Who is Natural Wellness Girl?
Natural Wellness Girl is your trusted resource for natural wellness and healthy living. Find all that you need to enhance your natural lifestyle from delicious recipes and vitamin supplements to nutrition and exercise. In addition, you can also learn more about energy healing and spiritual growth.
At Natural Wellness Girl you will learn about how to live gluten free, discover beauty products that will make your hair and skin glow (naturally of course!), as well as learn how to get the maximum benefits from your exercise regimen.
Natural Wellness is a Journey
For most people, health and wellness is a journey and mine began about 20 years ago. My name is Kate Shean and my journey has led me to become the Natural Wellness Girl. Like most of life’s paths, the one I have been on has been full of highs and lows, mistakes and learning experiences. Natural Wellness Girl is the culmination of what I have learned thus far, and I am constantly learning more and hope to share it all with you.
My interest in health began in college where my favorite subjects were physiology and endocrinology (the study of hormones). I went to graduate school for physical therapy and treated complex orthopedic cases for over a decade. Treating these cases was like working on the 1000 piece puzzles I used to like to do as a kid. They took time, perseverance, but most of all patience.
Patient care was extremely satisfying work. When my patients would “graduate” from treatment it was like watching a little bird leave the nest for the first time. “Remember to stretch!” I would say. “And don’t forget your posture when working at the computer!” (Or you’ll end right back here next month!) I cared deeply for the people I had worked with. I had become a huge part of their life – and they had become a part of mine.
Then I became a mother.
And to think I had cared so strongly about people who were my patients – strangers, really. Becoming a mother was a whole new world. The amount of passion I put into this role was beyond anything I could have foreseen.
As young mothers, nutrition is often what we focus on. We need to make sure that baby is being fed the best so they can develop optimally. We become slaves to what we eat if we are nursing so as not to upset baby’s delicate digestion. Babies need Omegas, DHA, and vitamins among many other things.
And what if like my children they develop food allergies?
Dairy and gluten became the causes of severe stomach cramping, reflux with vomiting, constipation, eczema, chronic sinusitis among other things in our home. It was an overwhelming time to say the least but I was determined to make my children healthy because being sick just wasn’t an option anymore.
And that’s just what I did. I dove into all the research I could find on living gluten and dairy free. I tried recipes – most of which I bombed initially. But I eventually found substitutes that tasted great so my family doesn’t feel like they are have to give anything up.
After a few months, our new diet had become a routine. I figured out where to shop, what to buy, and I knew I was headed in the right direction because our symptoms were disappearing. I was excited to be mastering this new skill and I shared a lot of what I learned with my patients who strongly encouraged me to begin documenting my findings.
Diet and Exercise – That’s It, Right?
Diet and exercise. Input and output. That’s all we need to do? Wrong.
This is not the whole picture. There is an element to overall wellness that is not often addressed. In my years of working with patients I have seen first hand how mental and/or spiritual health can affect recovery. Patients who have suffered severe trauma can become depressed during the course of their treatments – this will lengthen their time in therapy. Patients who suffered from anxiety often had very tight, dense muscle tissue that didn’t respond easily to stretching.
Not to pick on runners, but in my practice, the Type A-had-to-run-in-order-to-function-people, were often the most difficult to treat. Why? They never gave themselves a break mentally or physically. I often found myself asking them, “What are you running from? ”
The missing link in our concept of health is actually what goes on in between our ears. And while I may have picked on runners, I have a bit of the Type A personality myself. I have learned that in order to have total wellness we must address our mental state.
What does that mean, you ask? Our mental state includes our self dialogue, our childhoods, our fears and our dreams. It’s the stuff we don’t like to talk about or share with anybody and yet it may be the starring role of our health. Because without acknowledging it we aren’t truly healthy.
Think about it….if you eat right and exercise but you are a mess upstairs, how healthy are you really? On the other hand, you could eat well and get an A+ at meditation, but if you do it on the couch all day you aren’t getting the maximum benefit of your hard work. Take a look at the diagram below:
- Input = Nutrition
- Output = Exercise
- Spiritual/Mental Health
And what’s good for you may not be good for your neighbor. The key to it is figuring out what your individual body needs. I hope you will be able to do that here.
My motto is that if I find something, I share it. After all what good is it to keep it to myself? Natural Wellness Girl is the culmination of my findings on health and wellness. I intend to share all that I have learned with you. I hope it will be a wonderful guide and resource to you and your family!