Sensitive Diets

“You should definitely be on the Paleo diet,” said, well, everyone in the last three years.There is so much talk about which diet is right — Paleo, Primal, Atkins, Flat Belly, Macrobiotic, Vegetarian, Vegan — that sometimes, on information overload, I think, “Blah, blah, et cetera, ad nauseum, whatever.”

Everyone is looking for foods that work for their body. Some people want to loose weight, others want to gain it. Others want to have more energy and vitality. Some folks want to cure long-standing ailments and illnesses, while others want nothing more than to look good naked. Hey, whatever blows your skirt up (or floats your boat). It’s important that we eat healthy if we want to maintain health, right?

Right.

But why is it so hard to find what works for us?

When I was in college, I studied environmental science and became shocked at how much environmental degradation occurred because of factory farming and the meat industry. I decided that I would become vegetarian. Later, for the same reasons, I went vegan. And I thought everyone should be vegan. I read books that supported my views on how my chosen diet was the diet most “optimal” for human health and the health of the planet and felt very smug that I had all the answers.

And I was right. But not for the rest of the world — for me. And only for a little while.

Four years later, I was having health problems and went to a naturopathic doctor. She noted all of my symptoms, took blood tests, and said to me, “You have a grain intolerance. You have to stay away from grains, wheat especially, and you need to start eating meat again.”

That pretty much rocked my world.  I made the dietary changes, I knew she was right. Eating meat and staying away from wheat was really resonating with me — my stomach problems subsided, I had more energy, and my brain fog went away. But it wasn’t because I was on a specific diet. It was because I was eating the foods my body needed at that period in time.

Our bodies reside at a certain energetic vibration. This vibration is a result of our belief systems, family and cultural programming, individual experience and emotional health, to name a few. The newest, sexiest diet isn’t going to work for everyone because WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. We are also different at different phases of our life, given that our vibration changes as we move through life.

Whenever I hear someone recommending their newest fad diet or weight loss program to everyone they know, I cringe.  It’s natural that we want to share our success with others, however, we must recognize that what works for us is working because of where we are in our life and how the energy of our successful program resonates with us.

In trying to battle a Candida infection, I gave up sugar, grains, caffeine, fruit, alcohol and vinegar and started eating a diet of vegetables, meats and healthy fats. This diet, while recommended by most health care practitioners for eliminating Candida, didn’t resonate with me intuitively. There were components of it that made sense, but others that seemed counter-intuitive. Since I’d asked a professional for help, I took the advice.

I gained 5 pounds and my infection didn’t go away.

Just because something works for one person, or a thousand people, doesn’t mean it will always work for you. This is why learning to trust your own intuition is so important.

When we learn to be in communication with our body and what our body really needs, we often learn that our needs changed based on season, temperature, age, emotional climate, ailment, etc. Our body is an excellent barameter that constantly gives us feedback as to what is working and what isn’t. Often, we meet signals of pain, weight gain, or other “negative” messages with frustration, when really, our body is simply giving us an answer. “What you’re doing isn’t working for me. Please try again.”

In Ayurveda, there’s a term used often in treatment called “Upashaya,” which means “trial and error.” Sometimes we need to try a few things before settling into a new diet or treatment plan. Intuitive counseling provides us with more information as to what’s resonating with the body and which dietary changes can be most effective.

With all the diet and health advice out there, it’s easy to start believing that you need to “do something” for yourself, or “fix something” within you. We are constantly told that we are too fat, thin, smart, sensitive, forward, timid, dramatic, weird, etc. We live in a society that tells us that we need to fix ourselves in order to fit in.

There is nothing to fix. You are perfect, and your body is a perfect representation of where you’ve been in your life and where you are right now. Maybe we want to take steps to find a higher level of health and vibration, and that’s okay. Your body is giving you all the information you need to take the steps to be healthy and stay there. Once you remember that you are a spirit in a beautiful body and don’t need fixing, this information will make itself available to you.

 

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