After I crossed the pregnancy finish line, I fell flat on my face. Three children. Check. Only one problem: Mama was a hot MESS. Everywhere I went I couldn’t escape my body, my symptoms. It was like carrying around this BIG black suitcase. All I wanted to do was DROP IT and run away FAST. But my symptoms stayed right alongside me: irregular cycles, tenuous sleep, and digestive distress. I’ll spare you the yucky details.
Think of all the symptoms or dis-eases you’ve experienced from childhood and every year thereafter. What symptoms or dis-eases can you list? Wheezing, rashes, headaches? Ear, sinus or throat infections? What about seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema, ADD or ADHD, IBS, IBD, or some other acronym? Or maybe it’s excess weight, mood and sleep problems, or constipation and bloating. If it’s not one of the above, fill in the blank with symptoms that describe your dis-ease. For me it was miscarriages and hormonal, digestive DISASTERVILLE.
Why do you carry a big black suitcase filled with dis-ease? Because of an inability to deal effectively with stressors – the sh*t life plops on your teeter-totter that can throw you off balance. Stressors can be environmental or genetic. In the past it was thought that genes – the physical blueprint one inherits from their parents – were out of one’s control. The study of epigenetics has uncovered that you can control how your genes express by changing your environment. This means that how you think (mindset), what you feel (emotions), and the actions you take (diet and lifestyle) all have an effect on how your genes express.
“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her; but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire
Are You Playing Your Cards for Health?
Learn a simplified path to re-balance your body using three self-love habits: Eat, Rest, Move! (p.17) Eat REAL food fit for you; Rest to absorb the nutrients into your cells; Move to release waste from your body. You are what you eat, absorb and release. See how these three self-love habits help you play your cards for health.
I’d love to know…
Which self-loving habit needs your attention? Eat? Rest? Move!? All of the above?
POST A COMMENT and share your Soul.
You never know how you, your story, your words heal others.
Susan McCreadie, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician
Founding President of the 501(c)3 nonprofit getREALforkids.com