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The Dog Ate My Homework and I Got Crohn’s


Isn’t it nice to blame others? Takes the onus off us for certain. As more and more people around the world are effected by digestive conditions and other health conditions, I am very often asked for tips and advice. Obviously this is not something I can offer in an email or even in this blog post, as our bodies and history and emotions are unique. There is one tip, however, I can offer that is universally effective: Take Responsibility. Own your disease.

Now that is a hard pill to swallow isn’t it? A little tough love first thing on a Monday morning. But it is yours you know. Sure, sure we are born with genetic mutations, we have inherent weaknesses that we’re born with (send your parents a thank you note for all those goodies they passed down). None of these factors, however, mean that we need to be sick. Nope.

So what can you do? What, in fact, is the single most important thing any of us can do to help be and feel our best? Suck it up, swallow our pride and find the person responsibility staring back at us in the mirror. This may just be a hot topic here (I can never tell anymore what will get everyone’s knickers in a knot) but here is the thing...

The way we look, feel, behave, and think today is a direct result of what we did yesterday. Today’s body is a print-out of yesterday’s thoughts and actions. To change how we look, feel, behave and think tomorrow, we have to make changes today. It is that simple.

What I want to ask you though is this: Is what you are doing working for you? Is your lifestyle making you healthier, healing you, repairing you, maintaining great health? Health is our birthright and when I became ill, I knew deep down that if it were my thoughts, actions and patterns that made me sick, I could apply the same power to getting well. I talk a lot about this in my book.

When I poke around at other people’s blogs, or meet with clients and they continue to have flare-ups of their conditions, no matter what it may be, it is clear that what they are doing is NOT working for them. A high raw vegan diet may be great for someone healing from cancer, and may be poisonous to someone with Crohn’s. High intensity workouts like running or kick boxing may be just what one person needs while  gentle walking and yoga may be the best thing for someone else who is suffering from adrenal burnout and elevated cortisol.

Just because you are living a way of life that may be health building for some, it may not be the best thing for you. It therefore becomes your responsibility to take a look at what you are doing and decide if it is working for you and if not, what needs to be done.

That my sweet friends is where Josh and I come in with our retreat, and where other practitioners come in who can help you. Something to consider, especially with digestive issues is that it is possible it may not be the food at all. It may simply be whatever it is that is spinning in your brain, or perhaps even more, the thoughts or reality you refuse to acknowledge.  What I have found most interesting as I correspond with people who are signing up for the retreat is so often what is keeping people from joining this weekend is their obligations to other people and feelings of guilt for being selfish and doing something just for themselves. Contributing factor perhaps? I know that was one of mine.

If you have had success in healing from any health challenge- wether it be insomnia, weight, pain... anything! Drop a comment below and share. We want to share your story and help inspire others.


12 Responses to “The Dog Ate My Homework and I Got Crohn’s”

  1. I train Muay Thai daily but the key to avoiding burnout is having enough sleep, a good diet and supplements help greatly such as l-glutamine and plenty of multi vits! You also need to take a week off every few months when you feel yourself getting too low or your immune system will take a hit. Hope thats some useful advice and I love the blog :) Andy

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