After 7 years of living with chronic pain, I've learned a few things. My own body and mind taught me much; my medical "village" of professionals (yes, it takes a village) taught me other things; respected sources taught me more; and life continues to teach me every day. I work very hard to make sure that the things I implement for myself and/or recommend for others come from good sources. (Have you noticed that the internet is full of UNTRUE statements?)
I'm going to share some of what I've learned here.
First thing, start small. Really small... Although my ultimate goal is to live pain-free, disease-free, full of life and energy, I cannot achieve this overnight. I have to begin somewhere, and the beginning seems to be the hardest step.
My first step was to consider food as medicine. I thought about this for many months. Did some research about what kinds of food produce what kinds of benefits; alternatively, what kinds of foods harm my body. How much food is enough? How much variety?
So, here is my recommended FIRST STEP TOWARDS HEALTH: THINK ABOUT IT. Consider the benefits if you follow the path towards health; consider the consequences if you don't. Think about the changes that would be pretty easy for you to make. Think about BIG changes that you know you need to make, but don't want to do! Think.
Take however long it takes: a minute, a day, a week, a month. Just don't let it take a lifetime BEFORE YOU START DOING! "Putting it off until tomorrow", until Monday, until next month, next year, next decade... this is not going to get you anywhere. But, I find that as I think about what I want to accomplish, I get excited to start. I want that for you, too. So, think and get excited. Get ready to start, and we'll start small. You can make these changes, one at a time, the easy ones first, and before you know it, you'll start feeling better. That's the goal!