12 Things I learned That Cured My Crohn’s Disease
It’s been 5 years since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I also had a heterotopic pregnancy, followed by appendicitis. After I had my son, I had postpartum depression. Humpty Dumpty.
It took me about 4 months to get an appointment to see the best gastrointestinal doctor at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. And when I went to my appointment, it was over before I was able to speak. It only took a 2- minute consultation to tell me that Crohn’s was something I was going to live with for the rest of my life and that diet has nothing to with it. I walked out with a $1,000 prescription for steroids I couldn’t even afford at the time, because the doctor was out of my network. It was a very painful way to live life.
Everyday bloated, with intense pains, foggy brain, tired, depressed, with negative thoughts running through my head all day long. I contemplated suicide. This was no way to live. I was making everyone around me miserable and life was not worth it.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation and scarring in the lining of both the small and large intestines. Ulcerative colitis is very similar, both affect the intestines, colitis affects the large intestine. These are easy to find in the online search engines.
What’s next is something that you can’t find; I was left connecting the dots. The body is always giving you clues and asking for help. But sometimes, we just can’t connect the dots and we dismiss them as normal everyday stressors.
In the meantime, we drag the symptoms around like extra heavy baggage in an airport – not knowing which terminal to take, and not knowing our final destination.
We might have seen asymptomatic at first, because the liver was carrying the burden. Most everything that you consume goes though the liver’s filtration system, where toxins get stored or neutralized. It’s also in a way like a post office where nutrients get packaged and tagged for delivery to their final destination. It’s also the most brilliant chemist you will ever meet. Constantly diffusing chemicals, making new ones, and storing some for later use. The liver has the best memory and knows what goes with what.
But what happens when the most important organ that keeps the order becomes overwhelmed, slow, injured and slothful? Everything that is currently written in medical books of disease can be linked back to the liver.
Even a traumatic brain injury impacts the liver, and chronic liver disease impacts the brain. One of the analogies that I use to understand this is the dishwasher. Don’t clean the filter for months, also, don’t rinse the dishes before you put them in, throw a banana in there too, and some rotten meat and let the dishwasher run. Leaving behind dirtier dishes.
The dishwasher will not run properly. Clean the filter, and rinse the dishes and you have yourself some really clean dishes. That’s your blood.
So with this information, the cure for Crohn’s and colitis start in the liver. And what’s the first thing the liver needs?
“It’s not the quantity of water you drink, it’s the quality”
Thousands of years ago, we got our water from natural sources. Today we get our water from the middleman in the form of tap water straight from water-recycling facilities—yes the water you are bathing with and cooking with comes recycled from the sewer.
And cleaning sewer water is not easy. You need industrial chemicals to turn it back to the crystal clear substance that comes out of the faucet. And, it’s not as clean as it looks.
An accumulation of agricultural run off in our water supply, with heavy metals, and other hard to spell chemicals, causes damage to the liver and the gut lining.
Bottled water also comes from tap water. It has high amounts of nano-plastics that are known to be an endocrine disruptor, unbalancing hormones, and clogging up the liver.
And you guessed it, it is also hurting your gut, because if your gut is currently suffering, the liver has been suffering way before that.
The simple truth is that water is one the most important nutrients. There is nothing more fundamental to a healthy life than water. Water is the foundation of all the ecosystems of the planet. One half of our body weight is made up of water; we can certainly live a few weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This is why it is important to know what is in the water you drink daily.
Make sure to read these post I wrote, it’s an important piece.
I also recommend that you visit EWG.org and type in your zip code to learn what is currently in your water.
The best water system so far is made by PristineHydro. It’s an under-counter reverse osmosis filter that cleans the water with a 6-step process. Most importantly, it restores the water by giving it back the electrolyte minerals your body needs.
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Minerals go hand in hand with water. To put it simply, without minerals you can’t absorb nutrients, and you can’t absorb water. No minerals, no nutrients, no water, no energy that can allow your mitochondria to make energy and your cells to thrive.
