Today is Day 9 of 31 Day of Surviving Chronic Illness. You can catch up on Day 1 here.
When dealing with chronic illness there are a lot of things you have no control over: inconsiderate medical staff, painful days, insurance wars, to name a few. So rather than fretting over the things we can't control, we need to formulate a game plan to begin taking charge of the things we do have a say in. We have spent the past week talking about the whole medical maze, doctors, etc.. We might go back and revisit that subject later on in the month but for now let's move on to another piece of the chronic illness puzzle: feeding your body.
If you are suffering from chronic pain or sickness your body is already broken. Getting it back to a state of wellness (even if only for a season) may involve more than just finding the right doctor or taking the right medications. I believe strongly that one of the best things we can do, whether you suffer from illness or not, is to take care of our physical body. We have a duty to be a good steward over this one body we've been given. Treating your body with care can be a preemptive strike and an avenue of healing if it's already suffering.
The human body is such an amazing creation. It has been designed to protect and heal itself by extracting health from the foods we put into it. It also will respond with life-sustaining protection when we treat it kindly with exercise and rest.
For the next several days we are going to explore some of the options you have when it comes to eating, supplementation, exercise and relaxation for your physical body. Depending on your particular illness you may not be able to do everything, but everyone can do something.
I hope you have some ideas to share as well! Feel free to comment here or on the Facebook Page about what works for you or any questions you might have.