Hi, my name is Reena! I am a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, PSYCH-K facilitator, nature lover, and lifelong learner. I have spent most of my life abusing my body and my mind. I grew up on the standard American diet, was taken to the doctor for every sniffle, put on medications galore, and carried feelings of shame and unworthiness around even as a young child. About a decade ago, I was put on multiple rounds of antibiotics which completely devastated my microbiome, damaged my mitochondria, and lead to countless symptoms. Around the same time, I experienced two major losses that caused me to spiral further into despair and self-abuse. Eventually my body said no more. I am no longer going to get out of bed for you. My body had been trying to speak to me for years, but I kept trying to drown out the noise until I could no longer ignore the messages.
For the next few years, I went from doctor to doctor and was told things like your labs look fine, it’s all in your head, leaky gut doesn’t exist, and stop using Google. Okay, well if you can’t help me, I will help myself. I became my own advocate and started researching for hours on end. I began to slowly eliminate certain foods from my diet. I tried various diets including autoimmune protocol, paleo, low FODMAP, GAPS, keto, carnivore, and “pro metabolic.” I cleaned up my beauty products and environment. I began incorporating a daily practice that included mediation and journaling. I basically overhauled my entire life. I began to see improvements in many of my symptoms. I completely reversed my eczema and a condition called Raynaud’s. However, it was not a cure all. In many instances, making small changes like removing inflammatory foods and exercising more can reverse symptoms, but sometimes there’s more to uncover.
It has taken me a decade to get to where I am today. I went down many rabbit holes and tried some pretty extreme approaches, but I have finally found a place of balance. A place where I’m no longer at war with my body or symptoms. A place where I no longer feel called to be on a restrictive diet, take handfuls of supplements, or bio-hack my way through life with expensive gadgets or therapies. I have learned to ignore the external noise and listen to my own intuition instead of blindly following influencers or niche movements. It is the freest I have felt since starting my journey so long ago.
Below are 5 things that I have found to be most beneficial on my journey:
Nature. Hands down the best thing you can do to improve you physical, mental, and spiritual health is to spend more time immersed in nature. Get outside as often as you can. Prioritize getting morning sunlight into your eyes, getting your bare feet on the ground, forest bathing, gardening, hiking, or walking near a body of water.
PSCYH-K, a modality that helps rewrite limiting subconscious beliefs (see below for more information).
Movement and lymphatic work. You cannot effectively detoxify your system if you are not moving your body or your lymphatic system is stagnant. Most of our lymphatic systems are extremely congested which means toxins, heavy metals, waste products, and excess hormones get stored in our tissues or continue to recirculate in our bodies. Focus on walking/sweating more often, functional movement, lymphatic or myofascial massage, trigger pointing, breath work, hydration, and tapping or lightly rubbing the major lymphatic points on the body.
Honouring the seasons. Eating and living in accordance with the seasons and your local environment is key. Each season brings about its own challenges and we have to prepare accordingly. There is an ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda. Ayurveda teaches us how to support the body so that we are able to have smooth and healthy transitions throughout the year.
Minerals. Minerals are the spark plugs of life. They are responsible for thousands of enzymatic processes and biochemical reactions in the body. The soil, our food and our bodies are depleted of minerals. When it comes to minerals, it is best to know your status before supplementing. A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive and fairly inexpensive test that assesses the mineral composition of the hair.
I came across something called PSYCH-K years ago while reading The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started digging deeper into the subconscious mind and emotional trauma. PSYCH-K is a simple, yet powerful process that allows us to rewrite subconscious beliefs that are self-limiting and self-sabotaging. It goes beyond the standard methods of visualization, affirmations, will power, and positive thinking. The subconscious mind is responsible for about 95% of our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and behaviours. It governs the way we perceive and react to the world around us. Many of our core beliefs are formed during our childhood years (ages 0-7) and during emotionally charged events. Although many of us tend to desire change on a conscious level, we continue to repeat the same patterns, behaviours, and attract similar scenarios into our lives because of our deeply engrained subconscious beliefs.
The PSYCH-K process works by creating something called a whole brain state where both hemispheres of the brain are activated simultaneously. In this state, all resistance to change by the subconscious mind is dramatically reduced. The process is then validated using kinesiology also known as muscle testing. The results are permanent and can often manifest in multiple ways.
I have found it to be extremely valuable in my own life and with my clients. Changing your beliefs can change the entire trajectory of your life. It provides us with the freedom to take risks and move into the lives we desire. It also allows us to change the stories that no longer serve us and detach from situations that create stress within our bodies.
If you would like to connect or learn more, you can find me on Instagram @RA_wellness or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.