So what can we do about chronic inflammation?
The good news is that there is plenty we can do to reduce chronic inflammation! Yeh! And I will try to post one article a week to introduce, step-by-step, the changes we made and why we made them.
But from experience I know that it took a fair amount of determination to change decades of habit… So this is what I did.
I identified my driver for change
We all like what we like and it can take quite a bit to get us to embrace something different – or give something up. So without a strong motivating reason it’s really easy to lose heart when the going gets a bit tough.
Ever tried to lose weight or give up smoking? My Dad tried to give up smoking several times and constantly failed until one day he developed a shocking smoker’s cough – and that was it. He stopped – just like that. And never smoked another cigarette again.
My driver for change? The fear of cancer. Can you imagine it – I can’t even barely have my blood taken let alone have repeated tests and IV treatments… Where anything medical is concerned I go all-out on prevention!
But that was mine and I kept it at the forefront of my mind. And it kept me going at times when it would have been easy to give up.
After all, there’s no one quick fix. No one medication, one supplement, one lifestyle change – I needed to tackle chronic inflammation from many angles.
Interestingly I think my driver has changed significantly as time has gone on. I’m doing so much better that I’m now more driven by the positive change than the negative fear…
I was intentional
Twenty-one days. That’s apparently how long it takes to change a habit. So I made changes that would be effective and then kept a diary of progress as encouragement.
Removing temptation was also key. And sometimes it involved somewhat drastic action. I used the period of Lent to give up sugar and on one particular holiday I decided to have a toiletry detox…
I tried new things
This was actually fun for me. New recipes, new foods, alternative treatments, just having a go…
And removing harmful stuff and increasing good stuff was only good!
I shared the journey
Liu Liu was such an encouragement. I really couldn’t have done it all without his support and willingness to try all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff along with me. Having his encouragement made all the difference. And he reduced inflammation in his body as a result too…
So now I’m here for you! Let me know how you’re getting on!
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