The other day on social media, I came across a post talking about the best strategy to use when you're trying to build a business and make more sales. SEO blog posts? Instagram? Facebook ads? Pinterest? Which strategy will give the biggest possible return? Which strategy will make the most money?
To answer these questions, the author of the post simply said: "That's like asking... Pants? Skirt? Shorts? What's right to wear today?" (Essentially, she's inferring, what's right is whatever feels best... to you.)
As you can see, this stuck with me. Mostly because I'd never seen anyone put the conversation of "best strategy" into such a simple terms. It got me thinking... Is strategy really a matter of preference? So much so that the strategy I use to feel better and manage my autoimmune disease might be a matter of preference, too?
Exercise... Diet... Essential oils... Restorative yoga... Meditation... EFT... Could the best way to feel better and heal from autoimmune disease be a matter of choosing and committing to whatever feels right... to me? If so, how do I figure that out? How do I navigate between all of the things I should do or am supposed to do or have been told to do in order to find the strategies that will work the best?
Here are 10 questions to ask yourself to uncover the best and fastest way for YOU to feel better when managing autoimmune disease or chronic illness. These are really powerful questions to answer BEFORE investing a ton of time, money and energy into a healing protocol, as they help make sure you're primed and ready for that protocol to work for you.
When we're trying to feel better with autoimmune disease, we often adopt a few lifestyle or dietary changes to complement the treatment we're receiving inside the doctor's office. We're looking at what we eat, how often we exercise, how much stress is on our plate, etc.
But I've noticed there's one big element that's often missing. In between all of the dietary tweaks, product changes and emphasis on work-life balance, we forget about a part of our lives that impacts how we feel in a BIG way.
You see, most of the changes we're encouraged to make are designed to support the physical body.
We look at the food we give our bodies.
We look at the products we put on our bodies.
We look at the movement we're asking the body to do.
And don't get me wrong, looking at the pieces of our lives that directly support the physical body makes a lot of sense. After all, we're trying to heal from a physical ailment or disease. But at the core of our desire to heal is our desire to feel better. (For many of us, we. just. want. to. feel. better. And maybe, feel normal for a change.)
Yet, feeling good physically is not the only way to feel good. If you're doing everything you can to feel better, and it seems like nothing is working, try adding this into your life and see if you notice some really big shifts that might happen quite quickly!
This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get when new members join my free FB group, Autoimmune Well with Kel. And I think it's also one of the questions that I asked the most after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and an eating disorder within the same year.
Is it possible to eat intuitively when you have an allergy, sensitivity or intolerance to particular foods? How do you feel good and okay (and not restricted) while cutting out foods that cause physical symptoms and reactions in the body? How do we eat in a restrictive manner without emotionally feeling restricted at the same time?
Since you're here (asking this question, too!), then you know how much friction lies in the wait for an answer. There's just a lot of tension in this place. Because we want to do what's best for our bodies and our physical health -- i.e. cut out foods to which we respond negatively -- but we also want to do what's best for our emotional and mental well-being -- i.e. feel free and not controlled around food.
It's like we have these two strong values -- (1) to feel good physically and (2) to feel good mentally -- that stem from an overarching desire to simply feel good. And yet, we're so confused, frustrated and sometimes so defeated because we don't know how to move forward in a way that will actually get us there.
It kinda feels like we have to pick one or the other, right?