Mitochondrial malfunction causes an accumulation of inflammation, which opens the door to autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, colitis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease, among others. Supplementing minerals in a pill form will cause more problems, because the body will not be able to absorb them properly some of this metal form of minerals will cause more harm than good
That’s why the main source of our minerals thousands of years ago used to be in our water. Today this is not the case. We are trying to get our minerals from our produce but the soil in which it is grown has been depleted from its minerals giving you mineral depleted food. Stress alone depletes the majority of the minerals in the body. If you are suffering from any related gut issue, know that your minerals are way off.
Especially important is magnesium, which is needed for many biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function and supports a healthy immune system. Magnesium is the conductor of the thousands of enzymes the body makes.
It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and it aids in the production of energy and protein. This is important, regulation of blood glucose. I will get to this more, Hint: Glucose is not to blame.
This is important! If you are not going to follow any of the recommendations that I mention in this entire blog post below, at least try magnesium bicarbonate water. This made a huge difference for me. I have been drinking this water for the past 3 years every single day. Whenever I don’t have it I can feel the difference in my energy, digestion and sleep.
The cheapest and most effective way to get minerals into the body is magnesium bicarbonate water.
It’s a $50-a-year investment. You can make a gallon at a time and it will last you more than a month. Add ¼ of a cup at a time daily into your water. Start with 2 Tbsp a day for a whole week and increase it to ¼ of a cup.
I do about 1 cup a day now. Here’s a video I made showing how to make it. Excuse the quality of the video 😀 It was the first video I ever made.
3. High Quality Collagen
Collagen is not only good for your skin, but it’s also needed to heal the gut lining. In fact, the cells in the gut, receive much more damage than other cells in the body, second only to skeletal muscle cells.
Gut cells need to regenerate quickly, which requires the right amount of amino acids.
Collagen is also the most important protein in the lining of the colon, working as the preferred source of energy for structure and healing. It’s essential for restoring the integrity of a battered intestinal lining.
The best way to get collagen is probably not from powder. Some powders can come with an array of other impurities like heavy metals. Grass-fed bone broth not only has the gelatin that breaks down into the collagen you need, it is also in high in other minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and glutamine that support healthy inflammatory response and trace minerals.
I have around 24 oz a day, 1 mason jar in the morning, and 1 before bed, it’s great for sleep. I also like drinking grass-fed beef gelatin if I don’t have time to drink bone-broth, I use this powder on the go, it’s flavorless just add to water.
If you are in the Bay area you are in luck, Abrothecary delivers the highest quality bone broth infused with medicinal mushrooms.
Belcampo also delivers high quality grass-fed broths.
4. High Quality Fats
This is a big one. The reason why we can’t lower the inflammation in our bodies is because we are constantly attacking it. Chronic inflammation is your body making a 911 call, with the 911 operators being so overwhelmed they cannot send help. That is what’s happening if you are constantly eating rancid fats as a snack, for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner. You have probably heard of the smoking point of oils and that some of the oils that can sustain the highest heat are the safest for cooking. Throw that information away.
All you need to know is that isolated oils from seeds, nuts, and legumes, including canola oil and vegetable oil, anything that is unsaturated will start to accumulate free radicals at room temperature. They don’t have antioxidants to protect them and when consumed, they will strip away your antioxidants — your vitamin E, your glutathione.
Worse, they become part of your adipose tissue and stay with you for years accumulating free radicals and affecting other cells by a process called lipid peroxidation.
A food chemist will tell you all about it. Preservatives are sometimes added to these oils to keep them from smelling rancid in the bottle. Wonder why your omega-3 oil has to be refrigerated? By the time it touches your 97º bodies, it’s exposed to light and oxygen and rancidity starts to happen.
Restaurants cook with vegetable oils, and canola oils, which are the cheapest. They will not cook with high quality butter, or high quality coconut oil, which are more expensive.
