Why does it take so long to heal?
The absolute hardest thing to do during any recovery is to stay positive. The symptoms come on again and again until you are just plain worn out. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Well its so easy to just get caught up in the rush of pain, cramps or whatever it may be that you just lose sight of recovery.
I like to look back and see just where I came from. In 2015, I was in pretty bad shape and had lost forty pounds in four months and this endless flare just kept going and going. Then came the start of the GAPS diet and I had a whole new set of challenges, but I was ready to make some real changes with this thing.
So many ups and downs over the last two years and I would always have this instant reaction to the symptoms that would send me into a mental tailspin. My day would ultimately be shot before 9 AM. But along the way, I somehow started to put it together, that the harder I tried to "perfect" this recovery the harder the fall. Without fail, the split second that I started to think about what this blood in my stool really meant, was the instant that I could actually feel cramping or more pain straight away. Big correlation between the mind and the gut or the second brain.
The big four things that allowed me to progress through this grieving phase were being creative, allowing and not pressing, being able to adapt..quickly and just being alright with everything! I am so much better with these things today and healthier as a result.
Being creative allows you to use your imagination to visualize healing. Visualize healthy cells. Visualize healthy tissue and so on. It also makes it easier to find alternate or subsitute foods when you encounter the inevitable sensitivities that come along with leaky gut. If you get stuck in a place of pushing back on the process, it will set you back.
When we allow things in life, it creates a friction free environment. Imagine that your cells just move more gracefully when you lose the friction. When we press, it creates tension in the body that disallows healing.
Adapting quickly is a great skill to have in life in general, but its very useful to be able to change your thoughts quickly and on demand when faced with the adversity that comes with illness.
And being alright with everything is an extension of allowing. I say this to myself a lot and you can really just find ways to be alright with any comment, situation, person, illness, symptom or whatever it may be.
I do believe that my ability to do these four things have helped to propel me to where I am at today! As always I hope the best health for all!
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Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey