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I can use my body’s truth.

The truth that exists in the moment – physically – that comes from true physical processes – more than from psychological causes.

Consider this: a body could be well rested, nutritionally nourished, get enough sunlight, get enough movement, get enough touch and whatever else a body needs… and yet feel great stress and pain due to the person’s thinking. The person can think about their terrible finances or some political strife or career issues or just general negativity. Good idea for a book title! General Negativity. Haha. (goes to look it up). Looks available!

Anyhow, I’m sure we can agree that healthy bodies can create unhappy feelings. We have likely all experienced this. So let’s talk about making things better!

Well, we can pay attention to what’s more strictly physically true. How’s the body itself feeling? Do we have any unmet physical needs? Do we have any opportunities to rectify them? Need we eat something? Need we drink something? Do we need sunlight or some vitamins? Do we need some rest? How does the body feel? Do the shoulders feel relaxed? Does the breathing feel right?

A nice thing to do is to simply close the eyes and imagine some physical movement. You don’t have to do the actual movement – just imagine it and notice that you can see that you have physical freedom. You have the freedom to imagine things and you have the freedom to either do or not do them. That can feel like potential. Direct physical potential.

Your direct experience of your body in the moment reflects direct physical potential. Your experience of your body and mind combines into some sense of what you’re capable of or what you’re actually willing or going to do.

On any given day, most reasonably healthy people COULD walk 10 miles. But most don’t. I bet if I’d ask most people, how do you feel about the idea of walking 5 miles, they’d give some kind of not-so-positive response, though they might like the idea of having walked 5 miles. They also might be interested in walking 10 miles if it’s framed in the right way. Maybe if it’s an adventure through waterfalls and canyons to arrive at a beautiful lodge with beautiful people and lots of food. That sounds better than walking 10 miles in the city by loud noises and car exhaust…

What determines how you imagine it?

Anyhow, we experience internally some sense of this potential. Will I walk 10 miles today? Will I push hard at the gym? Will I hunker down and learn new skills or advance the ones I have? Or will I sulk in depression and general negativity?

It can seem really hard to reason. I have been stuck on negative thinking for a long time in certain areas. Not sure entirely why, but it would feel like a loop and it would seem the only response is eating junk or watching junk media or reading the news or I don’t know…

HOWEVER, I can always take a peek directly at my body, because my existence as a body has more permanence than my existence as a mind locked in some kind of story. Think about it: the story of you and your finances doesn’t really always exist – even though your bank account might not change. When you think about your bank account maybe you think aww this sucks, but then when you have a nice bite to eat you’re enjoying the food and when you watch a show you’re a person watching a show, you’re not so much a broke person watching the show. I will perhaps change the language to “one” instead of “you”… maybe not though. I can continue. Anyhow, when I close my eyes and breathe, I feel my eyes and my stomach and my body heat and my posture and my sense of my energy and where it could go and what could make things better and SOME sense of something good that I can build upon… I am alive. I feel alive. I have some life that CAN respond positively to nourishing.

Think and feel that. That there’s something that COULD respond positively to some events. That’s VERY likely to be PHYSICALLY KNOWN AS TRUE… which is different than thinking within the context of “what am I going to do for my career”, “what will happen with my relationships”, “what about the politics”, “what about my money”, etc… all of those categories may lead to overwhelm or confusion or complexity – and they can certainly feel bad if the underlying current experience = “something’s wrong” – and sometime’s that underlying experience might really be a direct physical problem.

When one has indigestion or fatigue… everything can feel bad… because the body feels bad the whole time. How fun is a birthday party when one’s stomach hurts and one has heartburn? Possibly not fun at all. How fun is it to sleep in a million dollar bed when one is on the verge of puking and in constant pain? What about the money? It doesn’t make the body feel good. On the other hand, when it is felt as physical truth that the body has its needs met, a sense of urgency does not press on the soul nor does a sense of true environmental stress – the body is not at risk – the body does not produce indications of being at risk.

So take some time to feel the body’s truth. The body MAY reveal unmet needs. It may say “HUNGRY!” “TIRED!” “THIRSTY!” “NEED EXERCISE!” “NEED SUN!” “NEED HUG!” etc… or it may say “TOO FULL” “IN PAIN” etc… Hopefully, you have direct positive healthy responses to each of these emergencies. If you do not, or want better ones, contact me (858)848-0444 or anyone that you feel is qualified to help you in these cases. You may be surprised at how easy and automatic your improvements can happen… since the body has quite a bit of wisdom and knowledge ready to be implemented when you allow it or deliberately go for it.

