Listening to Your Body's Signals

Following a diet plan may seem easier at first but eventually, you will find it difficult to avoid the foods that are a no-go on the diet. Your body will start to crave some of the foods you’ve been restricting most likely because it needs the nutrients found in those foods. The person who created the diet you are following probably does not know you or your body and following that diet is not sustainable in the long-run. The only way to ensure your body is thriving is getting to know how it speaks to you. Below are some signals that you can look for from your own body as you start to develop more intuitive eating habits.

Headaches

If you feel a headache coming on, make sure you have been drinking enough water throughout the day. If you’re anything like me, you CANNOT WAIT to have your morning coffee. However, drinking a glass of water before that morning coffee will start your day off on the right foot.

Another cause of a headache may be that your body is not getting enough food. Ensure you are not restricting your food intake. Starving your body will do you no good, so drink water and eat when you feel hungry.

Stomach Cramps

Foods that are hard to digest may give you stomach cramps similar to those associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you are experiencing stomach cramping or if your bowels are off, think about what you ate that day and try to eliminate any irritants that could be causing digestive issues. An example of foods that are difficult to digest are raw nuts and seeds, dairy, and legumes. Try to eat more probiotic and prebiotic rich foods such as coconut yogurt, bone broth, and cooked vegetables.

Fatigue

When you feel exhausted, you probably blame your sleep habits initially but another thing to consider is what you are eating. If you have a food sensitivity, this could be contributing to your exhaustion. This is because the food is not properly digested and is released into the body.

The best way to figure out if you are sensitive to a certain food is to try an elimination diet. During an elimination diet, you eliminate the following food groups for 3 weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time to see how your body reacts. The food groups to eliminate are gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, nuts, eggs, alcohol, nightshades, and processed and packaged foods. Please consult your doctor before attempting an elimination diet.

Getting to know your body will take some time, but it is the best way to help your body thrive. Eventually, you will just know what works best for your body and worrying about food will no longer be a thing.

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