I’m all about now. Immediate gratification. Feeling good in the moment.
But not in the I’ll-gorge-on-this-pan-of-brownies-now-and-suffer-the-belt-expanding-too-full-and- too-tired-to-move-consequences-kind-of-way.
Folks, it’s time to get intimate. Er, no. I’m not about to overshare with you.
You need to get intimate with yourself. O.K. That’s not really going the right direction either.
Maybe this will help. Think back to the last time you fell in love. Hanging on his or her every word, super-focused, the rest of the world falls away and there’s an attunement that’s hard to explain.
That’s what you want. But with your own physical body.
What I eat will, within 15 minutes, maybe quicker, effect how I feel.
If you’re lactose intolerant you know this concept easily. I eat dairy. I’m crunched over in the bathroom. So, I don’t eat dairy.
But it’s listening to the subtle symptoms of physical imbalance that can dramatically improve your quality of life.
Within seconds of eating dairy, I sneeze. Then my nose starts running. After eating it repeatedly, I get a sore throat from the post-nasal drip. I’m moving into “having a cold” territory. Then my chest fills with mucous. I have a cough and full-blown sinus infection. But it all started with a sneeze.
Within moments of eating sugar, I yawn. I slump in my seat. I rest my face on my hand. Too tired to hold my head up. My concentration goes, along with my mental dexterity, and my ability to get up and move. I have energy for watching television. Only. This was my life. Before quitting sugar.
It takes practice to figure out what your body is saying.
And it takes eating something different.
Enter, the breakfast experiment. Simple in concept, yet powerful in wisdom.
For seven days, eat something different and see how your body responds.
Eggs. Oatmeal. Fresh fruit. Muffin. Boxed breakfast cereal. Yogurt. Coffee and toast. Vegetables and protein.
Notice how you feel right after and then two hours later. Take notes, look for patterns.
Does a muffin for breakfast leave you needing coffee? Or more coffee? Does more coffee make you jittery and wake you in the middle of the night with worry?
It’s all connected.
Everything is always connected.
Develop your own theories about what doesn’t work, then eliminate it for a few weeks and see how you feel.
When you introduce it again, you’ll likely get your answer.