Have you wondered why one person can eat so many carbs why the thought of rice makes you all fluffy and bloated?
What about alcohol? Do you get sulfite rashes while your girls can drink 3 glasses of wine without so much as a mild headache the next day?
Are you so confused about whether going vegan or eating keto, even carnivore, is the right thing for you to do?
Most of us have walked the balance beam of every diet out there and are still more confused than ever as to what to do. I know I am. Or at least have been. Maybe I still am. But recently something has been coming to me. I'm one to experiment--A L O T!! I'm one that has always felt that by going by what my body tells me, I will be guided to the answers that I need to nourish myself. That may work for some. For others with more long term chronic conditions, it takes more than just intuitive eating to get you to where you're going. It takes working with someone who can help you get to where it is you're going and to get you there safely.
I have been one to micromanage and do patchwork on myself for quite some time. I've done cleanses and modified my diet barely to just get me through the day without truly looking at what was going on. In 2015 I had the scare of a lifetime when I was rushed to the hospital for a bleeding ulcer in my esophagus due to a horrible condition called erosive esophagitis. I was unable to eat for nearly a month anything but pureed soups, bone broth, and warm beverages. But eventually I healed and went back to eating my normal diet. And I went back to micromanaging my symptoms again. Last September (2018) I was back in Urgent Care for the the ulcer again. Thankfully it wasn't as bad as it originally was, but still, a nightmare of an experience. This past weekend we had a family dinner and I started to feel the pain of something being lodged in my esophagus. The fear came over me of what the next several hours were going to hold for me. Thankfully it was just something that I had eaten that had scratched the scar on my original wound and I was fine. But the truth is that there was permanent damage years ago. You would have thought that I would have learned my lesson and that the changes that needed to be made would have been made.
We get stuck in our heads about what is best for us and we almost always stamp our feet like politicians protesting our position. But we, just like them, more often than not would be wrong. Of course listening to our bodies is always a wise thing to do. If you have a belly ache, don't eat. If salads send you through the spin cycle of IBS, don't eat raw veggies. If fatty meats gives you diarrhea, eat leaner cuts of meat. If dairy makes you break out, then choose an alternative method. But the problem arises when we get in our own ways and don't see that a way of eating is actually causing us more harm. Example: I literally ate nothing but animal based meals for many months trying to heal an autoimmune condition that I had no business treating myself. It made things ten times worse but because I was part of a "group" and listened to all the "experts," I got all tripped up in the adaptation period jargon. I was informed that "it takes time." Well I've run out of time and am sick of feeling sick.
I finally went to my doctor and had some extensive labs drawn. Turns out, like when I was sick 4 years ago, that my liver enzymes, AST & ALT were elevated again. LIVER TRAUMA!! Turns out that I have absolutely no hormones. My estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone took a nose dive and it's been a long time I'm sure. My blood sugar was higher than it's ever been which was SHOCKING to me because I wasn't eating any carbs--or much. Apparently too much protein will spill over into your blood stream causing a spike in blood sugar. Not good. And my LDL was slightly elevated. I nearly cried when we went over my labs but also was relieved. Relieved because I got information that I think I knew all along which was great...... but for me it was my permission slip to let go and allow someone else to take care of me. It was my chance to listen to someone who was able to speak to me in a language that I could understand. And it was my opportunity to start over.
I do not profess to have the answers. As a colon hydrotherapist, many of my clients over the years have thought of me as a nutritionist. And although I can help work with a deranged gut, truly when it comes to diet, we all have bioindividual needs. We all are unique and have specifics....even within our own blood line. So pay no attention to what your siblings can eat. Don't order the same thing at a restaurant that your best friend is ordering. And don't ever eat something just because those others in a group say that it takes time to adapt. Yes, there are detox reactions when it comes to changing your diet, but you should never have to suffer. Not for long anyway.
Stop trying to fix something that you know nothing about. Do your best with your eating and exercise patterns but get down to what's really going on. I know what it's like to say tomorrow I'll feel better. And you may, but what about at the end of the week when you feel like hell again. Get your labs drawn. Get a work up in every way that you can so that you have the facts to guide you. Then you can, within the realm of what's necessary, tweak it to suit your needs.
I'm excited to see what these next 5 months are going to bring me. I'm excited to have a doctor, a team of doctors actually, who work with me, not on me, to help me get to where I'm going. And I never feel like I'm on that path alone.
Ask yourself where you are going......
Being outside is so healing.....