Hi Friends! Happy Friday!
Feeling like this particular Friday needs some FRIDAY FEELS
I want to discuss what seems to be a booming debate right now – who does wellness best?! I honestly and truly believe that holistic practices are the future of health and the best and most achievable way to have balance (and I recognize my bias towards that but regardless I do believe it is the future!). That is the fundamental component of holistic nutrition (my own area of expertise): balance. Not about calorie counting, balance. Not just a balance with diet or fats and proteins and carbs (although important), but a complete harmony of your physical and non-physical beings. Do you eat a perfectly paleo diet and have six pack abs but are so mentally stressed out and cranky all the time that you can barely focus? Not balanced. Do you eat terribly but go to the gym and work out like a crazy person 7 days a week? Not balanced. Etc etc to the endless amounts of examples there are for people that aren’t spiritually and physically balanced. That is holistic.
Now, enters the world of medical professionals including doctors, dieticians etc. Not to generalize by any means because there are a great number of professionals who are open to learning about and even including holistic practices within their ‘belief systems’. That said, there are also a large number of professionals in this world looking to squash people like me like a bug. Or as Jim Carey would say “I’m the little ant and you’re the big kid with the magnifying glass that wants to burn off my feelers, and watch me squirm!” Why? Why does it have to be one or the other? The pure definition of holistic medicine: “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.”
We’re in a state of change right now in a lot of ways and you can not only see the shift happening but be an active participant. People are starting to take wellness from all aspects very seriously and that’s amazing!! As many people hate the arguments like “vaccination vs non-vaccination” they are ground-breaking because at least those conversations are facilitated now and people are actually critically thinking about their health, what they put in their bodies and the effect that has on their wellness! What we’re experiencing right now are growing pains and shifts in practices, thought processes and opinions and that’s amazing – if we aren’t changing we aren’t growing!
I’m not saying that I have the education or experience of a medical professional (which perhaps is where some of the tension stems from). All I’m saying is that it’s near impossible for one person, professional, expert etc. to be able to single handedly provide an entirely holistic form of care – so why not work together. Accepting weaknesses and flaws while simultaneously embracing strengths is a beautiful thing and THAT is providing the greatest care to someone – understanding that your participation in the care of a person’s wellness is a puzzle piece, not the picture on the box.
That’s my vent sesh to end this week!! Happy FRIDAY friends have a wonderful weekend filled with happiness and magic!