What brought you to Health and Wholeness? I trained with Christian and Nina before they opened Health and Wholeness but lost touch with them after changing jobs and a civilian deployment to Iraq. I happened to drive past Health and Wholeness, noted the named, and found the organization on Facebook. I was elated to see Christian and Nina and decided to simply stop by. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001 and recognized that my diet would be instrumental in my overall quality of life. I found Health and Wholeness’ approach to whole-self wellness and health to be very attractive and just what I needed as I sought to make such fundamental lifestyle changes.
How many days of the week do you use our services and for how long? I meet with Lindsay Huttman for nutritional counseling approximately every two-three weeks since May. Between each of our sessions, we maintain regular contact to address any questions I might have and ensure I’m keeping up with the program she created for me.
What are your biggest motivators? Living the best life possible while living with a chronic disease is my biggest motivation. I spent the entire summer of 2010 in-patient at the National Rehabilitation Hospital relearning how to walk. My MS had progressed to such a degree that I lost my ability to walk in a safe manner due to major issues with proprioception and severe ataxia. I worked extremely hard to move from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane before I was discharged. Even after leaving the hospital, I spent an additional six months in physical therapy before I was fully released from the care of a pain, management, and rehabilitation neurologist. I want to do everything in my power to ensure I never experience a repeat of the summer of 2010, and I don’t wish to do it via synthetic medication. There is no doubt that I am much better than I was, but it is my goal to be much better than I am.
What is the most significant change you have made/noticed since coming to Health and Wholeness? I have altered my eating habits to focus on quality grass-fed proteins and organic vegetables while largely eliminating sugars and gluten-based grains. I feed my body health; I feed my body nourishment; and I feed my body love through the food I consume. I now believe that the food I consume is a reflection of how I value and care for myself. I protect my body properly nourishing it.
What have you learned about yourself since starting your journey with us? It seems so cliché to hear people say that health is a journey, but that sentiment is so true. I realize it is the most worthy and important journey possible because it bleeds into EVERY other part of life. My experience with Health and Wholeness has taught me that I’m a much stronger person than I ever realized, but I have also come to realize that I am my own biggest critic and worst enemy. Perfection is simply not possible and will only bring about frustration, which can derail even the best plans. However, it has been crucial to have the support of Lindsay and all the folks at Health and Wholeness in this journey.
What advice would you give someone starting on his/her own health journey? Give yourself grace. One slip-up or two, three or four slip-ups are NOT the end of the world. All that matters is that you make the course correction and get back on track. It is never too late, and at Health and Wholeness you will have an amazing team to support you along the way.
Is there anything you’d want others to know about Health and Wholeness? The professionals at Health and Wholeness genuinely care about those who come seeking guidance and are so welcoming to everyone. They are knowledgeable, hilarious, and incredibly supportive. If you are interested in making life changes without gimmicks or unsustainable guidance, Health and Wholeness is the place for you. Much like the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Health and Wholeness focuses on adding life to the years of those who work with them.