So this month, I’ve decided to take a big step in creating a way of eating that works for my body. Or, rather, three big steps.
Over the past year, I’ve discovered some (relatively minor) health issues. One of them is that I have IBS. That means that sometimes my gut freaks out when I eat foods it doesn’t like. I haven’t been able to find a 100% correlation between what I eat and my symptoms, but I did figure out earlier this year that I’m gluten usually causes some issues. I am gluten intolerant.
Once I figured that out, I decided to eat gluten free. Then along came August and I realized that I’ve “cheated” and eaten gluten at least once a month since January. I was really only cheating myself. I wasn’t really giving my body a chance to chill out without having to deal with gluten.
So this month I’ve committed to being gluten free all month. My goal is to get to a point where each year I only splurge on gluten for special occasions like my birthday or Thanksgiving; not just because it’s the middle of the month and I’m feeling lazy and craving gluten-laden junk food.
I also found out about a type of eating called food combining, based on the book Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. It was a really interesting read that basically says there are ideal ways to eat certain types of foods together, and when we combine food improperly, we can experience negative digestive side effects. I decided to start small in trying out their suggestions: I’m having fruit for breakfast.
Finally, the last thing I’ve done is cut caffeine out of my diet (except tea is still allowed).
These three changes have already made a big difference in my digestion. It still needs some tweaking, but I’m pretty excited about clear changes and feeling better.
The takeaway? Your body is unique, inside as well as out. How you can treat it best (which in turn affects how it treats you) probably won’t look like the way other people eat, especially in America. There’s a reason that the Standard American Diet abbreviates to SAD. But you can find a way that works for you, and you can find the healing properties that food has for you. It just might take playing around with things and creativity. And the allowance for the occasional splurge.
After all, my birthday’s next month. And I love (gluten-filled) cake.