Friday, October 21, 2011

How I Became a Green Mama

I should have known from a young age that I was destined to be a green mama. At 16, when everyone was deciding on their dream car, I was begging my parents for a Prius. When our garbage collection started charging extra for recycling, I put up a fight with my parents to keep recycling... when they didn't want to pay, I convinced my dad to collect the recyclables and drive them to the fire station for recycling once a week. :) I've had a lifelong love of reusable tumblers, water bottles, and bags---I just can't seem to have enough!

I am so happy that my life had ended up where it is now, but it hasn't always been this way. I grew up with a daddy who was a professor of pharmacy. I was a pretty sick child growing up. I was extremely underweight up until I got my tonsils taken out the summer after 2nd grade and since then, I'd only continued to have more and more issues pop up! Getting sick with colds and flus, sinus problems, which eventually ended up in sinus surgery. By the time I turned 21 years old, I was on 8 different prescription medications a day to control various health conditions. I had aches and pains all over my body and was always tired, I just concluded that it was part of age and that it just comes with getting older.

The turning point came when I met a chiropractic representative at a bridal show with Dave. I had heard that chiropractic could help with the sinus problems that had been plaguing me for the last 4 years and the doctor there assured me that he would be able to help with the sore hump that was forming at the base of my neck. So, despite feeling like I was being swindled, I agreed to an appointment and paid the co-pay. I questioned that decision the whole way home and almost canceled...

The next morning, I woke up and almost didn't go because I wasn't 100% sure where the clinic was exactly... my anxiety was really working against me. But a little voice told me, "Go and check it out, you already paid the money, just try it." So I went and as I was talking to the doctor, it occurred to me exactly how many things I had going on. I told him how my primary care physician had told me that the painful and sore hump on my back was "just a fat pocket"... a theory that made no sense to me, I had plenty of fat around my midsection---that hump felt like bone and muscle and hurt... and ached. The fat pocket around my midsection didn't hurt. My grandmother had been trying to convince me for years to get my thyroid checked because I just kept gaining weight and couldn't lose it. I just realized that I had done everything my doctors had been telling me to do and nothing was working and I was just getting more and more sick and was just being prescribed more and more prescriptions. So after my appointment that day, I was really looking forward to the results finding the next morning. I really wanted to hear what this new doctor had to say about my declining health.

The next morning, I went in and the doctor started telling me about how important your nervous system is to your overall health and how everything originates from there. Then he showed me the films of my spine... that when I was really shocked. I saw that my neck was completely revered. My neck almost looked the way it was supposed to, but completely backwards. [That explains the hump on my back!!] And there was a scoliosis in my low back [that's why my back hurts so bad!] it was all starting to come together. So I agreed to try it out and signed up for care.

After the first adjustment, I felt a difference. After just 2 weeks, I started to feel better. And after 2 months, the pain in my neck started to subside. By the end of 3 months, I was a new person. For 3 months, I drove an hour and a half on a weekly basis for 3 chiropractic adjustments a week. At the end of 3 months, I was married and had moved down to Lexington, I started thinking about working for my chiropractor... I got the job and got started. I had just as much enthusiasm getting to help others find the same health I had found. After 6 months, I was completely off all of my medications and in the best health I had ever been in my entire life. I also got to see so many people who were in worse positions than me and joining me at my same level of health!

Being around people who believed that there was another route to health and wellness really had a big impact on me, I went and tried yoga and pilates---and LOVED it! So I started doing yoga and pilates 4-5 times a week. I started craving healthier foods, so I started eating healthier. I tried doing my first detox cleanse and succeeded! In a year's time, I had become the healthiest I had ever been! I had lost 20 lbs without painful dieting or back breaking workouts---I was just having fun and doing things that made my body feel good.

In that year's time, I had become very in tune with my body and found that small changes in my diet or activity would cause big, perceivable changes in my body.

When Dave and I were ready to start trying to have kids, I ditched the pills. The week I ditched the pills was the week I got pregnant. I have had a remarkably normal pregnancy! I've had the migraines, the fatigue, the nausea, the aches and pains, the sinus problems... but, everything has responded so well to chiropractic adjustments. It has kept my pregnancy low risk and the baby is growing big and strong! I am so glad that I've been going to the chiropractor, he's helped with my sciatic pain; as the weather started changing, I got sick and kicked the cold in the same amount of time it took for my non-pregnant, non-immune suppressed husband got over the same cold! I bruised my tailbone from all the coughing, and after just 5 short days, am back to being able to move around like normal. It's still noticeably sore, but a huge difference from when it started.

So, now I've become a green mama. Dave and I eat local and organic whenever possible. [He's a good sport and eats all the veggies I make despite not liking them so much!] I'm planning a natural childbirth and am doing everything I possibly can to ensure that happens. Eating healthy, doing yoga, getting adjusted twice a week, and learning natural childbirthing methods. I'm planning on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and making my own baby food. Oh, and in case you wondered, I did get my dream car. :) My pearl white Prius is so excited to bring Baby Gabriella home from the hospital in February!

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