The two main tools I found have been through diet and lifestyle.
Each person is an individual and although there are many foods that are not beneficial, junk foods, excess sweets & alcohol, bad fat. Sometimes there are seemingly good foods that although are not "bad" can actually be seen as a poison to your own individual body. I know that using the word "poison" must seem like overkill, but as I have watched myself and my clients' health transform I think the word poison is actually very fitting.
Here are my individual foods that do not agree with my body:
- Soy (including Tofu, Tempeh, Edamame)
- Cow's Milk
- Gluten containing foods (this is a major issue for many people and it is very hard to avoid if you use convenience pre-packaged foods)
- Halibut (sent me to the emergency room twice, though the doctors said it couldn't be the fish)
- Mushrooms (again with the mold issue)
- Oat (typically cross contaminated with gluten)
- Peanuts (they can contain a lot of mold and I am very sensitive to mold)
- White Potatoes (though I believe my clients on the whole do better leaving these out of their diet as it is such a high glycemic food)
- I still enjoy potatoes though rarely and I select Yukon Gold/Fingerling, Purple, Blue or Sweet Potatoes
- Shellfish (clams, crabs, oysters, scallops, shrimp, lobster)
- Black & Green Tea
It took me a while to tune into this knowledge. Even when I intuitively knew that dairy had something to do with being bloated. Or that gluten might have something to do with my lack of concentration, or that bananas (the perfect food for SO many reasons) would cause constipation - I still didn't want to believe it. I mean it seemed like an awful lot of work to remove these foods from my diet. Right!?!
Most of my clients know there are foods that do not work for them, but they continue to eat these foods because they are so common and they don't know any different. They also don't trust themselves and rather buy into whatever diet plan seems the most alluring at the time. And, I don't blame them - its what I did since I was 8 years old. My recommendation to you is to try tuning into that knowledge and seeing how much better you feel when you do.
How do you do that? Grab a notebook and start charting how you feel after you eat. You will start pin pointing what sets you off whether its migraines, gas and bloating, zits cropping up, your energy might be zapped, maybe your allergies are worse. Once you chart how you feel take the time to trust that knowledge. Pay attention to what you have been consuming - food and beverages (and don't forget about your body care!). Not only will you be much closer to your optimal health goals you'll realize that it is a lot less work to eat the right foods than the wrong.
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