Remember the tip I shared a couple of weeks ago?
You know, the email I sent where I said I don’t give out food lists, I don’t do the black and white thinking, and I don’t care how much you weigh?
Yep! I can give you a meal plan but it won’t work long term.
So the tip was to Listen to YOUR Body.
Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
Today I want to share a quick story about how my client healed her SIBO through learning how to do this.
My client came to me with a debilitating gut issue called SIBO.
If you don’t know what it is, to give you the short version, it stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and it’s basically one of the major root causes of IBS. Doctors say that people with SIBO tend to have a lower quality of life than people living with diabetes. The symptoms are that debilitating.
After months of dealing with the debilitating bloating, constipation, and other symptoms, she was finally diagnosed with SIBO.
They gave her a huge list of foods to avoid and what she could eat and sent her on her way. After doing some research and joining a facebook group to get support, she was overwhelmed with the different approaches to heal her gut.
She jumped from one thing to the other and read every day on Facebook about someone who had been struggling with this condition for years. Doing rounds and rounds of antibiotics (SIBO is usually very hard to heal). Not very inspiring.
What was even more irritating was that every food list contradicted itself, and one food list said one thing, while another said something different.
She was frustrated, stressed and overwhelmed.
When we started working together, I told her to stop listening to what everyone else was saying, and start listening to what her body is telling her.
Your body is amazing and will give you subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) messages about what food (or exercise, relationships, etc) are not working for you. It’s up to you to start listening.
So that’s what we started on……getting her to listen to her body. It sounds so easy, but in reality, so many of us push our symptoms down and keep plugging away so much so that we lose touch.
Here are the steps we took to get her to start her healing:
- LOOK. Use the FODMAP diet as a LOOSE guideline. Give it a look, make note of the foods that don’t work for you, and then be done with that list.
- TRACK. Start a Food Journal so that you know what is and isn’t working for you. There are several ways to do this (including a really cool app called Cara which I use for many clients, not just IBS clients) but she just wrote down her food in a paper journal when she got symptoms and created “food categories”. Her categories were Yes!, No!, and Hell No! foods.
- LISTEN. She would listen to her body. When she had bloating, constipation, increased anxiety, etc she wrote it down.
- REMOVE. She then removed the foods that were in the Hell No! category and was careful with those in the No! category.
- GRACE. She knew that even those foods in the No and Hell No category weren’t “off limits” but foods that might cause a reaction. If she really wanted it, and she was willing to deal with the symptoms, she would go for it, but mostly she stayed away because her body told her how it felt about these foods right now. By testing things out and not getting anxious about food, she was able to check in and see how her healing was going too.
- LISTEN MORE. Sometimes there are surprises. Sometimes certain foods worked that she didn’t think would, or that were on the FODMAP “No” lists the doctor gave her. She just kept testing things out and listening to her body after eating.
This might be a great place for you to start if you are struggling with gut issues.
Even if IBS or SIBO isn’t your problem, it’s always a good idea to make LISTENING to your #1 priority when it comes to food.
You are the one who will know more than any expert what works for your body and what doesn’t. It’s all about tuning in.
My client did, and she has healed her gut and her SIBO! No easy task, but she is now able to access the next level of healing because of her ability to LISTEN to HER body and let go of the “diet dogma” and what the “experts” told her she “should” be eating.
Stop listening to others and start listening to the REAL expert….your body!