The above video really helped me understand why eating grains affects my mentality, emotions, and physical health so negatively. Since, starting my Paleo/Primal eating habits last May I have seen a huge difference in the way I feel about myself, my life, and my relationship with others. It has not always been easy, but it has definitely been worth it!
I am a geeky scientist type that LOVES learning and understanding the way things work through experiments, TED talks, videos/books/papers of research, etc. What better test subject than myself to see how my body reacts to the different foods I put into my body to nourish it.
I realize that I have a gluten sensitivity and am grateful that I was able to learn about the symptoms and adjust my diet early on before it manifested itself in a major illness. I don't suffer with headaches, migraines, mood swings, irritability, anemia, fatigue, etc, anymore like I used to. I have more energy and am kinder to myself and gentler with how I conduct my life because I my body is not at war with the gluten anymore! What a difference the power of knowledge has in my life.
Intuitive eating is a wonderful thing. Your body is an amazing machine, designed to take care of itself to house the incredible spirit that resides in it. What is ironic is that people use their minds to nourish their bodies instead of listening to the body needs. The mind knows how to trick you into believing that unhealthy foods are good because they comfort you or give a satisfaction that the mind says is necessary. The body cannot lie. It tells us quite clearly what it needs for optimal performance. Most of us don't even realize that we are giving our bodies the wrong fuel/foods because we eat what we learned from our childhood.
We all have the freedom to choose how to take care of our bodies however we feel necessary, but don't be too surprised that your body is breaking down on you when you haven't taken the time to give your body the proper attention and respect it deserves. Our bodies are doing a lot of work on our behalf, every minute of every day, to maintain a healthy vessel for our spirits to reside in. Don't you think it is time to treat your body properly, pamper it even, to show your respect and appreciation for the daily gifts our bodies provide us? It's Spring time. So, a good Spring cleaning for your organs and body would be a lovely way to show your body that you care!