So if you are currently have gut issues, you better learn how to cook. The safest fats to cook with are saturated animal fats, and coconut oil. But please always make sure they are the highest quality of fats, from a grass-fed animal. Like humans, animals that have been fed a diet of corn are going to have a lot of inflammation, and accumulate lipid peroxidation in their adipose tissue. You don’t want to eat that. Not to mention other chemicals they are exposed to that can subsequently become part of you too.
Cook with these:
Do not heat up olive oil, eat it raw.
5. Balance The Gut
This is a big one. I knew I had major gut dysbiosis the moment I had to give up my appendix. It had gotten infected and at the time, the doctors thought antibiotics would not help because it could “possibly get infected again”. I wish I have known what I know now. I would still be typing this with my appendix intact.
The delicate balance of the body’s intestinal and digestive flora can easily be disrupted by diets high in lipid peroxidation, toxic chemicals, eating too much processed or fried foods, glyphosates, chronic stress, aging, lack of sleep, medications, and exposure to toxic compounds.
If you’ve been experiencing digestive health challenges, such as gas, bloating, irritable bowel, or constipation, your body is letting you know its stores of “friendly bacteria” have been depleted and need to be replenished.
The statistics on gut bacteria are staggering. The average human carries about two pounds of gut bacteria or microbiome around at all times. We each have nearly 100 times more bacteria than cells in our bodies, with over 10,000 different species. We have more bacteria DNA than we have human DNA. Essentially, we are more bacteria than we are human. We’re all walking petri dishes
Your microbiome need to eat, and thrives on a diet rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics are a special type of soluble fiber utilized as fuel by your beneficial bacteria in your microbiome.
However, not every fiber is a prebiotic.
There are two categories of dietary fiber: soluble fiber, which is fermented by gut bacteria, and insoluble fiber, which is unable to be fermented. Most prebiotics are types of soluble fiber, which humans can’t digest, but rather are fermented by the gut bacteria. When the gut bacteria feed on prebiotics, they produce short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, which strengthen your brain and improve overall gut health.
So where are these prebiotics found?
They’re prevalent in roots like yacon root and maca, fruits like apples, bananas, baobab, and cacao, and other potent botanicals including barley grass, and spirulina.
However if you suffer from SIBO (small intestine bacteria over-growth), a condition in which bacteria that is in other parts of the body overgrow in the small intestine, you may need to skip this recommendation until you get everything else in this post in order. Then you can start adding more fiber to your diet.
Overall, besides strengthening the gut bacteria with fiber, you also want to introduce a lot of polyphenols.
What are polyphenols?
Polyphenols are micronutrients that exist in plant-based foods. Superfoods, including spirulina, green tea, turmeric, and cacao, have extremely high concentrations of polyphenols, which are imperative to nutrient diversity.
These polyphenol compounds are packed with antioxidants and offer an array of health benefits. They are shown to improve and help treat digestive issues, assist with weight management, and reduce the risk of diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular disease.
As a general rule, the more vibrant the color of a fruit of vegetable, the more the polyphenols it contains.
I would introduce all of this in a blended form like a smoothie or a soup. If you have Crohn’s and colitis, you know how food can feel like a brillo pad in your intestines.
Blending is a form of pre-digestion. It helps break down hard-to-digest plant cell walls which are prominent in these botanical blends. Having potent superfoods in smoothie form allows the beneficial chemicals to penetrate your cells by investing less energy and effort, and allows you to recuperate with 16 times more energy.
What’s more? It’s ideal to have your smoothie in the morning so you are fully hydrated, and have the extra energy to start (and finish) your day!
6. Lower Inflammation
Crohn’s, colitis, and IBS are pretty much Inflammation. How do you help the body heal the wounds that are causing inflammation? When the cells are inflamed they become like a rotten apple in a barrel and start damaging all the tissues around it. The process of continuous signaling for help involves sending chemicals, including pro-inflammatory cytokines. Over time these inflammatory cytokines continue to travel throughout the body resulting in wide-range inflammation. When there is inflammation the cells are not able to function properly. The pumps and the channels that maintain the integrity of your cells become affected and the communication between cells is weakened.
This means that your energy levels will go down, because your mitochondria are not properly working.
