New on the Path?
Are you knew to the healthy path or new to candida overgrowth issues? Is a candida diet and this focus on healthy lifestyle intimidating?
The holiday season is a time where we gather more often with friends and family and it is often centred around food. If we have recently made changes in our diet, this can be a loaded situation especially if we are still just figuring out how we feel about this path ourselves.
You may be inclined to think that those on this path sound like a bunch of health nuts. This is most likely if the path is in strong contrast to a less healthy set of habits that is familiar to you.
In fact, many of our members come here with diets that include sugary soda pop, fast foods, packaged junk food and deserts and mega doses of sugar and food additives. Some of these same people have found great empowerment and self actualization through in their new ways and are, as a result, are now very passionate about them.
Be reassured that many of not most of our forum members can relate to how different their health passions may seem from where you are at.
This is not a forum of nuts, as in crazy people. However some may proudly identify with the term 'health nut' after a time. This forum is about learning a healthier way of living in order to achieve a full recovery. It's about reclaiming our quality of life and control over our health.
Change is possible for anyone
Don't worry, your fellow forum members weren't always excited by things like successfully making a a gluten free muffin stick together.
They endured their own growing pains as they changed their lifestyles and diet. Some temporary alienation of friends and family is common as the new choices which may seem strange to others.
The truth is that, with what mainstream lifestyles are these days, transitioning to a whole foods and natural products healing program, seems UNnatural to many and we may equate this with abnormal.
But actually It's most natural for us to eat natural, unprocessed foods. Mega farmed, industrial, processed and packaged food is natural but it is what many of us are more familiar with. People have forgotten how to prepare whole, real foods. The Whole Approach forum encourages REAL food for change and healing. Your program coach Tarilee and your fellow members will help you find your way and this includes trying to steer you around the common pitfalls along the way.
Though it may not seem so now, this WILL get easier and if this is the right path for you and you find the ways to customize it to your own needs, you WILL start to feel better. Once we start feeling the benefits of our new habits it's almost inevitable that we will begging to feel an urge towards what I call, “nutritional evangelism”. This is when we each become a “born again nutritionist” and try to change the diet of those we care about.
Rather than further alienate those around you by preaching and pushing, I encourage you to acknowledge the urge to try to change others and to refrain from acting on it. Instead, consider the wisdom of focusing on your own healing. Hint- you may have gone too far if you see a glazed look that might be caused by you sharing “too much information”.
You want to avoid feeling superior or overly concerned about others or trying to bring others along - either in a search for their approval, or our own satisfaction. And we need to learn to be artful about sharing minimal information in a way that others can relate to. As long as we are clear that we're not seeking agreement with what are our own personal decisions/choices are, then we can probably resist getting entwined in an effort to sway the minds of others.
Sharing in small bites
If you know someone very well and if you feel they will listen with authentic concern and a non judgemental mind, you might want to tell them what you've been exploring. Still it's usually best to try to give short, summarized 'sound bytes' and allow them to ask questions rather than overwhelm them with information.
Leading by healthy example
Your new preferences will create a challenge for your loved ones. They may feel frustrated about wanting to feed you but not knowing how and they may wonder if what you are choosing is healthy for you. You may also find that diet choices can raise philosophical debates that are best avoided at least during eating.
If you care about positively influencing others, you can likely have the most impact by quietly, confidently demonstrating your new ways and hope for success with your own approach so that can be an inspiring model.
Each of us will start when we are ready and from where we are at.
Finding help on the path
If you are devoted to your path but struggling or wondering, you need like-minded comrades to help you succeed. By visiting the Whole Approach candida forum you can find others to talk through your discoveries and mysteries.
We'll be here
If you are ready to pursue lasting health, Tarilee and your forum friends are here to share your experiences and inspirations with.
Walking with you on your path to health,