Moving into her thirties, Christine continued her hectic work life, smoking cigarettes, maintaining sugar consumption, and not making time to rest or to eat balanced meals. Her first real physical difficulties began in this decade of her life.
At thirty-one, Christine injured her spine. Perhaps her body was trying to tell her. “I need you to slow down and start paying attention because I can’t keep up with you. If you don’t start taking care of me, things are going to go seriously wrong..” Christine did not hear this or acknowledge these warnings. After her recovering from her spinal injuries, even though she suffered from leg numbness, she did not stop working or even slow down her pace.
Totally, exhausted, she collapsed and reinjured her spine. At this point,if Christine had stopped to rest, her adrenal glands would have repaired themselves and been able to support her body. By thirty-six, quit smoking and gave up all stimulants. This was a great thing to do for her body. Unfortunately, Christine did not slow down. “She was on the fast train.” She though she was doing the right thing by exercising. But she was only getting four or five hours of sleep at night, which prevented her body flowing into the alkaline tide to Rest, Repair and Regenerate. Her body did not have enough time to wind down and fully enter the night state of repair. Then, bouncing out of bed before she had a change to repair launched her body back into a full day state. Christine spent too many hours of the day and night in an acidic state of dominance.
There was no denying that Christine had reached the next stage Burn-out at forty-seven years old. Christine had a heart attack while going on a flight to Paris while doing a fashion show. She then had to under go open heart surgery. The actual surgery was the Ultimate reality check. The surgeons had told her that she would be back on her feet in six weeks, but six weeks after surgery it still hurt to breathe. Christine was fragile and weak. Her arduous recovery lasted over a year.
“People asked, “How could you end up with open-heart surgery after all the things you did to get yourself well and healthy?” She told them it must have been all the stress I was under. They were shocked, they really didn’t believe that stress does these things even though they hear it all the time. They look at you and say, “Yeah, yeah, if your stressed go to Cancun.”
It is true that Christine’s stress was a primary contributing factor in her adrenal exhaustion, which ultimately lead to her heart disease. The good news was that Christine followed this Diet and Nutrition, she began to heal and her health improved. At age forty-nine, everything Christine touches still turns to gold. Her second chance has given her the opportunity to enjoy activities, such as writing, gardening, and gourmet cooking, that she previously ignored in the whirlwind of her life.
“When your life passes before your eyes and you have two days to do your inventory, boy, you really see what matters and what doesn’t. Three-quarters of the things that you think were so important meant absolutely nothing when you think your going to lose your life.”
Christine’s story illustrates how easy it is to slip from one stage to another and how denial prevents all of us from admitting what we are doing to ourselves. Even when the signs are blatantly apparent to others, we are usually blind to the clues and resist others’ attempts to help us.