Using the weekly questionnaire and a diet diary to track your progress can help with the recognition of cause and effect in the healing process. These strategies accentuate our observational abilities to give a big picture view of our recovery process. They also help incentivize us to continue investing the effort in our health.
CRC treatment is not a linear process. I've often likened healing to a spiral staircase. Our explorations and lessons can cause our path and our level of wellness, to meander in and around many different curves. Just because it does not have a rhythmic pattern does not make our process any less valid or likely to succeed. Yet this can result in frustration or impatience.
It's helpful to expect that at times along the way, we will feel discouraged. Sometimes our awareness of our recovery progress will slow. Cultivating patience and self-acceptance through the process, helps us grow a 'whole self' kind of health.
The use of the questionnaire can offer objectivity to a very abstract and sometimes discouraging process. When we have been feeling unwell for a long time and committing to the challenge a diet and supplement protocol, we will most likely find that small increments of progress can be hard to identify and focus on. This is because most of us find ourselves more impatient the longer we are on the program and we become less sensitive to the changes that are happening in our body and mind.
During a candida program when we find ourselves craving a faster outcome and the end of our physical discomfort, it can help to remember that our growth, healing and learning on levels other than the physical (e.g. lifestyle and mental habits), are valuable achievements in themselves. With them will eventually come - the physical healing.
The weekly symptom assessment questionnaire helps you look back to where you've come from, even in just a short seven days. You'll likely be surprised by your observable improvements once you start to assign a number to the severity of each symptom on a regular basis. Without this kind of objectivity, watching ourselves for improvement constantly can feel like watching for a kettle to boil
Your diet diary will also help influence your choices through the day. Most people notice that writing down what we eat, helps increase awareness and consciousness of our choices through the day, thus helping us make better choices.
The record keeping/tracking process also gives us a clearer perspective on the macro-and micro nutrients that we have consumed in a day. By looking up daily food choices in a food count encyclopedia, eventually, we become familiar with how much of the macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, fat ) we are eating. Some books, like the Nutritional Almanac also list the micronutrients (vitamins/minerals etc).
Learning through looking foods up helps one become familiar with which foods are considered mostly starch, which are mostly protein, fat etc. Additional attention given to nutrition labels on our packaged food can also be an educational experience. I recommend reading the ingredients list on anything you buy, so you may as well read the nutritional data while you're at it.
The use of the book The Health Minder is a helpful tool to methodically tracking responses to specific foods, changes in diet strategy and supplement changes (i.e. dosage changes or phase changes or the introduction of new products).
In the long run, it's all about YOU learning what is best for YOU and about learning how to achieve and sustain your health. Your body, mind and emotions are all unique to you and so you need to become the expert in how to keep your whole self healthy.