This is what I’ve learned during my healing trip. What made me sustain a healing diet is getting the nutrients I actually needed. Different people are in need of different nutrients at different times…macro and micro. What you eat, for that reason matters greatly. What a healing diet looks like is going to be radically different for each person and is going to change a lot for individuals over time .. if one is healing there is no such thing as homeostasis, so it follows that your needs are going to change. With my radically dysregulated nervous system my needs can change daily. So becoming acutely mindfully aware of those changing needs became critically imperative. …
Gluten, dairy etc: Adding food back after elimination diets
I was on elimination diets for a long time and needed to be in order to quiet down the chaos in my body. I now know more than when I started and hope that the general method of learning to listen is helpful to others since I know the details will be different for everyone. Recently I went through a stint of eating lots of gluten and cheese as I add many different foods I avoided for many years back into my diet. I jokingly call it “retoxification.” …
Food: healing diets and protocols (finding one’s way through the maze)
Every single healing diet “protocol” marketed indiscriminately to everyone is a form of criminality that capitalism requires. NO ONE HEALTHY DIET IS APPROPRIATE FOR EVERYONE. And yet without shame there are 100s of “health gurus” who make this claim.
Health gurus who claim a protocol is right for everyone are at best deluded. At worst they’re contributing to the suffering of others in that they’re imposing their experience on others in a predatory fashion. They excel at making people believe they need the health guru and will often charge up to $500 or more for an hour of their time….that’s cash above and beyond the books and whatever else they’re selling. And take heed…their targets are desperate people who are often very ill and truly need support.
This is the thing: we don’t need to be told what to eat, we need to learn how to discern it for ourselves as unique individuals. …
The microbiome and healing diets
The bugs in our gut, good and bad, have consciousness. Good ones keep us happy and healthy. The bad ones mess with us in a multitude of ways. Many bad microbes colonize in ways that underscore and support neural pathways of trauma. As we heal our gut we heal both our minds and bodies. This is a synergistic relationship so one can work on emotional and psychological issues and heal the gut and one can also work on healing the gut and find that emotional and psychological issues also reveal themselves that way. Either way we must tend to both our emotional/spiritual selves and our physical body when dealing with profound healing and transformation. This may happen more or less consciously depending on levels of awareness. The more aware we become the deeper the transformation becomes. Simple mindfulness and paying attention to the body (meditation) allows such awareness to develop. … A lot of chronic illness is embodied trauma…
Detoxification (which is really about balancing the internal ecosystem): healthy living for body/mind/spirit
We are, in large part, and among many other things, an expression of the ecosystem of our bodies which include bacteria, virus, fungi and other parasites. Successful “detoxification” is really largely about bringing these microorganisms and the rest of our being into balance since most of them cannot be gotten rid of entirely in any case. In many instances we don’t want to get rid of them as in the right amount they serve a good function. We are all made up of these things in different ratios by design, really.
UCLA study: non-drug treatment may reverse Alzheimer’s (these lifestyle changes are also good for all mental health)
This is a good place to start for most mental health issues of any kind, really — and, well, for general well-being too. Good health is actually rather simple. Sadly the human species has traveled a very very long way from simplicity and so it’s not always, by any means, straightforward to get back to good-health. Still we can take many meaningful steps in that direction and over time make some very big changes. I’ve seen it done again and again among those I work with and I’ve done it for myself. … [click on title to read and view more]
Fixing our diets and our exercise patterns #foodie friday
This is a pretty good all round introduction on how to start making big changes to lifestyle. It takes time and so baby steps are most often quite appropriate and even necessary for long-term success. If you’ve wanted to make changes and don’t know where to start this video can function as a sort of intro to such ideas. Also contains links to other info and resources. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Weight loss diets suck
Weight loss diets suck..my exploration of what healthy eating for my body is has led to weight loss without that being the goal
Diet can profoundly effect mental wellbeing (any diagnosis can potentially be helped)
There was a Reuters article on Thursday reporting on a paper in the Lancet Medical Journal about restricting diets for kids with ADHD diagnosis. Changing diet is something that is wise to do for any children with any sort of behavioral issues or significant mental health problems. In fact it’s a darn good idea to… Continue Reading →
healing is a dynamic state of CHANGE
Things are always changing when we’re healing…