Once you get to a level where no obvious holes need to be filled, you can notice yourself breathing and moving and centered and powerful and capable ON A PHYSICAL SOLID LIVING TRUTH LEVEL. You can breathe in with a direct knowing of having physical potential for action with potential results beyond your imagination. I mean that literally and directly – not as some kind of woo-woo “all your dreams are possible sense”… I mean like you can notice you have power and that you don’t know what can be done with it.

From there, from that not-knowing you can see that a variety of actions are possible and from there you can identify which actions seem to have positive likely results and that you’d be willing to take those actions and whenever you’re ready… you may take those actions.

Maybe it’s cleaning your room.

Maybe it’s moving some trash.

Maybe it’s exercising.

Maybe it’s applying for a job or improving a resume.

Maybe it’s making a sales call.

Maybe it’s buying some healthy food.

Maybe it’s working on learning some skills.

Maybe it’s asking someone on a date.

Maybe it’s reading a book.

Maybe it’s taking a shower and then going to work.

Maybe it’s buying some tools or object that will make your life better.

Maybe it’s something else.

And once you take that action with positive expected results, you often will get those expected results and then feel a little better and ready for more. You again can look for what seems like it would make things better and then take that action. And again look at your sense of potential and keep moving. Maybe you feel more potential. Maybe your energy feels more focused, maybe you have done a better job of taking care of your physical needs so that you have more available power for the next task or you can think about things with less weighing you down or distracting you. And so again you find another task.

Maybe now you have a different perspective. Maybe the “same” situation of the difficult career or finances or relationships transforms when your self-awareness in the “same” situation includes a direct sense that nothing is fundamentally wrong with your body or the environment your body is in. And it’s so obvious that you would think your logical mind should have told you before!

OBVIOUSLY it’s going to be hard moving forward in career and work (and likely finances) if you feel TIRED and unable or not desiring to do more work! Work has an energetic cost! It may be worthwhile. It SHOULD be worthwhile and provide more benefit than that cost… but it’s still a cost… and if you don’t feel like you can pay it… it won’t seem like a good deal! Think about working eight hours while tired… THAT SUCKS! Now think about working twelve hours while super energetic and having a great feeling body. Wowee suddenly MORE work actually sounds great. So it might not be the job… it might just be your body. It might not be the work that’s frustrating or difficult… it might just be… your body and how it’s being used/treated/controlled/whatever you want to say.

So consider holding off on so-called logical conclusions or even thoughts in general on a “situation” you have until you take care of your direct physical needs. Your direct physical needs likely have more importance anyway. Finances can change. Relationships can change. Work can change. The body can change too, but in general we shouldn’t need to sacrifice our health for anything. Other people that care about you won’t demand you degrade yourself – they want you healthy and healthier. Smart employers want sustainable employees who are happy and productive – not that are degenerating and doing lower and lower quality work. Sure, sometimes work can be inflexible or occur with uncaring people – and while working you have trouble directly caring for your body… but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed over time.

Contact me to help set up a schedule that works for you. So that you DO get enough sleep in general. So that you DO eat enough healthy food. So that you DO get enough movement. So that you DO feel empowered and aware to higher and higher degrees. It’s easy to miss stuff! Even when you “know” it all. Don’t hesitate!

You can make HUGE improvements on your physical health baseline so that whenever you check in to your body you already feel great OR you can quickly identify what you need to do to get there fast. We can feel so much better than we know.

What if you haven’t been eating enough healthy food? Think about how much better you’d feel once you do! What if you haven’t been sleeping well enough… IMAGINE how good your life would be if in general… you always felt like you had enough sleep! What if you haven’t been getting a good amount of movement… CONSIDER what life would FEEL LIKE for you… when your life reflects habits that gets all three of those categories basically down! Throw in some sunshine and hugs to and from loved ones and consider how life will feel as a BASELINE experience in your body…

AND THEN FROM THERE… see what’s next.

Thanks for reading. Please share this with someone that would benefit from it… and keep working towards your best life! Being a downer brings other down… but better functioning lifts everyone else up! Make a change for the better! It might be as easy as closing your eyes more often and just checking in and taking direct action – WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS!

