Basically, I’m not an expert, I don’t claim to have all the answers, and I don’t have a set path I’m going to follow.
I was very much inspired or pointed in this direction though.
Jess Ainscough recently spoke of giving herself a “soul medicine prescription” with the recent passing of her mother. Jess knew exactly what she needed to do to cope with the loss of her mother and she did it: “To prevent my exhaustion turning into anything sinister, I prescribed myself three months of intense soul medicine.” You can read her full blog entry here.
Sarah Wilson’s "Reason No #5" to quit sugar (8 week program) makes reference to experimenting:
I wasn't draconian about it. I just remained curious... To see how my body responded. And this is what I really want to share with everyone setting out on this journey... Treat quitting sugar as
an experiment. Not a life sentence. You don’t have to stick with it. But you might just choose to.
I know it seems cliché but I only read both of these stories in the last 2 weeks. I already knew I needed to do something about my health; I knew I was going to take some time off. so it seemed logical to call my journey “The Soul Medicine Experiment,” because these two people captured the essence of what I was trying to do in words I didn't have previously.
I am a big believer in things happening for a reason. I've no idea where this project or my journey will take me but I’m definitely curious enough to stick it out.
My cousin asked of me the other day “Have you set a goal or are you just going to keep going?” to which I replied “I haven't set a specific goal, no. Setting boundaries usually sets people up to fail; no one is perfect enough to do something 100% of the time. We're all human and we need to find a balance that works for our own environment/circumstances. This is more about an ongoing change; life is about constant learning and growth to me now.”
Over the coming weeks and months I will discuss further: PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome); why I've chosen to start the food medicine experiment - specifically with quitting sugar, clean eating and plant based foods; how my body responds, what works, and what doesn't.