From the time I was born I was always battling some sort of respiratory challenge or high fever. As an infant I had scarlet fever. Throughout my childhood and into adolescence I was constantly fighting strep throat. I have a vivid memory of my parents taking shifts through the night putting a cold facecloth on my head until my fever would break.
My mom had told me that during her pregnancy she was so sick and could barely eat anything. In my years of studying early childhood development I had learned how much of an impact that had on my health. I can’t remember a season in my childhood that I wasn’t sick. Much of it probably had to do with the numerous food aversions I had. I think the only things that I would eat were peanut butter and cheese. I even remember going through phases where I would either hate jelly or hate marshmallow. Textures, tastes, or even how food was prepared really impacted whether or not I would eat it. I have no idea how I even had energy back then but I was always playing sports.
It’s no wonder that I was so susceptible to any germ or illness that was out there. My immune system hated me and I hated it right back. In college I had to move out of the dorms because of germs that kept holding me down. I was one of the lucky ones who actually lost 15 lbs when I went away to college instead of gaining weight because all I would eat was granola, salad, and frozen yogurt. I’d watch the cafeteria workers prepare the food and I would cringe thinking of how many germs were flying through the air and landing on my food just waiting to make me sick again.
Life Changing Moment #1 Eventually, during my first job as a teacher I was knocked to the ground with some nasty illness. I ended up having to spend almost an entire month in bed with no voice or even energy to walk from my bedroom to the bathroom. During a visit to the doctor I was told that I was given the wrong medication to treat what I had. It not only made it whatever I had worse, I was told that if I had kept taking the medication it would have killed me. (This was also the exact time I decided I was not a fan of medicine).
When I began getting my strength back I laid in bed thinking “I’ve got to finally figure out how to make my body so strong that I can stop being sick”. It became such a common occurrence for me to get sick, feel better, and then get sick again all over again. It seemed like it happened every 2 weeks. Some nights I would even pray to God to help me feel normal.
The age of 25 was a turning point for me but it was only just the beginning. I began to learn about essential oils. I threw out most food in my cupboards and started shopping for organic foods. On a first year teacher’s budget and rent to pay that was pretty interesting….and hard to maintain. I tried yoga for the first time. I went to class, laid down on my mat and started coughing from the incense. As the music played and I lay still on my mat I was thinking “How much longer is this going to be? I’ve got work to do”. I got up and left.
During that time, I was preparing for my Black Belt in karate and I was introduced to a holistic doctor. I sat in on a presentation he gave at my karate school and I was hooked. Dr. Mark Mincolla opened my eyes to a whole new world. Within a week of seeing his presentation I booked my first appointment. I was not only hooked…I was feeling better! I noticed so many changes including the ability to breathe (I had been diagnosed with exercise induced asthma when I was in high school)! I needed to learn more. The concept of food as medicine fascinated me and I was set on my journey.
Years went by as I worked hard to figure out what worked for me. I became certified as a Sports Nutrition Specialist so I could learn about vitamins, minerals, and everything else that would help me with strength through my workouts. I KNEW there was something my body was missing and I was determined to figure it out. I began to feel even better. But I just wasn’t quite there yet.
The afternoon fog was common for me. I would spend my days teaching and ready to put my head on a pillow by 2:00. I would suffer from exhaustion from overtraining. It’s always when we hit a wall that we finally “wake up”.
Life Changing Moment #2 I was sitting on my parent’s balcony in Florida staring out at the ocean. I couldn’t even pick up my legs and I remember thinking “I don’t even know how I would find energy to go for a walk right now”. Tears were streaming down my face. I was desperate to figure out what I was doing wrong to cause these episodes of extreme exhaustion. When I returned from vacation I decided to slow down a bit. I was running 5-7 miles a day, competing in karate, lifting weights, finishing my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies…and just on the go constantly. I was that girl that would set out to conquer any physical, mental, or intellectual challenge placed in front of me and I would do it at 100 mph. But something had to shift.
Of course, when you start feeling better you just bounce right back to what you were doing.
I continued on. As soon as I got my groove back I was flying through life again. This time I added fitness competitions, a marathon, and my doctoral degree to the agenda.
Soon after, I set the goal to “become one” with yoga. The only way I ever do anything is to go full out. So I enrolled in a yoga certification program. Six months later I was officially certified and opening a studio!
Life Changing Moment #3 Not only did I hit a wall but I hit that wall and slid down to the floor with a thump. After a visit to my doctor for my annual physical I received a phone call. Apparently, my liver function tests were in the critical range and I needed to get back in ASAP for more testing. While I waited for the second round of results I made a trip to Dr. Mincolla. After one visit he knew exactly what was going on. Extreme adrenal fatigue and I was headed for disaster. It’s never a good thing when the doctor tells you “Sit down. This is serious.” As I continued with blood work for 3 more weeks I became more exhausted, sleeping 12 hours a night only to wake up in the morning and feel like I needed to go back to bed again. For several months after, I would walk into the gym and pick up a dumbbell only to put it back down and leave. My energy was at -100. I tried going for walks only to realize I couldn’t even feel my legs.
Since I had no energy I had a lot of time to read and think. I needed to design a new life.
My intensity came to a screeching halt for fear of testing my fate again. In a year’s time I began feeling better. I developed more balance in my routines but found times that I still needed to put the brakes on. I was focused on eating healthy – because now I knew that every time I became ill I was placing more stress on my body. Stress that my body just didn’t want to handle any more. I had maxed it out and the stress-o-meter just was no longer set to “high”.
Life Changing Moment #4 2011 was the biggest turning point in my life. After going through the winter of 201o with pneumonia I was introduced to something that has made a significant improvement in my health. When I was appointed to a elementary school principal’s position I knew that I needed to figure out how to keep myself energized for an entire day. I also needed to figure out how to avoid getting sick because I just couldn’t take time off.
In comes Isagenix! WOW! Within my first week of using Ionix Supreme I noticed I didn’t have the afternoon fog. I wasn’t sleepy. I had ENERGY! Even better, a month into the job I didn’t get a cold! Every single year of my life, for as long as I could remember, I always had a cold in September. On I went through the year. Trying different products and feeling better by the day.
Think of one of the toughest challenges you’ve ever accomplished in your life. Recall those feelings when you finally finished the most grueling task you ever faced. This is exactly how I felt on my visit to Dr. Mincolla in January of 2012 when he said “Everything is perfectly aligned”. I left that office with the only words “Keep doing what you’re doing because you are at complete health”.
That night I was presented with my 4th degree black belt.
It’s been 3 ½ years since starting with these products and every single day, every season, every year I am so grateful for the strength it has given me. I once got a cold 2 years ago and it lasted for ONE DAY! I’m stronger than I’ve ever been in my entire life and it feels so good. Isagenix is the key to my optimal health. It keeps my body balanced, healthy, and strong.
My only wish is that this company was around when I was a kid. I would have had alternatives to the peas that I would hide under mashed potatoes on my plate.
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