It’s not like some vague diet with only potential benefits or some long term program or some expensive package or investment… it’s all about DIRECT HEALTHY BENEFITS FROM BODY-BENEFITTING ACTION.

Let me know that lands.

If I just eat one type of food per meal, it’s somewhat likely for me to realize which foods digest how and to realize how much to eat of each food etc…

If I eat a constantly changing variety of mixed foods from many places – it might be quite harder to realize how my body responds to certain foods. I believe that in the past, we would eat very simply. Fewer foods would be available so we’d eat what we could get, and it would often be a large amount of those things. You arrive at the blackberry patch… and eat blackberries till satisfied. You arrive at the bananas and eat as many as satisfy you. You figure it out early on that unripe bananas don’t taste as good and don’t digest as well. You figure it out that sour blackberries hurt your mouth and teeth.

But if you eat sandwiches with a side of beans and coleslaw and a coke and a candy bar… how do you know what’s what if you have a stomach ache later?

When’s the last time you ate something that you didn’t have? Probably never. Because you can’t eat what you don’t got. That’s why it’s important to make smart decisions while shopping.

This works both ways. If you don’t have that food that seems to make you tired or gassy… you won’t eat it. But it also means if you don’t have those foods that make you feel energetic and vibrant… you won’t eat them either.

Going shopping seems fun to me… walking around seeing hundreds or thousands of different items and thinking about what will make me feel the best. Or walking around nature and looking for ripe fruit or edible greens – that’s fun too!

If you have a good sense of how much of certain things you can eat and ensure that you have those foods handy… you can have a real easy time of eating healthy. If you don’t know, time to learn!

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Apart from the fact that we really don’t know enough to have definitive certainty as to the requirements of a complete diet, even if the nutrients typically listed in a nutritional calculator or in RDA’s or other government health agencies were “sufficient” – a person could easily intake those nutrients and still miss out.

They could miss out, for example, on the experience of deliciousness.

There are many foods that can be combined to on paper meet nutrient recommendations, but could be prepared or consumed in a manner that would not bring a wide smile of joy to the face of the eater. Life certainly would be more enjoyable if food tasted more delicious (provided that this increased deliciousness did not necessarily mean less healthy food).

But it’s not just about more deliciousness.

Different foods simply have different compounds that have some impacts on the body. Foods CAN act as medicine. Foods CAN act as types of poisons.

Furthermore, we must consider the metrics by which we measure deficiency or sufficiency. AMBITION MATTERS!

If a person figures that they’re okay exercising for less than 30 minutes a day and mostly sitting watching tv or on a computer not thinking too hard – then their “sufficiency” would be different than the person that says they want to live all the active life they can live!

If I want to spend 3-4 hours + every day engaged in higher intensity activity – I may need a variety of different nutrients differently to that sedentary person.

Where does your food intake line up here?

For most fortunate people, they can look backwards and say they have had enough nutrients to meet their needs

However, how do we determine our needs?

I think we might go with perceptions of hunger, or of general feelings. Do you “feel” like exercising more than you have been? Probably not, so then why eat more? But if you WANT to become more active, you will likely NEED more food. Maybe more sleep or at least better sleep too. Activity requires nutrients. Different types might require different things.

Some foods excite us. Others dull us. Others calm us. I don’t understand it all, but I know that’s the case. There’s a variety of ratios and nutrients that can have various effects. Let’s try to figure out what they are so that we can live better lives.

 

 

I felt this urge to make myself a sandwich even though I have a kind of negative relationship with bread. It seems to bloat me and give me puffy skin… but I like eating it. Anyhow, I almost took it out of the freezer and toasted it when I saw a nice apple on the cutting board in the way of the toaster. I grabbed the apple because it looked good and I bit it.

The apple tasted great and made me feel even better. And now I eat another apple and may eat a few more. I feel REFRESHED. Have you ever eaten a sandwich and felt truly refreshed? I love eating sandwiches… but I wouldn’t say they feel “refreshing” at all. They might feel nourishing or kind of exciting in certain ways… but I don’t feel like they have “energizing” components they seem more like an endpiece or something – not something to fuel further action.

But what would we expect from bread? Bread doesn’t hydrate.

I just lightly steamed some green chard. It tastes delicious! It tastes sweet! I just steamed it in water. Did you know chard can taste sweet? I have had it as bitter, salty, and sour – but rarely if ever SWEET.

