How Hitting Rock Bottom Helped Me Find My Way • Sophie Whiffen

Hey gorgeous,

I know that I haven’t posted in a long long time, and I really wanted to take an opportunity to explain why. This is kind of long, so go grab a cuppa and get yourself comfy…

About a year ago I started feeling really unwell. Looking back, I don’t know why I left it so long to go to the doctors and get myself checked out. I could blame it on being busy, or being a mum and putting everyone else first, or maybe just being in denial and telling myself I was fine. I felt physically floored most of the time, yet had a non-stop adrenaline rush which wouldn’t switch off. My mind would be on overdrive, from the moment I woke up to the minute I’d fall asleep. My legs we restless – they’d twitch in the evenings, driving myself and my husband crazy!

I was hungry all the time – not like a hmm, I fancy a biscuit kind of hunger. I mean a eat-4-croissants-with-a-pack-of-butter-for-a-snack kind of hole.

My moods would swing. One minute I’d be on top of the world. Next, I’d be filled with a kind of rage which scared me.

My heart would race non-stop. Sometimes the palpitations would be so strong I thought I was having a heart attack in the middle of the night.

I was anxious, which was not a feeling I was familar with. I didn’t feel “with it”, like my body wasn’t my own and the only way I could get back in it was to exercise. So I ran, did yoga daily and went to classes a few times a week. This would momentarily help the anxiety, but as my heart would be elevated, it would rarely come down to a resting level, meaning I was in a constant state of panic.

I went vegan, thinking maybe eating better would help. It didn’t. In fact, it made it so much worse as I started upping my soy intake through tofu and dairy substitutes – the oestrogen was making my body worse. If anything, I’m thankful for this as it gave me the push I needed to seek help and find out what the hell was going on.

It didn’t take long to get diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and later Grave’s disease (sounds hideous doesn’t it?) Basically, my body was producing zero amounts of some hormones, as it was producing copious amounts of others.

My body was out of whack and medication was my first stop. Checking out my two options of medication (one which attacks your liver – mine is pretty shot after illness in pregnancy, other causing birth defects in unborn babies) I made the choice to try the natural approach (being a Holistic Therapist for 14 years, I felt I kind of had to!) Plus I knew intuitively what my body needed, I just had to learn how to trust it again.

So the first stop was changing my diet. Man, did that have to change! From hours upon hours of research (plus advised from my Naturopathic doctor) I started the Auto Immune Protocol Diet (AIP for short.) This involved cutting out major food groups and going back to eating meat. My diet mainly revolves around vegetables (apart from nightshades, peas and corn) small amounts of fruit, fish and organic, grass-fed meat. Thankfully I have been able to reintroduce eggs, which has been a game changer!

Going back to eating meat wasn’t easy but by finding a local, family-run butchers who really love and care for their animals, the transition was a little easier. I also give daily thanks to the animals which have helped to heal me.

I won’t lie, the first week of detoxing on the AIP is hideous. Cutting out sugar causes cravings worse than when I gave up smoking 14 years ago! There’s hunger as your body adjusts to the lack of carbs, which then causes a “carb flu” where you experience flu-like symptoms while your liver gets rid of all the residues.

Working with a Naturopathic doctor really helped to keep my eye on the prize, and getting my health back on track. By taking detoxing supplements, I was able to rebalance my body quicker (and later adding in more supplements to keep levels up.)

After running copious amounts of tests, I was advised to cut out all products containing chemicals (even my expensive “natural” mineral makeup was filling my system with toxins) and detox like a mofo, so body brushing and epsom salt baths were my daily routine.

As I was advised not to exercise, I meditated daily and discovered Kundalini yoga. My teacher is extremely competent and gives me specific exercises to practice to stimulate (and quieten down) part of my system which needed it.

I also removed as many distractions and stressors as I possibly could. I cut down on work, removed social media off my phone, decluttered and streamlined as much as possible. Maybe the hardest part was realising that stopping and resting was not being lazy – that my body needed to heal and the quickest way would be to just let it!

Over the summer holidays, rather than darting here, there and everywhere, we took things slow. Enjoyed the warm weather and played outside. Went for long walks and planted seeds.

They say nature heals, and it really does.

I also took time to find out who I was at a deeper level. I’d been so busy with work and life ever since having Oscar eight years ago, that I’d forgotten what I loved doing, and what my spirit wanted me to do. I did a lot of connecting through mediation and journalling. Self discovery was part of my routine. I reconnected with my guides, and we became familiar friends once again. I trusted my intuition and took a pledge that I’d follow the signs that they would leave me.

Six months on and I haven’t felt this good in years. My skin is clear, my nails are strong and my head is no longer foggy and forgetful.

My guides have given me signs to follow to get me where I am now, and I’m so excited to launch my 1-on-1 intuitive coaching sessions with you. I want you to learn to trust yourself again.

If you feel the call, let’s delve deep into your soul.

I have worked with women for the past 14 years, as both a Holistic Therapist and coach. I am dedicated to helping you find your purpose – that drive which makes you sparkle and shine!  During our session together, we will tune into your beloved guides and take heed of the information they want you to know, and we will get the answers to the questions which are ringing through your head.

We may use meditation and holistic techniques to quash fear and resistance to change, and devise a plan of moving forward.

By the end of the session you will feel excited, relieved and your dreams validated.

If you’d like to book in and find the answers you are searching for, simply choose a time and date below.

All my love,

Sophie xx

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