There have been many changes in my lifestyle lately. Nothing major or extreme. Let’s just say I have been waking up. Words like organic, natural and vegan in which I would have previously rolled my eyes at are now important members of my vocab fam. Strange how life works isn’t it?
I am changing. I am expanding. I am growing. Like it or not I guess.
One of the biggest changes in my life has been my personal choice to switch to natural, vegan and cruelty-free products. It didn’t happen overnight and I am still learning a lot but I feel good about the changes I am making for me and I feel ready to share with you all a little bit about what brought me to these changes.
Buckle up, it’s about to get personal up in here.
It all started a little over a year ago.
I began experiencing odd cramps and after I visited my doctor I was told that I had ovarian cysts. Oh? OK, that’s a first. I was further told that they are pretty normal and that many women will experience these at some point in their lifetime. Sounded good to me and after I left my appointment I assumed all would be normal once more. But after another month it just seemed to be getting worse, not normal. The pain was so constant it was becoming a major annoyance in my life. At 27 years old I had never had this issue before and was seriously concerned and curious as to why this was happening to me now.
Another trip to the doctor…
She suggested I get on birth control pills in order to stop the cyst growth. Which I did, and they went away. Problem solved right? Yea, not really. After a few months of taking the birth control pills, I began experiencing other types of issues, mood swings, breakouts even a little weight gain. I felt like a zombie and I knew it was because of the hormones in the pills, it had happened to me before, which was why I stopped taking them, to begin with. I was all out of balance, I just did not feel right.
Another trip to the doctor…
I shared my feelings of unhappiness about the pills. We switched to a pill with the lowest possible hormonal dosage. I felt relieved. But after a few more months there was no change, I still felt like a zombie, albeit a cyst-less one.
Another trip to the doctor…
I finally was able to get an ultrasound after almost a year of waiting. I was convinced they were going to finally tell me something that would satisfy me. Like “Oh we missed this twin that has been growing in your abdomen since birth with its own teeth and hair.” Or something weird like that. But you guessed it… nothing. After the ultrasound I was once again confirmed to be normal, many women experience this. Poor women.
So this was it. Were these my only options? Feel like a zombie on birth control pills for my whole life or have cysts?
I decided after nearly a year of confusion and doctors appointments that I was going to find a natural approach. It was the only choice I had left. A choice I discovered on my own without so much as a whisper from my doctor.
I began absorbing the advice of every hippy, naturopath and natural health practitioner I could find. I journeyed to my local health food store and began educating myself on the other options not provided by my doctor. I read stories from those who had gone down this road also, I read books and I began to feel optimistic about taking the plunge into a pilless treatment for myself.
The consensus among most was limit the amount of external hormones in my body and regulate the ones I have naturally. Basically the same idea as the birth control bills in regulating but there are other natural ways to do this, believe it or not. So I began a new approach, I started eating organically, increasing fiber, stopped using plastic, stopped eating dairy, began exercising more regularly and more along my point I began searching for natural products to put on my body. Moisturizers, makeup, shampoo, everything!
Why? Because the evidence was that the hormones and chemicals contained in the products we use regularly can and will eventually have some kind of affect on our bodies. I like many of you thought it was craziness at first but I decided to take the chance, I was desperate. I got off the birth control, committed myself to a natural approach and indulged completely.
Maybe you can guess what happened. I am now free from my cysts, I don’t feel like a zombie and I am %100 convinced that this is the real deal, what we put on and in our body matters… a lot!
The sad truth is that if I had been living naturally, eating organically and reading the back of my shampoo bottles sooner then I may have never been this off balance, to begin with. My hormones would have been in check and in my particular case, the cysts may have never developed.
Now don’t be foolish people! Don’t get off your pills and start drinking hippy tea. Do your research if you are thinking of finding a new approach to a health issue of your own. It will take work but the information is out there just not in the regular places you would look to find them. That is why it is called alternative medicine after all.
More on my story…
During this same year, I began practicing Buddhism, a spiritual practice that began to have a profound effect on how I viewed the world around me. The world that includes animals, the environment and myself.
The love I feel for many things that I previously had my eyes closed to is now something that pours out in ways I can not control, nor do I want to.
Using my power as a consumer for the betterment of my own health, the livelihood of good people and the survival and health of other creatures on our earth is what drives me to consume consciously. One of the ways I do that now is by being conscious and natural with my purchases of beauty products.
I have not looked back from my decision and I am happy to say that nearly all my products are now natural, my health is better than ever and so is my spirit.
If you would like to read my all natural beauty reviews of products check in the All Natural Beauty category of this site. New posts weekly!