Your immune system will go down, welcoming an array of other infections from bacteria and viruses. Antioxidant levels will be diminished, leaving you vulnerable to free radicals that hurt your cells even more.
It’s important to stop consuming the toxins that lead to inflammation. And consume foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties.
Stay away from:
Any cooking oils. They contain high amounts of free radicals that will damage your cells even more.
Coconut oil, grass-fed ghee, grass-fed butter.
Stay away from:
Conventional foods. They contain high amounts of glyphosate that can damage the liver and your intestines.
Organic, biodynamic, grass-fed, pastured raised foods.
Grass Roots Farmers deliver grass-fed meats, link here.
Stay away from:
Tap water. As mentioned above it has chemicals that cause inflammation.
Shower with a filtration system, and get a reverse osmosis under your kitchen counter that can filter the water you use for drinking and cooking.
I mentioned briefly on the importance of antioxidants and polyphenols in the body, especially for those suffering with Crohn’s, colitis, and any other intestinal issues.
You’ve probably heard about free radicals, but what are they?
Free Radicals are unpaired electrons in an atomic orbital that are created when oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons prefer to be in pairs, so these free radicals scavenge the body to seek out other electrons to pair off with. The free radical will pull an electron from an existing molecule, which in turn destabilizes the molecule and turns that into another free radical. This domino effect can eventually disrupt the cells resulting in broken cell membranes, damaged DNA code, DNA mutations, and tumor growth. Too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants lead to oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation.
The inflammation triggered by oxidative stress is the cause of many chronic diseases including Crohn’s, colitis, and IBS. This was a big one for me, the moment I started to add more antioxidants into my diet, and minimize my exposure to free radicals, I felt the knob dial.
Introduce food that has high amounts of antioxidants.
VITAMIN C is present in citrus fruits, black currants, blackberries, oranges, and grapes. Do not take it as a supplement as it can be more damaging.
VITAMIN E is a powerful antioxidant that works in synergy with Vitamin C. It is abundantly found in animal products, like grass-fed ghee, pastured eggs, and grass-fed raw milk.
SPICES can reduce oxidative stress. Try ginger, turmeric, and rosemary.
In addition, adding medicinal mushrooms into your diet can be beneficial in reducing inflammation and fight oxidative stress.
Lion’s Mane: This is excellent for stimulating the connection in the vagus nerve, that connects the brain and the gut. If you have Crohn’s, this connection is probably weak. Lion’s mane is also high in antioxidants among many other benefits. You can grow it using this kit. I like cooking with the lion’s mane fruit, you can replace any fish recipe with lion’s mane, like crab cakes. For sleep, I use lion’s mane tincture by life cycle here, it helps by stimulating acetycholine during REM sleep.
Chaga Mushroom: I drink around 16- 24 ounces a day of chaga mushroom tea. This is one of the only foods that contain high amounts of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), a very powerful antioxidant. Your cells make SOD, but if you have inflammation, this antioxidant will be depleted.
To make chaga tea find it as chunks here, keep it on tap in the fridge. You can use the chunks a few times to make tea.
To add to food, get the powder version here. I like it wild-crafted as it is more potent.
Reishi Mushroom: This is the king of immunity, a powerful antioxidant. I like taking the spores, which are more potent than the fruit. You can add Reishi to your smoothie, or soups or sprinkle on food. It’s delicious. Get it here
Further reading: Everything you need to know about free radicals
8. Drink Your Food
This is important and I have to repeat it many times. For the first month, you have to drink your nutrients. The more nutrient dense liquid you can make, the better. You can’t possibly sit down and eat all these, it’s going to upset your intestines, because there is so much inflammation. You know what I mean if you have Crohn’s or colitis.
