Is Your Healing Approach Creating More Dis-ease? Learn The 6 tell-tale signs of counterproductive healing protocols
Once upon a time, I thought I’d never find the light at the end of the tunnel of my own struggle with health. I was spiraling downward with worsening symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, riddled with anxiety, and held back by depression. My weight was unresponsive to my heroic efforts and I felt so damn confused and overwhelmed by conflicting information. What I didn’t know at the time, was that my very best intentions and efforts were only making matters worse.
In this blog, I’m going to give you 6 tell-tale signs of unsustainable and ineffective healing protocols.
Because if you’re diligently following a poorly designed healing approach there is a very real risk that you’ll create even more imbalance and metabolic damage in the process.
Stressful Strategies: Rigid and forced dieting, intense supplementation, and punishing exercise all are inherently stressful “healing” strategies that will push us into a chronic low-level stress response. When our physiology is gripped by sympathetic dominance we produce excess cortisol and excess insulin, which leads to increased inflammation, an inability to lose fat and build muscle, and an inability to digest and assimilate to our fullest capacity. All healing and repair, on the other hand, take place during parasympathetic dominance, or the relaxation response.
Using Supplements as a Substitute for Self-Care:While I believe that supplements can be powerful when used in a strategic way, often I see clients who feel dependent on far too many. Even more importantly, they are being used to try and bypass truly healing rituals and nutritional strategies. In the process, we end up disempowering ourselves. We become disconnected from our own innate power to heal from within and begin to rely on bottles of supplements for our peace of mind. Time in nature, fresh air, and sunshine, digital detoxes, a whole foods soulful diet, movement, meditation and mindfulness, conscious sexuality and relationships, aromatherapy, baths, and more all nourish us on a soul as well as a physical and mental level. They leave us feeling truly replenished, centered, and cared for in a way that no supplement stand-in can.
Treating the symptoms rather than the root: I see so many holistic practitioners using natural medicine from the allopathic medicine paradigm of treating the symptoms rather than the root causes, using supplements or bioidentical hormones in the very same way that medication would be used. An example of this is using herbs to treat estrogen dominance with herbs that raise progesterone and lower estrogen rather than addressing the root of the imbalance. Treating lab results and symptoms without treating the whole person and taking the time to fully understand the emotional, energetic, and physical contributing factors behind the unwanted symptom, disease, or behavior will never provide the healing outome that you desire.
Energetically imbalanced approaches:These only serve to strengthen and perpetuate the imbalance. This is extremely common with female hormonal imbalances. Treating a female hormonal imbalance like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, where there is an excess of male hormones in the system, with predominantly masculine approaches is a highly ineffective approach in the long term. Rigid diets, forced exercise, intense supplementation, meal plans and numbers-based approaches are all energetically masculine. They are, more often than not, inappropriate for creating balance, ease, and freedom in the female body. It isn’t until we invite in the energy of the Feminine when we can truly address the imbalance on a deep, profound level. The feminine or lunar approach to nutrition emphasizes whole, local, organic real foods, nourishment, satisfaction, pleasure, and food as love. Lunar and feminine weight loss approaches emphasize intuitive eating, embodiment, soulful cooking, joyful movement, and listening to the body to decide what and when to eat.
Fear-Driven Approaches: If you are propelled into action around health and healing from a place of avoiding what you don’t want rather than creating your vision of what you do want, then your healing approach will again be inherently stressful and will not deliver the outcome that you desire. If your healing approach is driven by a fear of failure or a fear of not being enough then your approach will only be successful until you don’t feel the way that you’re afraid of feeling. Five days in when you feel pretty good about yourself, your good behaviors will slip away because you’re motivated by the fear, and when you feel good the fear loses its power. On the other hand, when you are driven by a vision and desires, that’s when real magic happens. You’re anchoring into what you really want to create in life- your big why. When we have a strong vision of how we want our life to be and are connected to how that feels – when that is guiding us instead of the fear of not being enough, then we’ve got something that continues to compel us forward in a way that is actually in alignment. If the fear is driving us forward we can get really lost as we come up with convoluted ways to feel enough. The more you put energy into the fear of not being enough rather than the vision of who you want to be, the more you become resonant with the fear of not being enough rather than the vision of how you want your life to be.
Emphasizing external knowledge or a mind-oriented approach rather than a body-led approach: We want to get into the body; embodiment is the key to healing. If we want to travel across the country we need to get into the car to make that happen. And the same is true for healing. If we aren’t in the body, then we won’t be able to get where we want to go. And if we do then it won’t be sustainable, and it won’t bring us the true contentment, joy, and peace that we’re really searching for.
P.S. I’d love to hear in the comments below what the most profound healing strategy has been so far in your journey. Remember, your insights are another’s aha;)
With so much love and gratitude,
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