Intuition vs. Knowledge

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I have been struggling with finding the right and perfect diet for my body.  This is not a new struggle.  I’ve been exploring this most of my adult life.  If there is a diet out there, I have tried it. .. and failed.

I get a new book on the latest fad diet and inhale the information.  I go down the youtube rabbit hole and ultimately feel frustrated by all the conflicting information.  

When tuning into Guidance this morning, I got that knowledge leads us to intuition but it is not the end result. 

Being armed with knowledge can actually get in the way of hearing our intuition.  So my answer this morning regarding my diet is to eat more veggies.  That is the one thing all of these diets I’ve been researching have in common. 

Disclaimer:  I am not looking for a weight loss supplement so no solicitations please.  My journey is to find the best way to eat for my body for optimal health.

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Shamanic Journey: Hummingbird Medicine

bm6gr0Whenever I have a question that my logical mind can’t answer I practice a technique called shamanic journeying.  Steven Farmer has a beautiful guided shamanic meditation on Hay House Meditations (free on their podcast app).  This particular journey invites an animal guide in to help you gain insight into your question.

I have been struggling with how and what to eat that will best support my body in being it’s healthiest expression.  My question was what should I be eating to accomplish this.

As I have done this meditation many times, it was easy for me to drop into my sacred place in my imagination an allow Guidance to pop in.  Guidance showed up in the form of a tiny little hummingbird flying around.  At first, I was confused because hummingbirds eat all. of. The. Time. And mostly nectar (sugar).  I’m like, that can’t be right!  And, then, I let go and was able to discern the deeper meaning of hummingbird.  Hummingbirds in many spiritual circles represent joy.  It isn’t what I eat that matters so much as how I eat.  I rarely eat with joy.

I often have a lot of angst attached to what I eat, when I eat, how I eat, what I am doing while I eat, etc. that eating becomes a stressor instead of a pleasure.   As joy only exists in the present moment, it reminds me to savor and deeply experience the food when I do eat.   It’s an excellent place to start.  I think the rest will fall into place if I allow joy to be my guide.  Before I eat something I can start by asking myself will this bring me joy?  It’s an interesting experiment that I am looking forward to exploring.

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My Vegan Experiment

TELEMMGLPICT000138591023-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqaHd6X3lW3lGv45Ug3tlONf_OGHOsQ32iExBHnajUJiwIt all began with pain in my liver/gallbladder area.  I went to my medical and my naturopathic doctors, and they didn’t find anything amiss.   Since I had my gallbladder removed 20 years ago, I knew that it wasn’t gallbladder disease.  I suspected that I wasn’t processing fat efficiently in my body as a result of that lost gallbladder.  I also felt I  wasn’t absorbing the nutrients in the food I was eating.

My intuition first guided me to start drinking celery juice every morning and to cut animal fat out of my diet.  I thought, all right.  I’ll experiment with this new way of eating and see how things go.  At first, I was eating a ton of raw foods, and even though I felt energetically lighter, I became incredibly bloated because my body could not process that many raw veggies.  So I started to research and eat an ayurvedic diet according to my body type, and I began to feel better.

Here we are a month later, and the pain in my liver has reduced by about 90%, and I am happier than I have ever been.  I have dropped a few pounds and am feeling better in my body.  I am not as stiff and sore as I once was either.  My skin looks better, and my hair isn’t as oily.  I find I am having a great deal of fun eating this way because I have to think beyond my usual go-to foods like meat, dairy, and eggs.

As long as I keep feeling better, I am going to keep eating this way.  If my intuition guides me otherwise then I may, once again, include animal proteins back in.  But, for now, I like this new me.

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Pecan Nut Butter

pecan butterThis yummy nut butter is both nutritious and delicious.  It takes all of 5 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

1 – 8 oz. bag of unsalted dry toasted pecan pieces (I used Trader Joe’s brand)

3 drops liquid vanilla flavored stevia

coarse sea salt

In food processor place nuts and stevia into processor bowl and process until smooth and creamy.  As the pecan pieces are small it only takes a minute or two.  Once the nut butter is creamy add a small amount of coarse sea salt to taste.

I want to give a shout out to my friend Maureen who taught me how to make this.  🙂

Fad Diets Don’t Work

Disclaimer:  I am not a nutritionist nor do I play
one on t.v.

When I was pregnant with my son 22 years ago I started having issues with low blood sugar.  Considering all this baby wanted to eat was Dove Ice Cream Bars its no wonder!  Up until that time I could eat anything I wanted with no ill effect.  Pregnancy changed me forever in many ways.  My feet got bigger and stayed that way.  My belly looks like I’ve had a baby and my hips are no longer the boy hips I once had before I had a 10 lb baby.

The low blood sugar started me on a path of study to find the perfect “diet” to balance my blood sugars and my hormones.  Over the next 20 years I would become vegetarian, vegan and even a raw foodist.  Later,  I realized I felt better if I ate meat so I tried the Adkins diet.  When that didn’t work I moved on to low-fat, gluten-free and then paleo.  And that’s not even the whole list.

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What I’ve learned from all of this experimentation is that there is not one diet for every body.  And if we use our intuition our body will tell us how to feed it properly.  I am continually asking my body what it needs to experience optimal health so I am consistently fine tuning what I eat.

Today I am eat mostly low carb, gluten free with moderate protein.  I am feeling more and more healthy the older I get and I’ll be 50 this year.  I do treat myself to a naughty day once in a while and that helps me be more honoring of my body’s wisdom the rest of the time.   Exploring what diet works and what doesn’t has been a valuable resource.  I have learned a lot about nutrition over the years and have become a better cook as a result.

I invite you to research any diet you feel “guided” to explore.    I also recommend two books about learning to be present and thus intuitive while eating.  The Slow Down Diet by Marc David and Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh.

May all your future meals be deliciously savored and enjoyed!

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Quinoa Porridge

Quinoa Porridge_FotorI love a warm yummy bowl of porridge in the morning even when its warm outside.  Oatmeal use to be my go to breakfast meal but at this time in my life my body doesn’t digest oats very well.  I came up with this recipe as an alternative to gluten based porridge.

RECIPE:

Serves One

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 – 2 tsp. ghee

1/2 cup coconut milk (or any nut or dairy milk will do)

2 tbsp of nut butter (I use almond butter for its sweetness and creaminess)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp cardamom

dash of sea salt

sweetener of choice.  I use coconut palm sugar for its low glycemic index

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat to desired temperature.

ADD INS:

Nuts, berries, shredded coconut, etc.

NOTES:

How thick you want your porridge will determine if you use less or more of the milk. The spices can be increased or decreased depending on your taste.  Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels and makes digestion easier.  Cloves also helps digestion, the liver and has anti-bacterial properties.  Cardamom is good for cardiovascular health and is an anti-carcinogen.

Enjoy!