Lifestyle and diet contribute to your physical and mental health. You spend your whole life with your self. It reflects how you feel, physically and emotionally. Your body speaks, telling us things about itself like when to eat your last meal to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Regular bouts with gout, nasal congestion, IBS, fatigue, insomnia, and more are symptoms that can often be alleviated (when not completely resolved) by changing what, when, how, and why we eat.
How to enjoy eating healthy
I know that temptation when you pass by your favourite bakery. I also know that my body is sensitive to gluten and that overindulging will leave me feeling bloated, irritable, and tired the next day. It’s easy to drive past the cravings (or at least save them for special occasions) when I know beyond every doubt that “treating myself” will leave me feeling worse, not better.
The first step to enjoying eating healthy is to collect the data on how you feel when you don’t. Listen to your body when it tells you how certain foods and rinks make it feel. Once we have that data, then we can ask questions and create your intake plan to see how you feel on every level.
Executing this plan is both the easiest and the hardest thing to do. In theory, the strategy is as straightforward as “eat and drink more of these, less of those, none of this, and do it at these times of the day.”
In practice, optimization requires dedication, self-love, self-discipline, curiosity, and some reason to make the need to improve your health feel as real as a stubbed toe.
You need to understand that this isn’t a diet in the pop-culture sense of the word. This isn’t general advice that might help anyone. This is what you specifically need to know about how your body reacts to what you eat.
DNA is a biological data storage system and it’s dense. You might try intermittent fasting, replacing junk snacks with fresh fruit, shopping, and cooking differently, but life is complex. There are many visible and hidden variables about your reactions to food that any intake optimization plan should account for.
The first step is watching what, when, and how you eat.