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This is the continued telling of my wellness journey.

To read about my history, fertility and weight problems take a look at the first post: My Wellness Journey so far Part 1

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I am going to backtrack a second. Although I made changes to my diet in order to get pregnant with E, I still ate the occasional fast food taco, used chemichals on my skin, in my home, and kind of half asked this whole detox thing. This has all been a slow process. 

Nothing makes you take more responsibility for your own health than having a child who depends on you completely for everything. Growing a little person inside of me really made me thing about what I was putting on and in my body. This miracle, that I was not supposed to be able to have naturally found her way into my womb and was growing without much input or effort on my part. I was damn sure to keep her there and as healthy as I could! 

It was during my pregnancy, when I spent way too much time in bed sick and bored that I started really digging deep for answers.

  1. What medications can I take during pregnancy?
  2. What foods do I eat?
  3. What vitamins do I take?
  4. How do the chemicals in your skin and body care effect my fetus?
  5. Cloth or disposable diapers?
  6. Breast or formula feed?

If you are a parent, you know what I am talking about.

This is when the world turned upside down for me. I started wondering WHY corporations were allowed to put carcinogens and endocrine disruptors in our personal body care and call it safe? And people put this on their kids?!?

My eyes were opened, and I was horrified, angry and felt betrayed by the world that is not as altruistic as I once thought. Instead corporations are out poisoning people in the name of profit. I am constantly appalled at the extent of corruption and greed that is slowly killing people in the name of big business. The fact our government not only allows but supports this is mind numbing.

This is my breaking point going from “Ok I can make small changes” to “What can I eat, drink, use, and bathe with without slowly killing my self”.

So I gave birth to E and that sucked but I did it!

We had our baby. 

Amanda and Ellie

I fell into a deep dark pit of postpartum depression. Thankfully my husband spoke up and I got help. I took Prozac per the doctors orders (because I had taken it before and it worked) for six months.

I am pretty convinced I had PPD because of a vast nutrient deficiency I am pretty sure I have had my whole life, and what little nutrition stored I had were taken by the pregnancy and by breastfeeding.

After getting the whole PPD under control I started this blog and really started to dig deeper into how I could detoxify my life both physically, intellectually and spiritually.

I started taking intense courses from herbalists learning how to make salves, oils, lotions and potions. The proper use of herbs. How to harvest them correctly and a little bit on wildcrafting. I was in love.

I found people who really understood me, where I was coming from, and they were so knowledgeable. So empowered. So unique. These people did their research on everything in their lives to find the benefit to themselves and others.  They are the most selfless people I know and I am blessed to know such kind open hearted people.

I find most people in the natural living/herbal community are kind, open-hearted, bright people filled with light and love. They truly come from a place of peace, love and helpfulness. There are always the “fringe” people that give us a bad rap but meeting people like this changed my life.

When my daughter was 9 months old we moved to Colorado because of a work transfer for my husband. This was such a great opportunity for our whole family. I immediately accidentally got pregnant with our son.

This pregnancy was different.

I was not throwing up all. the. time. I had perfect blood pressure and barely gained any weight. We were physically active throughout the pregnancy with a lot less aches and pains.

By this point I was eating just about all whole foods but still eating “healthy whole grains”. I had gone from 340lbs right before having E back to 285lbs and maintained that while growing my baby boy. My weight before giving birth to N was 292.

This was a week before having #2.

This was a week before having #2.

I attribute my healthy pregnancy to these big changes:

  1. Almost no fast or processed food
  2. All whole foods, eating organic “dirty dozen” and hormone/antibiotic free meat
  3. Herbal teas to promote healthy pregnancy and wellness
  4. Whole Food Raw Prenatal Vitamins (Garden of Life Prenatal-highly recommend it)
  5. Other whole food vitamins including vitamin D, Fish oil supplements and vitamin B complex

My two problems during pregnancy were the TERRIBLE indigestion I had that I was not taking meds for because I did my research and found them to be unsafe for pregnancy. My OB said they were safe for my last pregnancy, but this time I was better informed and took my health and the health of my child into my own hands. I was also suffering from anxiety and depression. Not as bad as my PPD was with Ellie but my body was definitely off.

I went to AZ for a month to figure my self out and get some rest. They helped take care of E while I did lots of research and got as much sleep as I could.

It finally clicked that my body was still not getting the nutrients it needed to support me and the baby and it was, rightly so, giving the nutrients to the baby and not me!

I will note that once you have started your healing journey, you will become much more aware of your body and its cues telling you what it needs. You just have to listen. 

At least I figured this out.

So I started making and drinking my Crazy Pregnant Lady Tea that helped keep the crazy at bay. I also started taking St. Johns Wort for anxiety and depression after much research and consulting my midwife, herbalist and homeopathic MD. I feel much more safe and secure using these natural remedies from the earth, used for thousands of years by knowledgeable healers instead of a drug that has known bad side effects.

During the holidays I realized that my stomach HATED me especially after eating desserts and sweet treats. I had read before about gluten and the issues it could cause many times, every time saying “Yeah ok but thats not for me. I love bread.” I got SO sick during Christmas that I swore off gluten.

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I quit eating gluten Christmas day I was so miserable. I figured it was just temporary to see how I felt.

I can not tell you how much better I felt! I had more energy, my anxiety almost disappeared over night, my skin cleared, I stopped retaining water and my stomach felt much better. I dropped my over the counter stomach meds and started using papaya enzymes as recommended by my midwife. They worked really well at controlling the reduced stomach pains and indigestion I was having.

My anxiety  and indigestion were not cured but they was much better and I was able to function and come home to my very neglected husband for the rest of the pregnancy.

To be continued in part 3…

 

Can you relate to my story? Have you fought these same health issues in your life? I would love to hear your healing journey! 

 

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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11 Responses to My Wellness Journey So Far Part 2

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your journey! Just like you, I had no idea about all these things until getting pregnant with our first and realizing what an effect all the things we put in and on our body has on this new life growing inside. It’s been an incredible journey as well! We’re eating real food now and my husband and I feel so much better than before! We’re glad we can give our kids a wholesome start on life too, free of junk foods (okay, like 98% free of junk) 😉

  2. Deb Baldwin says:

    Your story is one of personnel growth as you strive to regain your health joy and secure your families health. I admire the way you educate yourself and provide the information for others. Be proud of yourself. Keep up the good work .

  3. Becky says:

    Sounds like you are on an important journey and learning a ton! Congrats on making the changes that you have. Please feel free to link up at my Tuesday Greens linky for sustainable tips, gardening and homesteading posts. http://www.craftygardenmama.com Have a great week!

  4. Charyse says:

    I have PCOS too…difficulty conceiving our second child right now and attempting to lose weight through clean eating and exercise. I like how hard you’re working to make changes and feel better…I too have struggled with anxiety and depression, chronic indigestion, all that awful stuff. Keep up the good work!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks! I will post part 3 next week. Things are looking up so keep following and keep your head up! Good luck with conceiving. I know how difficult it can be.

  5. Mary Beth says:

    I also have PCOS and have spent two years, and countless dollars, using traditional fertility medications trying to get pregnant. After finally needing an emotional, and financial, break I’ve been trying to research natural ways to improve my health and hopefully conceive. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story!

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