My Healing Journey

Many of you may have already read my "About Me" page, and may have noticed that much of it is about healing my son. You may have also noticed that I don't talk about my own symptoms in depth. There's a reason for that....

This is such a personal topic for me, as a healer, because I struggle with the feeling of being "the face of health", literally and figuratively! Being in the health and wellness industry can apply some personal pressures to be in "perfect" health, and/or have all the answers to solve every health issue. However, healing is a journey for all us-- myself included . I often tell my clients, as an encouragement, that healing is like an onion. It happens in layers and often times when you deal with the most pressing layer, some issue that lies beneath will rise to the top as your body now has the ability to deal with it from removing the prior stressor. Anyone dealing with chronic health issues can also have at least one, if not many, visible symptoms arise on the outside for others to see. This has proved true in my own journey towards healing.

In my young adult years I abused drugs and alcohol. I also gave little attention to what I ate, and therefore, had an extremely poor diet. Though this was the case, I had no visible symptoms to cause alarm. When I became sober and changed my diet, my health remained unaffected. I was petite, relatively fit, and overall satisfied with my new lifestyle. During this season I even got married and starting building a family. 

After the birth of my son, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression, and began taking anti-depression medicine. Overtime, I chose to stop using the medication and explored alternative methods of healing naturally. Eventually the fog lifted and I was able to enjoy life again with no other visible symptoms. I had another child, fulfilled my dream of being a stay at home mom, and loved growing in my new found passion for nutrition. 

Four years ago, however,  as I was continuing to internally heal my body, a visible symptom began to show up on my face and hands. I was confused by this rash and went to doctors and dermatologists to help determine what was going on. All they told me was it was eczema and gave me some steroid cream or expensive skin cleanser to use.

I believe I depleted my mineral stores and damaged my gut from my early adult years. Couple that with the depression medicine and a few rounds of antibiotics,  the bacteria levels in my gut were out of balance.

I've gone through many stages of healing some of those "onion layers", including a SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) protocol, Liver support, Sugar Control protocol for hypoglycemia, Adrenal support, Gut Healing, GAPS, and am now currently on the AutoImmune Paleo protocol. All of these have brought a certain level of healing, and my health is leaps and bounds better than it was several years ago... but this one thing still persists and is always right there in the mirror looking back at me.

I've avoided sharing my personal story, because it is just that, deeply personal. I've tried countless protocols, topical solutions, healing supplements, and it still is a problem for me. It almost gives me a sense of failure. But I have to take the encouragement I offer my own clients! I have to be a good client myself and be patient with my body! I cannot be afraid to share my story just because the outcome does not fit into a pretty, perfect package. This is my journey... and it's not over. 

I often tell my clients to accept themselves as they are, to love themselves in their own skin. I see my clients as God's children, perfect in His eyes and want them to believe that truth as well. Loving yourself should not only be applicable if you fit a certain standard of perfection. And I need to believe that about myself as well. 

The reality is that the health and wellness professionals experience their own high and lows too, and if being vulnerable about my own struggles can encourage just 1 person to not give up on their persistent symptoms and reach out for help, than it will be worth it. 

In good health, Tara

This is from 2010, before I had an problems with eczema.

This is from 2010, before I had an problems with eczema.

This photo from last year is the photo I use on my About Me page, prior to editing. This is hard for me to post, please be gentle!

Valentine's treat

Today is the big day!!! The day your kid's school celebrates Valentine's Day! That means a whole bag of candy is coming home with your kid, and most likely, that they will be having a party at school with even more treats. For kiddos like mine, who don't eat most of the candy given out at events like this or any of the gluten-laden treats, it is a tough day. So I put in a little extra work and provide them with yummy and fun grain-free treats they can enjoy with their class. This year I made Jenni Hulet's nut-free chocolate cake in mini cupcake form (you can find the recipe in her amazingly beautiful book Paleo Patisserie, or a similar one here on her blog) topped with her Strawberry Frosting. These little bad billies are SO GOOD! I've made them before for class parties and the kids don't even know the difference! 

Along with these mini-cupcakes, I'm planning on trading my kids their commercially made candy for something a little more on the healthy side. I swung by Whole Foods earlier this week and got them each a mini box of organic chocolates with no weird oils or sugars in them. A friend of mine buys her kids candy back, which I think is another great idea! What kid doesn't want money?!

What do you do for your kids to reduce the amount of sugar they get in the classroom? Share your tips in the comment section below, if I get some good ones I'll share them in my next blog post! 

Also, stay tuned for the fun Valentine's dinner I'm planning for this Sunday!