So, you can get our TUSOL smoothies here, I formulated this in the beginning of my journey to heal from Crohn’s, they are ready to go, add water and ice (hook up your ice maker to the reverse osmosis please)
Or you can play around with your own recipe like this:
1 scoop of raw grass-fed whey from jersey cows here
1 cup of chaga iced tea or water
1 scoop of freeze-dried banana powder here or a whole banana
1 teaspoon of chaga powder here
1 teaspoon of reishi powder here
1 teaspoon of lion’s mane powder here
1 teaspoon of cordyceps powder here (another powerful anti-inflammatory mushroom here
1 teaspoon of reishi spores here
1 teaspoon of raw honey here
Add ingredients to the blender with a cup of ice and blend!
Do not be scared of the glucose in the honey please. The liver needs glycogen to feed the thyroid, the pancreas, the brain and itself.
Raw honey is a powerful antioxidant, anti-bacterial, antiviral. The brand I just posted–Beekeeper’s Naturals has bee pollen, which is filled with nutrients. It has royal jelly—which is food for the queen bee, the only food to have acetycholine for the vagus nerve.
With a low store of glycogen—you will get high amounts of adrenaline and cortisol, aka stress. These two hormones scavenge the liver’s glycogen when it runs out. That’s why most of us are running on adrenaline because stress depletes glycogen, and when glycogen is depleted so is your brain’s energy and thyroid hormones suffer.
The reason why most people can’t regulate glucose is because there is too much inflammation on the cells, which means that there is an accumulation of glucose outside of the cells instead of inside where it belongs.
Fructose from fruit can get into the cells for energy. Not to mention fruits have the highest quantity of polyphenols and antioxidants. So eat your fruits!
For dinner, you can make soups! Add your mushroom powders, steamed cauliflower, turmeric, ginger, chaga tea or bone-broth as a liquid, cilantro, lemon for vitamin C and blend! Play around with different steamed organic vegetables.
No time for soups and live in Los Angeles? There’s a very talented Ayurveda chef that delivers functional soups–Sizzling Ginger. Buy for the whole week and keep them in your fridge. I get them for myself, they taste great cold, and when I have to go to meetings I just grab it from the fridge and go!
9. Red light therapy
This is a big one for me. To synthesize collagen and heal the cells they need infrared light from the sun. Sunrise and sunset are prime times for infrared. No time to go outside to get your reds? Opt in for infrared sauna. There are many places now that offer sessions, gyms, spas, and clinics. Do a simple google or yelp search in your area.
Infrared therapy is especially important for your first 60 days of this new lifestyle. I go as often as 3x a week to sweat out the toxins, and allow my mitochondria to get the full benefit.
Bone-broth with lemon before or after the sauna has so many benefits, by providing minerals, collagen, and vitamin C needed to help heal the gut.
Around my house I have these infrared lights in every room, including the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom, the areas where you hang out the most.
I also have this machine that helped me tremendously. It is used a lot in Chinese medicine. It’s called The Miracle Lamp or TDP Far infrared Heat Lamp . It emits invisible infrared light that heats up a disc that has been coated with minerals. Use it everyday around your belly for 30-45 minutes and relax while you read a book, the more infrared the better.
This will speed up the process to reduce inflammation and heal your gut. This lamp is great if you have any muscle injuries or monthly cramps.
10. Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2
Do not take supplements. They can be worse for you–especially Vitamin D. I know. I was taking it for a while before realizing that it can disrupt your calcium channels in the cell leading to calcification and depleting magnesium. Vitamin D is synthesized in your body by cholesterol with the help of the sun’s UVB light. Contrary to popular belief it turns out we need the sun more than we think. We are constantly hiding from it by wearing SPF’s and by wearing tons of clothes. I recommend reading more about it from Dr. Morley Robbins, an expert in minerals and vitamins. It’s really eye opening. You can find a more detailed article written by him here.
It turns out, Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K2 and D are needed to absorb minerals and are needed for overall gut health. High quality fat-soluble vitamins are very deficient in conventional foods. Especially if you have Crohn’s and colitis, you are probably deficient. These vitamins all work in synergy. Vitamins A and D send signals to the cells to create certain proteins and vitamin K then activates proteins, especially the ones needed to heal the gut. Get them from grass-fed ghee, grass-fed liver, raw grass-fed raw milk.
