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Daily Inspiration: Meet Amber Bostwick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Bostwick.

Hi Amber, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am a Migraine sufferer and I have been for many years. In the past, I had what I called the “Mullet Migraine.”

This type of Migraine started behind my eyes, went up over my head, and down to my shoulders. They were typically caused by stress and being on the computer for long periods of time. I handled them with medication, a healthy diet, and exercise.

However, in February 2020, I started to have daily Migraines which were much different than I was used to. I was dizzy and my eyes struggled to focus. It was like I was living my life constantly on a tire swing. The pain was in a triangle from my eyes to my nose. I also had nerve pain from the inside of my eyebrow into my forehead. The pain was so severe that I could no longer drive and always had to be lying down on the couch. This made being a Stay-At-Home Momma very difficult—even my children’s laughter was killing my head.

Because my husband’s late wife passed away from a brain tumor, my husband insisted on me getting an MRI. I ended up having 2 done and they were both normal. I visited just about every doctor I could think of General, ENT, OBGYN, and even a Neurologist. I tried other approaches such as Massage, Chiropractic Care, and Foot Zoning. I tried Essential Oils and other topical creams. NOTHING HELPED!

Each doctor I saw put me on a different medication. I think by the time I met with the Neurologist, I had been on at least 7 different medications, none of which helped. The Neurologist put me on very strong seizure medication. I did not like it from the beginning. It made me so tired and it didn’t help with the migraines at all, other than knocking me out. I reported back to the Nurse that I didn’t like the medication and that I would like to be taken off of it.

I was told to keep trying and keep increasing the dosage every 7 days. When I reached 400mg, it changed my thought processes. I thought everyone was out to get me and thought that my husband hated me. When I had a “clear” moment, I told my husband that he was in charge of making all medical decisions for me because I could no longer trust myself to make good decisions. Finally, the doctor suggested that I could wean off of the medication.

The Neurologist told me that the next plan of action was to do monthly injections as a preventive measure, but first I needed to try this new medication to satisfy the insurance company. I was told that all I had to do was try it, tell them I didn’t like it, and then I could move on to the monthly injections.

I sat down with my husband and we had a long talk about what we should do next. We decided to say NO to ALL of it! No, to the new medication! No, to the Monthly Injections! No, to further visits with the Neurologist!

That is where my Journey started! I subscribed to several Nutrition and Wellness Podcasts. I filled my online cart with TONS of Nutrition and Wellness Books. I took MY Health into MY OWN HANDS!

I gave my diet a makeover. I removed white flour completely from everything that I ate and replaced it with whole wheat flour. I ate more fruits and vegetables. I took supplements. I started to remove processed food items from my diet.

I worked hard to understand how my gut health affects my brain and very soon this became a fascination of mine.

I applied what I learned and I have seen the results I had hoped for! I went from having migraines and symptoms of migraines EVERY.SINGLE.DAY to having 1 a month, if that!

I love how we can heal our bodies, from most of our ailments, just by changing our diets! The body is so amazing and I love learning about it!

In December of 2020, I created my blog, Healthy Like a Bostwick (https://healthylikeabos.wixsite.com/blog), as well as Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HealthyLikeABos.twick) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/healthylikeabos.twick/) account dedicated to sharing my own personal journey to becoming a healthier, happier person.

In September of 2021, I enrolled in the Holistic Health Coach Program through AFPA (American Fitness Professionals and Associates). I have enjoyed this program and have learned so much about health, diets, and how food can heal or hurt our bodies.

I am happy to announce that in March 2022 I became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist!

I am currently working on becoming a Holistic Health Coach and plan to be certified by September of this year.

I am so excited to help others in their own health journey!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As with making any change, road bumps are to be expected. For me, the hardest part was watching everyone eat my mother-in-law’s homemade rolls on Thanksgiving, knowing how delicious they are, and not being able to have one. However, my determination to conquer my migraines was more powerful than my craving for those homemade delicious rolls.

Sometimes on our journey to becoming healthy, it feels like we are taking one step forward and three steps back. Sometimes it feels frustrating and you feel like giving up. I know I have felt that way. For me, it felt like I had accomplished one goal and three other problems arose.

Once I conquered my migraines, I injured my shoulder. I jumped through all of the medical hoops and was told I needed surgery to correct the problem. I had surgery, just not the one I went in for. The road to recovery has been long, frustrating, and very painful. I once again have jumped through all of the medical hoops and seem to have fallen flat on my face.

Again, I have taken my health into my own hands. I have recently started an Anti-Inflammatory Diet and I am starting to see improvement in my range of motion. I know it sounds a little far-fetched but my shoulder issue was inflammation based. Now that I am removing the inflammation from my body, the pain is subsiding and my range of motion is improving.

