I’m geeking out over here! I found a new book that I’m really enjoying. It’s been a few years since I really dove into learning new things about natural health, but I’m diving in now.
It all started with listening to a podcast, The Dr. Axe Show. The podcast sparked two things I want to tell you about, in hopes you’ll be inspired too.
First, I was introduced to Will Cole. He is a functional medicine practitioner and author of three books, one that I’m now reading Intuitive Fasting. If you don’t know, I’m a huge advocate of functional medicine which is all about getting to the root of chronic problems and I eat up all things that lead me to this end. Books and podcasts have given me an education well past my college days, for sure.
Anyway, I had already been thinking about revisiting intermittent fasting to help kick-start my metabolism again. Then, this guy starts talking about all the health benefits of time-restricted eating combined with a low carb/ketotarian food plan, and I was ready to hear more. I seriously love learning about this kind of stuff! I’m a few chapters in and I’m learning about metabolic flexibility, insulin resistance and more. Like I said, I’m geeking out!
The other really exciting thing that happened as a result of listening to the podcast, is that I have made an appointment to see a functional medicine doctor in Tampa! I live nowhere near Tampa. Isn’t that crazy? Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, I don’t have to fly to Florida. (However, It would be a good excuse to go, right?) Although he does see patients in office, he also is set up to treat remotely and I am so thankful! I’ve tried local doctors in the Midwest, but they just have not been able to get me where I want to be. After six years of making lifestyle changes and being on medication, I still struggle to feel my best. I still feel like there's a mountain between me and optimal health.
All this to say, I believe we each need to be advocates for our own health. I think there is a level of learning we all need to do in order to know the right questions to ask our health care providers. And then, when we don’t get the answers we are looking for, we knock on another door. That’s what I’m doing. I’ve learned enough to say enough is enough. I want to write my story differently and I’ve learned enough to know that it’s possible. I just needed to find the right person to help me move my mountain. I have hope I finally did. Hope that I can get to the root of my disease and live with more energy than I’ve had in a long time!