I’d just left a lunch meeting with a few clients and I was feeling particularly good about how well it went. At the time, I was working as a medical device sales rep and a large part of my job, was to host lunch-and-learn meetings. On this particular day, I treated my clients to lunch outside of the clinic, at a neat little beach side diner. We shared bacon wrapped fried jalapeno popper appetizers and I got a fried fish sandwich. The food was delicious! The conversation flowed nicely, and we had some good laughs.
It was on my drive home that I felt a sharp pain under my lower right rib cage. It came on out of the blue and was such an acute pain that it caught my breath and I had to breathe through the wave of nausea that came over me. But, just as quickly as the pain came, it went away in a matter of minutes. I didn’t give it much thought and chalked it up to the greasy meal I had just devoured.
These short “abdominal attacks” would come and go periodically for the next 6 months. I looked on line, of course, and thought maybe it was acid reflux or maybe even my gallbladder.
So, I did what every other self-proclaimed WEB MD “doctor” does and I tried a few home remedies. I read quite a bit online, about how apple cider vinegar may help with acid reflux and a sluggish gall bladder. I started doing shots of raw apple cider vinegar in the mornings on an empty stomach. Blagh – that stuff is nasty! I did find one that is palatable though – Fire Cider by Shire City Herbals.
A few months later, I had a regular annual medical exam scheduled. While there, I mentioned to my Physician’s Assistant, the pains I was experiencing over the past few months. He ordered a blood test and sent me on my way.
Two days later, I got a call from him saying that my liver enzymes were elevated, and he went on to recommend an abdominal ultrasound and a nuclear medicine HIDA scan to check my gall bladder function. The results of the HIDA scan showed that my gall bladder ejection fraction was within normal limits, so it was “fine” according to the nuclear medicine test.
My abdominal ultrasound told a different story. The radiologist’s report stated “diffuse hepatic steatosis with focal sparing…”
When my PA took me into his office to review the ultrasound results he said “Heather, it looks like your liver is sick. It’s kinda fatty.”
“What does that mean?” I asked.
While thinking to myself, “Did he just call my liver FAT?”
“Well, you’ve got NAFLD, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and you might want to lay off the sugar and fatty foods. It’s not all that uncommon really.” He replied with a chuckle.
“Okay, I’ll go easy on the bacon and Girl Scout cookies then.” I joked as I walked out of the office.
I have a pretty good rapport with my PA, but I still didn’t have the confidence to probe him for more details or more advice on exactly how and what to do to treat or reverse my newly diagnosed “fatty liver”.
At this point I had recently graduated from Duke Integrative Medicine’s Health Coaching program, so luckily, I had a plethora of medical resources and information at my fingertips. It was still daunting trying to weed through all the information and “protocols” for reversing NAFLD. But, I was determined to fix it and get my liver healthy again!
I was still working full time as a medical device sales rep and I hadn’t been taking the best care of myself. My stress was through the roof, my diet consisted of lots of catered foods and sweets, and I wasn’t making time to exercise as regularly as I should.
You see, I knew what to do, but I just wasn’t doing it.
The cumulative effects of eating processed food, having borderline high cholesterol, not managing my stress, and not exercising regularly, lead to major taxes on my liver and it was crying for help.
To look at me you might have thought that I was fine or even healthy, but on the inside, I felt like crap.
I made a choice and did a deep dive into really learning what “clean eating” was, finding the best ways to detox my liver, trying to find exercises that I could and would stick to, and working on simple ways to manage my stress.
In my quest to learn all I could about the liver, I discovered how our emotional state is closely related to how our liver functions. Feelings such as anger, fear, frustration, resentment, and sadness can manifest as disease in our body if they are present for too long.
Leading up to this new diagnosis, I’d been on a path to self-discovery and had some helpful tools in my “emotional tool-kit” to pull from. I became Master Certified in the Reiki Usui System of Natural Healing, and I began an EFT (emotional freedom technique) certification program.
So, I started to use these non-traditional methods of healing, in addition to eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management, as a way to heal myself wholly and naturally.
At the time, I didn’t realize it, but these combined components for improving my overall health and wellbeing, became the foundation to my successful Health Coaching program I now offer my clients.
My journey wasn’t a straight and narrow path to health improvement. There were certainly stumbles along the way, and times when I felt like giving up. But, after extensive training at Duke Integrative Medicine, exhaustive research, health coaching, and experience, I now know the steps it takes to make and sustain lasting healthy habit change.
My health transformation was and still is a marathon not a sprint. It’s been a lifestyle change that is now, thankfully, my new normal.
The Revive and Thrive Wellness Health Coaching Method is laid out to help you manage areas of your health that you’re struggling with such as:
- How to manage a new health diagnosis
- Weight management
- and Stress Reduction techniques
I combine a heart centered approach with a strong medical foundation to help guide you through the peaks and valleys of your health. And ultimately, help you achieve your optimal vision of health!
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