The most important thing to remember when embarking on your journey to a healthy life is that by making small and simple changes each day, you are improving your health. Sometimes people think that they have to change a million things all at once to “be healthy.” That is simply not true. If you are healthier today than you were yesterday and healthier tomorrow than you were today, you are on your way to becoming a healthier person!

Yes, there are road bumps along the way, but they are only bumps not roadblocks. On your path to a healthier life, you will never see a sign that says “Road Closed,” unless you put it there. There is always a way to overcome whatever barrier is placed in your path.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I started my health journey as just a person who was looking to heal herself from migraines. Now, I am a Holistic Nutritionist wanting to help others on their journey to a healthier life.

I am fascinated at how we can heal our bodies just by changing our diet. I have experienced it for myself.

I am proud of achieving my goal of going back to school and becoming a Holistic Nutritionist while being a Stay-At-Home Momma to three beautiful little girls. I am proud of myself for continuing my education and working toward becoming a Holistic Health Coach. I am proud of myself for conquering my own personal health issues and continuing to do so.

I believe that this is what sets me apart from all of the others. I have been in your shoes. I know what it is like to live with a health issue that leaves you in constant pain and wishing there was a way out. I know what it feels like to want to be able to do normal day-to-day activities but cannot because you are in pain. I know what it feels like to be tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed by the thought of making healthier changes.

I know what it feels like to want to just take a magic pill and feel better. I know what it is like to put faith in our medical system and be let down, over and over. I know how you feel. I am there for you and I want to help, but it’s up to you to take the first step. I’ll be waiting for you.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Here are a few things that helped me on my journey to a healthier life:

(1) Start small.

When I say small, I mean small. Make your first goal ridiculously easy—something you know you can accomplish. It could be drinking more water, exercising for 5 minutes a day, eating veggies for a snack instead of a candy bar—anything that would be deemed “healthier” to you. The reason for starting with a small and easily accomplishable goal is that it will build your confidence in your ability to achieve something that is hard. It works. Trust me.

(2) When you attach your goal in front of a habit, you are more likely to do it.

For example, if your goal is to eat veggies for a snack at work, you could pack your veggies with the lunch you are already used to packing. If your goal is to drink more water, drink a glass of water before every meal.

(3) Build upon your prior successes and make becoming healthy something you enjoy.

Close your eyes for a minute and think about a time when you were your healthiest and happiest. Let’s say that you used to be a track star in high school. You can use your experiences with track to help you now. If you were on a track team, you already know how to practice, you know how to stretch, you know how to breathe, you know the form, and you know what to expect.

Use it. Maybe you start by going for morning walks, then you build up to a walk/jog, then a jog, and before you know it you are running. My point is—you know more than you think you do about becoming healthy!

(4) Celebrate your WINS!

This one is important! No matter how small or big your accomplishments are—celebrate them! You worked hard! You conquered your fear! You won! So celebrate!

(5) Never give up and always believe in yourself!

When I was starting my own journey, I wish I would have known:

(1) You can ask others for help.

Help with discovering new food items or healthier swaps. Help with meal plans. Help with recipes. Help with grocery shopping. Help with motivation. Whatever your need, you can always ask for help.

(2) You can place yourself in the driver’s seat when it comes to YOUR health!

When you are at your Doctor’s appointment don’t be afraid to ask questions. You have the right to ask why he/she is prescribing that particular medication. You can and should ask about the risks and side effects of all medications. You can ask if there is any other way to solve the issue other than taking medicine. You can ask them to break down their explanation about your health in non-medical terms so you can easily understand. If you have a bad feeling about what the doctor has done or is asking you to do, you can get a second opinion.

I want you to know that I am 100% supportive of doctors, their expertise, and advice. I am also 100% supportive of being involved in your own healthcare. I believe that every person should work alongside their healthcare professional to become the healthiest version of themselves. That means doing your part at home–eating healthy, exercising, managing your stress, and getting enough sleep.

(3) When choosing a food product, always turn the item over and read the ingredients!

I have noticed what the product is proclaiming on the front of the package usually doesn’t match what is on the back. When reading food ingredients, remember, if you cannot pronounce it or if you cannot find it in nature, don’t buy it!

(4) Make baby steps in your pantry (unless you have a food allergy).

When something runs out, replace it with an organic healthier version or stop buying it. If you throw out your whole pantry and replace it with all new healthy items, chances are you won’t know what to do with it or like it and you will start or continue to eat out instead of cooking at home.

(5) You cannot expect everyone to eat the same way as you do.

This one is tough when you live with others—your spouse, significant other, family member, or roommate. You may see them eating food items that you are trying to give up and get cranky that you cannot have them. Mutual Respect is Key here! Ask for their support and explain to them what that looks like for you. Being honest and open about feelings and expectations usually creates room for each of you to be respectful of one another’s eating patterns.

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