I had an interesting conversation with someone a couple week ago that I’m still thinking about. It was with a woman who has Rheumatoid Arthritis, like myself, and has been struggling with it for years. What struck me the most during our conversation was that she was giving away all her power to her doctor to make her feel better. There didn’t seem to be any responsibility for her own healing. It was all geared towards what the doctors could do for her, and that they needed to figure it out.
I understand where she’s coming from. It reminds me of how I felt a few years back, in my most painful days of RA. I felt hopeless and blamed the doctors and the medication for not making me better. While modern medicine can do such amazing things for us, it’s not the only piece of the puzzle. I didn’t see how what I was eating was affecting my health, nor did I want to see it. I mean, change can be scary, right? So, I took my medication, changed nothing else in my life, and guess what? I didn’t get better.
As a society, we sure have given away a hell of a lot of our power over our health. We look for the next magic pill or guru that will make everything better. We get our health advice from the media that hits us with headlines that greatly misrepresent actual research or presents poorly executed research. We trust marketing on sugary cereals claiming that it’s a “heart healthy” food.
Come on now! We’re smarter than this!
It’s time to get back to the basics.
- Instead of blindly taking medication that masks our symptoms, let’s ask why we’re experiencing the symptom in the first place.
- Let’s get back to eating real food, the foods that we’ve been consuming for thousands of years, and ditch the factory foods that line the shelves of our modern grocery store.
- Let’s check in with ourselves and ask how we’re really feeling, instead of ignoring what our bodies are telling us.
I know it can be scary to go against everything we’ve been told is right and healthy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Let’s start with food. Stick to foods in their real, whole form. If it had to go through a factory before it could reach your plate, it’s probably not real food.
- Eat lots of vegetables, and some fruit. Seasonal is best.
- Eat properly raised meats and animal fats. (If you’re interested in finding a local farmer, Eat Wild is a great resource for that.)
- Check in with your body to see how you feel before and after you eat. Do you have energy, or are you tired, bloated and gassy? Do you feel hangry, or satisfied?
These can be incredibly powerful tools to help guide you towards better health.
So, what’s next?
If you’re interested in taking your healing further, join me for my upcoming webinar, 5 Steps to Beating Chronic Pain, or take the leap and join my new group, Remedy Your Wellness, a joy-filled approach to health! This 12 week program will guide you on your own healing journey so you can find more health and happiness in your life.
Not sure if any of this is right for you? Let’s schedule a chat together!