About 2-3 weeks ago, I visited a naturopath at Brisbane Natural Health like I said in my first post. They asked me to fill in a questionnaire as to why I was visiting; I didn’t really have a particular reason to visit, only that I had been to an irridologist a few times when I was younger, and I really believe that there is something in natural therapies and medicines. So, the questionnaire asks the normal: age, conditions, medications, physical activity etc. and then a question to the effect of, ‘What are you visiting about?’. Um… ‘Anxiety and general well-being’ I wrote, not really know what to write. I’d been hoping to kind of go in there and she’d tell me what’s wrong with me and then fix it.
Now, anxiety is something I’ve stuggled with for awhile now. Few people know about my anxiety, and probably even less know the full extent to how anxiety can affect your life. Late last year, it was at its worse. Anxiety, is like this monster that lives deep inside you and rears it head continually. At first it was just a few anxious moments every now and then, and then suddenly it was continual. All day, every day. And then came the panic attacks; the nausea, the thudding of your heart, the dizziness and the shortness of breath. To explain to someone that has never experienced anxiety, is impossible. Now, I had alot going on at the time, none of which I will go into here, but needless to say, and a few months on, I’m feeling mostly better. I still get stressed, but not in the same way as before.
Going into the appointment, the naturopath asked me lots of questions about my history, my diet, my lifestyle, my physical activity, how I slept etc.
My History (in brief):
- Ear aches as an infant
- Stomach aches as a child (cured by an irridologist)
- Hives and swollen facial features occasionally for about a year and a half as a teenager (cured by an irridologist)
- Glandular fever as a teenager (directly following the hives)
- Type 1 Diabetes (aged 18)
My diet BN (before naturopath):
- Smoothie – milk, yoghurt, banana, berries
- Home-made wholemeal bread with homemade peanut butter and nutelex (instead of butter)
- Sandwhich made with home-made wholemeal bread with a Quorn (vegetarian substitue) burger and salad
- Piece of fruit
- Afternoon Tea
- Carrot sticks or muslei bar or piece of fruit
- Whatever we had decided on
My Physical Activity BN: I attempt to go to the gym a few times a week to some classes.
My sleep: I rarely sleep through the night. As a diabetic, I test my blood sugar two and a half hours after I sleep, I also like to go to bed between 9pm and 10pm (I’m perfect grandma-material). These two factors aren’t always conducive. If we eat dinner later than about 7pm, I often find myself setting an alarm and waking up anywhere from half an hour to two hours after going to bed so I can test my blood sugar levels (to make sure I’m not going to have a hypo during the night, or to correct any hypers). She asked me if I dreamed; I said ‘not often’.
She determined that my diet was quite good, but did make a few suggestions:
- Use dairy-alternatives in our smoothies
- Use plunge coffee instead of instant (less chemicals)
- Drink more water
- Try spelt flour instead of wheat flour
- Avoid diet products or artificial sweeteners
- Use Xylitol or Stevia instead of sugar in coffee
She also recommended that I try and eat earlier and stay up a little later to prevent having to wake myself up. This is because, apparently our body is healing between approximately 10pm and 3am (I think that’s what the times were), so we should really try and sleep uninterrupted within that time. The reason she asked about my dreaming was because if we dream, and we remember the dreams, this means that we are sleeping deeply.
We discussed my history for awhile and I spoke to her about my anxiety and stress. She said that my adrenal glands would be depleted because of this stress. I also told her that I had been struggling lately to keep my blood glucose levels down, they were continually high, no matter how many corrections I did. So all in all, I ended up with a pill-box full of natural pills.
Two weeks on, and I’ve just been to see the naturopath again yesterday. I made the changes to my diet she recommended and from all the research and reading I have done (more to come on that). I have attempted to monitor my blood glucose more carefully and I have tried to ensure I sleep through the night.
I can’t believe the changes I’ve noticed. Assumedly, this is from the diet change and the medicines. My energy levels have increased alot and my blood sugar levels have dropped significantly, to the point where I was having hypos regularly and have since had to lower my bolus and basal rates. Other changes I’ve noticed have been that my skin has been clearer, I now rarely feel bloated and oddly, I have been dreaming ALOT and remembering them.
In the end, she has reduced the bucket load of medicines, and has told me to continue with my new diet, drink even more water and come back in a month; and we will do a detox.
Overall, I am grateful I decided to make that first appointment. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be feeling so good now. If I hadn’t, I would never have picked up the book ‘Food and Healing’, which means that I would never have started looking at WholeFood blogs. Which means, I wouldn’t be hear writing this today.