We move at a quicker pace more than any point in history. In the rush, rush, rush of whatever it is we’re doing, we blow through meals, shirk our sleep, refuse to take time off, and make new to-do lists the moment we complete one. We dismiss leisure as a sign of weakness or laziness. But now intuition has been supplanted by what “experts” say. It’s why I don’t really want to be referred to as an expert, even though some people have given me that monicker when I’ve worked with them. If anything, I bring people inside themselves, getting them to listen within, to rediscover their own intuition about how to be in their bodies.
If we crowd out our intuition and our listening with more and more action, we inevitably break down. Maybe not immediately, but someday it all catches up to us when the body can no longer take the stress we’re placing on it. Whether its overwork, lack of leisure, or environmental toxins via our diet, illness creeps up when we fail to listen. And then we begin the long slog up the hill, with the missteps and false starts that come with it.
I didn’t listen to my body for many years. I burned the 3 a.m. oil and ate garbage. As a result, I developed food sensitivities that made toilet trips huge daily events. Wheat had been attacking my immune system, but I didn’t stop long enough to pay attention. Headaches, stiffness, and bellyaches came and went. I popped aspirins and antacids, suppressing symptoms rather than noticing what they were trying to tell me.
Because I wouldn’t listen, they got louder. Mild headaches became debilitating, body stiffness became exhaustion, bellyaches became races to the bathroom. More pills, more ills. As I learned about nourishment, the food supply, and holistic health, I slowed down and opened my ears to what my body was telling me. I dropped the wheat. A little extra weight I couldn’t shake dropped with it. And many symptoms subsided, not entirely, but enough to make me feel better.
I replaced wheat with corn products, like tortillas. Since I’d replaced the wheat and gluten products, I assumed I’d automatically be better. The corn, albeit non-GMO, increased in my diet, which likely disrupted my healthy omega-6 to omega-3 balance, promoting inflammation. Headaches, stiffness, and stomach distress erupted. Each time I had corn, I noticed I didn’t feel so hot, but maybe gluten had found its way into my system. I had more corn and the villi in my small intestine revolted. Can you hear me now?
No. Popcorn? Stomach ache. Tortilla? Headache. Good ole corn? Intestinal distress. More bathroom visits. More questions.
Two weeks ago, I bid corn farewell. The couple times corn showed up in something via starch or another ingredient in a sauce, my belly imploded. But without corn, my stomach has calmed right down. No distress. A lot more energy. A feeling of balance.
All because I listened.
Information is flung at us left and right. The Inadequacy Industry has the loudest voice. Via spokesmen from their sub-industries – Big Sugar, Big Agriculture, Improperly Grown Animals – and their apologists – TV “experts” and the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics – they advocate for a mythical creature called “moderation.” Sugar is toxic to the human body, so how much should we have in moderation? Improperly grown animals give us tremendous amounts of Omega-6s that contribute to the inflammation that is the basis of American dietary diseases. How much of that should we have? What is a moderate quantity of wheat I should ingest even though it is poisonous to me?
In order to make money, those with the most money and the loudest voices never advocate for extreme caution, for elimination over moderation. I moderated my wheat intake and it made my symptoms worse. I moderated my corn intake and my body got mad at me. Only elimination curtailed illness. For the Inadequacy Industry, elimination is the purest form of evil, for profits disappear. It is never the answer. Often, those of us with sensitivities will be told “it’s all in your head.” Furthermore, people who buy into the cultural messaging will pick us apart for having a restrictive diet. We might be “boring” or “picky” or “obsessive.” We might also just be trying to maintain health.
Our country has great illness. This illness is directly tied to corporate-government collusion running the food supply and messaging about food and diet. Like magicians, the Inadequacy Industry supplies enough misdirection to keep us guessing about the best way to feed and take care of ourselves. But we can counteract this by turning off the volume of the external voices and tuning to the one coming from within.
If we listen to our bodies, we will know. If we listen to our bodies, we will cure. If we listen to our bodies, we won’t need to listen to anyone else.
Moderation is a myth and harmful.
My body told me that. A host of organizations wealthier than my body’s intuition have tried to tell me otherwise. As they will do to you.
Trust your body.
It’s wise if you let it be.