The Journey to Wellness

It is more often than not that the route to wellness is a winding path. When people hear about my journey, they often think I got lucky, and that it has been easy. While it might look that way at times, it isn’t always.

I began my wellness journey five years ago, after a ten-year decline with Rheumatoid Arthritis and additional autoimmune challenges. Through years of gradual diet and lifestyle changes, I managed to reclaim my life. At my lowest point I could barely make it through my day as my fatigue and pain were excruciating. Three years ago, I felt well enough to go back to school to educate myself on health and coaching. I am now a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. Through that perspective, I realized that I had never found the underlying cause to my multiple illnesses. Two years ago, I was still in awe at how good I felt, even if I needed to be on a seriously restricted diet to stay that way. The more I learned, the more I realized that it was important to identify the trigger to my RA. We continued to explore and test. In February I found out that I have mercury and lead toxicity, as well as multiple mycotoxin (mold) toxicity. I decided to go through a medically supervised chelation detox protocol in the hopes of healing to the point of being more resilient with less restrictions, and for my lifetime. I thought my body was strong enough to handle it. I was wrong.

Things did not go as planned. Even though I am following a common protocol and being supported my Functional Medicine Doctor, the detox started to take its toll on my body. My first sign was that I needed to supplement with more thyroid hormone to maintain proper levels. At first, I thought that might have been due to the prescription binder I was taking. That was not the case. Suddenly, my pain returned, and my fatigue became significant. I consulted with my doctor and we decided to put the chelation on hold, while I continue to support my detox pathways with supplements and binders. As I write this today, I am experiencing significant muscle weakness and elevated heart rate, which effects my daily life as well as my sleep quality. I am actively celebrating that my pain and fatigue have resolved.

I try to look at challenges and pose the question “how is this FOR me?” Here is my answer. Every day I use my journey to help and support others in their healing. I work to help clients identify their triggers and treat their root cause of their illness. This is making me a better coach. I finally feel as if I have genuinely walked the walk regarding true healing of autoimmune illness. It has reinforced for me the importance of listening to my body and communicating well with my doctor. It took a lot for me to pause the treatment. I had my eye on the goal. I want this stuff out of my body. But I have learned that I need to listen carefully to my body and give it the time it needs.

This has become an opportunity to change perspective. This is not a back slide! This is an obstacle to move through that was always up ahead on my path. It is something I need to move through to get to the place of true and lasting wellness. Yes, I would love for the process to be direct and quick. That is not how the body works. It took three decades for me to get sick. When I look at my labs, I have a reverence for my body in that it functions at all. Any one of the toxins, at the levels which I have, would be enough to take someone down. The fact that I was able to feel well is truly a miracle. So, I am moving through my detour with care, on my way to a place with a fabulous view. I am here to tell you that you are not alone. Very few of us get to go straight to healed. Wellness is a journey and I am grateful that I can share my journey with you and use it to help others heal.

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“I got to a point in my life where I was sick and tired, literally. I was overweight, out of shape and eating exceptionally poorly. I knew I had to make a change. I tried making those changes on my own but I just couldn’t get healthier. Eventually, I was introduced to Julie Michelson … and my life changed. With Julie’s help I’ve taken back control of my life. She has an incredibly caring and supportive approach that was perfect for me. Her holistic approach helped me physically, mentally and emotionally become a better version of myself. If you are battling weight-loss, depression and generally poor health, I wholeheartedly endorse Julie as the change agent to make you a healthier and happier person.” – Jason K.

“I have enjoyed working with Julie and look forward to what’s in the future. She helped me to prepare for heart surgery – changing my diet and attitude – to get me to a healthier place. I love her gentle spirit and how she balances coaching and compassion. She knows when to push and when to give grace. She’s also fun and can make me laugh even when I don’t want to.” – Stephanie

“I would like to say that my experience with Julie Michelson and The Whole 30 program has been life changing. A year ago I was way overweight with bad eating habits, napping a lot and intestinal issues. Nine months later I’m 50+ pounds down, no more prescription med’s and lots of energy with clear thinking. And maintaining! Julie’s coaching helped me understand my body’s relationship with food … she kept me accountable and encouraged me to my goal. She answered my questions during our meetings with great advice. Thanks Julie!” – Gary

“I completed a round of whole30 with Julie’s guidance earlier this year as a means to rule out any food sensitivities. Not only did I complete this round, but I also came away with a new outlook on food and overall health, much in thanks to Julie! Throughout the journey Julie was right by my side, and always encouraged me to keep going when I was ready to throw in the towel. She continually pushed me to set my own goals, and always asked how she could help me achieve these goals. Julie was (and still is) an excellent resource, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their health!” – Ashley

“I woke up this morning and was getting ready, doing my morning routine and thought, look at this person. How much growth I have seen in a year. This person with all her conscious decisions, putting collagen and turmeric in her coffee, making a healthy breakfast, sporting her natural hair and feeling comfortable in her natural state. Thank you for coming into my life and teaching me so much. xoxo” – Brittany