Make sure to try different versions of vegetables and fruit. You may get surprised at how different they can taste. Many people think they dislike celery, but really they just never had sweet and salty celery and may have only had celery that seemed too strong tasting.

Romaine lettuce can taste sweet… or it can taste quite bitter. I prefer the sweet version. Many people do not realize how good plain vegetables can taste.

MORE IMPORTANTLY though… don’t just prioritize taste… especially when it comes to things like veggies. Eat what your body needs without comparing these foods to junk foods or fancy gourmet prepared dishes. If you can eat a plain veggie without retching… consider eating as much as digests well for you. Veggies have plenty of good nutrition and my experience says I feel MUCH better with a pound or two of easy to digest greens in my daily diet than without.

You will also perhaps get a nice surprise about how your cravings for foods change after you have already eaten a great deal of nutrition from greens. Greens get jam-packed with nutrients seen as essential by RDA’s and WHO recommendations. Even with just 100 calories of greens you can often meet 100% of many nutrient recommendations.

What is the explanation behind that there is no such thing as unhealthy food?

I read Craig Good answer on some question that there is no such as unhealthy food bit I never understood that concept, isn’t ice cream bad for you? Or what about French fries? Why do we called it junk food?

This my answer to the Quora question above:

You get what you pay for.

Teachers tend to teach as much as they know and not beyond it.

Most people lack the discipline or wherewithal to deeply examine diet and change it towards the healthiest possible. Most people don’t even start. Many start and give up. Very few actually research and discover what’s best for them and then live it, and even fewer of those people publicly become teachers.

Nutrition is not taught seriously in medical school. This means that the majority of doctors did not have any serious nutrition training.

How can a person be seen as an authority on the body without understanding food is beyond me. How can you understand the stomach without having an understanding of what goes in it? How can you understand the kidneys, liver, pancreas, blood, etc… etc… without understanding how diet impacts these organs functioning.

Well, you can’t.

But somehow they still have more authority than nutritionists. Which is understandable in part because nutritionist is a largely unregulated term that anyone can slap on their own back.

But when you realize that the doctors and government recommendations really have tons of holes and contradicting recommendations, maybe that’s not so bad.

Anyhow, there are many conclusions that many scientists have reached about diet, but that don’t really connect to recommendations – but if you follow these conclusions you can realize how yes many foods do qualify as unhealthy.

Read up on the Omega 3: Omega 6 balance literature.

They say that having a near 1:1 or 1:2 balanced ratio is important for IQ and general brain development. Okay, well if people knew how much Omega 6 was in certain foods and realized that if you only ate a few grams of those foods you would get so much Omega 6 that there would be no way you could have a balance of these fatty acids.

So does that make those foods unhealthy?

Well, not necessarily.

But it’s not really enough to just say “moderation is key”. What is moderation actually?

Does eating fast food once or twice a week seem like moderation?

Well, that would be the equivalent of eating more than 500 times at fast food in 10 years. Is that moderation?

How many times can you do something in your life and it still be called moderation?

Does fast food cause harm?

The generalists that just say “moderation is key” perhaps are aiming to be helpful as though this advice will help talk down a person who’s eating nothing but junk food all the time because it seems more reasonable to “just moderate” than the approach of someone who says “eat healthy food all the time… there’s no reason why nearly all of your food should not be healthy food”

What is the legitimate argument for not meeting your nutrition needs with nothing but nutritious foods?

Keep in mind that the first directive is to make sure the person gets their needs met.

I believe that it’s better to get your needs met while unfortunately intaking some toxins then not meeting your needs but avoiding toxins. Our bodies have mechanisms to detox. It’s part of our system and role of the stomach acid and kidneys and so forth.

But why not decrease the total toxin load when we can?

Some things really do not represent a positive role in diet.

Refined sugar. Refined oils. It is rare to find a person that actually needs the calories from either of these. Most people are overweight and would benefit from at least decreasing their caloric intake from junk food. Note that I specified from junk food because I believe that most people could actually still benefit from increasing their caloric intake – even people that are obese.

In my perspective, people that say “there are no unhealthy foods” are really just not interested in scientific analysis or even thinking much at all.

How many people know of a certain food or combination of foods that will result in: heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, or even headaches, or painful indigestion?

Isn’t it fair to suggest those foods that tend to result in those things qualify as possibly unhealthy?

