My husband and I recently had a rare date, which included a delicious meal and concluded with entering a new big box store to redeem a gift card he received for Christmas. As I strolled through aisles lit by stadium-bright lights I came across a sign that I believe summed up one of the biggest lies in our culture today. GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO HUSTLE. As a bonafide hustle junkie in recovery, I get a pit in my stomach every time I see something like this. People buy into this idea that we have to, as Brene Brown says, hustle for our worthiness by perfecting, performing, and pleasing. I used to think this as well, until I hustled myself right into a stress-induced autoimmune condition. Only as I trained to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner did I learn about the serious effects of stress on the body. With the knowledge I gained as an NTP, coupled with therapeutic dosed nutrients, I was able to put out the fire that was raging in my body, and balance my body’s system. I have learned that for me personally, the line of balance is a fine one, and I need to continuously use all the tools I have gained to keep the fire at bay. Often times our story becomes our path in life and for me this has been true. Currently in my practice, I work with people who are wrestling with with the same things in life I have, and continue to, wrestle with . They may come from different backgrounds and are of different ages, but one similarity persists. They are all exhausted, pushed to their breaking point, and are feeling mentally and physically like they are never enough. Initially they may come to lose weight or sleep better, or have more energy, but in the end we focus on many of the same things, realizing that even if we eat the most organic, sustainably caught and produced whole food diet, it won’t matter one bit if we are chronically stressed out. The effects that stress can have on a body physically, mentally, and emotionally can be lasting and severe. Our goal then should be to support our body by mitigating stress and getting rid of it when we can, but also to shift our perspective so we can live with stressors, or make friends with it. There are dozens of ways to do this on a daily basis. While we support our body in finding balance we can learn from teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh who show us that indeed “peace is every step.” We just need to be present enough to see it. Supplements that may help you mitigate stress while you are on your path to peace: Cytozyme-AD™, ADB5-Plus™ and ADHS®. *Always work with a qualified practitioner who can develop a nutritional protocol that is right for you.
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About the Author: Tiffany Krueger is an Nutritional Therapy Practitioner working and living in Olympia with her husband and two children. Her passion is living her best life every day and helping other women live theirs.