Recover Your Health - Discover Yourself4 Weeks to Optimal Wellness
I am so thrilled to have you join me on this 4- week experience and the journey to optimal wellness through Recovering Your Health & Discovering Your Self.
My name is Lacy Davidson and I am a conventionally trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher. My approach to working with patients has always had leanings of a more holistic and integrative view and today as a Functional Medicine Practitioner, my role is to empower patients and help them identify the root cause of what’s really out of balance in their body, mind or spirit and return to a state of wholeness.
Congratulations on taking the next step forward on your journey!
In Appalachia, we’re known for being pioneers, trail blazers and innovators. Those of us who grew up in Appalachia, know what it means to ‘make our own fun’ and ‘eat what you kill’. In Appalachia, we know that it’s just as important to teach a man to fish as it is to know how to fish for yourself.
At Nourish Appalachia, the foundational philosophies of our work are that the patient is always in the driver’s seat. We don’t heal anyone here, but we set the stage and reveal to each person the many tools and technologies available to heal themselves. We hold the belief that a healer is not someone that you go to for healing. A healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself. This is a power that we all possess.
A power that has been suppressed by the image of the superior white lab coat, the prescription bottle, the drive thru, the cardboard box, and the naysayers who try their best to convince us that we need a substance, a surgery, or a supplement in order to be well. In our heart of hearts, we all know this not to be true. We know that many have gone before us, who roamed this land for hundreds of thousands of years, enjoying quality lives, with optimal health, when none of these modern conveniences were available. It’s time to let go of fear, and tap back into that innate sense of control. Back into the core of our true, healing self, the one who holds the power to allow us to experience our best life possible.
The world that we live in…
The current state of health in the US and the many countries we’ve exported ‘The Good Life’ to, is grim. We are sicker and more over weight as a nation than ever before with one out of three deaths being related to overweight and obesity. Currently, one billion people have diabetes and obesity today with six-hundred thousand people dying of heart attacks each year. One in three people have high blood pressure and 50 million Americans suffer from auto-immune diseases like Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s Disease.
What’s more, mental illness, with depression at the top of the list, is the number one cause of disability worldwide. The saddest news is that for the first time in human history, we are positioned to have the first generation of children expected to live shorter lives than their parents.
While all of this is certainly disheartening, it continues to cause sever economic impacts. The cost of treating depression alone is $50 million dollars per year. The cost of treating diabetes is $250 million dollars per year. A staggering 5% of people make up 22% of health care costs and 1% of people comprise 50% of health care costs. You might say the juice of living ‘The Good Life’ isn’t really worth the squeeze and unless we decide that we, our children and our environment deserves better, will leave us without anything to squeeze at all.
Imagine the world we live in…
Imagine for a moment that chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease, asthma, and cardiovascular disease are rare or non-existent. Imagine that everyone is lean, fit and healthy with sharp minds, strong bones, and normal blood pressure while aging gracefully. Does this sound like a fantasy to you? Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on the difference between what’s common and what’s normal. With hundreds of thousands of years in the bank as human beings, 99.5% of that time, chronic disease did not exist.
Even as little as 100 years ago, heart disease was uncommon. While carrying extra weight, battling anxiety, and developing diabetes is commonplace today, it’s certainly not the normal human condition. So then, what’s occurred? Scientists who study human physiology call this phenomenon ‘evolutionary mismatch’. This is the occurrence of our genes and our environment being out of sync with one another. Built on the theory that all organisms are adapted to survive and thrive in a particular environment, over the last few hundred years and more so in the last 50, our environment has rapidly out-paced our genetic blue print. For sixty-six thousand generations, our ancestors ate mostly fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and starchy tubers.
Today, 50% of daily calories come from processed foods; flour, sugar, and industrial seed oils that are tainted with any of 97 thousand food chemicals approved for use in the US (many of them banned substances in other countries.) Our elders were far more physically active during the day without much sitting at all, whereas we sit for long hours at work and leisure, watching TV, on the computer, or playing video games. Our ancestors were far more in sync with natures natural rhythms of light and dark, while Americans get fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night on average.
Prior to a few hundred years ago, our forefathers were in direct contact with nature, living in tight-knit tribal communities with strong social support. Today, most of us work more than 40 hours a week and rarely unplug from our to-do lists and as prevalent as social media is, we’re more disconnected than our society has ever been.
Recovery Through Self Discovery
So as to not dwell on the doom and gloom of how we got here, let’s position ourselves to learn from our failures and fall into the flow of nature’s natural rhythms with ease.
The solution to our poor health and outlook lies no further than the seat where we’re sitting, reading or listening to this today.
The road to recovery is the path to self-discovery. It’s paved with opening up to the awareness that healing is innate, that our body has the capacity to and knows how to make us feel our best. Reversing diabetes, recovering from cancer, and climbing out of the depths of depression and anxiety. This path holds that our minds have been hijacked by others telling us who we have to be, how we have to act, what we should eat, drink, how we should think, and what we need to purchase to be happy.
Health is not merely the absence of disease, but is instead a measure of the quality of life we experience; the vitality with which we live life and the abundance we receive and share with others. Health is about opening up to opportunities for healing. Charting this path will ultimately feel like coming home; returning to a way of eating, living and thinking that doesn’t feel restrictive or self-limiting, but one that’s in sync with the design of our biology, that flows effortlessly with our spirit, and allows us to sit comfortably and observe our thoughts and actions without judgement from the seat of our soul.
This course is Jam packed with recipes, meal plans, tip sheets, journaling exercises, guided meditations and so much more!
This four-week course is merely a roadmap to guide you along your exploration. We’ll be covering topics from how to set powerful intentions, getting familiar with the healing powers of our gut, understanding detox, owning our stress, raising our vibration and finding out what our bodies are truly craving. This course will be jam packed with recipes, meal plans, tip sheets, journaling exercises, guided meditations and so much more.
What’s best, you call the shots, act when you feel ready, skip what you don’t find relevant and seek support from myself and the community when you know it’s warranted. The experience of optimal health recovery is the path of Self-discovery. Congratulations on embarking on the journey to set yourself free!