What does lifestyle support really mean? In my practice it goes well beyond nutritional changes. Lifestyle support and guidance may mean anything from learning how to take your own pulse to how to track your menstrual cycle with a basal body thermometer.
Healing doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. What does help is someone who can provide tools and teachings that you can use for the rest of your life.
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
It is common sense and a no brainer for me to take my basal body temperature every morning. While not a diagnosis tool by itself, it can hint towards so much useful information. So much that I explain all about it to all my pre-menopausal female patients. I go so far that I believe all of our daughters should be taught all about it, so they can emerge as empowered females, knowing their bodies well.
Lifestyle changes and being in control of your health
These changes may take a little work on your part but I find most people happily agree to them. Part of this may be because people really like to feel as though they have control over their health.
Some examples of the lifestyle changes and guidance I use in my office based on each patient’s needs:
- Sleep hygiene support, what works and what doesn’t based on the many insomnia patients I have had over the years
- Support on types of exercise, watching for over or under exercising
- Teaching you about basal body temperatures and how it can tell you a tremendous amount of information
- Easy things to watch for better digestion, such as food rotation, testing for low stomach acid
- Learning how taking your own pulse can tell you if you react negatively to foods or even certain environments
- Teaching you how to check your blood sugar at home
- Providing various tools and apps for meditation, basal body temperature, etc.
The patients who get better faster are the ones who are engaged in their health. I work best with people who are willing to do some work along the way. What I do is by no means a “cure all”; it takes a team to make real changes.
Some people come in having tried so many different practitioners, and they have truly worked hard to get better, but they’re still unwell. It’s possible that something that didn’t work well for them in the past may very well work now.
We are all constantly changing, evolving and adjusting, and sometimes a fresh perspective is all that’s needed. I have seen so many times how the right therapy at the right time can make a huge impact when in the past the results were mediocre.
The lifestyle guidance I offer each and every one of my patients is what stays with you when not in the office and hopefully for the rest of your life.
How to make lifestyle changes last
Here are my how to’s on how to make lifestyle changes stick:
- Know yourself and say yes to what feels right
- Be patient and stick with it for at least 3 to 4 weeks; changes take time to feel like part of the “new normal”
- Don’t compare yourself to others; that rarely serves you well
- Ask for help and/or company; we can do so much more together
- Ask lots of questions so you can feel prepared and informed
- Set yourself up for success – changing may take some adjustment and preparation
- While being decisive is useful, don’t beat yourself up; be gentle and kind to yourself
- Work with a practitioner (or a few if needed); we all need support and help. Even if we know a lot about our health, we all need to have a neutral view and/or someone to care for us so we can let go of having to know it all