My name is Gauri*. I am a qualified Naturopath, a writer, and a zero waste enthusiast.
I have spent the past four years giving health advice to people who are struggling. They come to me because they’re feeling fatigued, they’re struggling with acne, bloating, constipation, anxiety, stress, or poor sleep. They come because they want a gentle, natural, non-medical approach to improving their health and happiness.
And I’ve done my best to help them. I’ve put in hours of research, put together detailed, individualised treatment plans, and have done my best to motivate and inspire them to change their diet and habits, even when they believe change is impossible. I do everything I can to help my patients get well, get happy, and start thriving.
And, more often than not, they get better. And that is the best feeling in the world, to hear someone say, “Thank you, I feel so much better.”
But here’s the truth, and it’s difficult to put into writing, because being honest and vulnerable is not considered professional or advisable. As a Naturopath I’m supposed to be perfectly healthy and vibrant, and if not, well, I’d better pretend to be, if I want to be successful.
But I think the world needs less pretence, and more vulnerability and authenticity, and so I’m done pretending.
Here it is:
I am struggling with my health. I am tired in my bones. I’m stressed out, I have headaches, bloating, muscle cramps, and I wake exhausted. I am unfit and sluggish, and I can confidently say that I do not take good care of myself.
“How can that be?”, you might be thinking. “If you’ve spent the last four years helping people get healthier, how can you be struggling?”
Because knowledge isn’t action, and advice isn’t change. A person can have all the knowledge in the world, and be able to use it to give life-changing advice to others, but if they don’t take their own advice then their knowledge is personally useless to them.
I know that chronic stress and long work hours are correlated with disease, so I advise my patients to work less. But I put in 12 to 14-hour days working in and on my clinic.
I know that the vitamins and nutrients in fruit and vegetables are vital for good health, so I advise my patients to eat 5-7 servings of vegetables and 2 of fruit per day. I barely eat any fruit at all.
Long periods of sitting have been linked to chronic disease, so I advise my patients to get up and walk around at least once an hour. I sit for hours at a time.
I know that my patients deserve good health and happiness, so my mission has been to try and help them achieve it. But I don’t give myself the same care and attention.
So here is my new mission: I am going to use all of my knowledge and advice for my own benefit, so I can get better, get happy, and start thriving, too. And I intend to use this blog to document my journey.
Because I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say, “Thank you, I feel so much better.”
Thank you for reading.
*My name rhymes with ‘dowry’.