The new year is always a great time to make a resolution - you know, what you're going to do this year to make yourself a better person, a happier person, a healthier person. This year, why not make a resolution to be a better you living with IBD. No matter what stage you're at with your IBD there are things that you can do to help yourself live a better life despite your illness.
Even though it has been quite a while since I've had a major IBD flare-up (i.e. lasting days, weeks, or months) I've had a few mini flares that have lasted two to three days. And boy, have those mini flare ups reminded me of just how bad and debilitating a major flare-up can be. So, even though I know that stress and diet aren't the cause of my IBD I am all too aware that these two factors can affect the status of my gut. I've let stress affect me far too much in the past three months, and I've been trying a few too many new foods in my diet here and there.
Therefore, my 2008 New Year's Resolution is to honor my body - this means that I will not live in stress, and I will not undermine my ability to be healthy by eating tempting foods that I know are not good for my gut.
So, now that I've stated my resolution for 2008 (you may want to think about your resolution now and write it down) how do I intend to keep it past the next two weeks? I've made a plan, basically guide lines, and I've written them out and posted them on my dresser mirror so that I'll have to see them every morning as I get ready for my day.
2008 New Year's Resolution Guide Lines - Honor My Body
1. Meditate 3 times per week - Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
2. Begin Yoga routine again 3 times per week - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday
3. 15 minutes of self-Reiki each night before going to sleep
4. Sundays - make time for "Me" - to do what I want to do for an hour or two
5. Assess my stress - determine what is causing my stress and make a plan how to handle it
6. Research new recipes that incorporate the foods I love and know are on my "good" list
7. Before eating or drinking a "questionable" item ask myself why I'm doing it - is it worth possibly making myself ill to eat it or drink it?
It's amazing to me that I need to make this list and actually a little bit exciting. See, my gut was so bad for so long that I never would have considered straying from my "safe" foods list. And even though I've always been a person who can easily become stressed, I had been very diligent about meditating and doing my yoga and Reiki practice to keep my stress levels at bay. So, the fact that I am needing to remind myself of these things just reinforces how well I have been living with my IBD on a day-to-day basis in the past few years.
Even if your New Year's Resolution is simply not to focus on your IBD for 30 minutes each day, do it! If you haven't already done it, make your Resolution now, write it down, and attach it to the mirror in your bedroom, your bathroom, or wherever you know you will see it and read it each day.
Be the best you that you can be living with IBD.
Published On: December 23, 2007