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Let’s Talk About Attitude!
One of the most asked questions I’ve gotten since last week’s personal update post is ‘What are you eating on your diet?’
I’ll give you the details on that next Saturday, but for now, I wanted to talk about the importance of attitude in healing because it’s something that I learned first hand this past week. I’ve always known that attitude and stress have direct effects on one’s health. Those things have an effect on all of us, but when you’re dealing with a chronic disease, the effects of attitude and stress becomes even more evident. And it’s not only the attitude of the person dealing with the disease that has the effect, but the attitudes of those around him.
As you know from last week’s update, Matt has been doing remarkably well since we started our new diet. He’s been steadily improving week after week. Well, this past week, he had a couple of really hard days. Not only did not see any progress during those days, but some of his past symptoms seemed to return (although not fully, but to a lesser degree). He experienced some dizziness, problems with his eyes, weakness in his legs, etc. It was very reminiscent of his condition before we started the diet (but again, to a lesser degree).
We hadn’t changed our diet, so I knew it was nothing we were eating. In fact, nothing had changed…except for me. For some reason that I can’t even remember now, I had two bad days this past week. My attitude was horrible, I was frustrated and upset, and of course, I expressed my frustrations to Matt.
After two days of my bad attitude…and two days of Matt really suffering a setback in his health…I finally put the pieces together and realized this his setback was because of ME and my bad attitude. I made up my mind that when I woke up the next morning, I was going to make a point of being in a good mood, no matter what.
Well, I did just that. I woke up with a great attitude, I made sure that the mood in the house was positive and upbeat, I made a point of laughing and joking around with Matt (which is what we usually do anyway), and can you guess what happened? Matt had a GREAT day! The setback that he experienced in prior days seemed to be gone. His strength returned, the dizziness went away, the problems with his eyes went away, and he’s had great days since.
So, I wanted to share this with you as an example of how important mood and attitude are, and how destructive stress can be. These things are most certainly important for all of us to consider, but if you live with someone who deals with some sort of chronic disease, it’s all the more important to keep in mind!
Next Saturday, I’ll give you the scoop on our diet and tell you exactly what we’re eating!