Change is the one guarantee life, including your food choices
When we are not aware and intune with how the different systems of our body react to what we eat, we harbor this belief that we are great and everything we eat is fine. Meanwhile, there are actually many other subtle problems that are harder to detect because they are not obvious. We dismiss tiny aches and pains, mood fluctuations, and evening small increases or decreases in body weight. It could just be water retention, right? Constipation is another thing. I’ve heard many people say they don’t need to poop a lot and that they are healthy. The western world is plagued with health issues as a result of the terrible choices and processed food, as well as how cheap poisonous and unhealthy food can be. The reality is that many of us become accustomed to bad states of health and well being, so when problems arise, we do not even conceive that the issue could be what we are eating. With that said, when we adopt the value of life long health, we can constantly learn, reflect, change, and strive to be more. So what might have worked for us in the past, might not work for us now.
For example, I used to think bread was ok. I was of the opinion that as long as I bought organic whole wheat or whole grain bread, I would be fine. Later in life, in 2019, I discovered that my mood was better when I did not eat bread. I learned that I am not so nervous, angry, sad, and depressed when I stay away from gluten. Lesson learned. I do my best to avoid bread and gluten most of the time. Why is this I am not sure. I am not saying you should stay away from it. For me, from personal experimentation, I have better health and cognition when I stay away from bread and gluten.
Another recent discovery has been oatmeal. I used to eat oatmeal a lot! In fact it was one of the first foods I learned to cook. My mom taught me how to make stove top oatmeal when I was 10 years old. Little did I know that it actually drives up inflammation in my nervous system, and I actually experience insane anxiety and tightness in my chest with even organic non gmo oatmeal that has been soaking for a couple of days to help break down phytic acid. I discovered this since I also stopped eating oatmeal in January 2019, and did not eat it for over two years. Recently, I tried to eat oatmeal again. My chest gets tight like I am having an anxiety or asthma attack. My stomach feels fine, but my chest tightens up, I feel nervous, anxious, jittery, and seem to have trouble sitting still. After not eating it again, I felt fine. Lesson learned. I need to stay away from oatmeal.
In an ideal scenario, we would be able to eat a variety of foods that are available seasonally, which would contribute to a diverse population of good bacteria in our gut. Our modern life is not conducive to health at the moment, but as more people wake up to what really plagues our health and the detrimental aspects of modern life, it is my hope we can work together to create a world that preserves our health, has amazing agriculture, and peace and freedom for everyone across the world. There are so many things out of my control, so I will do what I can to make what impact I can. I will continue to learn, discover, and optimize my diet so I can eat food that loves me inside out. As a conscious consumer, I want to support agricultural practices that are regenerative so that the food I eat does not destroy the planet. I want to share what I know with others so we all can work to be the best versions of ourselves. In order to do that, we need all of us to eat awesome, clean, and healthy food that is grown sustainably that can regenerate the soil, as opposed to traditional agriculture, which is destructive.
Anyway, oatmeal is now on my list of foods to avoid because of the adverse reaction it has on me. Please try to remember the context I am presenting this in. I am not saying oatmeal is bad or unhealthy. I am saying I have an aversive reaction to oatmeal. Do not stop being your own scientist. Get in tune with what your body needs and what settles well. Do not give up! Keep striving to improve your health and be the best version of you. Growing can be painful, so when we discover foods that do not settle well, it can seem like there is a long list of food we can’t eat, but there is always plenty of food that we can eat. And we can work towards restoring our health and gut bacteria.
I will be doing another detox soon. You might or might not know that I am a wellness advocate for Doterra essential oils. Doterra has a 30 day detox program. I will be doing this again soon. In addition, I cycle in between ketosis, carb cycling, paleo, carnivore, while keeping in mind what is in season. This sounds complicated, but it has been an evolution of learning and trial and error. Basically, I eat meat, vegetables, and a variety of healthy, raw, and unadulterated fats. The big task has been trying different types of carbohydrates to see what works well and what doesn’t. Brown rice, for example, works better for me when I soak it for a couple of days. I do not have any issues with it. Nor do I have any issues with Basmati rice, but regular white rice messes me up a lot, so I avoid it. I am striving to optimize my diet, improve energy, be more intune to all my body systems and the feedback my body gives me, and to try and properly recover from my workouts as I endeavor to grow mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In order to do this, nutrition is one piece to this puzzle.
So what are your takeaways? What are your action steps? What do you need help with? What sort of interventions do you need to do to improve your issues? One great resource I love is The Inflammation Spectrum by Dr. William Cole. The Whole 30 is another elimination diet that will help you get rid of what is causing issues and to slowly introduce foods to see what works and what doesn’t. Another strategy would be to do carnivore for 30-60 days or a modified keto diet. I hope this gave you some ideas on what you can do to optimize your diet! Thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment, and ask questions. If you want help and would like to reach out to me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and until next time.