The chances are you had some sort of digestion problems or flare-ups over Christmas and the New Year and you just may be feeling low right now. So here are my 3 top resolutions for 2021 that can help you improve your IBS.
Despite the pandemic, you CAN move forward in 2021. But this will involve taking a new path. You have tried the “same old” for some time now, and it’s not getting you where you want to go.
So out with the old, and in with some New year’s resolutions to kickstart your health!
Resolution #1: I will learn to switch off
What does switching off have to do with my bloating, diarrhea or constipation, I hear you ask.
Well, a great deal. For many people IBS is not just about food and digestion. It’s also about being on overdrive, getting things crossed off that to-do list – instead of feeling or really living.
You have no doubt heard of the brain-gut connection. Well for me it is not just a connection, It’s a tandem. Switching off for even a few minutes switches off the tension in your body that may well be stirring up your IBS. Some of us walk around all day in a permanent state of tension without even realizing it. If that’s you don’t feel bad about it. I used to do this too.
Most of us have brains that are on overdrive. Have you ever caught yourself trying to get to sleep and having thoughts still whirring around your head?
This Christmas, did you have any time when you felt like you were in a film, going through the motions but not actually feeling anything much?
While you stay in your head, you won’t be able to move forward with your IBS. Because while you let your head take over your life, there is no room for tuning into yourself and feeling anything – or reducing tension.
Switching off, even for a few minutes a day, gives your brain some respite, and yourself space to settle and wind down.
While you are writing out your to-do list, add this one for yourself: How are you going to switch off even for a few minutes every day, starting from today? Here are a few ideas to try out.
Resolution #2: I will look into Candida and SIBO
If you haven’t done this already, do put this on your New year’s resolution list. If, despite being careful what you eat, you still get regular bloating and digestive problems, dealing with Candida or SIBO is away to improve your IBS symptoms.
I came across research on Candida only a few years back – and the penny dropped. I had seen a number of doctors and specialists, but no-one had mentioned Candida and SIBO. By dealing with Candida I improved my IBS a whole lot, especially digestion.
If you want to, get tested for both so you know what you’re dealing with.
Then go to your doctor with the results and get to work on beating it.
IMPORTANT: I would add that without dealing with the root causes of your IBS, Candida or SIBO will likely come back – or you will experience new symptoms.
Resolution #3: I will improve the quality of my food
When I had IBS I didn’t eat a perfect diet.
But every week I did make a conscious effort to improve the quality of the foods I could eat. And this paid over time.
For more on this, read this post Why a nourishing diet is essential if you have IBS.
What one small thing can you start to do every week to improve the quality of the food you eat?
Maybe buying some local fresh, even organic veg from your local market
Making some homemade soup one evening (the recipe for this can be found in this article)
Getting some fresh fish, instead of frozen
Adding some coconut oil if you’re not already
Making a meal from scratch more often