By Be Well Health Coach Anne Markt
Whenever I tell people I used to be on eight different types of medication, they immediately look shocked. I think it comes from the fact that I’m 5 feet tall and petite. From the outside, I don’t look like I’d be a candidate for that many meds.
A couple years after college, I started the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program. I loved wellness and planned to use it as a skill outside of performance to help others achieve greater wellbeing. Little did I know, it was the start of my own journey through self-healing.
One day, while having a practice session with a fellow coach, she looked over my health history and asked, “Why are you taking so many medications at your age?” All it took was that one question from a fresh perspective to wake me up. The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind before. My doctors told me to take them, so I took them. Or I had convinced myself that I needed to continue them or else chaos would ensue. But in that moment, I realized there was no actual “need” for the meds. They had simply become a psychological comfort and crutch over time.
It was in that moment that I decided to make it my goal to be off all the medications within the year I was taking the program. I became instantly curious to know what my body would be like without them. I never knew my baseline since I was always taking something. And in the process of cutting them out, I would see if they were actually assisting me or not.
Some meds were easier to cut out then others, like the medicated face creams I used to ward off acne. Since I was 11 years old, I had been applying each morning and night. That’s when I experienced my first transformation.
In college, I started going through facial oil-blotting sheets like packs of chewing gum. I could fill two to three sheets in one sitting, and you could see the light reflecting off my greasy forehead in most photos. I had always assumed I had oily skin by nature. Turns out I had abused those face creams and dried my skin out so much that my body overcompensated by producing more oil to protect me. Once I cut the creams, my skin returned to normal and I’ve never had to “blot my face” for a picture since. (more…)