Health, Healing and Hunger Games

BY DI WESTAWAY | CEO and Founder of Wild Women On Top

"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity" Hippocrates

I’ve been a bit broken for over a year.

In late October 2012 I hobbled down the dusty Himalayan mountain trail that leads from Ama Dablam Base Camp to Namche Bazaar crying.

I was crying tears of physical pain. After the excitement of doing the world’s highest handstand overlooking Mt Everest at 6,890m, I was in agony. Somewhere, high on the mountain, I had injured my knee, making walking impossible. It was either a $10,000 helicopter, or pain killers and trekking poles. I chose the latter and walked out in pain.

Fast forward a year and one month, and my knee has almost completely healed … finally.

To heal my knee I changed my exercise dramatically. I did more swimming, riding, soft sand shuffling and yoga and less running on hard surfaces, rock climbing and carrying a heavy pack for long distances.

But, before I've had a chance to celebrate, I've suddenly developed a sore foot. Buga buga buga.

So, like many women who have to cope with pain in their lives, I am searching for new solutions.

And I might have found some answers in an unexpected place: intermittent fasting. Currently a very popular weight loss program, “The Fast Diet” also has benefits in anti-ageing and body repair. So, I’m going to give it a go.

Not so much for the weight loss benefits, but more for the way in which it can turn off “Go go” hormones and allow the body to repair its damaged cells.  I want repair and I want it now.

Over the summer, I’m going to devote some energy to healing myself because I've learned I have to take full responsibility for my health: nobody else really cares that much. We must become experts in our own bodies because only we truly know our history, our strengths and our weaknesses. We must heal ourselves by learning from the experts.

I know the two days a week of hunger games will be challenging, but I’m keen to give it a go.  Keep an eye out in the next Wild Women Weekly for an update on how I survive and/or thrive.

I wonder what you’ve got planned for your health over summer? Whatever it is, make sure you go walking with women in nature, because ALL the research shows this is the biggest ever winner for mental health, which, we all need over the Xmas party/family season.

From the whole team in the Wild Women On Top #girlsjustwanahavefun office: Jilly, Lisa, Danae, Val, Keith, Skye, Jane, Bella, Ann, Elaine and all our gorgeous coaches, Lisa, Roz, Kel, Wanda, Jo, Jacq, Nicola and Lisa, we wish you a VERY Merry Xmas and a super happy healthy 2014.

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” Paracelsus

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