More of my own Health Investment story…
Those who can’t do, teach…right?
I’ve never fully understood that adage; however, I do think it applies perfectly to my health journey, which I’ll explain. First, let me share some of the
highlights lowlights of my health history:
⊗ Disordered eating habits
⊗ Chronic sinus infections
⊗ Severe seasonal allergies
⊗ A staph infection after a routine surgery
⊗ Heavy antibiotic usage (for the sinus infections and the staph)
⊗ Gut dysbiosis (likely caused by both my reliance on antibiotics and my carb- and sugar-filled, processed food-heavy diet)
Granted, not all of the above happened at the same time, but up until a couple years ago I always felt “off” for one reason or another. On a good day, I was tired, stuffy, puffy, plugged up, and/or intermittently h-angry.
Then, I had an “aha” moment: My MDs were mostly reactive to my symptoms rather than proactively trying to optimize my health. If I wanted to feel awesome, I would need to take matters into my own hands. This is where the aforementioned adage comes in: Since I couldn’t do medicine to myself, I decided to teach myself how to feel 110%.
Enter…my obsession with health + wellness podcasts, articles, and PubMed (a database of medical journals and books). I consider the time I’ve spent–and still spend!–listening to and reading about health to be the most valuable investment I have ever made. (Yes, even more than my financial investments because how will I be able to enjoy those earnings if I’m feeling too tired and sickly?)
Due to my research, I made many lifestyle and nutritional changes:
♥ I switched from a low-fat, high-carb diet to a diet rich in healthy fats and low in refined sugars and grains.
♥ I vowed never to take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.
(Note: I’m not anti-antibiotics! They saved my life during my staph debacle. However, I am anti-antibiotics when it comes to the bacterial infections I can heal on my own, which is most of them.)
♥ I only buy pasture-raised animal proteins and organic produce.
♥ I don’t buy processed foods that contain vegetable oils, “natural” flavors, or preservatives.
♥ I break a sweat doing varied types of exercise at least three times per week.
♥ I swapped plastic tupperware for glass; nonstick pans for cast iron; and traditional makeup, skincare, and cleaning products for toxin-free versions.
♥ I switched from cooking with canola oil and fake butter substitutes to cooking with avocado, coconut, and olive oils; ghee; butter; and lard.
The more I learned, the more I wanted to change. The more changes I made, the better I felt. The better I felt, the more excited I became. As my excitement skyrocketed, my one desire became to share my newfound knowledge with anyone who would listen. I had made The Health Investment, and I wanted to scream its benefits from rooftops!
I’m in my 30s, but I feel ten times better than I did in my 20s. To top it all off, I’m now free from most of my aforementioned health lowlights.
That’s not to say my health and choices are perfect… In my experience, superior health is not synonymous with deprivation or perfection. The behaviors I engage in 90% of the time are what matter most, not the splurges I have during vacations, at fun dinners with friends, on holidays, etc. We’re all imperfect works in progress, but that fact–combined with our human desire to fit in and experience life’s simple pleasures (like a pan au chocolate in Paris!)–do not mean that we need to settle for less than optimal health!
Regardless of your current state of health, there’s no time like the present to make the most important investment you’ll ever make: The Health Investment!
I’ve taught myself a lot over the past few years, and I’m continuing to learn more each day. I’d love to share all of this knowledge…with YOU!
P.S.–If you want to know more about my health history or lifestyle changes, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’m an open book!
P.P.S.–In case you’re wondering if I have a life outside of podcasts, articles, and PubMed, I assure you I do. Here’s a little bit more about me:
→ I live in a (tiny!) New York City apartment with my husband Thomas.
→ I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona.
→ I’m a terrible cook, but I’m an excellent “prepper.” (I can chop vegetables like it’s nobody’s business!)
→ Thomas and I frequently hop on flights to visit family and friends on the West Coast and to explore new cities.
→ I love to write and appreciate that you’ve read this far!