How do you approach potential new treatments?
Haphazard changes are stressful, time consuming, expensive and don’t give answers. When you have distressing symptoms, you want to find something that will help – quickly! This desire may lead to haphazard changes (i.e., trying many different treatments at once). If your symptoms improve, you don’t know which change helped. Additionally, if you are bouncing from one therapy to the next, you are not giving anything a chance to work. You could spend your energy, time and money in other ways.
Systematic experimentation - making one change at a time (or as few as possible) and giving each change the necessary time to show full benefit – is a better approach.
An action plan will reduce constant thinking about food, symptoms, and treatments. If the thought, “Should I try supplement XYZ?” is going around in your head –deciding if and when you will try it, will help you let go of constantly thinking about it. Additionally, it is important to finish the full course of treatment, before judging or analyzing it.
You probably won’t use these strategies right now, because you will be working with me to develop a plan to reintroduce foods. However, the concepts are still important at this stage, and you can use the strategies after we have finished our work together. During our work together, please keep other treatments consistent (e.g., mediation, supplements, treatments). If you need to make other changes, you can take a break from food reintroduction, and I will extend your “three-months of support.”