Two years ago I started on a journey to better understand how what I put in my body affects my health. About 4 years ago I was totally frustrated with chronic pain, inflammation, being allergic to everything and pretty much feeling sick all the time. My frustration was increased by never getting any actual answers from my doctor or specialists. Blood tests, ultra sounds, x-rays, MRIs - you name it. Nothing ever provided an answer and usually resulted in me being handed another prescription. After the startling realization that I was actually responsible for my own health and doing some research, I decided to make some drastic changes to my diet. I wasn't prepared for what was going to happen as a result, but let's just say the concept of a Healing Crisis is not nonsense.
One day, I was reading a food blog (as you do when you're learning how to eat again) and I stumbled upon one written by a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. A light bulb went off as I realized there is actually a way to get an education in nutrition that was different the science-based dietitian education. I did some more research and discovered that the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition offered a program in Natural Nutrition. With its mind-body-spirit approach to health, this program spoke to me. And it spoke loudly, so I enrolled.
Today was my graduation, along with an amazing group of women on similar yet personal journeys. I want to thank them for sharing their experiences and also teaching me so much. I had an awesome group of teachers - each one so unique and talented. They have my eternal gratitude.
I've graduated from college (a couple of times) and today felt completely different. I'm incredibly happy and I've never felt more accomplished as a student. I feel empowered and that I have the ability to do great things in this life - most importantly actually accept that I am responsible for my health and welcome the journey with open arms.
I also want to express my gratitude to my family, friends and loved ones who supported me on this journey - especially all of my case study participants. Thank you, thank you, thank you.