March Featured Contributing Author: Iuliana Lixandru
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I wanted to take today to highlight a wonderful contributing author on Sensual Appeal. I am so pleased to have her be on our contributors team, her photography and writing are wonderful and she is always filled with so much insight and wisdom. She’s doing some amazing things… say hello to Iuliana Lixandru! (visit her site here)
Aside from your professional bio… Tell us a little bit more about what you do?
You can say I’m a corporatist turned into a holistic practitioner. I won’t say I’m a naturopath or a health practitioner because I am so much more than that! Since I started studying alternative medicine I never stopped. I am trained and certified in different healing techniques, vegan and vegetarian nutrition, reiki and also a yoga instructor. Most of the times I work with people who tried everything else and when nothing worked they chose the alternative path. My approach is non invasive, I use herbs to strengthen the body and intuitive medicine to look for hidden causes. I also design detox programs for hormonal imbalances, weight loss, cancer or other chronic conditions.
What got you interested in health & wellness?
I had friends that had studied reiki and Ayurveda but in the beginning I wasn’t interested in health and wellness. At that time I was working 12 hours per day, all high heels and a different suit everyday and even if I hated being an employee, I thought I loved working in business consulting. All good until one day I collapsed on the bathroom floor in so much pain that I had to crawl to my phone and call my bff to take me to the hospital. From that day everything changed and the rest is history:)
What’s always been the number 1 favorite thing about health and helping people around it?
My favorite thing is to hear from old clients that I haven’t talked in years, out of the blue writing me and saying that I changed their life. I’m not talking about pride or ego, but about the pure happiness that I can feel when I see that they have a better life, with less suffering and everything got easier for them. I still struggle with memories of my pain and suffering and if I can stop someone from going through the same pain, I reached my purpose.
Share your most inspiring story that happened to you or one of your clients that can inspire our readers to continue on their healthy living journey?
One successful story, gosh, I have seen so many! I always think I’ve seen everything until I have a new client and then I understand there’s still something to see and learn. I have seen a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome when the mother was six months pregnant and at the birth the baby was normal. I have seen people in coma that were never given a chance and they woke up. I’m not saying I’m doing miracles. I’m just saying that we get so scared and paralyzed by a diagnostic that most of the times we stay sick because of all that fear! I was diagnosed with so many things and doctors told me it is all in my head and there’s nothing wrong with me. I was having chronic migraines, severe allergies, I could barely walk and I refused to accept that I’m going to be living like that all of my life. Now, at 40, I’m healthier than I’ve ever been!
What’s the biggest misconception people have about health & wellness that you wish they would just STOP believing?
I don’t believe it is just misconception. I think it is a combination between fear and a lack of health education. It might not be everybody’s case but I was raised in a sort of a cult for doctors:) Every time I got even a mild cold, my parents took me to the doctor and I was pumped with bags of pills and shots. It just recked my health and weakened my body. I believe in what is called “active” healing meaning that when you get sick, you should do more than just go to a doctor and ask for a prescription. If the doctor doesn’t have the time to discuss all the aspects of your problem, you should do your homework! You should understand the root cause of your problem and make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent the same problem in the future. I guess, you could say that people should stop thinking that the doctor is the one that needs to fix them.
What’s your favorite way to get your move on?
I am not really a morning person, but if I go out of the house, you’ll definitely hear the music volume in my car:) If I need something more grounding, I’ll do yoga, or just work on clearing my energy field.
What’s your favorite meal & your favorite thing to eat for that meal?
My favorite meal and diet changed a lot during last ten years. I now eat lots of raw veggies and fruits but I still love thai food and a good tom kha soup. I love to cook and I have tons of cookbooks. Cooking is therapeutic for me. I hate the cleaning part, but I love to cook:)
How do you work with people currently?
Right now I am working only one on one. It gives me the time and the freedom to focus on each client and really help reach their goals. I am based in Chicago but I have clients all over the world and work with them over the phone or skype. For the people that need more help, they can book me for a whole VIP day and they get a complete health assessment, nutrition and detox plan, fridge and pantry make-over, shopping tour, cooking demo, one B.E.S.T. session or others, depending on the client problems.