Want Health Care? Try Self-Care

We all have an innate healing wisdom that lives within us.

I often hear it when clients sign up for health coaching. They’ll say, “I know I need to eat better, I know I need daily exercise, I know I need to quit my job, I know I need to end my dead-end relationship, I know I need to relax…”

Most of us know exactly what we need to do to help ourselves, but we don’t take action on it.

Why the heck not?

I believe it’s because we haven’t been taught to make our self and our health our number one priority.

Self-care is not on the agenda at our schools and it’s not taught in our homes or workplace. So where are we supposed to learn this valuable information?

For me, experience was the best teacher. I learned about self-care and the body’s natural ability to heal through my own sickness. I was dysfunctionally programmed, like many other humans on this planet, to wait until disease came and knocked me to the floor before I made an effort to do something.

The “something” I did was not recommended by my doctors. What I did was considered radical and unconventional.

Instead of taking radioactive iodine to destroy my thyroid and then be on synthroid for the rest of my life, I chose to take full responsibility for the disease I manifested; the disease living inside my body, being fed by my poor diet and lifestyle choices. You can read that full story here: Radiate My Thyroid? What?! No Freakin’ Way!

Within fourteen days of taking responsibility for my health and incorporating self-care, I noticed improvements; clear skin, better sleep, regular bowel movements, and increased energy.

Very quickly, I made the connection that within me lives an innate healing power. All I had to do was nourish it with the proper physical, emotional and spiritual food it needed to thrive.

It’s been almost twenty years since making that initial commitment to self-care, and today my vibrant health (as well as the health of many clients and students) is proof that Thyroid disease, and many other diseases, is curable.

The ability to heal an imbalanced or diseased condition takes patience, persistence and hard work, and you are worth it. It’s time that we learned how to put our health first and incorporate self-care as an option for our health-care.

Here are some simple steps to activating your body’s innate healing wisdom:

STEP ONE – Take responsibility for your illness. This may sound harsh, but whatever the condition is, own it. It is yours.

STEP TWO – Become aware of your physical body and notice how it “feels” on a daily basis:

  • Is it aching?
  • Is your skin irritated?
  • Do you have vibrant energy?
  • Are you struggling to get through the day?
  • Are you sleeping well?
  • Is your digestive system functioning properly?

If your body is not functioning properly it’s time for some serious self-care. Hire a health coach for gosh sakes!

STEP THREE – Eat clean and get off the crap! Our daily food becomes our cells, our blood, our organs, our body, and our mind. We are what we eat. And, I mean that literally! If we eat food filled with indigestible chemical substances that impair the immune system, we cannot create vibrant health. Put your money where your mouth is and purchase local, seasonal food that is naturally grown and lovingly prepared. It’s as simple, and as hard, as that.

STEP FOUR – After getting “clean” dig deeper into the emotional body (the chakras). It’s here you can begin recognizing behavior patterns that may or may not be health-supportive. It’s time to discover who you are and what is your relationship to yourself and to the world around you. If I had simply changed my diet and my lifestyle without working on my emotional body, self-healing may not have been quite as effective.

STEP FIVE – Incorporate ancient healing techniques or use any modern healing practice that works with the body/mind/spirit, and not against it. Some healing methods I use include acupuncture, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, chiropractic, shamanic drumming, chanting, chakra healing, meditation, herbalism, and many others.

Of course, there are many more steps to healing, but the above are the basics.

Always remember, that as long as you are alive and breathing you can improve any condition. When we become aware of our situation and take full responsibility for what we have created, we can flip the switch from disease-promoting to self-healing at any time.

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  • Pablo

    Great post hon!

  • Excited about your free live class on July 26!

  • DaisyHdez

    Yes! Taking ownership is definitely the number one step. Great post Andrea!

  • ed

    I love it!

