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Alisa Vitti Alisa Vitti holistic health counselor. transformational speaker. natural life changer.

Holistic Health Counselor Alisa Vitti specializes in reproductive and hormonal health and helping women connect to and express their feminine energy. She founded the FLO Living Center. [www.floliving.com]

I’ve derived my life’s purpose and joy, my understanding of myself, connections and collaborations with others, and magical serendipitous opportunities from aligning with what’s uniquely female about my body.

It took getting slapped around by health issues to recognize my body’s magic. When I was 19, my body broke down completely, from a hormonal standpoint. I weighed 200 pounds, was covered in acne, was severely depressed, and got my period twice a year, if I was lucky. At the time, I was studying at Johns Hopkins to become an OB/GYN. One night, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and spent the night in the medical library. I finally found a tiny article and a likely diagnosis – polycystic ovarian syndrome, which turned out to be confirmed by testing. My body had given me a clear, meaningful direction and I’d followed it.

I asked my doctor, “Now what do we do?” Her answer was, basically, nothing. I’d be medicated and get used to dealing with things like diabetes, infertility, heart disease, and increased likelihood of cancer. But the cells of my body screamed a big NO at me. I said, “Thank you. I’m going to take my expensively trained mind and go figure this out.” She chuckled and said, “Okay, well, when you need the meds, let me know.”

Over the next years, I explored alternative therapies and apprenticed myself with naturopaths, acupuncturists, applied kinesiologists, underwater basket weavers … you name it. I tried every supplement and therapy I could to get my endocrine system back online. Nothing worked. Then my body gave me another hint – to study food. So I started researching. I was my first guinea pig. Within a year of putting together a protocol from my research findings, I’d healed myself.

My body, in its elegantly complex, miraculous ability to restore itself, showed me what true power is. It was life-changing to witness that. Also, although I’d been told I had an incurable condition, I found that not to be the case. That was eye-opening and myth-busting.

I keep coming back to the body, which has given me my direction in life. Culturally, women have divorced ourselves from our bodies, but we can’t take it for granted that our bodies will be able to handle and adapt to our modern lifestyles, so we have to learn and become aligned with and be in pleasurable, powerful, partnership with our bodies.

Our feminine bodies are how we engage with the world. We can’t make the magic without them.

– Alisa Vitti

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