Backstory of Healthy Living in Colorado
Hi. I am Allison. Welcome to my blog where I share things I have learned and am passionate about-namely health, nature, and organization. But more on that in a minute.
Here’s a bit about myself, which I will be referring to on my blog sometimes. I’ve been married to my best friend, Kevin, since 1997, and we have two beautiful daughters. I love marriage and family and have helped many families through the years. My university degree is in Psychology with a concentration in counseling, and one of my favorite things to do is marriage counseling and pre-marriage counseling. I am not a certified counselor but have been able to help many marriages through the years.
I have had a full, adventuresome life. I’ve traveled to many countries, lived in Turkey and China, and have also lived in several states in the US. Traveling has been our hobby and job for years, and now I am finding myself just wanting to stay put and try to be more settled with life and friendships. And I want my kids to enjoy staying in one place for the first time in their lives so they can experience that kind of life as well.
Our most recent job before starting my blog… My husband and I started a non-profit in China to help teen orphaned girls coming out of orphanages and prevent them from being trafficked. We had a farm there where girls could work, earn money, and learn life skills. That was very rewarding, but also very challenging.
Before that, I was a stay at home mom. And before that, I was a professional organizer off and on since 2004.
Why Healthy Living in Colorado?
I have been on the amazing health adventure for many years starting when we lived in California from 2010-2013. We were in a community where health was emphasized, and I really began to understand the importance of overall health. But I still ate pretty badly.
A friend told me about Trim Healthy Mama because she had lost a lot of weight with it. I didn’t need to lose weight, but was interested in the health aspect of the plan. THM taught me things about diabetes, blood sugar, what to eat and what to avoid. The recipes on plan are really good, so I started cooking more healthy things for my family.
It didn’t hurt that when we lived in China and our regular Western food couldn’t be bought at the grocery store. So homemade food was readily available like meat, veggies, etc. So our diet steadily improved.
Then in 2015 I watched The Truth About Cancer documentary. I watched most of the 18 hours with a choppy Internet in China. I waited for the buffering because I was so interested, and disgusted, with what I was learning. This series was really eye opening and made so much sense based on my personal experiences with Western medicine throughout my lifetime. I started thinking back over my life and health…
Health Crises in My Life and My Family Opened My Eyes
When I was 12, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and the doctor said I needed metal rods in my back. My parents did the parental thing and followed the doctor’s conventional advice. I appreciate that they tried to take care of me, but now that I know all I know, I wish they had taken me to a doctor of functional medicine first. I truly think that would have helped me and subverted a lifetime of issues with my back, hips, and knee.
When I was 25, I was told that my gallbladder needed to come out because I had gallstones that caused me really bad pain. I didn’t know any better, and so I agreed to the surgery. Of course I wish now that I would have gone to a doctor of functional medicine first. I truly think that I would still have my gallbladder and that I would still be able to eat things that I shouldn’t eat now. And now I know I have to protect my liver since it’s being taxed with no gallbladder to help it out.
Then watching people close to me – My grandfather (who was like a father to me) died in his 60’s of heart disease. He was a very healthy man until the very end. What happened? Even the doctors were stumped.
My mother (who I was very close with) recently passed away from brain cancer. She was healthy until the very end. She was 64. We moved from California to North Carolina to care for her in her last months. She was told she would have a year with chemo and radiation. She endured both things, and lasted 11 weeks after diagnosis. Watching that process was so painful on all of us who loved her. What happened, and how can we avoid that, especially at such a young age?
Let’s Do This Together
I don’t know what happened, but I do know that I want my family and me to be as healthy as we can through diet, exercise and nature. Our lives are short, and I want mine to count. I want to be alive to see my grandkids and great grandkids.
There are other things that have happened along the way, but these major life events have so shaped me, the way I process life, how I think about health and why I now choose a natural way of life. How could they not?
I am not a nurse or a doctor. But I am a mom who loves her family and has learned a lot the last few years. I hope to share the ups and downs of life, things I have picked up along the way, funny stories, and beautiful pictures with my readers. And I want to learn from you and enjoy the adventure toward a healthy lifestyle together!