I remember the first time I saw Juli at Hen Sen Herbs. I had expected to be prescribed some herbs and be healed. Instead, what I came home with was a new way to eat, and the fact that I needed to figure out how to add regular exercise to my crazy busy schedule. You see, Juli explained that the herbs could not alone.
Thankfully, I had a lot of motivation in wanting to be well. This drove me to find new ways of eating and working out despite my initial reaction that it would be too hard. What I did was realize that I am the only one who can do the work to help my body heal. I had been trained from an early age that you can take a pill or vitamins to make you feel better. But, those methods had failed me.
I searched for ways that would help me reach my goal of good health. Exercise didn’t have to be done in the gym. Pushing my kids at the playground or running around playing tag helped get me moving. And so, I kept making changes where I could, and started to see them pay off.
When you first come to consult with Juli at Hen Sen Herbs, you might expect to be prescribed some herbs and be healed. Instead, what you will go home with is a new way to eat to allow the herbs to heal you on the Bland Diet. Juli might even have some suggestions on how to exercise to speed your healing. We know it’s difficult with a busy schedule, but the herbs cannot do it alone. You deserve the extra effort to feel healthy.
We are taught in the Western Culture to just take a pill for any problem. Sadly, this often means depending on a pill or more pills to solve your health problems forever. The purpose of the herbs is to help you heal, not to have to take them every day for the rest of your life. If the body is getting herbs, but you’re also pouring harmful things into it, they simply cannot be as powerful as possible. They need a clear path.
So, how do you tackle the challenge of making changes? The first step is to find your motivation. Find a goal that you can want, be it losing weight before your High School reunion, being able to climb a mountain or simply keep up with your young kids.
Once you find your motivation, start changing your diet. Starting with one meal at a time can make it easier, and some people find it better to change everything at once. You can start adding rice to your meals instead of pasta and bread. Next add vegetables to your plate, the more the better. As your plate becomes full of “Bland Diet” foods, the other stuff won’t have room. You might feel some short-term discomfort from all the changes like craving certain foods, but just remember your goal and motivation. You are worth the effort.
Moving your body is another important part of healing your body. Breathing and circulation are key for good health, so try some gentle exercises that do this such as Tai Chi, Yoga or Stretching and Walking. Find something that works for your body, that you can enjoy.
If you are struggling, just remember it takes time. For any big changes expect some transition time to not be much fun. You can call them growing pains! But, remember the most important thing: you know your body better than anyone. If you feel any discomfort or have any questions, be sure to follow up with your Herbalist.
Holli Margell, Editor