There are lots of tips, tricks and well-meaning advice out there. The more I dive into the world of wellness trying to find answers to my disease, the more information I find. And chances are that one person’s recommendation is the same thing another person will tell me to avoid. So what have I learned? To fear not! Every body is different, we all respond different and we are all unique and wonderfully made. I am learning to listen to my body, to truly hear what it’s telling me. To hear what it wants for food, lifestyle and medicine. One person’s medicine is another person’s poison. Grains can be nurturing for some and a troublemaker for others. Some of us thrive on a diet full of raw fruits and vegetables, while others do better on more animal proteins and warm foods.
So many factors come into play to figure out what helps us thrive. Whether it’s the climate where we live, our lifestyle, stress levels, and even our ancestry affects our health. During colder times of the year or during times of Lyme flare ups, my body requires more warm, nurturing foods like soups, stews, whole grains and fats. Of course I can still enjoy my green drinks, I just choose ones with warm or spicy herbs like ginger or turmeric and root vegetables like kale.
Our bodies are intuitive, we just need to to listen to it. What’s true for all of us is that a diet full of whole foods, as close to nature as possible, whether animal or plant, are the most nurturing for our bodies. It’s best to avoid the latest fad diets and what everyone else is doing, and to do what’s best for you.
Creating healthy habits can be easy and fun. You just need to take small steps. If you’re new to juicing and green smoothies, try to make it once a week. Chances are, when you start feeling all the wonderful affects of healthy lifestyle changes, you’ll want to do it more!
You don’t have to force it, punish yourself, or feel guilty for not leading a perfect lifestyle. Those emotions are just a waste of time and energy. I just put my faith in God that He is leading me on the correct path and I will continue to do my part while I wait for healing.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7