Your body is amazing, brilliant and filled with ancient wisdom. You are not inherently “broken” and there is nothing you must buy or apply to “fix” you.
I hope you hear this message. Say it out loud right now will ya? I learned this lesson the LONG way. Over the years I have learned the best way to tune into what my body needs is to “listen” to it. Your body really is talking to you at all times.
If you are like the rest of the population then you have also learned to turn your senses off when it comes to your body. Sometimes this is because we are in denial and not wanting to make a change. Maybe its because you feel there is no hope and that you are never going to feel like yourself again. One of the ones I hear all the time from potential clients is ” I have tried everything, and nothing seems to work so I just always give up”
Do not give up friends. Learning to listen to your body AND making some lifestyle changes can totally turn everything around. Sometimes the work is just a little tweak and sometimes it takes a little more time but your body knows what to do if you help it. Our bodies are created to self-correct and keep everything in balance.
Let me share with you how I learned to listen to my body and how I can help.
Answer these questions below as honestly as you can.
- How is your energy level?I know this is a tough one because it is subjective but I want to encourage you to think back to when you felt your best. Are you tired at the end of the day? I mean like come in the door drop in the chair and not give a hoot about dinner or anything else tired? Feeling tired at some level is normal for sure but I mean that “ugh” tired. Many times when my clients tell me this is how they are feeling we notice that they have some nutritional deficiencies in their diet. Research has shown that we really do not need as much sleep as we once thought so not enough sleep is not always the go-to answer for feeling low energy. My suggestion is log your food intake. I know this is cumbersome but it is one of the best ways to make sure you are getting everything your body needs. It is also one of the best ways to listen to your body when it tells you it did not like something. You do not need to do this forever but to really get a good looksy on what you need I would suggest you do it for at least 30-45 days.
- Are you maybe just a tad more moody than normal? Mike can always tell when my hormones are off. I love him for his honesty but it usually takes me a day or two to show him after he calls me moody lol. In all honesty, he is often right, when my hormones are off, I am as well. My hormones are off a lot right now because of menopause but I can remember experiencing the same thing with PMS. Hormone levels can mess up your digestion, absorption rate and overall interest in food. You can give in to poor choices, skip or even binge meals when your hormones are unbalanced. The key here is to listen, document, tweak things and know when you need to seek outside help. I have been working with an integrative holistic doctor and he has really helped me in the hormone area. We tweaked my diet a bit, added herbs, spices and also some bio-identical progesterone.( do not knock this till you try it )
- Are you experiencing frequent colds and other infections? This time of year we are all hyper-aware of the bugs floating all around us. A compromised immune system makes us vulnerable to colds and flus and other nasty bugs. Reducing toxins and fueling your body with healing foods can provide you with some of the best preventative medicine out there. The moment I feel some ick coming on I jump into action. I chew two raw marinated garlic cloves a day and I drink my immunity tea. I also watch my diet like a hawk. I drink healing soups and rest. Learning to listen and respond is key here. It is ok to binge on Netflix people. It is way better you let your body rest and heal then go out and spread your germs and run yourself into the ground. Healing does not occur when your body is in distress.
- Are you gassy or bloated all the time? Oh man, the bloat is a HUGE signal that I need to stop, log my food and change something quick. My digestion system is my biggest signal to my overall health. If I eat something that does not agree with me I get a headache in moments and my stomach blows up like a balloon. Through food journaling, I have learned that I have to watch my intake of grains. I am celiac so I can not eat anything with gluten but there are many healthy gluten-free grains out there that I love to eat. I can eat them but not two days in a row. My body signals me if I have screwed up this rule lol. Thank goodness for my commitment to food journaling. I do not know if I ever would have discovered the two-day rule had I not journaled. Tune-in to your body and look for patterns. Certain foods may be contributing to the problem. For me, it was mostly grains and dairy. For others it is soy. The main allergens that seem to cause the most stomach distress are dairy, eggs, grains, and soy. Of course, there are a lot of other ones but these seem to be the ones that bother my clients the most.
- Do you crave sugar and carb loaded foods? Sugar is not an allergen but trust me it is probably the WORST thing for your body and can cause havoc in all areas. Do you find yourself craving sugary foods at certain times of the day? When I work with clients this is one area we really dive into quick. The sugar and carb cravings are a clear and LOUD sign you are riding the blood sugar roller coaster and you need to jump off quick. When you eat too much sugar and consume too many carbs your body throws out strong signals. If you find yourself in that afternoon crash you need to listen. This is another area when food journaling can really help. If you are honest and consistent with your journaling you will be able to see when you need to add more nutrients such as protein or minerals into your system. When I first started working on getting myself on track I actually bought a blood sugar testing unit. They are very affordable on Amazon. Keep those healthy snacks handy, trust me mid-afternoon your body will thank you. My favorite mid-afternoon snack is a hard boiled egg:-).
- In general, how do you feel? Even if you feel none of the above relates to you, are you happy with your weight? Are you bored with your food? Are you wanting to take your health to a new level? If yes then please consider joining my next grain free detox group. We start February 19th. I am not really a fan of the word detox but it seems to be the buzz word that people relate to right now. My 18-day program is designed to help you with all of the above and then some. In the program, I help you not only learn how to cook without all of the major allergens, journal your food but also how to detox your mind, and your home. The program is not designed as a strict, run to the bathroom program. It is a gentle program where I help educate you on good whole foods and how to eliminate some of the toxic crap in your life. I like to think of this program as a deep cleaning. By eliminating certain foods and adding in healthy gut foods you are truly getting a good under the hood deep cleaning 🙂
- This is really a whole body program. I priced this program so ridiculously low because I want as many to join as possible. I am crazy passionate about helping people live a healthy, happy and vibrant life. I do not preach chew lettuce all day, I would not live that way and would never suggest anyone else do it. I love to cook and create ways to take whole foods up a notch. I want you to want to cook and want to eat. I want you to feel GREAT and I am confident you can. Let me help guide you. We start Feb 19th. Check out all the details here.