WOW

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At work we use a little phrase called, “WOWs!” It’s basically a sharing of really cool things we did to “wow” a client, a talent or a teammate. I recently got an email from one of you and all that came to mind was, “WOW!”

You guys send me lots of notes and I do my best to respond to every one of them. While they all touch my heart, this one in particular needed to be shared immediately, and with all of you. When I read her note, instantly my heart swelled, tears came to my eyes and quickly plopped out. It’s a pretty incredible story and proves how fast Ayurveda works. We have all the power within ourselves to change. We innately have all the tools we need to live our best lives. Ayurveda shines a light on that. Please share this with…heck, everyone. This is amazing. Proud of you, J, for your progress and for sharing your story with us. Thank you. Love, Monica B.

Dear Monica,

I hope you don’t mind me contacting you, but I just wanted to write and thank you for the information that you have provided on your site. I read almost every article on your site last weekend and have been following your advice for 5 days. As a result, I have already experienced a dramatic improvement in many aspects of my health and wellness which I have been struggling with for years. Some of what I am about to tell you is maybe a bit personal, or ‘too much information’ for most, but I think you can handle it!

My prakruti is Kapha-Pitta, but I now realise that I have long been battling a seriously aggravated Vata. About 6 years ago I started to suffer with an eating disorder and, whilst I haven’t ever been in any significant medical ‘danger’, I have never really recovered a healthy mindset towards food (my eating behaviour is still very disordered), and was also left with some medical problems as a consequence of the stress I put on my body. In particular, and this is where it gets a bit ‘T.M.I’, I don’t remember the last time I was able to go to the bathroom without taking excessive amounts of stimulant laxatives. As you can imagine, that was pretty horrible, plus my tongue was coated in a thick grey and black coating from all the toxins building up in my colon, my appetite was virtually non-existent, and my stomach was bloated and uncomfortable for 7-10 days at a time until I could do my weekly ‘laxative purge’.

As well as this, my Kapha dosha was also a bit out of balance – whilst I am quite content spending time alone, I had become quite reclusive, and if I was invited out with friends, I would usually find a made-up excuse at the last minute and not go out. I also know that my natural tendency to hoard things had also become worse in recent weeks.  

So, last weekend, when I stumbled across your site, I noticed what I had been doing wrong with regards to my diet and general behaviours: I was living on up to 2lbs of RAW broccoli a day; I ate at irregular times (if I was eating at all); I quelled hunger pains with LITRES of diet cola; after work I would come home, where I would be alone all evening and just watch TV or surf the internet mindlessly; the only real exercise I was taking was my 10 minute walk to and from work; and all that caffeine in my system had led to terrible insomnia. No wonder my Vata was out of whack – I was doing everything in the world to make it worse!

After reading your blog, I made the following changes to my diet and lifestyle:

·  Lemon juice in water on waking in the morning

·  Ginger & lemon tea 30mins – 1hour before each meal

·  Practicing yoga daily – sometimes morning AND evening

·  Eating, sleeping, etc. on a regular schedule

·  Eating soft, well cooked foods – soups, scrambled eggs, fish, cooked foods and NO raw veg (broccoli!!!) – with spices such as cumin, ginger, cinnamon

·  Significantly cut down on intake of caffeine and diet sodas

·  I made a small portion of ghee and cook my eggs and veg in it – eating fats is something that I particularly struggle with, so I have been using teeny amounts and getting used to it. I’m gonna make more this weekend! 

·  Decluttering my wardrobes and cupboards (hello, eBay!), cleaning and tidying my flat

·  Bought jasmine scented incense sticks

As a result I have been able to use the bathroom in the morning when I wake up without laxatives for the first time since I can remember, the coating on my tongue is almost gone, my stomach is less bloated and painful, I have been going out and socialsing with friends, I feel calmer and happier, and I no longer live in a cycle of starving and binging on food.

There is still a long way to go, but I already feel much more like ‘me’ than I have done in the last 6 years, and that is largely down to you sharing your knowledge of Ayurveda. I’m sorry this has turned out so long and so detailed, but I really wanted to extend a heart-felt ‘thank you’, because in less than a week I am starting to feel happy and well again.

6 Responses to WOW

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  2. J says:

    Hey!

    Thanks all for your kind words and encouragements. I was so totally surprised how quickly my body started to respond to ayurveda – with most things, my sluggish natural kapha constitution means that i find my body takes a while to “acknowledge” changes.

    I’m still doing well, the odd wobble here and there, as you might expect after a lifetime of bad habits, but it’s all part of the learning curve!

    Best wishes to you all on your paths to health and wellbeing. Bless you, Monica, for this blog and the wisdom that you share.

    J

  3. Sarah says:

    This letter brought tears to my eyes too. It sounds like the writer spent years punishing her body, and now she is taking lovely, beautiful steps to nourish and care for it instead. How encouraging! Go girl. Keep at it. And thank you to Monica for this blog. I too have benefited from the info in smaller ways. Paying attention to what foods I eat and my daily routine has helped me to understand what my body needs and prevent headaches, which were really putting a damper on my life for a while. I still get headaches, but not to the extent that I was, and it’s so freeing to know you do have ways to help yourself.

    • Monica says:

      Hi Sarah! Thank you for the note!! I will keep going…and YOU too!! So glad Ayurveda is helping you – soon those headaches will be a thing of the past – keep going!
      Best,
      Monica

  4. Liss says:

    This is also an excellent testimonial to how quickly we can encourage balance in our bodies. (Perhaps even more particularly because “J” had a Vata imbalance that was still residing in the colon.) Congratulations “J”!

  5. Cole says:

    Monica,
    Love that you shared this with us. Ayurveda just teaches us to pay attention to ourselves and our bodies and once we experience what that’s like, it’s something everyone can feel the positive benefits from. I love that she took the time to share this with you, and you with us.
    Cole

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