part two of our guest post by Liz Schau. (if you haven’t read, part one – check it out here: Healing Hashimoto’s)
I started an anti-Candida diet that winter and four months later, my thyroid numbers were surprisingly better, so much so that my medication dose got reduced. This trend continued for the next few months until I hit a plateau and realized I was missing a few things. I so valued the work that Dr. William Crook had done for me in writing The Yeast Connection And Women’s Health, but, with time, started to see that I needed to eliminate food allergens; that they were causing this fungal infection and all of my symptoms. There’s much more to this food story, of course: I did a bunch of research and trial and error and finally figured out what my body needed and what I had to avoid. It turned out to be a long and transient list and a whole new world of information. Mostly, I realized that the food I had been eating wasn’t food at all, it was industrial product; I learned what real food looked like and that fats were actually good and necessary for life. I learned that bacteria were my friend and I had to stop sanitizing my body, my emotions, my food. In short, I learned that everything I had ever known about eating was wrong; it was simply too modern for my own good.
Because I had success healing my Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, I started sharing my experience with other people in similar situations via health writing. Quickly, I realized I needed to put my expertise and insatiable curiosity to good use, and enrolled in formal nutrition school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I now work as a Holistic Health Counselor, guiding people to heal their symptoms and causes of thyroid disease, autoimmunity, Candida overgrowth, and food allergies. I empower my clients to live their best lives, overcome fear and limitations, and live out their unique purpose in this world.
In working with my clients, I find that they also inherently understand that they can heal their diseases: they are always fighting and working hard and researching; they know that they shouldn’t feel this way and that there has to be an answer to their dilemma. Even those who are not interested in natural health understand that this isn’t the way things should be for them and that there simply has to be a solution. My job is provide these people with all of the information, guidance, support, and care they need to overcome their illness in the form of listening and action plans. My work is very important to me because this is a calling, not a job. Guiding people to medical independence, true health, and ultimately, fulfillment and happiness isn’t something that can be done in a doctor’s office.
And I would know.
Liz Schau is a Holistic Health Counselor and Health Writer who helps those with thyroid disease, autoimmunity, Candida, and food allergies overcome their health problems and embrace radical wellness. She’s always looking for motivated and intelligent clients. You can find her at lizschau.com.