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  1. I guess you are right, but this is so hard to change your approach so suddenly. I mean, I think I am coming into this way of loving my body no matter what recently, but I find it difficult to “explain”everything to myself in a healthy way… It’s not easy to go in other than popular direction nowadays

  2. I think this is such a great article to remind us all about self talk. About 5 years ago I was very sick with some hormonal issues. I found I was getting nowhere in my treatment. It wasn’t until I stopped thinking of myself as ‘sick and weak’ that I found true recovery from my illness.

  3. So true! Our thoughts materialize, and thinking of oneself as being at war with an illness is simply not a positive mindset. When I was growing up, my mum always used to call me a weak child because I was always sick. The same happened to my older sister. I escaped, went to live far away, and set myself free from that mindset. When I did, I realized I’m strong, resistant and healthy. While my sistem remains wrapped in cotton wool to this day. She still thinks of herself as fragile. Thoughts are more powerful than we’d like to believe.

  4. Great points. I highly recommend Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor for, which she wrote while receiving treatment for breast cancer. How we talk about disease matters, both as individuals facing illness and as a society.

  5. Thank you for this. I want to love myself. Its hard. I have cfs and its horrible and I have a 10 month old that was a c section delivery. The state of my health gotten so bad that I now suffer panic attacks again and I almost passed out in the store thr the other day not good! I wanted to try full paleo but thr the best I can do is wheat free sugar free dairy free and healthy foods. I cannot afford paleo lifestyle and II’m intolerant to egg whites lol

    • Colette, I have similar symptoms and have adrenal fatigue (which is not something Western medicine recognizes). I noticed your post goes a ways back … I hope you got help with your issues. If not, there are a few FB adrenal fatigue groups that have been helping me sort out this health issue. I hope you’re well now! : )

  6. Totally true! I love your words and your website! It gives so much hope! I’m so happy to see that there are so many people like you! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto, but now I’m sure I’ll recover: I’ve changed my diet and feel much better. And I think that we’re making great progress as human beings: there are more and more conscious people who love their bodies and who stopped declaring eternal wars to themselves . And I assume that loving ourselves is the only way to change the world. Greetings from Poland!

  7. I have been working on positive thinking after my boyfriend introduced me to a great speaker that teaches how to think positive about everything in your life, including health issues with your body. After becoming deathly ill I practiced thinking positive about the illness that was affecting me and how to make yourself feel good and happy mentally even if your body is in pain. The positive thinking process helped me get through my illness and has changed the way I think and perceive myself and my body. It is such a powerful method and I have seen my life change for the better since I have started this positive thinking method. I’m happier with my body, not depressed anymore, and overall, I have a new outlook on life. Great blog to write on!

  8. I have been working on positive thinking after my boyfriend introduced me to a great speaker that teaches how to think positive about everything in your life, including health issues with your body. After becoming deathly ill I practiced thinking positive about the illness that was affecting me and how to make yourself feel good and happy mentally even if your body is in pain. The positive thinking process helped me get through my illness and has changed the way I think and perceive myself and my body. It is such a powerful method and I have seen my life change for the better since I have started this positive thinking method. I’m happier with my body, not depressed anymore, and overall, I have a new outlook on life. It’s so nice to see more people opening up to the method and how it really does help you though life. Thanks for bringing this method to your blog!

  9. Great article, Lauren! Thank you so much for addressing this topic; talking negatively or using attacking language against our bodies is one of those little traps that most people so easily fall into. Yet, we can change the way we talk; words are powerful! I like how you broke this down so simply and gave great suggestions on how to change the way we talk to and about ourselves. Big smiles!

  10. Thank you for not falling into the ‘binary opposition’ trap! Our culture encourages us to choose from two alternatives… ‘right/wrong’, ‘good/bad’, positive/negative’. Yet, there is so much more to the picture, especially when we are involved in a complex system. When humans are involved, it is always a complex system – one that can’t be predicted or controlled, one that is emergent and changes in unexpected ways. Treating disease as a ‘battle’ is a great example of a disempowering metaphor…. not useful for encouraging us to change in the future.

  11. I was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis after experiencing my first “flare.” I was quite sick for several weeks, but am now back to yoga class, the gym, and work.

    I’m 59 have been blessed up till now with great health. I am taking one medication, and my hope is that after I am healed internally that I can find a way to deal with this disease through stress reduction and diet. I don’t think we necessarily have to resign ourselves to life-long suffering. I believe our bodies want to heal themselves, and while we of course need medicines at times, (I’m not stupid) we do need to find root causes of things like UC and help our bodies heal naturally. Sadly, allopathic medicine does not always take that route, instead believing healing only comes from a pill. My hope is, like several people I have met, that I will eventually not need medication and restore my body’s balance naturally.

  12. Excellent Blog Lauren.
    Has anyone tried LDN (low dose naltrexone) for their UC? It apparently works wonders for many people.
    I would be interested in hearing how this treatment has worked.
    Thanks
    Naomi

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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