“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. But you cannot choose both”
~ Brene’ Brown
I’ve been getting a few remarks lately about how eliminating foods and alcohol is not fun! How I need to make getting healthy fun for my clients so they will do the work.
My first thought was – “Am I too hard core, do I expect too much?” No, of course not! Nutrition is fun and interesting (well,to me). So I started to think about how can I make it more fun as I help my clients remove their addictions, (bread, sweets, wine, exercise).
But on the other hand, how can I tell a client to go ahead and drink alcohol when their gut is on fire, or to keep eating dairy while experiencing diarrhea, just so they can have some fun along the way? I can’t!
I thought about my clients, how much pain many of them are in. How many want to lose weight, heal their digestion and balance their hormones. They come to me to reduce their discomfort, they trust me to help them. To do this – they need to remove certain foods that are causing the pain and inflammation, along with unpacking their emotional baggage. They need to change their ways to heal.
It’s not fun being sick, having no energy and hurting! Years ago my son was so sick I didn’t know if he was going to make it to his next birthday. He was losing weight, unable to eat or sleep because he was in so much pain. Doctors were of no help so it was him and me doing the healing work. He needed to remove all of his favorite foods in order to heal. No, it wasn’t easy, nor fun, but he wanted to feel good, and with each food he removed he started to improve.
That was the fun part. He felt better! I could see the life coming back into his eyes. As he healed, he could then start adding certain foods back in.
From a parent’s emotional point of view the worst thing is to see your child sick and in pain. The best is to see them recover and heal! My brain never took a break researching and digging into ways I could help him. Was that fun? No! But sometimes we need to explore and find out just how strong we are. We are all amazing and capable of health and happiness! It’s up to each one of us to tap into this.
I take my role in health care very serious, I love it and live it! I want all my clients to feel better and as long as they don’t give up, I won’t either. It does take time. It took years for their pain to manifest, so it takes time to heal. It may not easy nor fun for them to change their ways. It’s not meant to be. To heal we need to go deep and find the core reason we are sick. This may be foods we are eating, it may be our environment, our past, or a toxic relationship. To heal we need to find the why.
To find the why can be scary. But the exciting part is that this pushes us into growth and discovery. We start learning who we really are and what we are capable of. We find out what we have been hoarding inside of us that creates illness and how to remove it. We find our inner strength and become responsible for our own health! We reclaim our power back! We no longer are the victim! We simply cannot heal while in victim mode.
This is TRANSFORMATION! This is EMPOWERMENT! This is FUN!
The fun is healing. It’s fun discovering who you really are. I know our society wants quick and easy, we don’t like “hard” things and avoid them like a disease.
But really, how much fun are you having with the disease?
Behind illness there is a gift waiting for you. The gift of doing what you came here to do and being who you were meant to be.
If my son had not been ill he would not be the gifted Acupuncturist he is today. If my daughter had not become hypoglycemic in college, she would not be the fantastic mother to her girls making sure they get the very best in nutrition. If I had not been called fat by my mom when I was 17, I would not be in the healing industry.
Sometimes we subconsciously choose the illness because our gift is so big it scares us. I choose to focus on that gift rather than the work, and I invite you to do the same.
I wrote a blog here about change saying, “Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results”….. Albert Einstein
If we want to feel better, we need to change what we are doing, feeling and thinking. There is no magic wand to make it fun. The fun is up to you, it’s how you look at it. To heal or not to heal.
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Great energy is my wish for you!