A Diet Diary - Tracking Your Food Choices Starts The Recovery Process.
With a few principles, I learned how to take control of my health and help my body produce better results.
Intuitive eating: Trying new foods and cooking techniques. Paying attention to my reactions, desires, cravings. Responding effectively to my body’s needs.
Gut healing: Reducing inflammatory foods and healing my gut.
Increasing rest: Introducing short periods of downtime in my day to naturally allow my mind and body to reset and recovery.
Cycle syncing: Working with the hormonal pattern of my menstrual cycle that affects my energy, emotions, motivation etc. This allows me to work in alignment with who I am instead of how others say I should operate (i.e. to be productive do x, y, and z).
Mind-Body medicine: Increasing my ability to handle stress with prayer and techniques such as journaling, mindfulness, truth cards (affirmations & scriptures), labyrinth walking, 5 Why’s, intuition and self-trust plus other resiliency-building, self-aligning tools.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll get to all of these. But today, let's start with gut health.
Why the gut? Because it makes the biggest difference with any health condition. Even if your health challenge is emotional/mental.
Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago said,“all disease starts in the gut”.
Very few words have been so accurate.
Your gut, the organ from your mouth to your anus, holds the key to your health.
You having headaches? Your gut’s likely off
Your hormones are all a rage with signs and symptoms of PMS, fibroids, infertility? Your gut’s likely off.
Menopause kicking your butt? Your gut’s likely off.
Have cancer? Check out your gut health.
I’m bold with this assertion because of the supporting evidence.
Read what experts say:
“If there's one thing to know about the human body; it's this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut”
― Nancy S. Mure; PhD and author
“The microbiome (community of bacteria in your gut) is so crucial to human health that it could be considered an organ in and of itself. In fact, it has been suggested that since without it we could not live, we should consider ourselves a “meta-organism,” inseparable from it.
― Kelly Brogan MD; mental health expert
“It’s been said by some researchers that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and the health of the microbiome.”
― Dr. Josh Axe D.C.; functional medicine practitioner
Here’s some more information about your gut.
Trillions of bacteria in your gut make up your microbiome. (1)
Cells that line the gut are doorkeepers. If damaged, food particles get through into your blood stream (😳Hello autoimmune disease: endometriosis, Multiple Sclerosis, eczema, vitiligo, for example). (2)
Diet, stress, sleep and many other aspects of your lifestyle affect the quality of your gut health and microbiome. (3)
The microbiome turns on or off genes that can start or stop disease. (4)
The gut is called the “second brain” as it creates the neurotransmitters that flow upward affecting how you feel and the way your brain operates (depression now linked to inflammation in the gut from Kelly Brogan’s research). (5)
When I started my journey I ate with little discernment.
Nachos + coke as a snack food when I’m stressed
Bagels + cream cheese daily
Pasta. Pasta. and more Pasta.
Burgers. But not the bottom of the barrel ones - I went for Wendy’s. Yeah the snooty ones but still with all the growth hormones from a huge cow! (ok no wonder I have huge fibroids, tumors that grow because of hormones!!!!!!)
Very little water.
Very little veggies.
Very little of anything that resembled food. Because what comes pre-wrapped and ready to be microwaved is not food, but food stuff.
No wonder I had so many health problems, especially reproductive ones.
So it makes sense I felt so much better when I changed my diet, improved my stress-response, started exercising and made other lifestyle changes.
If you’ve spent a lot of time on herbs, teas, medications, books etc but not on fixing your gut, change your approach.
When you address the underlying cause, you get the results you want.
What do you do now?
As I started out saying, you have to learn about your body and what it wants.
Therefore, it’s time to become a personal detective by expanding your knowledge.
Complete a diet diary!
For the next 5 days pay attention to your food choices. And, record what you eat. In the next post, you’ll learn what to do with that information.
To you're health!