Well, if you haven’t gotten sick already; good for you, keep doing what you are doing! Pulling myself through the “ick” and getting to the other side of wellness took a lot of great things; things I should be doing for myself more often. Epsom salt baths and foot baths, yup we sometimes need to be reminded of the benefits. My near-infrared sauna from Sauna Comfort to basically “bake” it out of my body. My chiropractor, Dr. English from Back To Health, I can’t say enough for normal adjustments, but definitely when my body is off; the benefits were amazing! And I am new to this or should say doing this; I did hear about this place in the past, “The Salt Room”. Wow! A great place for respiratory, allergies, skin, joints, you name it. That also played a huge part in my recovery. And last, but not least, a lymph massage by Chandra Houser at Natural Escape got things moving! I should say all of this and of course being connected to resting, a little yoga with Lindsey Holmes at Santosha or Bodyflow at Golds, and reading “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene Brown and eating more like a nutritionist :). I have to say one of many favorite nuggets of wisdom that Brene Brown mentioned that I so related to in not only getting the “ick” but recovering from it as well; “choosing what’s right over what’s fun, fast and easy”….hmmm….I think we can all relate to that beautiful nugget in many, many ways!
Well, as they say….”hindsight is 20/20″! Looking back over the last several weeks, I know I wasn’t listening to the signs and symptoms that I, yes I, the nutritionist, the healthy one, the one who never gets sick; but did anyway! I was angry with myself!!! Yes, I know we can’t (not even me) prevent from getting sick, but I had the signs; whistles were blowing, horns were going off and I disregarded them. So moving on, what I have learned once again; that we have so much power and control in trying to prevent the actual onset of the flu or cold. We have viruses and so many bugs and critters around us all the time, whether our body is going to be the perfect candidate or not for them to take residence in our body, can be totally up to us most of the time. How? Viruses, bugs and critters want to live in bodies that are going to support their living, so they want an unhealthy body, right? So back to me and my perfect setup for that. I traveled just before the holidays. I know, what is wrong with traveling and vacation? It is a stressor, it just is. From the plane which is basically a “petri dish”, to not sleeping in my bed, to eating not my usual, activities more than the usual….you add a great potential for the odds of getting sick when it is all over. The holidays added on to that. We all know the stress of the holidays….food not the usual and/or in abundance, not just once or twice, adding in alcohol, not just once or twice, family; we love ’em, but we know what sometimes goes on can be stressful and then just hearing that people everywhere are starting to get sick and I was like, here it comes and it did. But the kicker, it came and was on it’s way out and then….came back with a vengeance! Well, I deserved it! I continued to not listen to what was going on with my body and thought like I was superwoman or something! I really didn’t think I was superwoman, but you would think I was when I continued on with my shenanigans! I went skiing which was great, but in Wisconsin, we all know what the weather is like here and I got cold, deep cold, like chilled to my bones. Not to mention that I was overtired from being out the night before and not necessarily eating or drinking like a nutritionist! It doesn’t end there….I was in downtown Milwaukee for a Bucks game and had to walk; in the cold, again, to the game, but first, a stop for a quick bite of bad food (again) and that is when I believe I had finally opened the door to my body for whatever wanted to invade it as I put the sign “Open for the Flu” all over it, over and over again!! I haven’t been that sick for a very long time and I had a very long self-talk with myself as to making myself more important than how I was and ways that I could have toned down the bad choices. I don’t live in a “bubble” nor do I expect anyone else to. I know we all can see in hindsight that we all can make some better choices for our bodies and our health. Maybe it is taking just a little bit more care of ourselves especially during the season of “ick”, I know I will! Let’s be proactive which is beneficial for not only ourselves, but everyone around us!
Sara Mehring and Nourishing Wellness have been a part of my health care for a good portion of a year now. My name is Dan and I am a 55-year-old moderately active male. My journey began well before coming to Nourishing Wellness because I had a high cholesterol number and I didn’t care to be on medication. I tried on my own to eat properly and increase my exercise regimen. This was beneficial but it didn’t improve my cholesterol numbers. With nothing else to try, especially on my own, I turned to Sara at Nourishing Wellness.
Sara is very good at her job! You can see this in the level of patience and care she provides; always encouraging and willing to help in any way she can. Her naturopathic approach to a wide variety of medical issues is amazing to me.
Since I started, I have learned a ton about proper nutrition, how the body processes the food we eat and how to make better choices! In my whole journey, I’ve lost 22 lbs., am eating better now and my body is getting only natural supplements. I feel much better, and I have much more energy.
To sum up my past year’s journey, I will say that going to Nourishing Wellness has been only a positive experience. Sara is always exploring new technology and methods to serve her clientele. You can see in her care that she is excited to help solve the concerns of her clients. If you choose to seek alternative solutions to your troubling health issue, I can overwhelmingly refer you to Nourishing Wellness for peace of mind.
Before Nourishing Wellness, I thought I was doing the right things for my health – exercising regularly and eating the right foods. I was managing my autoimmune conditions the best I could with the help of medication. But I never felt normal. I always carried around that afternoon fogginess associated with hypothyroidism, and I could barely make the drive home from work without wanting to fall asleep.
After working with Sara for 1 month, I learned that what I was doing on my own wasn’t enough to heal the root cause of my autoimmune conditions, which through nutrition response testing, I learned was my gut health. Sara taught me that when I cleaned up my gut health with the aid of natural supplements and proper nutrition, that my conditions would stabilize or improve.
She was right. My energy level has increased, my overall health has improved drastically, and I feel better than I have in years. I have learned so much about functional medicine and the healing properties of food. This program is amazing, and it has truly changed my life.