My health journey
If I had to explain to you why I started this blog & Healthinez, I would have to take you back to 2010 in Mexico.
Although Mexico is a beautiful and exciting country, it's also known for a tiny little creature that can have a significant effect on your life. I'm talking about mosquitos and more specifically dengue mosquitos. Apparently, they liked me a lot and left me with a present I could not return. Dengue fever!
Back in Belgium after only 2 months working at the voluntary children's project in Mexico, the doctors told me they had no cure and actually didn't know what to do with dengue. The only real info I got was that it could stay in my body for about 1-3 years. What??? They weren't kidding and after a couple of years struggling with lots of different, incoherent physical problems I learned that I had also developed different food intolerances. I couldn't digest any gluten, milk, sugar, fructose, yeast,...
I immediately changed my diet, but there wasn't anybody who could help me or guide me through this. So I started investigating myself. Doing lots of research online, reading books, talking to people,...
By the end of 2013, I've had enough of always eating the same boring food and spending hours trying to find my specific products in different stores.
Ambitious as I am I decided to start an allergy free food shop called "Gusta" in Antwerp, Belgium. It was a hit, and the success was so big that it wasn't possible for me to keep running it. My body was failing, and my mind had done so much overtime; I didn't know who I was anymore, where I was, what I had to do,... I crashed big time!
I got diagnosed with burn out and the advice to take it slowly and live stress-free.
Easier said than done of course. Fortunately, my amazing brother and mother helped me to deal with everything business related and supported me to really take it easy and figure out what was happening with me.
The year I had to close down my shop I also lost my godmother, who died from cancer and my father who suddenly died of a massive brain hemorrhage. By the end of that year, 2016, a specialist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. A disease that affects the muscles and connective tissue. This news was a big bomb for me because I had heard that this was something you could not recover from.
Stubborn and at that time a bit stupid and naive I thought that if I ignored it, it would go away. But by the end of 2017, I felt so miserable. I couldn't walk properly anymore, I was so tired all of the time, I had big issues with my digestion, and I felt very lonely. It was time to make a big decision!! I never forget my doctor's face when I told her I was ready to deal with all the things I needed to deal with (not clearly knowing what it was). She was so supportive and delighted to hear that I wanted to put in the work to change my lifestyle: learning to set boundaries, deal with emotional wounds, getting stronger physically,...
Since January 2018 I'm on a fantastic rollercoaster of positivity, support, strength, well being, loving, hardworking,...and heading towards an amazing future. Once I decided I had enough, I started getting better physically, mentally and emotionally. How I did this, what I did and if this worked or not I will tell you all about in my blog. I want to share everything that has helped me, and I hope someone else can benefit from this as well. So, I hope I can take you with me on my positive & healthy journey towards a fulfilled and happy future.
Big hug and lots of love
What are my strengths?
° Coaching: listening & searching for solutions
° Public speaking: I used to be a teacher ;-)
° Cooking & baking healthy and allergy conscious food
What are my weaknesses?
° Not saying no often enough
° Keeping a balance between being active and resting enough
° Wanting to do everything at the same time
° Being a perfectionist