We are all unique with individual needs and what is nutrition for one person is not for another. There are several books on this subject, but how does one find the time to experiment with each and every lifestyle diet. Well I have ... I am pretty sure, tried nearly all of them.
Let's break this down. If you are like me - you want a simple place to start. Maybe you don't know what your body needs, and maybe your intuition is not speaking to you because your gut is sick.
So let's just start with what we know. I like to start with the most basic truths that I know for myself. So here are the tips I can share with you thus far....
1. Avoid sugar - it is not helpful for anyone. When you crave sugar your brain is asking for energy. Try to think of something you can do to meet this need. This may not work during a sugar craving, especially if you have the "hangry" gene like me. So try to think ahead and move towards new patterns. Maybe you can meditate this time of day, eat something healthy before you crash, or be creative so your brain take a mental break.
2. Think plant based - whether you are vegan or Paleo or anything inbetween you need vegetables and a lot of them. Sometimes it is easy for me to fixate on what types of protein I "should" be eating when in reality if I would focus on making sure my meals are "plant based" the protein could work itself out.
3. Think Lemon - or apple cider vinegar.... Sometimes I am overwhelmed by all the healing powers of cinnamon, lemon, celery, bananas, turmeric etc. I think I see at least 10 appear in my FB scroll every day. Read about the benefits and choose one that resonates with you. There is not time to include all of them everyday and that is okay.
So you will notice that I did not speak of gluten, dairy, pre-biotics or pro-biotics. I did so intentionally. These are all subjects I will address. The literature is so full of helpful, healing foods for the gut and yet so many depend on a gut that still responds fairly normally.
I do not have such a gut and maybe you don't either. If you live with auto immune disease, chronic fatigue, pain, brain fog, weight gain, anxiety, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, edema, allergies, etc. - chances are that your gut is not healthy. Most importantly... feeding your gut healthy foods with not fix the underlying issue that is causing the problems. You cannot mind over matter fix your gut.
Fortunately you can heal your gut through nutrition, detox and holistic therapies so fear not. More to come... but start here. I will give you tools to build upon.