fter being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2006, Ari Meisel reached a low point in the hospital that forced him to reconsider his treatment. He had tried numerous medications, his weakness affected his daily life, and it seemed like he might never find relief from this “incurable” disease.
Ari then made a personal decision to “do everything in [his] power” to strengthen his weakened body. He sought out a personal regimen of nutrition, fitness, and natural supplements that allowed him to treat symptoms of Crohn’s.
Yoga, self-monitoring, and implementing “as anti-inflammatory of a diet as [he] could” helped him suspend his medication, and he was declared free of all traces of the disease in 2011. Amazingly, he regained strength and went on to compete in Ironman France in the summer of 2011.
While Ari is now cured of Crohn’s disease, he continues to eat healthy because it makes him feel better, and he enjoys working out because it makes him more effective at what he does. Because “it’s in the back of my mind that Crohn’s is not a curable disease,” he says, “I know that it could come back and I accept that.”
According to Ari, dietary changes were easy but “it was the stress management aspect of [Crohn’s] which was challenging.” As a result, he developed a system called Less Doing, which increases productivity and decreases stress by “optimizing, automating, and outsourcing” tasks in life and business.
The system focuses on nine fundamentals:
- Creating the external brain
- Choosing one’s own workweek
- Ceasing to run errands
- 80/20 rule
Less Doing puts structures into place to allow workflow and life to progress effectively, and in this way reduces stress. Ari now coaches individuals suffering from ailments like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, and he advises several companies.
When asked what kind of advice he would give someone recently diagnosed with Crohn’s, Ari says to “Take a breath—it’s definitely something that can be overcome. Ideally everybody in their life has a sort of wake up call, and it’s just an opportunity to take better care of yourself.”