Why do we, I , you need to consider what is too much, what is too little, and what is the sweet spot when it comes to our health. I personally think that even within the medical community that we are over medicated when it comes to prescriptions and what the body can and cannot handle. Especially within the all natural health care "system." We are over prescribed supplements and prescriptions to get our body back on track even and especially when it comes to losing weight or correcting a health problem.
When I first started my business, I honestly thought that doing more cleansing was the key to fixing issues. From my training and studying and the clients that had walked through my door, it was clear that we were a toxic mess. I personally felt so toxic in my own skin having had so many imbalances with my gut, adrenals, and thyroid -- which back then I had no idea that I had been experiencing autoimmunity. I experienced it myself and I see it with clients these days who from way back to day one, are still trying to correct health problems by cleansing, detoxing, supplementing, medicating, and restricting in some manner.
So how much is too much? Well that is very dependent on who you are and the goal you are trying to accomplish. I was watching a video yesterday by Dr. Eric Berg, whom I absolutely love love love. He is a renowned expert in the ketogenic community and quite frankly is my go-to when it comes to the diet and lifestyle I want to follow. I literally just bought his book not only so I can get more information on the subject of ketogenic eating, but simply just to have a well rounded source of information to draw from. We are never limited in options to help our bodies out and therefore as we move away from feeling less well to a place of complete health, it's important to arm ourselves with information. Dr. Berg is my current source (as are Thomas DeLauer and Dr. Brett Osborn) I am currently reading Get Serious by Brett Osborn as well and plan on finishing this by the end of the weekend.
OK….back to the topic at hand. How Much Is Too Much?
Well, a little may not be enough and too much is simply too much. But how do you know when you have too much? Obviously if you've had too much too eat, you simply don't feel well. And I really believe that finding the sweet spot is in getting down to how you feel. Yesterday, for example, I followed my ketogenic diet plant to a T. And I felt AWFUL after lunch. My belly went from feeling fantastic to feeling full, fat, and flatulent. Now granted, I wasn't fat….but I was definitely full. Full of simply too much. Too much salad….too much healthy fats…..simply just too much going through my system at once.
People make the mistake that dieting, cleansing, and healing are about more is better. And it's not. It's about finding the sweet spot. With eating, of course we want to eat lots and lots of veggies and/ or whatever else your diet is comprised of to feel our best. The switch over I made to a ketogenic diet wasn't very radical for me as I have always been someone to lean heavily on a higher healthy fat diet, a good amount of protein, and keep my starches and carbs lower yet get plenty of them from veggies. Honestly, I'm not even really a big fruit person except for the occasional serving of berries. I find this way of eating to be, honestly, the simplest plan to stick to and, for me, has me committed long term. But the tweaks I am currently making right now in order to be more lined up with what I am learning and how to correct imbalances in my body really need to be considered mindfully and not do what the mass would do.
The mass jumps in with two feet, naked, into the deepest end of the coldest water. They take the plunge. And although they may feel really good initially, without dipping their toes, they have no idea what they are getting themselves into. The die off of a diet or cleanse can cause a significant setback. The restriction in calories or macronutrients can cause fatigue, nausea, headaches, skin rashes, and bowel impactions. And the supplements can leave you feeling either that you want to sleep all day or crawl the wall. I have experienced them all and I want to offer up one simple solution.
Do ONE THING at a time. Even when it comes to making a simple salad…….change one thing at a time. Yesterday I ate way more avocado and fats in general and I felt the impact. It was simply too much for my gallbladder to be able to break down. Like I said earlier, I felt full, fat, and flatulent. Yes, these feelings pass, but why go there? Why have to experience 12 hours of discomfort and digestive upset? We have to get away from the mindset that more is better. It's not.
My suggestion for creating change within the system you are working with is to think about it first. Where are you at within your relationship with your body? How does your body feel? Look? And where would you like it to be. Imagine yourself there and then do what it takes to get there step by step. Not leap by leap. When you leap, you miss all of the details in between including the awareness of what it was that got you to needing these changes to begin with…..which is the surefire way to fall back into old habits thinking what you are doing isn't working. It is.....but it's a process.
I'm actually happy that yesterday's belly ache occurred for me. It tells me that I simply over did it with my fats and probably ate too many vegetables at the same time. See…..too much of a good thing isn't a good thing. It just creates more work for the body to have to deal with. When it comes to cleansing, eating, and restoring our bodies….the goal is to work with the body…..not on the body.
One of the biggest things I am learning about this process for me is that it's ok to be hungry. Not starving hunger but that If I eat and I'm not technically hungry, but it's just a meal time, it may not be appropriate to actually eat. I am one of those that gets stuck in the meal timing and with the ketogenic diet, actually with any diet, you simply have to get away from the clock. This is something that I'm really working on myself because I have the tendency to eat too much volume. Too much volume in the system creates inflammation….even if it's healthy food. Remember…..more is not better. Balance is better. You will always know if you're headed in the right direction based on how you feel.