What You Need To Expect When Starting A New Diet To Help With Chronic Pain

51114373 - food on heart plate with stethoscope cardiology conceptMany medical experts think that diets can go a long way for those of us who are suffering from a chronic disease. Changing your diet and watching your intake of harmful foods can be a healthy choice for just anyone. It can be especially helpful for people with a chronic disease who are just looking for ways to feel a little bit better each day.

If you are looking to go on a gluten-free or Keto or Paleo diet for your chronic disease, there are some things you should know going into it.

What can you expect when you’re starting a new diet?

1. The change will not happen right away.
If you’re looking to feel better overnight, you should not rely on a diet to get you there. Diets take time to work on anyone, no matter what they’re changing their diet for. If you’re specifically changing your diet for your chronic disease, you need to be prepared for it to take a while to work.

One week after starting your diet, you may still wake up feeling less than wonderful. It may take a while for toxins and other bad things to leave your body when you begin dieting. It will also take time before you feel confident that the diet is working and worth giving up foods you love.

A diet isn’t a quick fix. Instead, it’s more a lifestyle change. It will take time and motivation to see the improvements you’re looking for. You will need patience to get to those results.

2. A new diet will change your daily schedule and habits.
A diet is a big change. Don’t kid yourself going into a new diet that it’s not going to be a bit deal. Diets are a big deal. They require new schedules and new habits. They will change the way you have previously eaten during your day.

For those of us who are desperate for positive changes in the way we feel because of a chronic disease, these new habits are totally worth it. But that doesn’t mean you are going to love the new schedule right away. Many diets require a lot of preparation, grocery shopping and planning ahead. Prepare yourself for this new world.

3. You need to start with your mindset and rely on it later.
A diet is a mental battle more than anything else. Before you start dieting, you need to find the right mindset to keep yourself motivated when things get tough during your diet. Because they will get tough and there will be days when you just don’t want to do it anymore.

The right mindset is one that understands that this diet is in your best interest. You want to feel better. You’re looking for solutions for your chronic disease and your doctors feel that this diet is worth trying.

Always look on the positive side of dieting. This is easier today before you actually start dieting, so always make sure to start any diet with these beliefs. You can even have a journal where you write down all the ways this diet will be worth it. You can even writer letters to yourself for those days when things get really tough.

4. Falling off the horse is part of the process.
Those who believe that failing at a diet once makes the diet no longer worth it will never succeed. Please understand that failing at your diet isn’t the end of the world. Everyone has days when they don’t have the power to stop themselves from snacking on junk.

Breaking your dieting rules isn’t a bad thing. Instead, the bad part is when that makes you believe that you can’t get back on the diet and try again tomorrow. Have patience in yourself and understand that nobody is a perfect dieter.

If you’re about to start a new diet, keeps these tips in mind. Prepare your mind and your beliefs about your diet now. You will be so much better off if you do this before you begin the diet. We hope this new diet is a positive thing for you and your chronic disease.


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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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