This week I continue the journey of sharing others' stories who have given me permission to do so.
Jessica had been withholding patience, respect, attention, and support from her own body for a long time. She loved herself, but did not know how to physically show that love to herself. She tried different cleanses and juicing techniques over the years, but seemed to bounce back into processed foods and sugary alcoholic beverages soon after.
Stress reared its head from a very young age. She dealt with the family and home stress through episodes of bulimia. The same thirty pounds came and went numerous times. In her head, she knew what to do to correct the problem. Making the brain-heart-body connection daily was an overwhelming challenge. Jessica asked me to coach her in a 43 day round of HCG.
During the protocol, Jessica learned what foods her body needed more of and what foods her body no longer craved. She gave up alcohol completely. Her resistance to exercise fell by the wayside. Jessica has actively been hiking, taking Pilates classes, and experimenting in new and unusual fitness classes. There is a renewed self confidence and self trust. She has said YES to herself and YES to life.
Danny is a gifted massage therapist. He is intuitive in his healing and closes his eyes when he massages clients. When I first started going to him for my own massage needs, I was in the first thirty days of my HCG protocol. He watched me melt right before his eyes in the months that followed.
Over the years we have talked deeply about nutrition, fitness, and life goals. Eventually Danny asked me to guide him on his own Wellness From Within journey. Witnessing my transformation first hand motivated him to do something about his obesity.
The first week I took him shopping at an inexpensive produce market and a high end organic market. We swapped out his oils and nuts. We bought raw cheeses and healthy grain free snacks. Then I walked him through the Guide to Wellness from Within..
I feel like a proud mama! It takes a lot of courage to own up to yourself and to someone else that you know what you have been doing thus far has not been in your best health interest. Danny has been consistent in drinking a gallon of water a day. Danny fell off the wagon a couple of times in the ten weeks. After just two bites of pizza, he called me on the phone and shared that those two bites actually made him sick to his stomach. For the first time in his life he was tuning in to what his body asked for. It did not ask for pizza.
I am so happy that he entrusted me with his body goals and his future health. Danny tells me that he feels so much better physically these days. His struggle is with the rest of his family. They say they want to eat real, whole foods along with him, but they consistently buy packaged and processed foods. They overfill the pantry, cupboards, counters, and top of the refrigerator with temptations that Danny must resist. Every day is a battle, but he is winning the war.