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My Road to Wellness

October 4th, 2014 | by Pamela Simon | 6 Comments


Peace of mind

 

My road to wellness has been winding and bumpy and I’ve hit a few pot holes along the way.

I was fortunate to have been taught various wellness practices at a relatively young age that I continue to incorporate in my daily life. Unfortunately, my realization about putting wellness practices at the forefront of my daily life arose from a diagnosis of severe acid reflux at the young age of twenty-four.

At the time I was the head accountant at Whole Foods Market in the Midwest region, I was studying for my CPA, and had plans to get my masters in finance. Whew! I was quite ambitious!

With my busy schedule I relied on fast food and take-out for most of my meals. I smoked about ½ pack of cigarettes a day and by Friday I was more than a willing participant to meet up for happy hour! I was young and I felt invincible.

Then I began to develop severe migraines, the kind that makes you nauseous and blinded by light. Sleep was the only remedy for me when a migraine hit.

It was during this time that I started experiencing acid reflux. It became severe when I couldn’t even brush my teeth without gagging up bile from my stomach.

According to my doctor at the time, the acid reflux was brought on by stress and lifestyle choices. How many times have you heard your doctor tell you your symptoms are related to stress?Well I had big plans for my career and I wasn’t about to let a little thing like stress get in my way! Still, I didn’t like having to take medication every day, especially at such a young age.

That was my wake up call. Continue to let stress and lifestyle choices get the better of me, eventually get an ulcer, OR be proactive with managing stress and make better lifestyle choices. I chose the latter.

I started to explore my spirituality and began praying every day. I paid more attention to the food choices I made (I was working for a leading retailer in the natural foods industry for goodness sake!), and I started to practice stress-reducing techniques. Eventually I was able to get off the prescription medicine for acid reflux. And the migraines stopped once I quit smoking.

By the time I left Whole Foods to start my family I felt enlightened and capable of handling the trials and tribulations of marriage and motherhood. Little did I know how stressful motherhood could be! But I felt fortunate that I had a list of wellness practices that I could rely on and I did many times. I didn’t need them all at once, typically choosing one or two at a time would help.

Until my husband Larry died.

Then I needed ALL the tools I had learned over the years. I strongly believe I would not be where I am today if I didn’t work at getting well.

That’s right, it does take work to not only heal but also to manage staying well as you live your life. I won’t lie to you: there’s no easy button. Rest assured though, it can be done and that’s why I have created this wellness page. I’ve done the research, I’ve already implemented various wellness practices in my life, and I want to share this all with you.

On the wellness page you’ll find practical and informative blogs/videos regarding:

  •  Stress and how it effects your body
  • Tips on managing stress
  • Journaling
  • Affirmations
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Beneficial physical activities

As I stated on the health page there’s no one-size-fits-all. What works for one person may not for another. I will help you figure out what works best for YOU!

I really want to hear from you. Is there a particular wellness practice you want more information about? What have you already incorporated into your daily life that works well? Please share, there are many others who would love to hear your story.

Be sure to check out the Health page where I will explore what we put in our bodies and how it helps us heal. My biggest hope and prayer for you is that you find your own road to wellness and enjoy the life you have.

Many Blessings,

 Pam




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6 thoughts on “My Road to Wellness”

    1. Thanks Terra, Hearing others share their story over the years helped me realize I was not alone. I hope I can do the same for someone else.

  1. Hello Pam! It’s wonderful to hear all of your story and how you’ve come through it. I’m so glad to hear it!
    My oldest daughter Rhiannon has long suffered from her hypothyroid condition. Main stream western doctors have had her on a generic Synthroid for years which makes her semi functional but barely. They are resigned at this was normal for her, but it’s clearly not “normal” to wake for 8 hours of sleep still so tired she’s in tears, her joint ache consistently and she can become so foggy she can’t keep a conversation going. A former school assumed she must just have learning disabilities even as a straight A student.

    I had discover how the positives of iodine, and the negatives of cruciferous veggies, gluten, sugar and milk effect people with hypothyroidism on my own never being warned by physicians how I may want to look for signs of her conditioning worsening just after having any of these. Which was a long and difficult process for my daughter.
    Currently I am with another physician where we’ve disscribed her current state that has yet again worsened but was told since her blood panel showed she was in the range of “normal” she’s okay & to come back in 6 months. I’m fed up. I want to take her to someone who will really look into what is occurring to Rhiannon and what steps need to be taken to give her a better quality of life.
    Intergrated medicine, naturopaths, chinese medicine and acupuncture have all been recommended to me and I’ve tried some and it’s helped more somewhat but I want to have her really seen by someone that will really treat her beyond looking at her blood results & prescribing pills that hasn’t actually improved her quality of life. I want to know more about the Yanuck Center for Life. I’ve read their website which gives me hope but how can I know if one center or wellness group is more effective than another? Could you tell me about his group verses another or provide another recommendation? How Do I choose the right naturopath? Sincerely, Christine

    1. Hi Christine,

      Thanks for viewing the website and your encouraging words. I have had a few people come forward and tell me about their own diagnosis with hypothyroidism or hashimoto’s. That’s another reason for sharing my story, to let people know they’re not alone. I’m so sorry your daughter has been struggling with trying to get her thyroid in balance. What we put into our bodies most certainly can affect how we feel. Most doctors are trained in medicine, not nutrition, which is why you might not have been advised to avoid certain foods. Plus each person’s body is different, and while Rhiannon may not tolerate certain foods others may be able to. I certainly understand your frustration which has led me to pursue my certification in holistic nutrition. I want to give people information so they can choose what is best for them. You asked me specifically about the Yanuck Center for Life. I don’t have any information nor have I heard any pros or cons about this organization. Personally I see a naturopath doctor and this may be an avenue you want to pursue. Please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=60, to get more information about naturopath medicine and licensing authorities. Also, you may want to research synthetic vs. natural thyroid medications. Since I’m not a doctor and each person’s body is different I can’t recommend one or the other but it is important for you to be informed about the various medications available to find the one that is best for Rhiannon. Good luck and I hope you sign up to get the weekly newsletter where I will be discussing a variety of topics related to health and wellness. Pam

  2. the saying “Different strokes for different folks” came to mind, when I read your story, we may start our journey of unhealthy mind, body; soul from different situations but the results are the same. Your site is very informative. I really like it. Keep it coming.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I will definitely have lots more information each week. Thanks for signing up for the newsletter!

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