I am honored to have Sue Ingebertson, the author FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness, doing a guest post at my blog. In addition to being an author, she is also a writer and speaker for health and wellness. She has a website and blog located at http://www.rebuildingwellness.com and you can also find her at Facebook and Twitter: Sue Ingebretson and @SueInge. FibroWHYalgia, has its own Facebook page as well. If you have not had a chance, please check out the review I did a couple weeks ago about FibroWHYalgia. Without further ado, here’s Sue!
Dorothy had it easy.
The yellow brick road was clearly marked; it had a very definite start. There was no doubt where Dorothy should begin to place one ruby red slipper before the other.
It would be nice if the path to wellness was as obvious. Sometimes the hardest step to take is the first. To seek wellness, means bringing change into our lives and we all know that change is scary, right?
Let’s be analytical. What if we don’t change? What if we stay exactly where we are? Staying where we are is safe. No one expects any more or any less from us. We already know how to live with our pain, sleeplessness, digestive upsets, etc. We’re doin’ just fine, thank you very much.
That is, however, if we think that chronically ill is fine.
Let’s say that we’re on the fence about making a change. Think about that first step. What would it look like?
Technically, that first step isn’t a step at all. Simply thinking about making a change is the first step. Considering change leads to reading articles, blog posts, books, and magazines on any desired subject. We get to stick our toes into the pool without committing to a dive.
Exposing ourselves to the concept of change helps us to formulate a goal or game plan. As we analyze our options, we naturally gravitate toward ideas or themes that make sense to us. Keep in mind that they won’t necessarily appeal to us. For example, I wanted (desperately), to believe a rheumatologist as he told me that diet had no effect on my health. But logic intervened. My rational brain told me that it couldn’t be so. How could it be possible that our bodies are not affected by what we eat? Even as a nutritionally-illiterate person, I understood that food does matter. What we use to fuel our bodies creates the health we experience.
Learning more about nutrition was my first step. Little did I know that nutritional education would become one of my passions. But that’s how it is with change. We might not know where it will lead, but until we take that all-important first step, we can’t make our way down the yellow brick road.
Are you ready?
Thank you so much Sue for guest blogging. Change is the most essential part of wellness because wanting something done means giving something in return. Like Sue, I never believed my rheumatologist when she told me that diet plays no part in my RA symptoms and my feeling better. Through trial and error, I learned how untrue that statement was. Moreover, I believe that, while none of us chose to be sick, we can choose to be healthy.
In Sue’s book, she writes about change in terms of not making excuses and making better choices. Sue does not tell you this simply because she wants to sell a book; she’s talking from her own experience. Read Sue’s story, learn about her experience, and then, make your choice. What do you have to lose? Sue does all the planning for you by giving you a step-by-step approach to making changes and putting together your own wellness plan. Go ahead. Make a choice. Choose health and wellness over illness.
You can purchase Sue’s book, book, FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness, through Amazon. For more information and advice about rebuilding your health, visit Sue’s blog, Rebuilding Wellness.