#SELFLOVEFEB DAY 19: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

If only we valued our bodies as much as we value money.  If only we valued our health as much as we value our looks.

heal thy self

I never gave my body much thought beyond how good I looked in clothes I loved, until I fell pregnant and realised how much more than a clotheshorse it truly is. I have to admit, afterwards that appreciation slowly dissipated until I got adrenal fatigue. I am now acutely aware of how valuable health is, and also that it is not guaranteed.

You get one body per lifetime.

It does not come with spare parts.

Take good care for it. Anyone who has experienced major health problems will tell you how consuming an ailing body is.

Lucky for you, your body is very wise it will tell you how to take care of it.

Have you ever noticed the relationship that young children have with their bodies? They celebrate their bodies, they enjoy them, they revel in them, but most importantly they respect and heed them. Children respect the wisdom of their bodies, perhaps because they have little else to go on. They eat when they are hungry. They sleep when they are tired. They fart and burp when they are gassy. They go when they gotta go. If the person picking them up feels creepy, they cry. You and I, on the other hand, we will get into a lift or walk down an alley with a creepy stranger while every fibre in our body is screaming that this person is not to be trusted, but turning on our heels and running would be silly and impolite so we go against the wisdom of our bodies.

There are two things that I’d like you to choose for your body as part of this self-love journey, one can be implemented in the short-term the other is more long-term. Today we’ll look at the short-term intervention.

ONLY (or at least mainly) FEED YOUR BODY WHAT IS GOOD FOR IT. We give our bodies all sorts of poisons we call food, which are far from being healthful or nutritious. I’ll admit that the information out there is confusing and contradictory. Should you eat Vegan, Paleo, Keto? Should you eat 3 meals a day, little meals throughout the day, or do intermittent fasting like with the 8-hour diet?

Remember your body is wise, it knows what is good for it. Try this – go on a raw food detox for 5 -7 days where you only eat raw fruit, veg and a few nuts (if you don’t have a nut allergy) and only drink freshly squeezed juices, herbals teas (without caffeine, so no green tea) and water. In The Goddess Academy group, some of us are eating raw fruit and veg only for 28 days as part of selflovefeb, so you can survive 5-7 days.

At the end of your 5-7 days re-introduce all other foods back into your diet one at a time and allow your body to tell you if they are good for you or not. The day after you finish your detox you continue to eat only fruit and veg, but you can cook the food, then for example, have a cup of coffee. For the next 24 hours pay attention to how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. If you feel weird, you know coffee is not for you. Keep it out of your diet. Next day have some bread, if you don’t notice any weird effects in the next 24 hours you know that you are good with bread despite what the Paleo and Banting people say about it. Then have some cheese and see how your body reacts. Don’t have a cheeseburger with chips and a Gin & Tonic all in one meal or one day during this process because you won’t be able to isolate the effects of the different foods. You wo’t know if you are feeling sluggish and bloated because of the refined carbs from the bun, the meat, the cheese, or the alcohol.

Tackle one type of food at a time. Once you have established which foods work for you, experiment with when and how often you eat.

There is no authority greater than your body, when it comes to what supports it and what destroys it.

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