To recap, Phyllis was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2003. She was exhausted from a stressful job and commute and wasn’t eating right. She knew she needed to stop using the comfort of eating to offset stress. First, she quit her job. She connected with nature and quiet, found support, and began making changes to her diet. Doing Trance Dance helped her connect with an inner intuitive voice that advised her to eat a more alkaline diet. More changes were in store for her…
Family Constellation Work and Byetta
About this time, Phyllis started working with Gwendolyn Terra, who introduced family constellation work to Austin. Gwendolyn and Phyllis were roommates for a while and hosted/facilitated constellation sessions every Sunday.
Constellation work focuses on enlightening and healing the unconscious beliefs that often follow family tragedies and dysfunctions, affecting multiple generations, a kind of emotional DNA. These patterns are held in an individual’s energy field. A trained facilitator can help an individual clear patterns of unhappiness, failure, illness, and/or addiction that have been holding them back.
“It [constellation work] allowed me to be more who I am and to drop some lineage stuff I no longer needed,” Phyllis says.
In 2009, continuing to work with an endocrinologist, she began to take the prescription medication Byetta, which lowers insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetics.
Phyllis realized for the first time that she might actually be able to get off insulin, six years after being told she was a Type 2 diabetic.
Committing to Health with Joy
Phyllis celebrated her birthday on June 13, 2010, by doing a trance dance and following it up with 3 more hours of shamanic dancing. That was when she decided to commit to trance dancing every night for 100 days, to build health.
“Sometimes it was 20 minutes, and other times I danced for four hours,” she recalls. The messages from her intuition began to come more quickly.
First, she gave up diet sodas and replaced them with water.
On October 10, 2010 (10/10/10), her cousin Sylvia LeDoux, a histologist and author of Understanding Our Epidemic: And Changes in the Food Industry Which Could Be Making You Sick!, noticed Phyllis clearing her throat and told her it was from consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Phyllis tested: after the throat clearing stopped and her body was calm, she consumed some ketchup with HFCS, and five seconds later was again clearing her throat.
The connection was clear. No more HFCS.
She gave up dairy products the same day.
By the end of 2010, her diet, activity, and Byetta had improved her health so much, she started coming off some of her prescription medications.
She says that doing trance dance made her feel that anything and everything was possible.
On January 11, 2011 (1/11/11), at her acupuncturist Nicole Lentfer, she received the message to stop consuming foods containing wheat. She says now she’d gotten that message three times before she could really hear it.
She decided to give up wheat with joy, rather than moaning and groaning, clear that she was choosing not to eat it so she could feel better rather than being forced into the change.
“Battles with food are hard,” she says.
Phyllis got off the last prescription drug, Byetta, in 2011.
She says when she started eating more veggies and fruits and dropping certain foods (diet soda, high fructose corn syrup, dairy, and finally wheat), she needed less medication and became able to keep her blood sugar and other health issues under control with her diet.
Next: Part 4.