  • Marina de la Torre

    I very much enjoyed your post Andrea. Love the title. If its OK with you I’ll repost on my FB page. PS: You and Pablo are funny commenting on each others posts; we do the same 🙂

    • Yes, totally okay to post this blog on your FB page. I would be honored. Thank you! And, of course about the commenting… we’ve got to support our partners 🙂

  • Joanie

    Best post yet <3

  • Kate Swoboda

    Is there anything else that you did, other than eating natural foods and looking at emotional patterns? I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I was surprised by the diagnosis, because I did eat a relatively clean diet (and it got cleaner after diagnosis), have done a shiz-ton of deeply courageous personal work, have experienced moments, weeks, months of radiance and bliss, have the courage to work with my stuff as it comes up…and then boom. Diagnosis.

    I immediately cleaned up my diet even further (ditching the whole grains in favor of gluten-free, for instance), plus added in acupuncture support and herbs, but 6 months later, the bloodwork indicators for most tests indicated that nothing had changed, and for one test things were worse.

    I don’t like the idea of taking medication, but have been on it for a month. To be honest? I don’t really notice a difference. Certainly the 20 lbs I gained despite being a runner and eating a diet of quinoa and kale hasn’t gone away.

    I’m open to taking responsibility; I can see patterns in my life still in need of healing. What I question is this: We are imperfect. Everyone has some kind of pattern, somewhere. The experience of illness can be a teacher if that’s what I choose, and it’s what I’m choosing. So–what’s the critical nuance, here? How is it that someone who’s been working to take responsibility for so much of her life, who’s been stepping into more and more joy, and who had been taking care of herself otherwise, gets this diagnosis?

    • Hi Kate – I’m happy to hear you’re taking care of yourself. That’s great! With Hashimoto’s you have to keep in mind that it is Auto-immune. That means the body is attacking it’s own cells. Be aware of where you “attack” yourself emotionally (I could have done that better, I’m not good enough, I can’t do it, etc.).
      Also, make sure you are eating enough protein & fat (animal protein and fat).
      Quinoa and kale are great, but thats a lot of carbs. Generally, hashimoto’s people and hypothyroid people have a tendency to overeat carbs without balancing protein and fat. Plus, don’t eat any raw kale (not good for thyroid).
      I cover that info in my Thyroid DVD: https://andreabeaman.com/now-available/
      Keep up the great work on yourself!

      • Kate Swoboda

        Thanks, Andrea! It resonates for me to hear about “attacking” oneself emotionally; I can see that. I still struggle with the understanding the precise nuance that would lead me to where I’m at, because I was aware that I did this prior to the diagnosis and have been working with this for many years. I’m very transparent about being in process and am not denying that the dynamic is present. It’s more so that I can search myself and say with integrity that I’ve looked at hard truths, core wounds, etc., and can say with peace that I have learned with varying degrees of success to embrace everything that’s coming into my life, and work “with” rather than against. I’m not sure it’s possible to do much more work than I’ve done without turning the process of being on a journey into a perfectionistic land mine. So, if no one’s perfect and everyone’s on some kind of journey to love and accept who they are, why is it that only some of us are getting thyroid conditions? (I don’t ask this question as a “hater;” I ask it in seeking to understand).

  • excellent post! as a graduate of NGI and soon to be intuitive eating couselor i am looking forward to helping my clients value themselves and notice the importance of putting themselves first.

  • Boomerwiz

    Andrea are you saying you do not believe in paying for health care. Quite a radical position IF that is what you are saying

  • EmmyG

    Andrea, I have just begun the training program at IIN and I have a long ways to go. I’ve begun with healthy eating but it is hard to stick to it as it takes so much time to prepare healthy meals. I have a 2-year old daughter and a 5-year old son as well as my spouse so I’m trying to share the healthy eating as a family but it’s tough… Also, I have a lot of issues with anger management. Do you haven any advice? Thanks!

    • Yes, it’s great that you recognize there is other stuff going on in your life (anger). It may be time for some “spiritual” nutrition. I would pick up Louise Hay’s, You Can Heal Your Life. It’s a good one.

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