There are few colors to describe winter. It’s muted and drab. I find my descriptions bloom when the flowers do. Or if we could finally get some snow, I bet my brain would light up with wonder. White has always brought hope to my weary eyes. The hubby knows what I need and provides generously.
I’m beginning some severe health endeavors this week. My body is telling me it needs a stout healing. This is a marathon approach, what I’m attempting. It’s not the first time I’ve had to abruptly reset, and I’m sure not the last either. You can go about your life addressing symptoms, or you can go to the root and heal it there. Symptomatic suffering is maddening but it’s usually indicative of the need to go deeper. My issues stem from chronic stress and an immune system that wars against itself. These are not easy fixes so it requires a lot of intentionality and patience, which I happen to mostly lack. So, I draw on grace.
I realize many are in this same boat with me so thought I might chart some of my progress here. I have a lot of unanswered questions about what’s truly happening at a cellular level but it really doesn’t matter. What’s important is that I say yes to healing, and partner with it as God leads. We are integrated as soul, spirit, and body, so all facets need to be addressed to achieve wholeness. It’s vital that I cooperate on all levels, and truly believe my portion is to be well. When one part is sick, all parts suffer sickness. These are things I understand yet fleshing them out is incredibly tricky.
My approach is the GAPS diet. It has proven to be one of the most effective ways to heal the immune system from the inside out. It’s an anti inflammatory diet that nourishes the gut, which essentially is where our immune system is. Our gut is also where our spirit resides, according to scripture. I think there’s significance to that parallel. What I put into my body in the next months will be nutrient rich and soothing. This is the antidote for inflammation. I’ve also started CBD oil which has exhibited substantial benefits for me already in soothing the nervous system.
How do I know my body is inflamed? It has told me: joint pain, restless legs, anxiety, puffiness, and eventually partial vision loss (which is slowly clearing up) in my right eye due to an inflammatory eye disease. I would venture to say it’s all pointing in the direction of autoimmune issues. This also is not new to me, and is the biggest reason I’m attempting this rigorous diet yet again. The bottom line: my body is trying to self-protect but the threat is not real any longer. This is why we delve beyond the flesh and address the underlying things that would cause a body to turn on itself in effort to protect. Do you see the theme here? It’s not just physical or mental.
This is incredible transparency on my part to share this with my readers. Yet, there are so many like myself who are suffering in their bodies the affects of trauma and stress. Some of it was not asked for, and some of it we inflicted upon ourselves in effort to cope. Either way, the moment we are ready to be well, it doesn’t matter what was dished out or incited — we focus on healing. Your steps may be different than mine, but maybe we can walk some of it out together? I’ll be tucking healing blogs away in a separate page to chronicle specifically.
For more on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet you can read here: http://www.gapsdiet.com/home.html