So what IS the honest body?
Even better than being honest though, your body loves you.
“However you decide to use -or misuse-its strength and resources, the body does its best to oblige you. First it makes small sacrifices, minimizing the harm to its smooth functioning. It will happily sacrifice liver cells to protect you from the toxic effects of alcohol. The pancreas will exhaust itself to protect you against the effects of too much sugar. The body always chooses a lesser harm over a greater. When your intake of toxins exceeds the capacities of your body’s cleansing mechanisms, it deposits them inside the body, in places where they will do the least immediate damage. Eventually, though, the body is overwhelmed. But even as it degenerates, even as whole organs and systems lose their ability to function, still the body fights on. All the while sending messages: ‘Please don’t do this.’ And the loudest of these kindly messages we call pain.” Charles Eisenstein, Yoga of Eating
On this blog I focus on Paleo eating, Ancestral Health, and more specifically the Gut and Psychology Syndrome protocol by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. As a nutritional therapist, and in my personal experience, it is the most broad spectrum and “gut level” healing protocol.
However there is always room for adaptation and variation. Once the standard sugar, processed food, and toxic cravings are removed, its time to listen to your body. It is wise to learn to listen to your body, for only your body can navigate the many complex intricacies and calculations of what it needs from day to day, hour to hour. There are many factors which influence what it needs, here are a few:
- Heredity & Constitution
- Anabolic/Catabolic Cycles (daily, seasonal, as needed)
- Parasympathetic/Sympathetic Dominance
- Acid/Alkaline Balance
- Energy Production Sources Switching (glucose vs. fats)
- Hormonal Shifts
- Water & Electrolyte Balance
These are only a few ingredients in the “soup pot” of nutritional needs. Nature gave us some tools to sort out our needs by endowing us with SMELL, TASTE, DESIRE, and SATISFACTION. Cleanse and reset, use a healthy whole foods list of foods (like the GAPS allowed foods), move your body, and let your body guide you to what it needs to take care of you.