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My story-part 3

November 9, 2007

The end to my diet hell came when I looked in the mirror and something inside of me just clicked and said “YOU HAVE GOT TO STOP ALL OF THIS!”. And I did. That easily

I started eating meat again, I started eating a balanced diet that included a bit of everything-still mainly non-processed and natural, but gone were the days of veganism, Macrobiotics, or any diet that was too extreme for my body type. I gained the weight back within a few months (a few trips to In-n-Out & Coldstone sped up the weight gain process), and I was happier and healthier than I had been in years.

However, my mother was thriving on the diet, down to her normal body weight (dropped about 60 lbs total), and her cancer was not spreading. Her back pain ceased, her energy level soared, and she became the family rock once again.

She continues to eat Macrobiotically, and even though at times it is difficult, she loves the way she feels and what it does for her not only physically, but spiritually. She is a changed person. Not once in the past 4 years have I heard a negative word come out of my mother’s mouth. She speaks with dignity and truth, and always out of love and compassion. She does not think tragic thoughts. And this, I think, is the most important part of the healing process. Thoughts are power, indeed.

So, my story ends here, but not really. I have been through quite a bit, but all of it for good reason, and I am grateful for everything I have experienced. Because I have been through extremes, and because of what I have seen, I am an advocate of a BALANCED lifestyle and a HOLISTIC lifestyle. I am not ashamed of it.

If we treat our bodies improperly, disease will manifest eventually. Our bodies are not machines, as we’d like to believe. They require good food, plenty of rest, relaxation, and exercise–but again–all of this in BALANCE. I have been to extremes, and I have suffered the consequences of body/diet abuse, and I have also seen other go through similar traumas.

How can one go wrong with Mother Nature? Impossible. It’s actually quite simple. I don’t believe that we were meant to ingest what we see on the shelves of the supermarket today, plus the junk we put on our bodies and inhale every day. Disease is more rampant than ever, and I feel will continue to rise unless we realize our bodies cannot tolerate the abuse.

This is why I am such a nut, a Whole Foods junkie, a lover of the simple, clean lifestyle. It is no longer difficult for me. Sure, I love a treat every now and then (life is too short), but I don’t go overboard. I can’t. I just can’t do it to my body, my soul, my spirit. I LOVE MYSELF TOO MUCH!!! 🙂

In perfect health, thank you for reading.

~Jeannette

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