My history with experimenting with my body, whether that be diet, exercise, or cleansing practices goes way back some 20 or so years.....even longer. I remember being obsessed with muscles, leanness, and macronutrients long before My Fitness Pal or any other tracking device became popular. I think back then we mostly just counted calories but I was fixed on counting carbs and fiber....as if those were the only two components of nutrition that actually mattered. If you consumed enough fiber, then you'd poop, you'd be happy and healthy and all was well in the world. Ummmmmm........some 20 years later I'm here to tell you that that is not so and that following the advice of packing your colon with fiber and stuffing your cells with glucose is a sure fire way to increase inflammation, impact your intestines with waste, and create a body that just feels lifeless. That was the case with my body. Lots of fiber from copious amounts of vegetables (nothing wrong with that, right?--WRONG) Lots of whole grain carbs and starches from tubers and squashes to fuel your activity. (energy for daaaaays, right?-- Well maybe for a few hours followed by a long nap and some blood sugar fluctuations. Cravings anyone?) And maybe a little bit of healthy fats from, dare I say, flax/chia seeds, RAW nuts, and 1/8 of an avocado. Don't go too crazy there. Because low fat diets are better than their artery clogging high saturated fat diets. Right?? I'm pretty sure that myth has been debunked as well.
I can list study after study after study as to why you should and shouldn't follow said advice, but the proof is in the pudding. I'm not one to tell anyone, other than my mother, what to eat. I'm not exactly in that position because I too am on the search for what's best. Not for YOU. But for ME!! And as history has constantly repeated itself within my own body, doing the same thing year after year is not only the definition of insanity, but has literally made me go insane.
I have followed the most knowledgeable, the most educated, the most gifted in the industry. I've been friends with them. I've tagged along with them on social media. And I've worked with them one on one. And all I can say is that they are all right and they are all wrong. Yes, we all have many similarities; but our biography becomes our biology. How we live. How we eat. How we behave. These all add up over the years to produce what you look and feel like. And if any of that resembles illness or DIS-EASE, then well, take a look back at that long, insane, historical route you've been traveling on and the answers are just paved on the path.
Not something we want to hear or ever be made aware of. But this is my experience in my life. I have had major fears of making major changes in my life. Anywhere from diet, social life, types of activities I engage in, down to the very place that I live and breathe. Don't get me started on my occupational hazards. Again, another day--another post. When I'm on the hunt for something to alleviate my pain, my hurt, my health, gut, skin, sleep, thyroid, immune system, I find that the prairies are barren with answers because I've plowed that field. Been there and done that. I'm finally at that place, knot in the stomach and all, that change is imperative. Critical. Perhaps life changing and life saving.
Truth is that what works for some, will not work for you. So don't pay attention to what others are doing. Look back on that path and see what it is that you have been doing. How you have been eating, living, behaving, yes, even breathing. Whom you've been spending time with. Your work. Your socials. Your most intimate of relationships. And of course, yes your diet.
Since I have been so focused on diet my whole life and my work has been based on that, I feel it's important to address some dietary issues that I have. Obsessive and compulsive eating behaviors have lead me down a path of restriction that have lead to body issues physically, mentally, and emotionally. I started to have anxiety about everything from diet, to exercise, to how to even meditate. Not only was I not feeling well upstairs, but my body has become non respondent to regular treatments to alleviate my pain and imbalances. It's time to dig deep. To do the work. And to trade in my old self for that which will glide again. So I'm going Primal. This is not a trendy thing. It's not Keto. It's not Carnivore. It's not Paleo. It's eating the ways of our ancestors. I mean way back in the day ancestral eating. No I won't be gnawing on raw T-bone steaks or drinking the blood of a carcass. At least not yet :) But I have had the beautiful opportunity of connecting with some people who are legitimate in this arena and have opened my eyes up to the possibilities of what may lie ahead for me provided I give up my old ways.
So what does this look like for me. Well, it's not as radical of a shift as I had thought it would be because I already follow a ketogenic diet. But there are some lifestyle caveats to adhere to. First being to retrain my relationship between my mind and my body. Daily practices of prayer and meditation. Staying off social media as much as possible. No more YouTube videos on nutrition as they are full of misinformation and can be misleading. Sticking to a primal diet of meats, offal, fats such as tallow, lard, butter/ghee, and duck fat with minimal if any vegetable oils...that would be avocado oil and olive oil. My vegetable intake will be reduced significantly to allow gut permeability to reduce and allow full absorption of nutrients. So two servings of veggies a day. Two meals a day with bone broth in between if needed. I will still consume eggs and preferably duck eggs if I can find them at the farmers market. Gym time will be a maximum of three times a week with functional style of workouts. Any "cardio" will be outside....walking and hiking. NO RUNNING. NO STAIRMASTER. None of that long sustained activity.
Because you get to a point in life where if being you exhausts you, then you know you are not on the path to an enlightened mind, body, and soul. And anything less is not worth shooting for. I have backed up my stance in my community, my job, and personal belief system time and again only to show up short. And not because of what has happened, but because of how what has happened has made me feel in my body and about my life, I no longer believe what I once did because it does not serve me. It never did. It was just a long road to get here.
We must start somewhere. A shift in perspective. A change in location. A swap of a meal plan. A new friend. Perhaps that new friend is someone who has been reaching out to you for a long time. Perhaps that friend is you. Your primal self asking you to hang, if just for a little while to see if it's a right fit.
Today is December 1. I'll be back in January to update. Until then....be well and take as best care of yourself and your higher self as you can.