Let me start by saying that I am well known amongst my friends and family as being “the food nut”. Over time I have systematically sampled many diets that could be deemed racial. From fruitarianism to IIFYM (counting calorie but eating whatever the hell you want) and most things in between.
I have devoured stacks of books and copious amounts of online content. I have also studied courses in nutrition and other natural therapies, always searching for more knowledge and experimenting to see what diet makes me feel the best.
I am well aware of the benefits of eating lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and I consume lots of them almost exclusively on a daily basis.
But over time I have come to realise one very important point...
How you think is more important than what you eat.
Let me explain
Yes we do need foods that contain the essentials nutrients we require and sufficient calories for fuel. Likewise, its wise to limit our intake of foods that are known to be harmful to the body. But what's far more important is that our digestive system is functioning well enough to absorb the goodies and excrete the nasties. Despite having the functional digestive hardware, stress about specific topics can severely mess up our digestive processes.
You just drank the most nutritious organic/biodynamic, fresh, local, gluten-free, vegan, low-fat smoothie. Then on the way to your car, a little old lady got ran over by a bus right in front of you. The scene is horrific and all of a sudden that nutritious smoothie has left your stomach and is now residing on the sidewalk. Your thoughts about you external environment have hindered the absorption and utilisation of the incredibly nutritious meal.
Now that's a very extreme example. But the same thing is taking place on a subtle level whenever we are stressed about our life experiences. You see the topic of food relates to the topic of ‘life experiences’ to the subconscious mind. Whenever we have issues about life experiences past, present or future we experience different digestive disorders. I am going to cover this in more detail in an upcoming post related to the digestive system.
1. It is wise to eat or you will die
2. It is wise to eat nutritious natural foods and limit harmful ones
3. If you are stressed about your life experiences it will affect your digestive processes
4. If your digestive processes are malfunctioning your ability to absorb the nutrition in your food is limited
5. If you have a digestive disorder you need to reevaluate the way you looking at life
As mentioned I will explain the body-mind connection in relation to the digestive system more thoroughly in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
Please comment below if you have a digestive condition you would like me to cover as an example.