“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
Let’s think about this quote for a moment.
If you have a digestive condition you are probably treating it in some form. Most people treat inflammatory bowel diseases with medications. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. The same is true for natural treatments.
Whatever your chosen treatment path, it’s important to reflect back on your journey to see what improvements have been made. If no improvements have surfaced after at least one year of treatment, then it’s time to reconsider the approach. Otherwise, like the quote says above, if you keep doing the same thing, you are going to get the same results.
I went through seven years of daily pain and diarrhea despite taking my daily dose of sixteen Pentasa pills. I didn’t know that Pentasa is not regarded as effective in Crohn’s disease and I didn’t know other options existed. I was a teenager who was trying to ignore the disease and just get on with my life. But ironically wasn’t living much because of my stubbornness.
But the quote above describes my pre-Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) years exactly. Everyday I was doing the same thing, taking my Pentasa, eating the Standard American Diet of soda, pizza, cereal, etc and very sick. If only I had the wisdom of the above quote to see it was leading me nowhere sooner than later.
I have seen shocking results from people who change their approach, myself included. With the right change in approach or even a small technique, within weeks or even days positive changes can be seen.
What kinds of approaches can one consider?
I invite you to reflect on your approach and whether or not something needs to be changed. Feel free to share with me your current approach and if you think changes need to be made.