Health & the Dead Guy In the Envelope

envelopeGot your attention, didn’t I? Well I just wrapped up my Six Day Back to School Challenge in my Freedom From IBS Facebook Group. I was blown away by the efforts of those who participated and their openness to trying whatever it takes to feel better.

The upshot to all this made me come up with the wacky connection between health and a game I used to listen to on morning radio, “Dead Guy in the Envelope.” In this game, the DJs would pick a male celebrity who had passed away and award a prize to the caller who correctly ID-ed the dead guy. Each caller was allowed to ask one question and then make their guess. The game was much harder than you would think because the human brain seems to be programmed to come up with ONLY ONE solution to a problem. So, if the answer to the question asked was a “no,” callers would be stumped to come up with an alternative to their original guess.

What does this have to do with health? I think there is the temptation to do the same thing – to think that there is only one solution – the right doctor, the right medication, the right diet, the right supplement. But when we are talking about something as complex as IBS, best results are achieved when multiple things are tried all at once.

And that is what everyone did who participated (or lurked!) in my challenge. And that is the beauty of holistic health. And that is the beauty of working with a health coach. Someone to prompt you to think of, and attempt, multiple solutions to your health problem. And to make sure that you don’t just try things for a short while, but that they become what you do all the time, without even having to think about it. To make it fun, easy and do-able.

And to make sure it is a long time before you find yourself in any kind of envelope…


P.S. No worries if you missed the challenge! Just head right over to the group, click on the Photos tab at the top, then the Videos tab. Lots of great content from me – and lots of great inspiration from people who are just like you, trying to uplevel their health and find their way out of the IBS maze.