My dear sisters,
I have been away for a while. Not just physically, as demonstrated by the lack of blog posts in recent months. No, I have been away mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. Please know that I held all of you in my heart during that time, but you did not know that, and for that I am sorry.
I did not step away willingly from Divine Renewal. But, as we all know, life tosses us challenges from time to time. For the past few months, I have been dodging and weaving the incoming barrage.
The challenges came in the form of health issues: my husband is battling a serious autoimmune disease, my mother underwent surgery for breast cancer, and my personal health hurdles apparently arose from the stress associated with these factors as well as trying to embrace the needs of my two children.
I think of myself as a woman who takes care of herself by watching the quality of food I eat, taking time for myself, using healthy household products, and choosing nutritional supplements. I am trained in and am passionate about supporting and furthering physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment. I help other women use food as self-care, regain their power of the body through food, and help them restore their divine feminine power and self.
Yet with the introduction of the stressful situations in my life, I have a confession to make.
I was jolted into a new reality. I found myself with elevated stress hormone (cortisol) levels, which was accompanied by weight gain and played into a diagnosis of insulin resistance and prediabetes.
My sense of consciousness and wholeness were impacted; I found myself and my body spinning out of control.
I had to look at the diagnosis of autoimmunity for my husband and contemplate what this meant. Autoimmunity involves inflammation throughout the body and is believed to have various causes or risk factors, including heredity/genetics, ethnicity, gender, stress, environmental factors, and lifestyle. On many occasions I have talked about inflammation, its impact on the body, which foods cause and contribute to inflammation, and the numerous diseases and symptoms associated with it.
All of these issues—cortisol, weight gain, insulin resistance and prediabetes, autoimmunity, and inflammation—are in my home, my body, my spirit, my relationships, and my mind, up front and personal. I need to and am ready to confront each of them. However, I want to take you on that journey with me,
because these are not unique situations; they are experienced by millions of women every day.
I am not in these struggles alone; nor are you.
So here are the questions I have asked myself and now ask you:
* Are you ready to take back responsibility for your health?
* Are you willing to accept you can make lifestyle changes, although some of them may be challenging?
* Do you want to be release the balanced, vital, creative, amazing woman that is dwelling inside of you?
* What do you need to do to make the necessary changes to reach your goal?
Now ask yourself these questions:
* How often do you feel fatigued, achy, blue, jittery, mentally foggy, or stressed?
* Are you losing your hair?
* Are you frustrated with an inability to lose weight even though you watch everything you eat?
* Do have food cravings?
* Do you often experience indigestion, gas, or bloating?
* Are you experiencing insomnia or restless nights?
I can feel the energy from the wave of nodding heads!
I have another confession to make: even though I did not welcome my health challenges at first, I do now. They are a message from the universe. I am embracing my health challenges as blessings in disguise. Rather than stepping back, they are telling me to step up with my sisters and share the experiences necessary to make the journey back to wholeness and health. We are in this life-altering journey together, if you are willing to join me.
So here is your invitation! Over the next few months, we will be working on some informative articles that will address the health issues that affect your lives the most, based on emails we receive from you. We also will be developing exciting, in-depth, hands-on material that will help you learn how to restore balance to your body, mind, and spirit through healthy food choices along with stress reduction and other healthful habits. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This simple yet powerful statement may have been uttered thousands of years ago, but it is still so true today. Let’s learn how to live a lif