"Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain"
Words from the wonderful and wise Wizard Of Oz. Had I read into that quote as a kid, I probably would not have been so confused about my body and how it's supposed to function and feel. I probably would have paid more attention to how I actually felt vs how I was supposed to feel regarding what to eat, how to train, and what to do with the parts that simply didn't feel aligned. That's not to say that science and doctors don't serve their purpose, but when it comes to our/my own personal body, only we know what feels best. We know by how we feel and we know by how we perform in every day life. And so for those of us who are trying to accomplish a "specific" goal.....and I might preface this by saying a "specific restorative health" goal, what is good for the goose AIN'T so good for the gander. We are simply NOT the same and for that very reason, we simply should not do things the same.
I have nothing against any one specific way of eating. I do know, however, that the majority of the population has become extremely biased in their style of eating and living and are sending out messages that are damaging on multiple levels. Not everyone is good for the vegan diet. And not everyone should be in ketosis. Not everyone is built for running anymore than someone with my build and structure would be suited for power lifting (nor do I desire it) But behind the curtain there is a man, or a woman, who has something to sell. Even if it's just an opinion. What they are selling is "their way." It may not be a product. It may not be a service. It may very well only be that they need to be heard and acknowledged. I don't know about you, but when someone is screaming into a camera trying to make their point or gets so angry at what others are doing because it goes against the grain of their sand, something is amiss.
Science is science. I get that. But there is no greater expert regarding your body than you. I know hands down that having tried the vegan diet many times, that it simply does not work for me. And the reason for that is simply that I do not believe (it's MY belief) that high starch/carbohydrate diets are appropriate for the majority of the population. The reason behind that belief is because I have worked hands on, one on one, for over 15 years with clients who have been trying to restore their health with the Vegan Approach only to come up short. Not short in protein.....but short in so many of the healthy fats, fat soluble vitamins, and minerals that help to feed the body on a cellular level. No you do not need to consume copious amounts of meat to be healthy, but you do need a sufficient amount of healthy fats to penetrate the tissues on a cellular level to help repair and restore. You need fats to feed your brain. You need fats to balance hormones. And you definitely need fats to prevent blockages in the colon.
The body simply needs fats. And plenty of them.
I am far from one to preach any one way of eating because I strongly believe that not only are we all different, but within the realm of our eating habits and lifestyle, we need to be able to check in and modify our daily eats based on how we feel in a given moment; or have the right to refuse a meal at a given meal time if we are not feeling well or simply are not hungry.
The point is that there really aren't any rules when it comes to eating. Only the rules that we create and often times, it's based on what's good or bad, right or wrong, or healthy or unhealthy. Never truly taking into consideration that what might be good for one could set someone else back ...... way back.
So seriously, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. When learning a new process, try it out and pay attention to how you feel physically and mentally. There is no suffering in healing. There is only transition. And when making a transition from a sour to a sweet spot, it should feel good. It should feel positive. You should never feel like you don't have a say.
We are not limited by what others set out for us. There are so many ways to heal the body and it doesn't have to come with such strict adherence. I personally am fond of a very low carb higher fat diet style of eating which has a ton of veggies. Technically it's not a ketogenic diet but it falls in line with a modified keto style of eating. However when I pay attention to how I feel, I often get the signals that it might be time to boost the carbs or have an all out cheat meal of my choice. I simply listen and follow up.
When you get really good at paying attention to how you feel, you will always find your way back to a body that feels its best. Are there others out there that can help you? Of course there are. But be mindful of those who have a wizardry mentality and do not allow you to be part of your own healing. Work with someone who honors the way in which you want to live and doesn't make promises that their way is "the" way. If it seems too good to be true, it very well may be.