer little help.
I tried everything I could find, but nothing worked.
Over the years, a growing sense of powerlessness, frustration and overwhelm
began to accompany my physical symptoms.
For if I had searched and tried, yet still couldn't feel better or lose weight -
there was only one explanation.
There was something wrong with me.
I lacked willpower, inner strength, or worse - something I couldn't even name.
Such negative thinking led me down a spiral of emotional eating and shame,
only making my physical symptoms worse.
In the end, my health did turn around dramatically.
But it wasn’t hard work or perseverance that did it.
After college, I spent time in Mexico and ended up living in Spain.
In Mexico, my digestion improved. In Spain, I began to lose weight, though I had stopped trying to.
Over the next eight years, I lost 15% of my body weight.
My digestion became completely normal and my “genetic and chronic” IBS disappeared.
Gone, too, were my headaches and neck aches, anemia, sweet cravings, and fatigue.
Today, as a result of my experience, education, and work as a health coach,
a different message guides my thinking.
Like on any good journey, the road to greater health
must be made up of pleasurable and empowering experiences.
Enjoying the ride ensures that we will arrive at our desired destination,
equipped with the mindset and skills to stay as long as we choose.
No, the journey is not simple or mindless.
But it does not require the kind of dogged perseverance
or strong work ethic that it can take to excel at work, school, or sports.
All that’s required is an attempt to be honest, open and patient;
along with the desire, willingness, and readiness to change.
If you’re there, I would love to speak with you.
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Salud! To your health!