Once, a client told me that, after many years of struggling with conventional medicine to solve debilitating health problems and after many fad, calorie counting diets imposed by dietitians, she was constantly told by these that she can’t have control over her body and she can’t “listen” to her body. She was told she can’t trust herself into this. Eventually, she received a longer list of prescription drugs.
As many of you who work with me already, learning how to “listen to your body” is a core premise in my health programs. All ancestral cultures lived in such harmony with their bodies, knowing instinctively what they needed to stay healthy. This precious wisdom, this know-how was passed down from generation to generation. For our ancestors it constituted a vital and primary way of survival.
Australian Aborigines for example thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals. They have an outstanding ability to use their mind and body in surprising ways (being able to “read each other minds”). They have a perfect understanding of how their body works, what it needs to stay healthy and what the Earth needs to stay healthy, all based of an ancestral wisdom and philosophy of more than 50,000 years.
And if we look back at other indigenous cultures, we can find many other examples, which confirm the fact that human beings were designed to stay healthy, as long as they were aware and mindful of what they put into their bodies, and how their body responded.
What happened in our modern times? How did we just loose our instinct? I believe it was annihilated by the “noise” and convenience of our modern lives. “Listening to your body” doesn’t mean to allow yourself unrestrained gratification on a daily basis, thinking you are just “feeding” your body’s needs. It means to feel connected to your body and have control over it and over your mind.
Can you just trust your body into that? You CAN! But you need to re-learn it. You need to learn to identify all the signals your body is sending you daily through various symptoms and also learn how to interpret them.
And it’s not only learning, it’s also restoring function to your metabolism, and clear up a clogged, toxic body, before you can indeed “listen” again, before you can detect reactions and be able to enjoy whole foods again.
Those who love and crave junk food and other poisons and claim such foods “taste good” do so only because their toxic loads, biochemical imbalances, metabolic inefficiencies and loss of function have resulted in aberrations in taste and satiety, and have distorted and undermined the human body’s natural capacity for instinctual eating. William Wolcott
Is There a How-To Guide Out There?
YES! Food has the power to heal. But it also has the power to make you ill if it’s wrong for your metabolism. It’s not only what you eat, it is also in what proportions you consume your macro-nutrients ( proteins, fats, and carbohydrates ) that will allow you to maximize your energy, control your weight and reach optimal health.
Keeping a record of your reactions, like I teach my clients in my health programs will reveal surprising facts about how your body is affected by food.
Here are four categories which should be considered when you want to determine if the kind of food you are eating is “feeding” you or “killing” you :
1. How are my : APPETITE, SATIETY, CRAVINGS?
Is my appetite high or low ?
Am I feeling full but not satisfied (feel something was missing) after my meals ?
Do I have cravings after 1-2 hours of having your meal ?
Do I feel hungry again after 1-2 hours ?
2. How is my ENERGY LEVEL?
After my meals do I feel :
renewed or lethargic/ drowsy/ exhausted ?
hyper but exhausted underneath ?
3. How about my MIND /EMOTIONS?
After my meals do I feel :
Sluggish, spacey, mentally slow ?
Apathic, depressed, sad or anxious, irritable, angry ?
Improved mental clarity and sharpness ?
Normalization of thought process, emotional upliftment ?
4. Do I have immediate NEGATIVE REACTIONS after my meals?
Adverse reactions that can mark a certain food intolerance may include (but not limited to) : bloating, gas, belching (digestive distress), sneezing, coughing, itching, rashes.
These are just some guidelines meant to make you AWARE of the fact that your daily food IS indeed a powerful, important factor, which determines your well being. In our fast paced lives we don’t leave room anymore for such questions, but although that gives us a temporary feeling of “saving time” for other more important things, we achieve exactly the opposite : a sluggish, tired, stressed and inefficient body and mind, which will take twice as much the time and effort to go through the daily responsibilities and chores.