Do you trust your body to wake up in the morning, to take a breath when you need one or to clean out the trash on a regular basis? Do you trust that your body has an innate intelligence that knows how to operate a lung, how to keep your circulatory system working or run your immune system? Your answer to all of these was probably a yes!
So then, do you believe your body has an innate intelligence about how to maintain a healthy weight for you, that it knows what to do to prevent illness, whether from something simple like a flu virus or more serious cancerous cell growth? Logically the answer should be a resounding YES! So why then is it so hard for us to trust that every human body has the innate intelligence required to be well and functional? Why is it so hard to believe? You will probably say because the obesity rate continues to climb every year and people are diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or one of the many autoimmune disorders every day. People do die from heart disease and strokes. Does this mean that our body’s innate self-regulating and self-healing capability has ceased to function? Probably not. We have survived and thrived as a species over a span of a couple of million years. What is different about the world we live in today or where we are as the human race that is dysfunctional?
We live in a world of modern nutrition where a lot of the information that we get – about calories, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, serving sizes and recommended daily allowances are manipulated by commercial and political interest, are misguided and often incredibly wrong. Most conventional nutrition information is “one size fits all” – telling what to eat or what not to eat without any consideration to cultural ancestry, age, gender, size, activity level, physical goals or lifestyle. Marketers of products promise us quick fixes and instant results. Truthfully though, if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. So where should you be placing your trust?
Well, you know it’s coming … you need to place your trust in your body. You need to listen to your own instincts and trust your innate intelligence to lead you to a diet and lifestyle that will make you happy and healthy. The good news is that it can be done. It is a learning process and will take some time and effort. Start with a fresh frame of mind, take a deep breath and be patient with the process. Small changes can make a big difference and as you progress along the path it will naturally fold in front of you, the changes will get easier. Through listening to your body and being aware of how you feel after a meal, whether you wake up refreshed or whether you feel lethargic, you can arrive at your personal formula for health and vitality.
A Paleo or Primal type diet is the one we choose as a starting point. Our basic DNA is virtually identical to those of our Paleo ancestors but, and this is where bio-individuality comes in, it is also virtually identical to a chimp. We are not chimps though so we need to consider the epigenetic changes that result from our evolutionary environment and food. The Paleo/Primal diet is a good baseline and for some may be the perfect way of eating but for some there may be tweaks required.
There will be no counting calories, feeling restricted, assigning arbirary points value to food or trying to fit six meals into an already jam-packed schedule. The focus will be on nourishing your body and giving it the tools it needs to use that innate intelligence we spoke about before.
We will be talking more about the concept of bio-individuality and biochemical individuality in the coming weeks and how you can discover the foods that will nourish your body and allow you to flourish. You can design a lifestyle that will make your feel happy and energized instead of sluggish and lethargic.Share