Messages from your body – What you eat

Many people go through life with aches and pains and consider that to be normal.  Well, what if it isn’t? What if these aches and pains are messages from your body telling you what it needs to be healthy?

In my years of working with people and in researching what is causing our aches and pains, I have found that stress is the major culprit.  But what is stress?  What effect does it really have on our bodies?

Your body is a miraculous healing machine if it is given the right tools to do its job.  What does that mean?  Well, I have found that when you eat the right foods for your body, when you move your body the way it wants to be moved, and when you allow yourself to express your emotions in a healthy way, you will be healthy.  This week, I am going to focus on your diet (and by diet, I mean the food you eat).

If you have followed me for a while, you know that I don’t believe in any one diet being right for all bodies.  Your body is unique.  It has unique needs. This also means that it requires different foods than any other body to keep it healthy. Are you aware of what those needs might be?

After you eat, how do you feel?  Do you feel energized and on top of the world?  Do you feel ready to realize your dreams? Or, do you feel lethargic? Bloated? Gaseous? Do you have cramps? A headache?  Are you tired? Or worse? 

What you are eating, can cause all of these symptoms. The trick is to figure out, which food or foods cause what symptoms.  This is the fun part!  You get to become an investigator into your own health. 

Here’s how to do that. 

First, make a list of all that you eat and drink for three days.  Just write down everything that you consume during that three day period.  I know this sounds onerous and it is challenging.  The results, if you are willing to play this game, are amazing!

Second, pay attention to how you feel for the two hours after you eat.  You may feel effects immediately, you may not feel them for a couple of hours.  Write down how you feel beside each meal, drink or snack. Pay attention to any discomfort or dis-ease in your body. It may range from cramps, to headaches, to a general sense of not feeling well, to wanting to fall asleep.

Third, look for common foods or drinks in the meals where you do not feel 110%.  Chances are that you are already aware of foods that you eat that do not leave you feeling your best.  This gives you more evidence of that.  If there are no common foods, like peas that make you unwell, look for a common food group like dairy or pasta.

Fourth, once you have identified a possible culprit, cut that food out of your diet for one week and see how you feel. If you feel better after eliminating that food, then eliminate it for good.  I know this may sound impossible for some foods, but I can tell you, you can make that choice if you want to.  If being rid of the pain and discomfort outweighs the pleasure of eating that food, you will stop eating it.  It is your choice entirely.  If there are more than one triggers, then you may need to go on a simple diet of fruits and vegetables, or a 3 day fast to allow your body to detoxify itself.  This will help you get back in touch with how your body feels and what foods are a trigger as the dis-ease will come on much sooner.

Fifth and final step is to enjoy how good  you can feel when you are feeding your body what it wants vs what somebody else has led you to believe is right for you. Listen to your body – it really knows best what will nourish it and what it needs to be healthy.

You really can do this!  And if it feels overwhelming, contact me to see how we can work together to start your journey of being the best version of you and stepping into living the life of health, you have always imagined. To learn more, click here.