When I entered college two and one half years ago I declared complimentary health as my major. I was sure that I wanted to study reflexology and begin a practice. It was a dissapontment to learn that the course was no longer being offered but I kept that major totally unsure of where it would lead.
The class I took in nutrition was memorizing generalized RDA guidelines with little discussion of individualized dietary needs, restrictions, or the effect of food on overall health. It provided no spark in the further study of nutrition.
It was the fall of 2016 when a guest speaker in one of my classes, told the story of her child’s battle with allergies. Symptoms were lessened or eliminated only when the family went through a complete change in the foods that they ate.
This was not new to me. I knew people who had experienced changes in their children’s behavior with the change in diet, but somehow diet and nutrition had not caught my interest. Possibly because it is a bit hypocritical of me to preach healthy eating while I plow through a bag of potato chips, or possibly because the information had never fully presented itself.
Vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free choices were not common, at least not for someone raised in a meat and potatoes type family. We were brought up to eat according to the food pyramid. It was how you built strong bodies and minds. When that didn’t work the doctor gave you vitaimins. It was the beginning of the quick fix.
It was spring semester of 2017 that I discovered meditation and fall that I fell in love with yoga and mind body stress reduction.