I mention RAW grass-fed milk a lot because high quality milk that hasn’t been pasteurized contains immunoglobulins–a critical part of the immune system. This milk contains all the intact vitamins like B12 and B6 and fat-soluble vitamins, proteins, enzymes, beneficial bacteria and an array of other benefits.
If you are lactose intolerant, that means you have been consuming dead milk with the enzyme lactase destroyed. Without lactase you can’t absorb milk. Start with ¼ _of a cup and work your way up. This is the best way to get the fat-solubles instead of buying pills that will make you sick.
Remember that everything Mother Nature does is done in synergy. We are very good at isolating vitamins without realizing that those vitamins and minerals need each other to work properly.
11. Managing Stress
The truth is that when you are in a lot of physical pain, this can lead to a lot of stress. I know this because I was on edge all day every day. The good news is that once you help your body heal from all the toxins and help your liver continue to become the protector of your gut, you can absolutely see some of the stress dissipate.
Physical stress leads to mental stress and vice-versa, so cleaning up your diet will help a lot.
Threat To Challenge You have a choice to shift the way you view events from “threatening” to “challenging”. When you start to feel the stress signs in your body like heart rate increase, muscle tension, and rapid breathing you can quickly intervene by telling yourself: “This is good stress, my body is giving me the energy I need so I can perform well.” This will shape the body’s response toward feeling more energized, and having more dilation to the vessels and more flow to the brain. You can achieve this by becoming hyperaware of your body and recognizing when stress is starting to surface.
Powerful ways to improve your response to stress:
Breathing: When was the last time you took a deep breath with awareness? Simple breath-work techniques effectively train the body to handle stressful situations. Conscious breathing is a term that refers to breathing that is done with mindfulness and intention. We are breathing all the time without even thinking about it.
Learning to breathe consciously is as simple as shifting your attention to your breath. When we’re stressed out, our lungs take in less oxygen. This causes the body to tighten. The opposite is true in a relaxed state in which our breathing patterns are slower and deeper. Breathing with awareness engages the parasympathetic nervous system, the one that is responsible for calming us down. This has a positive impact on our health by keeping our stress hormones in check and quieting our busy minds.
Sit up tall in a chair or lay down on the floor. Rest your hands on your knees or the floor and close your eyes. Begin breathing deeply in and out through the nose. With each inhale and exhale, lightly constrict your throat. Keep this contraction engaged the entire time. Bring your attentiveness to the sound of the breath and concentrate on making it profound and softer. Start with 3 minutes in the morning or evening.
Meditation: Just like breath-work, anyone can easily begin to practice meditation. It’s simple and free, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. You can make your meditation practice as formal or informal as you’d like, however it best suits your lifestyle and situation. Some people build meditation into their daily routine. For example, they may start and end each day with an hour of meditation. But all you really need is a few minutes of quality time for meditation to notice a difference in your response to stress.
Here are some ways you can practice meditation on your own, whenever and wherever you choose:
- Breathe deeply.
- Become aware of your body’s various sensations, whether that’s pain, tension, warmth, or relaxation.
- Repeat a mantra. You can create your own mantra, whether it’s religious or secular. Examples of religious mantras include the Jesus Prayer in the Christian tradition, or it can simply be a word that has no definition.
- You can also listen to sacred music, spoken words, or any sounds you find relaxing or inspiring. You may want to write your reflections in a journal or discuss them with a friend or spiritual leader.
Focus on love and gratitude. In this type of meditation, you focus your attention on a sacred image or being, weaving feelings of love, compassion and gratitude into your thoughts. You can also close your eyes and use your imagination, or gaze at representations of the image.
Don’t judge your meditation skills.
Judgement will only increase your stress. Meditation is forever a practice. Keep in mind, for instance, that it’s common for your mind to wander during meditation, no matter how long you’ve been practicing. If you’re meditating to calm your mind and your attention wanders, slowly return to the object, sensation or movement you’re focusing on. One of the best apps in this field shows promising results with people that need guided meditation.
Try using Headspace App, it’s been highly rated by people who are big on meditation.
