The story of the month for December 2011 comes from Crystal Di Domizio of PrenatalCoach.com

Crystal is a registered holistic nutritionist and a holistic practitioner in the field of natural birth. Her expertise in the latter include being a Certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor, a Certified Hypno-Doula & Birth Doula, as well as a Prenatal Wellness Coach.

It has been a pleasure getting to know Crystal both due to her valuable background in natural and holistic health, as well as her beautifully radiant and joy filled energy.

In her story Crystal shares numerous highly valuable and inspiring messages for each of us on our health and wellness journeys. Most importantly she cultivates hope for so many of us who may be suffering from any condition, especially digestive, food allergies or food intolerances by sharing her story of healing, as well as valuable resources.

Here is Crystal’s story of personal health and wellness changes to help, inspire and motivate any of us who resonate along a similar path:

Area(s) of My Health and Wellness that Needed Change

The bulk of my childhood memories are of trips to the doctor or hospital, excruciating stomach pains, not being able to make it through a full day of school, having a record amount of sick days and overall feeling very tired, sad and frustrated. I’m sure there were lots of positive things happening in my life at the same time but the memories that have stuck with me the most are those of being unwell and being bullied at school (which I’m sure only made things worse.)

My health challenges continued into my teenage years with the addition of anxiety, depression and multiple food sensitivities and intolerances.

Feeling like the medical system had failed me and that it wasn’t “normal” for a 15 year old to be diagnosed with clinical depression (with the only solution being pharmaceutical drugs with awful side effects), I made the conscious decision to move in a new direction. At a very young age I embarked on a journey exploring natural health, holistic nutrition, alternative healing therapies and all things related to personal growth and development.

Strategies I Implemented & Their Results

I have successfully healed my depression, anxiety, digestive ailments (diagnosed as IBS & Celiac Disease) and food allergies/intolerances to gluten, dairy, eggs and soy.

There are MANY health strategies that I implemented to get to where I am today. Ultimately they all had the same goal… to bring the body/mind/soul back into harmony. Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves (even from ‘incurable’ conditions) if they are given the right environment and food to thrive.

Looking back on my journey, there are 4 components that had the most profound effect on my health and healing:

Nutrition – There is a vast amount of food philosophies out there and in my work as a holistic nutritionist I’ve learned that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition. It took me quite a few years to learn that the food philosophy that resonates most with MY body and nourishes me deeply are the principles of a healthy diet as recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation. Much to the dismay of the vegetarian, vegan and raw communities around me, a diet full of unrefined animal fats and grass-fed organic meats enables me to thrive and I make no apologies for it :-)

Chiropractic – In addition to whole food based nutrition, chiropractic care has played an incredibly strong role in my return to health. Wellness based chiropractors work to gently restore your nervous system function. This is vital since your nervous system controls all the functioning in your body from your heart beating, to your hormone regulation, to your digestive and reproductive organs. I will have my spine checked regularly for the rest of my life just as I choose to eat real food, move my body, reduce my exposure to environmental toxins and nourish my soul.

Mind/Body Health & Healing – Studying the mind/body connection has deeply affected my life. Making the connection between the ‘symptoms’ that show up in the body and the underlying emotions and imbalances they often stem from has proved to be a profound journey for me. I highly recommend the book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Dr. Bruce Lipton as a great place to start. Changing old limiting beliefs through hypnosis and setting strong intentions has enabled me to heal so much faster than before I learned how to utilize the power of the mind.

Bio-Energetic Intolerance Elimination – Last, but not least, I want to recognize the role that BIE played in my ability to consume gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy again with no ill effects – physically, mentally or emotionally – when they used to affect all three quite severely. This is an amazingly effective, non-invasive technique that brings your body back into balance by re-introducing your cells to the frequency of the allergen. In doing so your cells are essentially ‘reprogrammed’ to recognize and process the allergen’s frequency without an adverse reaction. It requires only 1 to 4 sessions to clear an allergy/intolerance in minutes and approximately 75-80% of intolerances are cleared the first session. I am so grateful to have found this technique because I wasn’t able to re-introduce these foods to my diet even though I had spent years strengthening my digestive system and healing my intestines, until after I worked with a BIE practitioner.

How My Changes Benefitted Me

For the first time in my life I don’t suffer from ANY food sensitivities or intolerances and I am deeply healthy and happy. After taking a very conscious approach to becoming pregnant and spending years preparing my body, mind and soul, we are ecstatic to be pregnant with our first child!

Having always wanted to be a Mom and having worried for so many years that I would never be healthy enough to, this brings a huge amount of joy to my life and I look forward to every moment of the journey.

Next Steps on My Health and Wellness Journey

I’m on a new and exciting path as I deepen my connection to becoming a Mother. Conscious pregnancy and birth are topics I’m very passionate about and I’m honoured and excited to share this journey with my amazing husband, Rich and our spirit baby.

I am very much looking forward to birthing our baby at home and preparing for the experience with Hypnobabies. We’ll be sharing our journey on my blog at www.prenatalcoach.com

Wisdom & Inspiration for Others

If you’re struggling with digestive challenges and food intolerances/sensitivities, remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel and it IS possible to heal. Find something that inspires and motivates you to continue moving ahead, even when it feels like you’re taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back.

I wish I had some profound words of wisdom or advice but every journey is so unique and every moment is important.

Setting very clear and powerful intentions for what I wanted in my life enabled the things I needed to heal and the people I needed by my side to show up. Often it’s a matter of determining what it is that you want, and then allowing the space for it to come into your life, rather than going searching for it.