Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.- Soren Kierkegaard
Someone asked me not long ago, what was the one moment that changed the course of my life. I pondered this for some time as there are undoubtedly many markers in my life that make me, me.
But for the sake of keeping this short, the day that my life changed course was the day that I was diangosed with Ulcerative Colitis.
I was 21 years old.
I was so sick.
I was so scared.
When I look back at the 11 years that I lived with this disease, I can certainly remember all the challenges, but in truth UC was a blessing and all that it has taught me has moved my life forward in a way that I am most grateful for.
Ulcerative Colitis introduced me to both traditional and more natural or holistic forms of health care. When it became evident that medication I was taking really only addressed my symptoms, and that I wasn't actually getting better, I sought out a Naturopathic Doctor. She helped me understand that I had several food sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies that were preventing my body from healing. I bought in 100%. With these changes came almost immediate improvement in my symptoms and disease and I was finally able to taper off of my medications with out flaring again. This was certainly an aha moment for me and I wondered why something as foundational as diet was never mentioned to me during my initial diagnosis.
In 2006, I started my teaching career, teaching High School Physical Education and coaching volleyball. Although I continued to work hard at my diet, I began to realize that this was not the only thing that was impacting my health. I began to explore myself on a deeper level, discovering more about my emotions and stress and how these things impacted my health. I eventually took a leave of absence to learn more. I enrolled with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to continue learning about diet and a holistic perspective of health. I also studied yoga and became a Certified Yoga Teacher. I explored several different forms of alternative health care including acupuncture, massage, Reiki, meditaion, mindfulness and more.
I eventually made the difficult decision to leave my teaching career but knew then that I would continue to teach, and I have!
Over the last 10 years I have been able to share what I have learned with hundreds of students, athletes, teachers and professionals, providing them with education and tangible, manageable and meaningful steps to living better each day. I have also been honored by many who allowed me to guide them in a more intimate and personal setting with individual consultations and programs on their unique and personal wellness journey. I love my job!
I see so many people who are frustrated with their ailments and symptoms and the side effects of their medications. I see so many people who are feeling hopeless. I was there once too. There is however, much that we can do to support our healing on multiple levels of our existence. Consuming good quality whole foods and pure water, using natural products and essential oils to support ailments and emotional health, exploring alternative therapies, moving our bodies and managing stress and emotions all have extremely powerful impacts on our health. When these lifestyle changes are embraced, great gains can be made.
It can seem a bit daunting to look at it all at once and think, how am I ever going to do all of this. The good news is you CAN do it. It doesn't have to happen all at once. Wellness is not some place that you arrive at. It is a process and the most rewarding journey that you will ever venture on. I'm here to help.
Copyright Diane Johnson Wellness Consulting 2019