I can think of a variety of foods that if I eat them I get some kind of undesirable result. Maybe it’s just a pimple, or maybe it’s not feeling so fresh.

The total fat content of a person’s diet can make an impact on their athletic performance. Fat has been shown to decrease the efficiency of cell oxygenation. Nobody eats a bunch of peanut butter and suddenly gets huge burst of energy.

Why? Because peanut butter is mostly fat and fat takes a long time to digest. That’s just how it is. Does that make peanut butter unhealthy?

Well, we don’t need to label it one way or the other, but if you try to eat an equal amount of peanut butter in calories for breakfast instead of what you’ve been normally eating, odds are you will not feel glorious, but go ahead and check to find out. Peanut butter also has a huge load of Omega 6 making it exceedingly unlikely that you will reach an Omega 3:Omega 6 balance on any day you eat peanut butter.

Also it tends to be roasted at high heats. When you high heat fats they can become rancid… read carcinogenic. Is that unhealthy?

Well, everyone who eats peanut butter or expects to in the future will not want to believe that it would negatively affect them. Perhaps it doesn’t in some kind of magical, if you don’t believe it’s unhealthy it won’t hurt you.

And sure, stressing about food can be quite harmful in itself…

But that doesn’t really justify this “no food can be unhealthy” argument.

Prod at this argument a little more.

Ask them for how much of the food is okay to eat. Perhaps they will offer some good caveats such as, if it causes you any obvious problems then you should probably stop.

That sounds reasonable!

But let’s look from another angle: the angle of – what does ideal nutrition look like.

One thing that I believe we could get agreement from everyone is this: fresh food tends to be better.

Studies have shown that nutrients get lost as soon as a food is plucked from its source or killed or removed if it’s an animal part. Exposure to sun, light, and heat are known to destroy nutrients. Exposure to high heat can actually create toxic compounds such as acrylamide, nitrosamines, and heterocyclic-amines.

I recommend working in a kitchen that uses a deep fryer and just breathe in the air for a few minutes… or hours. See how that does for you. Look up the smoke points of the oils you choose to cook in and consider whether it’s such a good idea to raise these fats to these heats.

This is a good example of something that a person could choose to consume differently. As far as I know, there’s little nutritive value to frying a food in fat as opposed to steaming it in water.

By steaming it in water you can keep the temperature of the mixture down to the boiling point of water. Oil on the other hand can get much hotter to the temperatures that have been shown to create things like acrylamide etc…

I don’t know much about the law, but I noticed that in Starbucks and McDonald’s have signs that say that their foods contain acrylamide a chemical known by the state of California to cause cancer.

I would assume these mega corporations fought against putting the signs up and lost. OR it is a way for them to avoid any lawsuits by having a sign that informed people that they were at risk by eating their food. It also clarifies that acrylamide is a compound that gets created whenever a food gets browned.

So is toast healthy?

Well, if healthy means free from unnecessary toxins, then no it’s not.

Will most people stop eating it from this post? Probably not.

But if people really thought about it and weighed their options and considered that there isn’t a fundamental reason other than “eating for fun” when it comes to justifying foods that have been produced in a manner that creates toxins… then they might be able to be okay with labeling this as a relatively unhealthy thing and to limit their consumption of it.

Not eating toast doesn’t mean a person must miss out on wheat.

Wheat can be boiled whole and can be quite delicious. Wheat can be powdered and made into pasta – also delicious.

But is wheat healthy?

Well at least for some people, no. Wheat is very harmful to some people.

What I hope people understand for the most part is this, just because some food is “unhealthy” doesn’t actually limit them because there are other foods that ARE healthy. People should focus on intaking enough healthy foods FIRST before worrying about what foods are unhealthy also.

If you eat healthy foods first, you might be able to meet your needs and then will have no desire for unhealthy food.

Most people don’t really learn how to eat healthy food so they crash their diets.

YOU MUST EAT ENOUGH FOOD in order to be eating a healthy diet.

It is not healthy to “just eat salad” or some vague idea of what healthy is where a person just cuts out “junk food”. You need a legitimate plan that involves getting enough calories for the activity level you require and meeting all your needs.

Most people have never done that these days.

People have not had a single day where everything they ate was truly healthy.

Plenty of doctors eat junk food every day.

They will never be able to legitimately say “you should not eat junk food every day”… because they do it.

