BE WELL

I love Mark Hyman’s “BE WELL” enriched, empowered person centered approach to healing: science, medicine, nutrition, and humanistic philosophy. Life at its best..

I am a person in longterm recovery who loves thriving all the while optimizing my health.

I am not alone…change is a constant and when my selfcare is compromised e.g traveling l long distances, be it by train boat or plane…time changes alone wreak havoc to my continuing care rituals: intermittent fasting, organic veg and fruit juicing, protein dense plant based nutrition…. in addition to socializing, eating out in restaurants that look fabulously inviting for my inner junk food addict but not to my recovering higher self…who would rather skip a meal than have to eat out…but that’s me being socially challenging person…who does not drink, eat crap or suffer fools…but I digress.. ….what to do?

Easy! I can go with the flow, and apply my rule: go late, leave early…and relax my nutritional guide-lines…as I plan the time for a detox…

Constant cravings can also define addiction. I no longer need or want to graze…ergo no more sugar/carb spikes. because I am disciplined to not eat between meals.

Intermittent fasting is fabulous at restoring hormonal balance, gut integrity and rehydration. From that 8am first rush of cortisol, throughout the day my hormones fluctuate… when I have meetings to go to in Central London I carry my water bottle and emergency remedy…

Trial and error would describe the plethora of ways to treat vertigo…my chiropractor is fabulous with the Epley manoeuvre and I will book in a session before getting on plane or boat.

From the very first vertigo attack a few years ago, I woke up at 5am…to a kaleidoscope of flashings lights, feeling nauseous, but cold not move out of the bed for fear of falling over….I woke my husband who calmed me down by helping me sit up while he called 911…They suggested going to A&E, we did and the first doctor who assessed me said it was Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo and admitted me to continue investigating….I had a brain scan, lumbar puncture, blood tests etc… the results came back confirming it was indeed BPPV….

What to do…took a wide range of supplements and having regular Epley manoeuvre’s at the the Chiropractor…escalating anxiety came roaring back into life, and it was only when I was borderline agoraphobic I decided to detox and book in for s series of B12’s i.v treatments and then regular 3 times daily sublingual drops…

…I am symptom free now for the past two months…the spontaneous vertigo/panic attacks could pass…if I knew how to process the escalating anxiety…took a few times to master fear by recalibrating my thinking….from trauma-speak “I am going to die” to “I am safe, I am in control, I have everything I need right now…” plus a few inhales and exhales to oxygenate my mind and body, also carrying a bottle of filtered water, from home and a bespoke B12 sublingual supplement…and the feelings pass.

My recovery toolkit: is a series of small actions…breathwork is perfect for reducing stress, regular yoga, walking, running etc…and are consciously gut cleansing e.g. reducing a lifetime of addiction to sugar, fat and salt…in addition to restorative afternoon naps (often) and sleeping in, again often… eating nutrient-dense foods, and taking time out every day to be ease in the stillness… just “be” is nectar for my soul…

I love silence…and fortunately for us I have the space at home to retreat to …

I inhabit a crazy, chaotic world…nothing is easy and nothing is as it seems… I have no control over what happens to anyone except myself…..ergo it is a relief at night to drift off with more than modicum of peace of mind…. just as intermittent fasting is fabulous for engendering a good night sleep, so too is turning of all devices off by a set time each night….until the next morning…

Our bodies love routine, and can recover from stress faster when we stop bingeing on fast food, munchies, or Netflix or social media….

Be well.