I know too much. While I can’t tell you the calorie count of individual foods, I can tell you what to eat to be properly Paleo, low-fructose, or low-histamine. I can tell you what foods are most likely to trigger migraines and joint pain, and the supplements that are helpful to support thyroid function, energy levels or smooth out fluctuating hormones.
I’ve done my homework, like many of us I suspect. I’ve read widely and looked at the research. And while there’s a lot of information that’s consistent out there, there’s just as much that’s not. One camp think’s they have the perfect diet eating meat and vegetables and another claims exactly the same results while exhorting the virtues of green smoothies and eating only raw food.
What I’ve learned from all my research and trial and error in moving towards a healthier lifestyle is that none of it works for everyone.
As we say in The Ripenists Manifesto: a big part of living our second half is recognising and honouring the wisdom already within.
While we may know a lot about what the ‘experts’ say, we probably haven’t paid as much attention to what our expert body knows already. If I’ve a mind to pay attention, my body is highly attuned at giving me clues as to what it likes and doesn’t like. It gets my attention by messing with my skin, my hearing, my digestion, my energy levels and my sleep or when I’m being particularly over indulgent, giving me pain – usually in my head.
The problem for me is that it’s easier and less confronting to read a book with the latest ‘science’ or follow someone else’s prescription for the latest cleanse, than put in the time to listen to my own wonderful body, which has carried me so sure footedly through so much of my life already.
I suspect one of joys of getting older is that our bodies become both more highly tuned and more insistent at communicating their needs to us. If we are prepared to engage in a compassionate dialogue with ourselves, to partner with our bodies instead of trying to make them subservient to our will, I believe they will teach us what we need and what we don’t.
What experiences of your body letting you know what it likes and doesn’t like, have you had recently?
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