Empowerment: That cannot be my only answer.
I have been dealing with endometriosis for over 10 years, had 2 surgeries, been to multiple doctors, put on tons of different medications, given tons of shots & had countless tests done on me. After my second surgery, my doctor told me that he will give me these shots twice a month that will stop my period to see if that helps with my pains. No other options. My immediate response was “Ok”. I mean he’s the doctor, right? I woke up the next morning and thought that cannot be my only answer and as a Holistic Health Coach I made the decision I was going to allow my body to naturally recover and I would find a way to heal myself. Once I started really looking into how I was going to do this, I realized how much food played a huge role in my daily pains. I immediately removed red meat, dairy, soy, eggs, chocolate, all refined sugars and wheat from my diet. Within 2 months I felt and physically saw a difference. Endometriosis causes extreme bloating to the point where I would actually look 6 months pregnant. Once I changed how I ate the bloating was COMPLETELY eliminated. My stomach was instantly flat! Something that I’ve never had. Everyone around me didn’t understand why I gave up so many things. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy because I’m a very social person and love going out. But I knew what I was doing was the right thing for myself and my body. People are going to have their opinions regardless of what I do. I couldn’t take anyone else’s opinion to heart besides my own.
After a few months of changing how I ate, my pains were nowhere near what they used to be, bloating was eliminated and was able to fly through my workouts (I’m a huge fitness junkie). I started playing around with new recipes, vegetables and ingredients I never heard of. Fruits actually started to taste like candy. My body craves all natural whole foods.
I have only been physically active the past 4 years. I was never that person who liked to workout or watch what I ate. I ate for the enjoyment and the social aspects. Not for health or ethical reasons. Once I started working out, I saw my body changing and just kept pushing. I even almost cried (ok, I did cry!) at a bar watching football with a bunch of friends when everyone was drinking beer, eating nachos and other typical bar food. It hit me in that moment that my life was forever changed. I was not going to be that girl drinking beer and eating nachos watching football. It was emotionally hard when you have that connection to food. Today I am not that girl I used to be. I am Health and Fitness Instructor! I workout almost every day and have full control over my endometriosis pains. And this past football season I’m not crying! But I am that girl who now brings veggies, homemade hummus, corn chips and drinks water.
Today I am pain free, I ran my first ever half marathon and am able to workout every day. I even have baby abs in the making! Changing what I put into my body has given me such freedom from pains that I had to deal with for years. This one change in my lifestyle altered my entire life.. Something that no doctor could ever do for me. I am such a believer that food can change lives! I am living proof that you can control a disease through what you put into your mouth.
View Aubree’s story of empowerment
Read tomorrow’s story of empowerment from Melissa Turner
Anxious to start your path to Empowerment? Join me in the 7 Day Discovery Challenge!