So here is my food story…
I didn’t realize as a kid that foods has the potential to affect me as powerfully as the do. And on so many levels.
I also didn’t know that eating a lot of processed foods would lead to me not being able to east most foods in my late 20’s.
But overall, this was a good thing because this illness sent me off on on a mission to heal and a desire to learn all that I could about eating and food and nutrition.
if you have read 4 Hour Body, you know that Tim Ferris does a lot of self experimentation. Some things work. Some don’t. This is how I go about things, too.
And i was driven to do this because during that time that I could not eat most things, I went to about 10 different specialists and none of them helped.
I did better testing foods and supplements on myself than blindly listening to some expert that gives me terrible advice for $200 a visit and then keeps me on that program even though subsequent visits showed that I was not getting better.
My healing came to me when one of my massage clients came in and told me about raw milk and Weston Price (which I will go into in future posts).
After following this new (and seemingly absurd) regimen for about 3 months, I noticed I was able to eat and successfully digest more varieties of foods.
After 6 months I was able to eat whatever i desired without any digestive problems whatsoever.
WHERE I AM TODAY:
Currently I am still eating in line with Weston Price, though not as much as a few years ago because I do not have access to raw milk and my time to prepare foods is minimal, so I do the best I can.
My eating patterns are similar to Alternate Day Diet. I tend to eat more one day and then less the next day. It feels natural to me, and then someone told me about that diet and I was like, “I already do that!”
I do eat meat. (that will be another post, too).
I take a number of whole food supplements and am always testing new ones to see how they feel.
I am physically active: exercise a lot, walk a lot and play with my dog a lot because it’s fun, not because I feel like I have to.
I consume healthy fats (for me that is Olive, Coconut, Butter, Tallow and Lard… yep… I said Lard.)
I drink coffee and consume caffeine and I’m totally ok with that for where I am in my life right now.
I drink in moderation (2 glasses of wine). If I drink more than moderation I feel worse than death. That was not the case 6 months ago, but I have to honor that something shifted and now I drink no more than 2 glasses of wine at one time.
I do use protein shake supplements (and I will tell you the ones my body seems to like the most RIGHT NOW) but I by the “clean” ones. I know these are no where near close to nature, but again, I am ok with myself because my lifestyle is as it is right now.
I eat a lot of veggies – tons of variety – because I get it delivered. That way I’m not habitually selecting the same veggies every time.
I eat some fruit. Again, with lots of variety.
I eat lots of eggs, ideally free range but they can be hard to get in my area and are quite pricy.
I eat dairy. I prefer raw cheese, but then I put it in an omelet and wonder why I’m buying it raw. I make yogurt when I can, but I can’t find milk in my area supermarket that I like. I know raw is illegal in Illinois unless purchased at the farm, but I can’t even find organic unless I go to Whole Foods which I don’t have time to do most of the time.
I eat nuts and beans. Wish I could soak them, but again, it’s a time factor.
I eat lots of soup. Extra special treat when i can make bone broth!
Eat what feels good. Eat what your body tells you feels good.
Eat things that are as close to nature as possible prepared as traditionally as possible.
Eat a variety of color and type of food.
Pay attention to how I feel after I eat something, especially if my body isn’t used to it.
Go Organic if possible.
Don’t be so strict that breaking my overall philosophy ruins my day/week/month. A Cadbury Egg is an indulgence I enjoy once a year. I also enjoy a Starbucks Frappaccino once in a while. My body can handle it if it’s in moderation. Sure, it may not be healthy for me but neither is the iron fist of unwavering discipline 24/7, which I consider to be out of balance, also.
Food habits and patterns may change over time based on location, access to food types, climate, age, stress, physical activity and a infinite number of other factors. Let it change and be easy on myself.
I am full of contradictions, but overall I skip most processed foods so I am doing pretty well and certainly better than most of the population.
I don’t know if writing this helps you but my point isn’t to tell you you MUST do this or that, or that my way is the only path. I am always tinkering on my own philosophy on food and you should, too.
I have a strong aversion to those that insist that the way they eat is the right way. I know it comes out of enthusiasm and passion, and that their way has probably made them feel quite good, but it’s certainly not the only way.
I am simply sharing what has worked for me because I am aware that many indigo adults struggle with what to eat in this modern age, so maybe this will helps some people.
More to come…
~ Peace ~