Deborah K Bates - Blog
When Food Healed My Body (my inner advisor was dying to heal me)
When Food Healed My Body - after listening to my inner-advisor instead of my cravings
“My inner advisor is dying to heal me.” ~ Astrid Alauda ~
After a recent bout of the flu, which left me debilitated for 2 weeks, my body went into rave-mode demanding a detox. Too ill to argue, I acquiesced and shaved back on all foods except **my-detox-vege-soup made primarily with cabbage, and snacks consisting of super-food fruits such as berries, kiwi fruit, paw paw and a small amount of bananas.
Prior to falling prey to the dreaded lurgi, I had already cut down on a number of foods that acted more like poisons to my body than medicines, (thanks to the ‘eat right for your body type’ method – and NO I am not hear to sprout about that, it’s purely reference material) but over time I had (she says a little sheepishly) snuck a few baddies in, here and there. The result was a few extra kilos (hey 3 extra is enough to have me lamenting) and feeling a little less healthier than ‘my norm’ ... hence the flu I am sure!
So, two weeks into the flu and the detox, my body began to behave differently. It started requesting certain foods. I heard its requests. Like, really heard it! The hearing was less like a craving and more like a taste sensation. So, I stopped and tuned into my body as an inner advisor and began to really listen. I feel it necessary to explain the difference between a craving and an inner-advisor-request - think of nagging as opposed to asking ... think of screaming for something as opposed to a polite request ...
“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.” ~ Hippocrates ~
The inner-advisor-requests started with strawberries, zucchini and basil pesto (homemade of course!) A week later, the strawberries dropped off and were replaced with blueberries, the zucchini and basil was still on the must-have list. This week is the same as last week with the addition of carrots, and apples. A common thread in all the foods are; antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, blood and brain boosting properties, as well as being packed with minerals and a host of vitamins. I also felt inclined to hunt and gather a strong B-complex, Vitamin C powder and fish oil - yep inner-advisor wanted them too.
After a period of forced detoxing, both my body and I behave differently. I don’t eat certain foods; junk foods, soft drinks, wheat, processed sugar, caffeine, chicken and a bunch of other stuff.
I do get my fair share of rolled eyes and raised eyebrows - that, I can cope with because the payoff for rolled eyes and comments about being fussy from coke-swilling, junk food stuffing individuals, is better health and wellbeing for moi, and that's all that matters to me. My retort whilst shoving a strawberry in my mouth is usually something like - I wouldn’t put coke in my car and I am not about to put junk-fuel into my body.
“Health should not a goal to be attained but should be ever-present ...” ~ Excerpt Your Personal Tuning Fork ~
It is 4 weeks since I fell ill, 4 weeks since I began detoxing and eating only what my body requests and I feel amazing - healthier, cleaner and emotionally satisfied as I honour this beautiful machine called the body ... my temple for life. Oh and it has also rewarded me with kicking those 3 kilos out, better sleep and more energy. It is this simple, I will respect my body by listening to its needs, by honouring my inner-advisor, and fuelling it with life sustaining foods - because it is dying to heal me and health should not a goal to be attained, it should be ever-present.
If my body tells me it wants berries, I acquiesce, if it says red meat I eat it (if that upsets vegan and vegetarian compatriots so be it, I am here to give my body what it needs and not the needs and personal choice of others.) My body tells me what it needs. I pay heed.
When the body is unwell it will tell you what it needs to get well - you just have to listen. It is that simple.
Here's to your health - sustainable, ever-present health :-)
“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself. ~ Leon Eldred ~
**My Vege Detox Soup
1 litre of water
Vegetable stock or a cup of chopped tomatoes
Half a head of cabbage
A bunch of celery - leaves 'n all
As much garlic as you can handle (fresh of course)
1 large onion
Chilli flakes (optional)
2 bay leaves
1 knob of ginger
1 tablespoon tumeric
Pinch of pepper and salt (Himalayan)
You can add mushrooms, zucchini and capsicum but no other veggies
If the mixture is a bit thick for your liking, you can add some water to dilute.