CRC recovery is not a linear process.
At times you will feel discouraged. Sometimes your awareness of our recovery progress will slow. Cultivating the patience and self-acceptance will support 'whole-self-health'.
The use of the WholeAppproach Symptom Assessment Questionnaire can offer objectivity to an abstract and sometimes discouraging process. When you have been feeling unwell for a long time and committing to the challenge a diet and supplement protocol, you may find that small increments of progress can be hard to identify. You may feel more impatient the longer you are actively caring for your health. This can cause you to overlook become less sensitive to the changes that are happening in our body and mind.
When you're feeling impatient it can help to remember that our growth, healing and learning on levels other than the physical, are valuable achievements in themselves. With them will eventually come - the physical healing.
The weekly 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 boil
Your diet diary will also help influence your choices through the day. You'll notice that when you write down you they eat, you can't help but stay more aware and conscious of your choices through the day, thus helping you make better choices.
The recording process also gives us a clearer perspective on the macro-and micro nutrients that we have consumed in a day. By looking up your daily food choices in a food count encyclopedia, eventually, you'll become familiar with how much of the macro-nutrients (protein, carbs, fat ) you are eating. Some books, like the Nutritional Almanac also list the micronutrients (vitamins/minerals 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 your 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.