Braintap offers an amazing headset especially for this. The headsets come attached with headphones and a piece that goes on the eyes for light frequency therapy. The sounds on the app guide your mind from an awake, reactionary mind into an intuitive, creative state, then to a place where super-learning and healing can occur, with the outcome being a heightened state of consciousness with crystal clear focus. Get the headsets here.
A recent study done at the University of Texas showed that people who are high in self-compassion treat themselves with kindness and concern when they experience negative events.
Self-compassionate people tend to rely heavily on positive cognitive restructuring. In essence, self-compassion involves directing the same kind of care, kindness, and compassion toward oneself that one conveys toward loved ones who are suffering. According to psychologist Kristin Neff from the University of Texas “self-compassion involves being open to and moved by one’s own suffering, experiencing feelings of caring and kindness toward oneself, taking an understanding, nonjudgmental attitude toward one’s inadequacies and failures, and recognizing that one’s experience is part of the common human experience”
- Treat yourself as you would a small child:
This mainly suggests considering what a child might want or need in a hurtful or stressful situation. That child could be your own, or you could imagine yourself as a child. You can also think of the way you would treat a good friend, or even a beloved pet, and then begin treating yourself accordingly.
- Practice mindfulness:
We are constantly putting ourselves down “You are so stupid for saying that,” and “You can never do that, you are not good enough.” If we had another person telling us that every day, we wouldn’t have it. But when we are saying it to ourselves, we accept and internalize it. Mindfulness is a state of non-judgmental awareness. Be aware every time you call yourself stupid. This goes hand in hand with compassion, being understanding and patient with yourself.
You can find yourself training your brain and being more positive. This ultimately leads to less stress and happier self. Remember that you’re not alone. Give yourself permission to be imperfect. And work with a friend to coach you into incorporating these small changes.
Further Reading: When Stress Can Actually Be a Good Thing
12. Relationships And The Environment Around You
It’s not all about diet; it’s also the personal relationships and the environment around you. I had to go through my entire kitchen, and bathroom cabinets and threw away bottles with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. I was on a mission to minimize the toxins that surround us all day, every day.
I replaced all my stuff with products with the simplest ingredients, starting with the toothpaste; I went with this one, just simple minerals in the toothpaste with essential oils. Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body soaps all had a make over. This is stuff that in one way to another makes it into the liver. Remember that your skin is your second mouth.
The cabinets in my kitchen had to be rummaged. I changed all my toxic pans with these, threw away all plastic containers, got rid of junk food: out of sight out of mind.
I changed all of my cleaning products to more natural ones, including my laundry detergent.
Some might call it crazy, but this was a complete lifestyle change that I needed to do because I didn’t want to end up with a suicide note to my family.
I realized that most things around me are an accumulation of toxins that eventually caused me to get Crohn’s disease. It wasn’t one thing that got me there, it was a lot of little things. It might not seem like the deodorant will do a lot, but if you took a look at my trashcan and saw all the things I was using on the daily basis, you would see that is not one chemical but hundreds. This is something you would have to do once, after that you are cruising on autopilot.
Eventually, it’s the relationships around you. If you are also swimming in toxic relationships, this will increase your stress hormones, disrupt your neurotransmitters, cause adrenal fatigue and increase inflammatory response.
Are you around people who are discouragers or encouragers?
This is the beauty about changing to a new lifestyle, people will start to filter themselves out, and some will want to be part of what you are doing. You can read more about that here.
Remember that consistency is key. The first 60 days you have to be very strict about this. During these 60 days, stop introducing toxins and allow toxins to leave the body, lower inflammation, decrease free radicals, and heal the gut.
After I started to see big changes in my body in the first 3 weeks, especially around energy, I didn’t want to stop I wanted to keep going. It’s been 3 years and I haven’t had an issue with bloating, or any stomachaches. In fact I hardly get sick, I don’t get the flu or colds as often as I used to. I’ve been sick with the flu twice in the past 3 years. It used to be 4-6 times a year.
I know have better relationships with the people around me and especially with myself.
You can do this!!!