“What am I doing?:”
”What did I eat?”
”What did I take?”
You know the mental 3rd-degree we give ourselves when we feel worse physical or mentally, especially after going through a period of feeling better or even feeling great?
Often times, when it comes to our health, we spend more time and energy on thinking about what we ARE doing than what we are NOT doing.
However, in my personal experience, I have found it’s often what I’m NOT doing or what I STOP doing that shifts how I’m feeling. Let me give you an example.
Since I started feeling not myself (I don’t like the word ‘sick’) in the fall of 2006 and have been way too focused on what I’m doing, taking, eating, etc. that makes my symptoms worse, several times it’s been noticing what I wasn’t doing anymore or had, for whatever reason, stopped doing, before I felt better.
In 2007 or so, I started reading about the wonderful health benefits of coconut oil. I started cooking with it and eating it and since I loved coconut anyway, I added shredded (unsweetened, of course) coconut to my gluten-free muffins, pancakes, etc. I was drawn to the flavor so I bought things made from coconut oil and coconut also. It became a staple in my house and in my body.
Years went by. I worked with a couple of naturopaths, an endocrinologist, a couple of chiropractors, an environmental doctor, a cranal-sacrial specialist, a lymphatic massage therapist, a colonic specialist and more. You know the drill…lots of tests, trying different therapies (some made me better, some nothing at all).
One of the main issues I was searching for answers for was the intensely painful calf cramps I would have, mostly at night. They woke me out of a dead sleep and I (and my poor boyfriend) found myself screaming, jumping out of bed, stretching, begging for a quick calf massage (at 2 a.m.!), downing magnesium and sometimes, just pacing for a few minutes until it subsided.
This was not the way I wanted to spend my nights. But what was causing them I asked myself repeatedly?
As you might imagine, the endocrinologist thoughts it was hormones, the chiropractor thought is was misalignment (he was partly correct) and on and on. You know the saying, if you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Well, it was only by starting to test my Root Cause Tracker app many months ago, after moving to Montana, that I noticed I wasn’t having hardly any cramps…actually, I hadn’t had one in months. (Funny how we hardly notice when something isn’t happening:-).
What I then realized, to my surprise, was that I had gotten out of the habit of using coconut. We had traveled for a week in a trailer to get to Montana and though we cooked most of our meals, I wasn’t using coconut oil, I wasn’t eating it because I wasn’t baking and I just hadn’t had any for a few weeks.
What a huge ah-ha that was. So, like you, I decided to test out this new discovery. I added some coconut oil back in and bam, calf cramps came back (luckily only during the day when they aren’t so painful). Needless to say, coconut is now banned from my body until further notice.
Setting up Not-Doing Categories
So while you’re deciding what to track in Root Cause Tracker (being mindful to only attempt to keep track of a couple of categories at a time), keep in mind that you may want to set up a Category, Sub-category or Item(s) that includes things you STOP doing for a period of time in addition to all of the things you ARE doing. I believe it’s more likely that we find things that are causing us to feel awful when we stop using them because all of a sudden, or over time, we start to feel better. And when we do start to feel better, it’s so important that we know why.
Next time you start to feel better, ask yourself these important questions also:
”What am I NOT doing?”
”What did I STOP eating?”
”What am I NOT taking?”
If you’re anything like me, you may just find another key to feeling like your former healthy self again!