When we fall down the rabbit hole that can accompany disease, it sometimes seems a cold, cruel descent. And we are told the entire fall down the hole some very powerful messages: Reduce your stress. It is in your head. This medicine will help. Change your diet. Think Positive. You don’t look sick. Give it time, eventually you will feel better. Life is what you make it. Try this new medication. I am sure you have a long list of things you have been told.
And after years of these messages, after years of physical pain and suffering, my clients tell me the conclusions they have come to from being spit out of a system that is not built to heal:
Joy died inside of me….I don’t know how to be happy…. I feel hopeless…. this disease has robbed me of my life….Life is against me… The world is not safe…I don’t know how to do this….Nothing helps….
And here is the kicker. Diet doesn’t usually cure these conclusions we have made about our life. And either does reducing your stress, or eating nutrient dense. Or taking B12 or getting a massage. The real life issues of despair and loss of hope do not get solved with positive thinking, or thinking happy thoughts. You can eat AIP and Low FODMAP and GAPS Intro until the cows come home. And you may very well feel better. And your antibodies may drop. And your anemia may go away. But unless you go after the real root what is trying to come forward in your life through illness, everything will be a temporary fix.
Illness is a vehicle that is trying to wake you up to something in your life. Illness is bringing forward the opportunity for finding, releasing and healing the conclusions we have made about our life that are not serving us. Illness is the wisdom giver that teaches us that ultimately, we find the road back to our own hearts by loving disease, not through being a victim of it. And so we get to do this. We get to sort though all the messages about how to get healthy. Some messages we hear out in the world, are rooted in fear. Some are rooted in love. We use discernment inside ourselves stemming from our yearning for more love to decide what we align ourselves with. Because like a broken system so many of you know all too well, there also is a system with caregivers who operate from a loving place.
This is The Loving Diet. Putting the loving back into our health care. Putting the loving back into our diets. Putting the love back into our journey. Using disease as an opportunity to lift. This is the path that changes the rabbit hole to a golden one. The route that goes beyond good and bad. How will you accept the loving?
Right now, ask yourself “How will I accept the loving?” “What is preventing me from accepting the loving?” See if anything comes up. And of course I would love to hear what.
btw…US News & World Report published an article about Paleo Autoimmune. I was interviewed for the article. Here is a link to it.