What prompted my health journey and now I’m an apprentice medicine woman, thank you.
This always intrigues me, what was it that prompted a change. Have you always lived a healthy existence? Do you believe you now live a healthier life? This is my story.
I’ve always been the outdoorsy type, sport, hiking, working on the land etc. I believed growing up, my parents provided me with a fairly healthy diet, lots of fruit & veg but we also ate crap. I mean really processed, sugary stuff, cakes, donuts, chips etc.
I guess when your younger you feel bulletproof and can handle most things and think you know lots as well. (How wrong) burn the candle at both ends, so to speak. Then this happen and it gave me a good hard shake. My dad was in his early 50’s when he had a heart attack and had bypass surgery. What a shock, such a fit go-getter, super man really. He survived, he’s about to turn 84 and while he’s not the man he once was, he’s ok. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer at 45 and died at 54. Far too young and to see her go through the conventional treatments broke my heart. She got the all clear after 5 yrs, only for it to return and consume her.
So when I was about 40, (took me a while) I made a Drs appointment and had bloods etc done. Result, high cholesterol. Take this drug, it will help lower your cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. I did for 6 weeks and then had severe muscle pain in my groin, like a screwdriver. Stopped the meds, pain gone. Looked up the side effects of the statin I was on and bingo, can produce muscle spasms, amongst others. I threw it out and decided I needed to be responsible for my own health. So a change of diet, more fruit & veg, less processed foods, less sugar for a start. It was hard to maintain the healthy commitment, it takes time & energy as well as running a business, long hours & easy processed food to grab on the go.
When I retired mid 2017, I decided to make it my mantra to look after my wife and I as best I possibly could and be as self sufficient as we could. Did some research, grew our own veggies, eat less wheat, eat less meat, cook at home, make healthy choices, get out in nature and enjoy and be grateful for what we have, joined TGN in 2018 and learned heaps more and still learning from the wonderful, knowledgeable people on the forums. Became an apprentice medicine woman, making my own herbal remedies and I could not be happier or healthier. My cholesterol is still high but I don’t have once ounce of plaque buildup in my heart.
I thank all my fellow TGN peers, who have helped and keep helping me on this path I have taken. My plan is to be around for a long time and I want to be the best I can be. No burden and preferably no medical intervention.
What prompted your healthy journey?😊
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