One size doesn’t fit all. Are you expecting the same results as everyone else

One size doesn’t fit all. Are you expecting the same results as everyone else?

One size doesn’t fit all. Especially when looking for solutions to manage disease. We’re pulled from pillar to post. Aren’t we? One month we’re told to try this. The next we’re told to ditch this and try that instead.

Arghh!! The amount of protocols out there to treat sufferers of chronic illness is mind-blowing.

I think the big myth about habits, and happiness too, is that there’s somehow a magic “one size fits all” solution. That, “If it works for you it’s going to work for me,” and it’s just a matter of figuring out what that habit would be, whether that’s do it first thing in the morning, or start small, or do it for thirty days, or give yourself a cheat day. Gretchen Rubin

For instance, the sheer amount of different diets I would have to do to manage my illnesses would be impossible.

Diets recommended for my illnesses

If I were to follow the recommendations to a tee, I would end up eating zero calories a day.

For instance.

I have the diets below for PCOS, all focusing on limiting carbohydrate intake especially grains.

•Low carb diet
•Low GI diet
•Ketogenic diet (forces the body to produce ketones)
•Paleo diet (Caveman diet)
•Dukan Diet (High Protein diet)

For my Graves Disease, the following diets. Which work on limiting immunity responses and inflammation.

•Autoimmune Paleo diet (autoimmune version of the paleo diet)
•Low gluten, soy, iodine
•No nightshade foods

For Arthritis, the following diets limit inflammation and pain.

•Anti Inflammatory diet
•No nightshade foods (potatoes, peppers and tomatoes, peanuts etc.)

With all my diseases it’s recommended to avoid dairy, grains (due to gluten content) and sugar.

These dietary lists are but a few. Are you exhausted by the list? I know I am!

Are you sick of being told to eat this and that? What on earth can we eat!

•Graves Disease mistaken as a virus

•My experience with PCOS

Success Stories

Then we have the success stories. With PCOS, there’s a lot of success with how people have lost weight. With autoimmune disease we’re bombarded with successes with how they’re now in remission. And with pain people spout on about how they have successfully managed their pain.

The successes, although a lot to live up to, are great!

But I’m conscious that there are lots of people who have tried diet after diet, with no success. And tried every fitness regime and complementary therapy available with very little results.

One size doesn't fit all. Especially when you have a chronic illness..

People, let’s stop comparing.

The pressures of seeing other successes and having little to no results ourselves is immense.

But, this in itself is the problem.

We’ve got to stop comparing.

We need to realise that our successes will all be different. We’re not clones. Are we?

For some people, results may take a matter of weeks. For some people (me included in this one) it takes a matter of months and years. So we must stop quantifying success as a length of time (e.g. how quickly we see results)and a miracle cure.

Being able to manage one symptom out of many should be seen as a success. But many of us are looking for our diseases to completely disappear. For most of us, a complete ‘cure’ is unlikely.

Look beyond what you see

Now, I’ve experienced bouts of good health with dietary and exercise regimes that I’ve undertaken. And I’ve documented my successes on this blog. So I hope that my personal successes don’t create a barrier between you and me.

My successes have not been easy, especially when having to deal with a new diagnosis.

And although I’ve experienced success in my eyes, this may not be a success in your eyes.

I also feel it’s important to be honest. In no way do I want to disillusion you into thinking that everything’s ‘A’ Ok.

I still have odd niggling symptoms which are related to the conditions I have. And I feel that this honesty isn’t portrayed enough in success stories. We’re told to eat this, drink that, exercise like this and take this potion and you’ll be cured. And I think this is wrong.

For myself, In my early 20s I was diagnosed with PCOS. For many years I followed a low carb diet, took supplements and exercised. I lost weight and managed my PCOS symptoms successfully.

Then in my 30s I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, my PCOS diet and exercise regime didn’t help. This time, I needed to gain weight, reduce anxiety and look more at managing my immunity.
I’ve successfully managed my immunity and thyroid levels and take no medication. A success for me.

•A low carbs diet is recommended to treat PCOS. Find out why. And are carbs really the enemy!?

Following yet another diet

In my 40s. I have Arthritis, so should I now be following yet another diet.

Do you see my point?

I’m possibly going a little overboard here, but my point here is that we can’t follow one particular healing protocol and expect it to work and cure us of all our ills. And for people battling with one or multiple chronic illnesses it can all be so mind numbingly confusing. Which one do we follow!

But with all of this. We must remember. That I’m not you and you’re not me.

We’re both not the lady on Instagram showing off her new svelte PCOS body. I’m not the man on Facebook who has cured all his autoimmune diseases. And you’re not the lady who has found the potion that now makes her pain-free.

I’m me. And you are you.

One size doesn’t fit all. We are individuals

So my advice. Try snippets of these diets. Experiment with different types of foods and lifestyle changes, monitoring symptoms throughout.

When it comes to foods, look at removing foods from the diet, monitor how you feel with removal. Then reintroduce the food avoided after 2-3 weeks and see how that reacts with your body.

This has worked extremely well for me. I know better than anyone what suits my body and I’ve become particularly tuned into my body.

You have to listen and feel what your body is telling you. It’s hard at first but you’ll become an expert at it in no time.

Greatness takes time!

But don’t expect results immediately, it may take weeks, months possibly years. Focus on the daily, weekly successes. These may seem minor. Be patient, those minor successes will eventually lead to major successes. It takes times.

What works for me might not work for you.

Please stop comparing to others. Follow your on path. One size most certainly doesn’t fit all. And one lifestyle change for illness doesn’t suit all of us either.


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