When I describe what I do to people, I often use the word “holistic”. As in, I help people realize their health goals from a holistic standpoint. Integrating mind/body/spirit, looking for the more natural path, and overall – listening to your body. Therefore when people ask me what my definition of holistic is I tell them it’s whatever you think it is.
Of course, if people need more clarification we can have a more in depth conversation, and I certainly do not give this response to be snarky. Rather, I am so over the one-upping and judgement that seems to surround people who are trying to live a more natural lifestyle. I am so inspired by the global movement I see bringing attention to disease prevention vs. treatment, using food as medicine, finding remedies to common ailments in nature. This is how I live my life, but it is one decision at a time. I cannot always buy everything organic, or wait out a headache with tea and peppermint oil, or cloth diaper my baby (read: I never did!). When you choose to describe yourself as “holistic” or “natural”, this can invite a lot of eyebrow raising and scrutinizing. Often, this can be internal as well. When I balk at $9 strawberries and put the regular ones in my cart, a voice in my head starts saying “aren’t you a health coach?”. I am slowly learning to retrain that voice, and to find peace from external forces of judgement.
In life, and with our health, the best any of us can do is to make the best decisions we can in the moment, and to really honor what our bodies need. That, to me, is living holistically. Honoring what is up for us, and acting on it. For example – when I was pregnant, I tried to avoid taking medications that I felt were unnecessary. In my third trimester I came down with an outright debilitating case of bronchitis – as in, could not get out of bed. I went to the doctor who felt that the case was bacterial and prescribed antibiotics. I deliberated, did my research, and ultimately listened to my inner voice which was practically screaming “take the freakin’ antibiotics!”. So I did. I felt better within less than 24 hours. To me, that was validation that I made the right decision. Although antibiotics are hardly a traditional holistic remedy in and of themselves, in that circumstance, they were for me. I honored what my body needed, and my body healed. I hope this story brings you peace from voices of judgement – others or your own!