Making changes to your health can feel impossible. Then it feels even more impossible when you don't feel any better. Measuring your success and figuring out if you are on the right track can be a challenge, especially when you have Dr. Google at your fingertips. Even worse, how do you know that you aren't doing something that is more harmful than helpful?
One of the things that I make sure to do when I'm working with clients, is to bring their attention to specific areas of their life/health that shows them that, yes, things ARE actually improving. It may not be the 10 pounds of weight they wanted to lose (that will come later), but there are other ways to measure health.
7 Signs Your Health Is Improving
you have more energy
Increased energy is a great clue that you are giving your body the fuel it needs. It can also mean that your thyroid is keeping up. Sometimes this is very obvious and happens within a few days of changing your nutritional approach. More often than not though, it's a slow transition. So maybe one day you realize (and this has happened to me) that you haven't taken an afternoon nap in almost a week. You might not necessarily feel like you are bursting with energy, but there are little clues that indicate you have more energy overall.
Did you know that blood sugar fluctuations can mess with your sleep? Everything from causing you to feel to amped up at night to sleep (tired but wired anyone?) to waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep. I've been struggling with this on and off for years and often attributed it to stress. But in reality, it's more likely that when my nutrition starts to slip away from what I know makes me feel good, I start to have more 3am wakeups. A solid nutrition plan should support stable blood sugar throughout the day and night.
more stable moods and less stress
Are you are used to waking up feeling stressed or moody and feel like you have no control over it? Illness causes stress and can contribute to depression and other mood disorders. As you fix your nutrition and start healing your body, these things should start to slowly decrease. Again, this can be hard to notice because it doesn't often happen that one day you wake up and feel amazing. It's more common for people around you to notice small changes or for you to notice that you reacted to a certain situation in a different way than you would have previously.
Gas, bloating, burping, and other digestive discomfort should not be a part of your everyday life. Your gut health actually has a huge impact on your mood which can make improving digestion one of the most important things you can do for your body. While a lot of healing your body from chronic illness is actually focused on gut health, you may not know that your digestion was not optimal until it improves. Again, this one can be kind of subtle and may take some careful observation to notice (like you no longer feel like you are 6 months pregnant after meals or that you haven't lost weight but suddenly your pants are loose).
less pMS and more regular cycles
If you are female, a regular menstrual cycle is a great indicator of overall health status. A lot of things need to be happening properly with your hormones in order for this to happen, so if it does, chances are you are in decent health. If you notice fewer PMS symptoms or that you cycles are becoming more regular and less painful, chances are your health is improving more quickly than you may realize.
Your skin health is closely tied in with your gut health. As you get your digestion back in order and improve your overall health and nutrition, you may notice that your skin changes for the better. Even if you aren't prone to breakouts, you might notice brighter, more even skin tone, less dryness, and a decrease in dark circles under your eyes.
This one is at the bottom of the list because it's actually an added side benefit. I know that a lot of people have weight loss goals, but the truth is that in order for you to lose weight and keep it off, you need to address other health issues first. Your body will tend to lose (or gain if that's what you need) weight as things come back into balance. If you have other health issues that you haven't addressed, weight loss should not be your primary goal, because it won't happen until you address the other things. This isn't what most people want to hear, but I know that it's the truth both from my own health journey as well as working with clients.
What if you aren't seeing these changes happen?
If you are on a health journey or program and you have not seen any of these changes over 2-4 weeks, you may not be on the right path. The same is true if you've seen changes but then feel things have gone backwards after an initial imporvement.
If you are looking for personalized assistance on your health journey, you can schedule a free discovery call with me here. Or check out my Turn Off Your Autoimmunity Webinar to learn more about how you can reverse autoimmunity and chronic illness and get back on the road to feeling amazing.