While managing an autoimmune disease, I struggled for years to figure out the role of food in disease treatment. I regularly found myself wondering... "Why does food feel like the ONLY answer for natural autoimmune remission? Why is food all the experts seem to talk about? Why does it seem like I nothing else I do is enough... unless I'm also eating perfectly clean?"
To me, it felt like there was this underlying message in the illness / wellness industry that said... If you're not eating perfectly clean, and even worse if you're struggling to eat this way, then there's something wrong with you as a HUMAN.
You must not value your health.
You must not want to feel better.
You must not have any willpower or discipline or commitment.
It took a few failed attempts at the Whole 30, a deep desire to blend the worlds of intuitive eating & Autoimmune Protocol plus three specific questions before I realized how to use food in a way that actually works for me. (Meaning, I saw results AND I enjoyed the road to those results.)
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.
If you've known me for a while, you'd probably be surprised to hear that, at the moment, I don't work out regularly. You'd probably be surprised to find out that I don't go to the gym, I hardly work up a sweat and I no longer care about how much weight I can lift or how fast I can run.
You'd probably also be surprised to learn that I haven't felt better in years.
On the other hand, if we're just know getting to know each other, you'd probably be surprised to hear that I swam competitively all through college. That after college, I trained for a half-marathon, took up Crossfit and barely gave myself more than one day of rest each week.
You'd probably be surprised to learn that I went from two-a-day collegiate swim practices to daily 60-minute Crossfit workouts to the 30 minutes (or less) of restorative yoga I do now.
I promise, I'm not sharing this to discount the value of formal activity or a good daily grind at the gym. That type of repetitive movement and pushing of physical and mental limits was all I did for years -- and it was one of the greatest forms of self-care I could have possibly imagined.
Instead, I'm sharing this because there came a time in my life where my love for a good workout was no longer helping my body (or my health). There came a time where the desire to push my limits and move in traditional ways didn't leave me feeling well. I'm sharing this because I had to rewrite the beliefs I held about exercise, health and what makes a workout "good" -- and sharing because maybe you do, too.
This is for you if you find that traditional exercise advice isn't all that practical for the season of life (or health) you're in!