There is always some new info out there promising to be the key to a healthy life. Some “superfood” that you should start eating, or some cleanse that you can do for better health.
Almost daily, there is some new trend (and even scientific info) that has come out that claims to solve all of your health problems.
The health advice out there all seems to be contradictory too, which can be overwhelming and honestly really frustrating for someone who is trying to get their health back on track.
I mean, remember, fat use to be the enemy and now we know that good fat is actually great for you. But how much? Whole Grains are great, right? Wait no, I need to be Paleo……or should I try being Vegan?
One day coffee is healthy, the next day it’s not. One day eating broccoli is amazing for you, the next day it’s bad for thyroid function.
You get the point.
Navigating the dietary theories, trying different cleanses, cutting foods out, and adding foods in. It’s overwhelming and frustrating! And most of us have at some point used the info out there to try and get healthy.
The Health and Fitness industries will continue to sell you different tips that are “The #1 thing to improve your health.” However, NONE of them will trump the tip that I am going to give you today! It’s free, and you can start it right now.
So are you ready for it?
The #1 thing you can do to improve your health is…….drum roll please…..
Listen to YOUR body.
Seriously, that’s the tip. But it’s harder than we think. (I’ll tell you how to start implementing this below.)
I know it seems simple, but so many of us default to listening to the information that we are bombarded with daily. We listen to what others tell us works or what we read on Facebook or blogs. We consistently look outside of ourselves for the answer to what foods make us healthy when really, almost all of the answers are within us, if we are willing to listen.
Eating a Paleo Diet may work for your friend, but it might not work for you. YOU ARE UNIQUE on a biochemical level.
Ultimately, your body knows exactly what it needs. Your symptoms are little messages that your body is sending you. If your body doesn’t like something, it will tell you in the form of some sort of unpleasant symptom.
The clients that are the most successful are the ones that get connected with their bodies messages and started listening. This can be really hard. The listening part I mean.
I currently have a client that I have been working with to treat her Sibo (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) and heal her gut.
In one of her recent sessions, she said, “I’ve been reading so much and following these people in a Sibo Facebook Group and there is so much information out there. So many directions I can go to heal. It’s overwhelming and stressful! Once I started really listening to my body, something clicked. I don’t need to try something new every week. I know what works because I started listening to my body.”
Weeeeeee! To hear those words is a Health Coaches dream come true! Well, at least this health coach!
So, it’s not always easy to listen to our body and understand what it is telling us, so this is the best place to start:
When you eat something, note how it makes you feel in the moment, and also how you feel about 2 hours later. Don’t only note how you feel physically, but also emotionally. What is your mood like afterward? Also, note what your and bowel movements are like (If you want to know more about “healthy elimination” I have another blog about that).
You will know if something isn’t jiving. If you don’t feel right, try to identify the food that is causing the problem and remove it from your diet at least for a while to see how you feel.
If you are struggling with a lot of symptoms physically and emotionally, then you may need to heal your gut before you will feel good adding the foods back in.
For now though, just start by tuning it and listening to the messages your body is sending you. Track how your food makes you feel and really listen to what your body needs, not what your mind wants.