Up until a year and a half ago, I used to eat anything I wanted, made no connection between my health and what I was feeding my body, believed every word that the doctor said…he knew best right?
A year and a half ago, my cousin made me watch Food Matters documentary
A year and a half ago, I woke up.
It was a couple of days before the new year and what better timing to wake up and change my mindset. I’ve never been one for specific new years resolutions, but I decided to have a vegetable smoothie every morning of January. The results were pretty clear, my immune system was getting stronger, where once I was having a cold every other month to now fighting them off.
After a month, I continued to watch documentaries and as I delved deeper and my understanding grew, so did my passion. I craved to learn more about what seemed to be hidden knowledge. It’s a shame that we live in a money driven world.
I was looking for a nutritionist in the Cardiff area, but as I rang up the natural health centre, I was advised to see the Naturopath. What the heck is one of them? But I went with it.
It’s awesome when you can look back and see how things have appeared and slotted into place, meant to be moments. With anything in life, as easy or tough as it might be, I have a belief and trust that everything happens for a reason, even if it’s not clear at the time.
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore
Google soon taught me that a Naturopath focuses on using food as medicine, through a healthy naturopathic diet, nutrition, supplements and cleansing techniques we can get to the root cause of disease, unlike conventional medicine which focus on treating and suppressing symptoms. Sounds interesting, never know until you try.
I always looked forward to my sessions with Julia, receiving dietary advice, I would always leave motivated, and my passion was so obvious that Julia encouraged me to sign up with The school of naturopathic nutrition
Watch the experts explain ?
September 24th 2016, I started my Naturopathic nutrition diploma. I spent one Saturday every month learning with amazing, like minded people, and being taught by knowledgable, supportive and empathetic teachers.
As the year went on and after putting what I was learning into practice, the improvement in my health became noticeable. Seeing the change in myself, was the encouragement and motivation I needed to continue on this path.
Some of the benefits I noticed:
- More Energy
- Healthy skin and glow in my face
- No bloating due to gluten free
- No gas due to dairy free
- Empty bowels everday
- Quick recovery (No aches or tiredness day after the alternative half marathon)
First year nearly completed, which meant one thing, exam! As I’ve mentioned before I’m a practical person, I enjoy learning and being practical in applying them to my daily life. But when it comes to writing things on paper or revising, it’s not my strong point.
Thinking of all the information I had to learn, was pretty overwhelming, but again, a meant to be moment happened. I was browsing youtube on my phone, and stumbled across a Will Smith motivational video. I watched it and the pressure bubble that seemed to surround me popped and I could focus clearly.
Have a listen to his words:
It made sense, instead of being overwhelmed with all I had to learn for the exam, and worrying if I had enough time, I made a list of all the sections and started going through them one by one – brick by brick.
I no longer focused on passing the exam, I kept my focus on learning each section as good as I possibly could.
Last Saturday, along with my fellow class students, I passed my exam ? Thanks for your words Will Smith.
I now apply this philosophy to everyday life, if anything seems like a big challenge, I remind myself that nothing is too big and to keep focus on the building blocks.