Here’s Where to Go for Answers…
If you’ve spent any time studying about a particular health problem or researching ways to improve your health, you’ve no doubt been somewhat confused by the massive amount of information available. Especially confusing is the fact that much of what you find in the media, in books and on the Internet contradicts one another.
For example, Dr. Ornish says to drastically reduce proteins and fats, eating more grains and other natural carbohydrates. Dr. Atkins, of course, goes the complete opposite direction in his recommendations, encouraging you to eat lots of proteins and fats while eating no grains or starchy carbohydrates. And there are dozens of diets in between these two.
Curiously, each and every one of these dietary approaches can produce a long list of testimonials from satisfied customers who’ve benefited from them. On the other hand, if you ask around, you’ll also find that there are lots of people who comment that they tried one plan or another with no benefit at all. Maybe you have even found this for yourself.
What is the truth of the matter? How can it be that there are so many ways to approach diet? And most importantly, how can you find the approach that is exactly right for you?
Finally, a Source for Truth… Your Body
In this age of experts seemingly on every corner, there is one place that most people fail to look when looking for a definitive answer to their health issues?their body and it’s responses. When you think about it, where better to see the effects of food (and any other thing) than in the natural response your body has to it?
Your body naturally responds to foods, drinks and even events in ways that reflect how good these things are for you. Yet all of us tend to look outside of ourselves to the latest expert via books, TV commercials, the Internet, etc. when we want to find out what we should do.
Don’t get me wrong, I think research is great and a vital part of our increasingly complex and toxic world. It’s just that the most essential ‘research’ each of us can do is to pay attention to our body’s responses!
Keeping with the food example, here’s an easy way for you to determine how your food choices are affecting you. Start by making a simple, 2-column chart on a piece of paper.
- Divide the columns into thirds, one third each for your morning, noon and evening meals.
- In the left column write down what you’ve eaten for a specific meal.
- In the right column write your responses to these foods.
Pick a day you want to track your body’s response to foods. At breakfast, in the left column write down everything you eat. Then, about 1-2 hours after breakfast, note how you feel in the right column. Do the same for each main meal that day.
Here are some suggestions about what you might notice:
- What is your energy level like?
- How clear is your thinking?
- How do you feel emotionally?
- Do you crave more food, especially sweets?
Depending on your answers to these questions, you can tell how your body responded to the foods you ate at the previous meal. You would then do this for each of the remaining main meals for the day.
If you do this over time and gather 10-12 of these sheets, you will see patterns emerge of when you felt better and when you felt worse based on what you’ve eaten. It’s a form of biofeedback.
As you begin modifying your diet towards those foods that make you feel better, you will also notice improvements in many of your symptoms and in your overall health.
If you want to speed the process, consider doing an Advanced Metabolic Typing®. This will give you enough information to rapidly speed your food/response learning curve. The good news is that you needn’t come in to the office to do this. It can be done by phone and email just as effectively.