There exist plenty of unknowns with regards to diet. I know from my experience that if I don’t eat fresh food (things directly from the bush, tree, etc… or from the farmer’s market)… then I feel less fresh. I have found that the people that increase their quantity and quality of fresh foods feel better.

On paper this might have nothing to show for it though!

If you look at standard nutrient analysis performed in a bomb calorimeter, there might be no difference whatsoever between an apple picked off the tree versus an apple that has been in a warehouse for 9 months. But the experience is different and I hypothesize that better analysis will show that there are observable differences.

I would also say that eating one food can lead to eating others.

“Bet you can’t eat just one”

Eating one food can make your appetite swell for another.

Perhaps you say that eating a pretzel is not unhealthy (despite the high salt content, acrylamide, and often hydrogenated oils)… but what happens after you eat a salty pretzel? You want more salty things.

What kind of salty things do people eat?

You can answer that for yourself.

If we look at other animals or think of human physiological history or design, it makes sense that we would eat very simply.

There are digestive reasons why. Different nutrients require different environments for digestion. Different nutrients require different enzymes for digestion.

The food you eat, how much of it, when you eat it, with what you eat it… these make a difference. A HUGE difference. You can’t just “moderate” the junk food and “be healthy”. If you think you’re “moderating” the junk food… odds are that you’re not really eating that much healthy food either. You’re eating junk food, questionable food, and occasional health food. You might eat carrot sticks from time to time and pat yourself on the back as though you’ve really done yourself a big favor.

The thing is we don’t really know some things. We base big directives on isolated studies. How much calcium should you get on a daily basis? How much phosphorus? How much is too much? How much iron? How much zinc? In what ratios?

There are SO many questions and so many people are actually not qualified to answer but we’re looking to them to answer.

I would say this: consider whether you would benefit from being healthier.

Consider whether you’d like to have more energy.

Consider whether you’d like to be at a different body composition.

Consider whether you’d like to be stronger.

Consider whether you’d like to not have indigestion, acne, diarrhea, stomach aches, heart disease, or any other condition that occurs in relation to diet.

Consider whether you’d like to be happier.

Now look at how you’ve been eating in the past and ask yourself could you do better?

If you CAN do better, why not try to do better?

What do you lose by replacing some food that you suspect are junk with foods that you believe to be healthy?

It’s okay to change your mind! Sometimes things change. Sometimes we make new discoveries. Maybe you thought something was healthy but it’s not and maybe something that you thought was unhealthy… is healthy after all.

A lot of people say eating meat is unhealthy now… and then develop deficiencies and decide maybe meat is healthy to some extent. But guess what, it’s possible that it’s both. There might be unhealthy things in meat when it’s prepared a certain way (like deep fried or baked or eaten in too large quantities and too often). Why not learn from everything you can?

Why not try to figure out what way of eating truly makes you feel the best not just during the meal but after as well.

A lot of people that avoid viewing foods as unhealthy are not considering the full picture.

They are people that have never freed themselves from the addictions to certain foods.

If wheat or corn based diets are all you know, it might seem like some wild idea to consider replacing your foodbase across the board. It could seem like a tremendous task – and one that you have no basis in history for doing. You’ve never just eaten healthy foods for a week let alone a month. So why be confident in doing so?

The idea of “not” eating healthy foods might seem like choosing to starve and deprive yourself – but this would be different if you had a legitimate plan of 100% healthy foods for at least a day and better yet a week or month.

You can do it.

There’s no shortage of things to learn when it comes to food, but it doesn’t mean that it is so complicated. You can create a healthy meal plan that meets all RDA’s with as few as 2-5 different food items per day.

Download a program like CRON-ometer and punch in your food for a few days without trying to change anything… just to see what your intake looks like.

You might already see you fall short in certain categories, but more to the point you can start associating how you feel with what you eat and start to discover some correlations and eventually perhaps some causation.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that a certain food causes you heartburn so that you could just stop eating that food and eat something else and feel better? There are plenty more options.

A lot of people just don’t really feel that good in general, despite saying they feel okay. Once they actually stop eating anything that bothers them at all… they start to feel amazing. People often experience blissful feelings while fasting because they don’t have to deal with the digestion of foods, but you can only fast for so long.

If you make it a habit to only eat foods that really feel great for you AND you make sure you meet all of your nutritive needs then you will understand much more directly how different certain foods are.

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