I am happy you found my site. Hopefully you will find something here that will support your healing.
I am currently studying to earn my certificate as an Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant.
This site will feature articles on several topics relating to health, from food to friendship, and to other lifestyle insights designed to improve one’s quality of life.
For my story about the transformation I experienced, involving a profound imbalance and subsequent healing – the path I still walk – read on:
My journey to true wellness has not been easy.
When I was in my twenties, I was healthy as could be. While studying at the University of Utah I took my first yoga class. I have practiced ever since, aside from the couple of years I was really sick.
As I studied for my degree in Anthropology, I was introduced to the myriad of fascinating cultures that exist on this planet of ours.
I loved to travel, and spent three months in Costa Rica, backpacked across Europe, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and hiked to Machu Pichu in Peru. Snowboarding avidly, backpacking, camping, white-water kayaking – I was an adventure junkie.
When my dreams became filled with ocean waves and dolphins, and my craving to learn to surf grew greater than the love of my life in Utah, where I had always lived, I made a bold move.
Quitting my job, selling my car, reducing my belongings to those that fit in my frame backpack and buying a one way ticket to Hawaii allowed me to pursue my dream of experiencing a beach life. I was twenty-seven years old when I arrived on the island of Kauai. I was blown away by the complete difference from my familiar environment in Utah, I was mesmerized by the perfect beauty of the island.
I worked as a trail guide at a horse ranch on the North shore. This was very hard work, but I loved being around the horses – and every day was an adventure. I also worked on my novel, which is now available on Amazon. I wrote the first draft on the beach with a notebook and pen; this book was totally inspired by the magical ocean of Kauai. It also captures the theme of expanding past your comfort zones, harnessing your courage, and creating your own adventure, using your intuition as your guide. It is a fantasy-adventure. If you like a good read, check it out: Girl Chosen by Amanda Rose
A month after I arrived on Kauai, I met a surfer more handsome and dreamy than any boy I had ever met, named Josh Baker. That was in 2002. Josh and I have now been married for almost nine years. We have two gorgeous children, and I am currently a devoted wife and mother.
In 2004 I experienced some frightening health problems. I suffered with outbreaks of daily hives and could not figure out why. Anxiety prevented me from going to work. Life felt overwhelming – I was not myself. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid, and was told ‘it’s not that low’. Still, nothing was helping the hives or anxiety. I wasn’t eating well, skipping meals frequently, and throwing together burritos at night out of canned beans, cheese and gluten-rich tortillas. I had no idea how much this diet was impacting my health. The situation worsened, and I knew that I had to make a change.
I left Kauai for nine months. Spending three months living in the yoga community overlooking the Monterrey Bay, called Mount Madonna Center, was very healing. The hives and anxiety both subsided. I dived into my yoga practice, ate fresh, organic food out of the beautiful garden there, took walks in the Redwood Forest surrounding the center, meditated, walked along the beach in Santa Cruz and listened to the waves. I then went home to Utah, and trained extensively in yoga with my teacher in Park City.
Yoga is still a big part of my life, and I currently teach a few times a week. Stretching and breathing work wonders to soothe inflammation and bring a sense of being centered.
I didn’t realize what had happened back then, but I know now that through healthy eating and stress management, I put the Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – that I had no idea I had – into remission. (Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, and it is under-diagnosed). While in Utah, I reconnected with my family and best friends, all of whom I had not seen often enough since leaving for Kauai. Research has shown that connecting with community has great impact in putting Hashimoto’s into remission.
After this healing time, I returned to Kauai. In the years that followed, I was married and had my babies. These were wonderful years for me, and I am grateful for that time in my life.
When Josh and I decided to leave Kauai and find a home to raise our children – somewhere with good schools, and where we could afford to buy property – a stressful couple of years followed. Finding our dream location was not as easy as we had assumed it would be.
The hives returned. My energy levels plummeted. This time, I was properly diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. This was a very difficult time. It seemed that there were no answers for my daily hives, which had grown increasingly worse, until I was covered from head to toe with angry, red welts, most of the time. I felt as though my throat were going to close, as my neck and face were often swollen.
Josh and I dug in and began researching. When we discovered Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s work, it was like discovering a gold mine of information. But, it is presented quite technically. Although life changing when applied, I was still searching for a more personal source on Hashimoto’s.
And so, I took all of the clinical information that I was finding, and used it to create my own healing plan. I implemented this plan in the year 2014. It is a step-by-step healing protocol that takes an entire year to complete – I knew there was no quick fix.
Miraculously, in September of that year, the hives disappeared. I was elated! I felt free, it was as if a whole new life had opened up in front of me, a life free of swelling and Benadryl and exhaustion. It also helped that we finally found our dream location in the Pacific Northwest.
Now, the Hashimoto’s has gone into remission. And so, my year to heal worked.
This site is my offering to you. Here I share my experience of illness, and of wellness. I believe that support is crucial in the healing process. Feeling like you are not alone helps immensely. Stress management techniques are included, as stress is a huge trigger for any kind of autoimmunity. I give you recipes – because diet is a huge piece to this puzzle. It is possible to heal, but healing is more than simply taking medication. Rather, it is a journey that will change you forever.