… is the big picture. Not the minutiae. The overall picture of your health and how you feel tells you whether or not a food and a lifestyle works for you. To know this, you must learn to tune into your own body.
So many of us have been trained out of listening to our own bodies. We’ve been told since we were little when we needed to eat and how much, whether or not something hurt, how we should feel and even in some cases when we should go to the bathroom according to someone else’s body and expectations. So many of us ignore our own signals or push past them, until we can’t ignore them anymore.
If you’re healthy, learn to tune into your body to know what proportion of proteins, carbs and fats are best for you. Find how much you need in the way of fluid, vegetables and meat by learning to listen to your inner cues. I have found that over time, as my health status has changed, I’ve done better on more carbs. When I first got sick, I needed lot of fat and protein and little in the way of carbs to feel the best I could. If you feel best on a diet of 30% carbs, you’re going to crash and burn and have health problems if you try to go really low carb for a long period of time. If you need really low carb while you’re recovering your health, you will delay or stall your progress, and possibly even harm it, if you continue to consume carbs despite your body’s protests.
If you are recovering your gut health, you’re going to have to tune into your own body and start paying attention. If a food doesn’t make you feel good, no matter how traditional it is, you shouldn’t consume it. If you don’t tolerate it, you won’t heal your gut.
I was diagnosed as allergic to gluten, dairy and soy, but the other allergies I had to figure out on my own. Later, I was able to afford to confirm them via testing. If you can’t afford testing, learn to tune into your own body to know whether or not something agrees with you while you heal.
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