Are you suffering from what I call Split Health Stress?
Do you ever find yourself sitting and scrolling on Instagram? The blinds are shut, a blanket is pulled up high around your body, and you're trying *really* hard not to feel like a failure?
Maybe because you didn't eat 'cleanly' enough this week...
Or because you haven't spontaneously 'cured' your flare-ups or your symptoms...
Do you ever feel like you have to choose between your mental health and your physical health? And worry that you can't have both -- you can't do the things that support your mental health AND do the things that support your physical body?
Maybe you're divided between something like intuitive eating, an anti-diet approach to health and wellness.... and something like the autoimmune protocol, a possible natural treatment for chronic illness and inflammation in the body.
You want to feel better, so you're really curious about the autoimmune protocol.
But, you've also done diets in the past. And you really don't want to get back on one.
If this is where you find yourself today, I want you to know that you're not alone.
After all, everyone tells us that food is supposed to be medicine. We hear it over and over again. At the doctor's office. From our friend, Suzzy, who just has to share about that new diet she's loving. And even from the Instagram accounts that make clean eating, and paleo, look so easy.
(Don't worry. My recipes sure don't look or taste like theirs either!)
We so often hear that we can heal ourselves. That if we just do all the right things, then we can stop feeling so terrible. And, just like you, I've read dozens of stories of other people who have been able to do this. Those who have been able to feel better by changing their diets and their lifestyles.
Which means I've also wondered... Why can’t I? Why isn’t this working for me? What’s wrong with me?
So, friend, if you're shaking your head and totally with me on all this, can I tell you something? Something really important?
You aren't crazy.
You don't lack willpower.
You don't deserve your symptoms.
You haven't caused your health challenges to begin with.
Even natural treatments come with potentially dangerous side effects. Dieting, even for our health, can lead to binge eating, preoccupation with food, and stress and inflammation in the body. (Which is exactly what we're trying to avoid in the first place.)
What we eat IS important... but it’s only one piece of the puzzle.
Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical health.
A failure to follow Paleo, AIP, or Vegan is not a character flaw. In fact, these programs actually set us up to fail.
It is possible to eat intuitively while eating for medical restrictions or allergies. But what makes this possible is a shift in mindset not necessarily a change in behavior.
The truth is... if you're wondering... what if I want to diet for my health?... while also wondering... what if I don't want to feel restricted or deprived anymore?
Then, you're suffering from what I like to call Split Health Stress. And it's totally normal.
(It's also a huge pain in the rear sometimes. Because those of us in the grips of Split Health Stress often feel judged no matter what we do!)
But what I really want you to know is... you do not have to feel restricted or deprived no matter how you choose to eat.
Even better, you can live a life you love right now… not when you heal, go symptom-free, or eradicate sickness.
If this post is resonating with you...
If you want to dive in deeper and understand what it takes to unravel Split Health Stress...
Then learn more about The MERGE Method.
It's a tool I've developed to help bridge the gap between our physical body (our physical health) and our mental well-being. It's a way of eating intuitively while eating for medical restrictions.
And if you're feeling alone, like you must be the only one who feels caught in the middle this way, then check out my most favorite place on the internet: The Wellness Boulevard. Inside this community and membership, you'll find a group of amazing women who have felt the exact same way as you do right now. Come join us.