“So if I feel the need to enter the first pastry shop and buy the biggest cake I see and eat it all… does that mean I listen to my body?”
A different client told me that, after many years of struggling with conventional medicine to solve debilitating health problems, and after many fad, calorie counting diets imposed by dietitians, she was constantly told by these that she wasn’t capable of having control over her body and “listening” to her body. She was told she can’t trust herself. Doctors knew best. So they upped her prescription drugs.
As many of you know already, “listening to your body” is a core premise in Metabolic Typing®. All ancestral cultures lived in such harmony with their bodies, knowing instinctively what they needed to stay healthy. This precious wisdom, this know-how, was passed down from generation to generation. For our ancestors it constituted a vital and primary way of survival.
Australian Aborigines for example thrive in natural harmony with the plants and animals. They have an outstanding ability to use their mind and body in surprising ways, being able to “read each other minds”. They have a perfect understanding of how their body works, what it needs to stay healthy and what the Earth needs to stay healthy, all based of an ancestral wisdom and philosophy of more than 50,000 years.
And if we look back at other indigenous cultures, we can find many other examples which confirm the fact that human beings were designed to stay healthy, as long as they were aware and mindful of what they put into their bodies, what effect that had and how their body worked.
In our modern times, this sounds more simple than it is. What happened? How did we lose our instinct?I believe it was annihilated by the “noise” and convenience of our modern lives.
“Listening to your body” doesn’t mean allowing yourself unrestrained gratification on a daily basis, thinking you are just “feeding” your body’s needs. It means feeling connected to your body and having control over it and over your mind.
Can you trust your body? You CAN! But you need to re-learn how. You need to learn to identify all the signals your body is sending you daily through various symptoms, and also learn how to interpret them.
And it’s not only learning, it’s also restoring function to your metabolism, and clearing up a clogged, toxic body, before you can indeed “listen” again, before you can detect reactions and be able to enjoy whole foods again.
Those who love and crave “junk food” and other poisons, and claim such foods “taste good”, do so only because their toxic loads, biochemical imbalances, metabolic inefficiencies and loss of function have resulted in aberrations in taste and satiety, and have distorted and undermined the human body’s natural capacity for instinctual eating. ~ William WolcottRe-Learning to Trust Your Body
The Metabolic Typing® concept is based on ancient wisdom or historical precedent, along with anthropological and epidemiological evidence, known science, clinical observation, empirical research from the last 30 years involving over 100,000 users, and not least … common sense. At the end of the program you should be able to acquire all the needed knowledge of this ancient and lost technique of “listening to your body”.
Food has the power to heal. But it also has the power to make you ill if it’s wrong for your metabolism. It’s not only what you eat, it is also in what proportions you consume your macro-nutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) that will allow you to maximize your energy, control your weight and reach optimal health.
Keeping a record of your reactions like it is taught in Metabolic Typing® will reveal surprising facts about how your body is affected by food.
Here are four categories which should be considered when you want to determine if the kind of food you are eating is “feeding” you or “killing” you:
1. How are my appetite, satiety and cravings?
Is my appetite high or low?
After my meals, am I feeling full but not satisfied? Do I feel something was missing?
Do I have cravings for the 1-2 hours of having a meal?
Do I feel hungry again after 1-2 hours?
2. How is my energy level?
After my meals do I feel renewed, or lethargic, drowsy or exhausted?
Do I feel hyper but exhausted underneath?
3. How about my mind and emotions?
After my meals do I feel…
Sluggish, spacey, mentally slow?
Apathic, depressed, sad, anxious, irritable, angry?
Improved mental clarity and sharpness?
Normalization of thought process and an emotional uplift?
4. Do I have immediate negative reactions after my meals?
Adverse reactions that can mark a certain food intolerance may include (but are not limited to): bloating, gas, belching (digestive distress), sneezing, coughing, itching, rashes.
These are just some guidelines meant to make you are of the fact that your daily food IS indeed a powerful, important factor, which determines your overall well being. In our fast paced lives we don’t leave room anymore for such questions, but although that gives us a temporary feeling of “saving time” for other more important things, we achieve exactly the opposite: a sluggish, tired, stressed and inefficient body and mind, which means we take twice as much the time and effort to go through our daily responsibilities and chores.
About the author
Raluca Schachter is a passionate Metabolic Typing Advisor®, Nutritionist and a Weston A. Price Chapter Leader. She believes in traditional, unaltered food, ancestral wisdom, sustainable farming and living.
Raluca was able to naturally reverse chronic health conditions she was struggling with most of her life, and now uses her knowledge to help as many people as possible do the same. Her Metabolic Typing® Ecological Lifestyle Programs for Optimal Health offer a very unique and comprehensive approach to health, where individual nutritional and biochemical requirements are firstly met using specific nutrients and foods that each metabolism thrives on. This approach reveals how ‘one diet/herb doesn’t fit all’ and why ‘one man’s food is another one’s poison.’
Raluca offers her services for local and distance clientele. For more information, visit her website www.guide2health.net or join Raluca on Facebook.