My early years
As a kid I was an anemic, underweight sickly child with very poor immunity. I would have frequent sinus infections and skin rashes. I remember suffering from chronic intestinal parasites too as a child.
When I was 15, I had a major accident (which put me in a coma for a day) and I suffered from traumatic brain injury. I was put on anti-epileptic medicines to prevent any possibility of seizures. I didn’t have any seizures for sure, but what I did get instead was severe side effects like migraines, daytime drowsiness, generalized anxiety and depression. During this time, my family moved to a different city and I was uprooted from my familiar environment which worsened the side effects of the drugs I was on. As a result, I developed severe social anxiety.
To get over my social anxiety and to fit in with my peers, I got addicted to junk food- instant noodles, soda pop and candy. That was the beginning of my journey into obesity.
As I hit puberty, thanks to the anti-epileptics and the junk food I was eating I started suffering from severe mood swings ranging from extreme anger episodes to bouts of crying over trivial issues. I was an emotional basket case and I used food as a solution to deal with this. I continued to get obese. To cover up for my feelings of inadequacy, I became an extreme extrovert, a fun loving, loud person covering up for the scared, nervous little girl inside.
When it all started
I accepted all of my emotional issues and my addiction to food as normal. Life went on, and I started experimenting with weight loss diets which ensured my internal health kept worsening. If this wasn’t enough, pregnancy escalated everything that was going wrong. My weight ballooned, I was diagnosed with depression and I was put on antidepressants after childbirth.
I began earnest attempts to lose weight, from starving myself to keto diets to weight loss shakes to fat burner pills to intense workouts in the gym. None of them gave sustainable results. I stayed fat as ever, becoming more and more hopeless with each failed attempt. The antidepressants lead to more weight gain and additional hormonal problems.
I reached a point of no return
I hated looking at myself in the mirror and started smoking to numb the pain. I would have frequent energy crashes (I didn’t know I was insulin resistant and pre-diabetic). I was already dependent on tea, but with these energy crashes, I got addicted to coffee as well just so that I could get through the day. Along with chronic daytime sleepiness, I now had persistent brain fog that would clear up only temporarily when I had tea or coffee.
One day in mid June 2017, I drank 8 cups of tea and a couple of cups of coffee just to get through the day and I still crashed by 8 pm, I remember my 6.5 yr old daughter shaking me awake so that I could give her dinner. That was the day I realized something was drastically wrong with my health.
I quit all stimulants cold turkey the next day and I couldn’t get out of bed for 2 days. It was the SCARIEST time of my life. I realised my addictions had permitted me to live in denial of my state of poor health and had kept me going. I got my blood work done to look for answers.
I felt deeply letdown
Until this point, like you, I was deeply trusting of conventional medicine, I had hoped they’d be able to diagnose and fix why I was feeling and looking the way I did. That’s when my disappointment began. I was swung helplessly between incorrect diagnosis, ineffective treatments and inconsiderate practitioners and I began losing all hope of ever getting back my health.
I spent almost 1.5 lakh INR on tests and doctors, with no answers. Because of my poor health my work took a hit as well and I went completely broke. Thankfully I could rely on friends who bailed me out financially. This was undoubtedly the lowest point of my existence.
Two things happened here…
One, I stumbled upon my connection with the Universe and explored the spiritual aspect of my existence and my experiences. I held this deep belief that the Universe had my back. All I knew was that my terrible experiences were teaching me something I needed to learn and once I mastered those lessons, there was magic lying in wait for me. This knowledge gave me a sense of security and courage to get through this phase.
Secondly, with this acceptance, the poor state of my health led me to look for solutions to fix everything that was going wrong. Coincidentally a couple of my friends were going through similar challenges with their health and together we discovered the world of functional medicine. We jumped right into it and I began unlearning and relearning everything about food and nutrition
That’s me trying to meditate – Canada, 2016
The power of food as medicine
I revisited my Master’s degree in nutrition to look at other possibilities for healing, possibilities that conventional medicine didn’t even acknowledge
I dove deep into understanding how the body works, why it goes into a state of dysfunction and how it stays disease free and repels illnesses.
I learnt food literally creates our body and influences our thoughts. As my understanding of the body deepened, I was able to restore my own health by eating right.
I uncovered the restorative power of sleep for proper functioning of our system as a whole.
I mastered elegant ways of perceiving and responding to stress (which one can’t escape in today’s fast paced life).
I learnt to implement the right body movement and how to rehabilitate my injured spine and repair aging muscles.
The turning point
From being fat, depressed, suicidal, unattractive, financially broke, constipated and exhausted all the time, I have come to a point where all of these have been addressed. I am 39 going on 40 now and I’ve never felt more mentally and physically healthy in my entire life.
- I feel like I have literally reverse aged.
- I have the energy levels of a 20 year old without depending on any stimulants.
- My skin and hair look better than before.
- My body is agile and flexible
The beauty of it all is that I’ve been able to sustain this wellness over the last year by simply continuing to stick to the 5 foundation principles- Food, Sleep, Stress perception, Body movement and Spirituality.
Eventually I also learnt that the knowledge I had gained was of immense value to others suffering like I had. That’s how Thrive was born. And this is the magic that I knew was lying in wait for me
I now partner with anyone who is emotionally ready to start their own healing journey. If you too are ready to experience sustainable health, reach out to Thrive and I’ll take you there. You are not alone and I have walked the path. Welcome onboard.
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