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|A conversation with a friend at my gig last night spurred some thoughts about something. That something is listening to our bodies. |
As a species we have gotten further and further away from feeling what the stimuli we surround ourselves with do to our wellbeing. We have lost the ability to separate the signal from the noise. By this I mean our lives are so complex that it is impossible to separate any one stimuli and its effects from another.
Diet is the low-hanging fruit in this idea. Our diets are wildly complex, due to the ease of access and availability of virtually any food we could want. Add to this that most people are eating foods hat contain 20 plus ingredients. How could we possibly know how any one specific food we are eating makes us feel when we eat in surplus of 50 different foods and ingredients (most likely more) a day?
The same goes with other lifestyle factors. How do we know when to move? When to rest more? These signals are muddled by achohol and drug use, circadian rhythm disruption, and stress.
The short and dirty answer is that we need to simplify our lives more, not complicate them. Confused about what to eat? Well, we know what is basically good for humans to consume. We need protein and fat, with carbohydrate serving as an extra fuel source for strenuous activities. What is the most digestible fuel for humans? Animals and plants. When you cut away all of the unnecessary things you can separate the signal from the noise. Your body won’t have to digest and park out what toxins are in all of the Cheerios and other boxed foods in your pantry. You will be giving it exactly what it needs.
Feeling to tired to work out? Maybe take a look at how you get to bed. If it takes a few beers or a toke every single night to unwind, you probably have some other factors going on. Look at how you deal with stress. Feel what it does to your body. After your sleep is optimized and your getting 7 1/2 to 8 hours, then focus on how you want to work out. Even then just take a walk every day and if your have extra energy incorporate some basic movements like squats, pushups, and pull-ups.
We can listen to our bodies and intuit what we need if we just learn to simplify. If we learn to separate the signal from the noise. It doesn’t help that our health care system is designed to specifically look to others for guidance on our bodies instead of our own internal wisdom.
Start trying to feel after you do something. Can’t get into a deep squat without back pain? Maybe instead of worrying about beginning a weight lifting or running routine work on mobility adnd stretching. Notice stomach pain after pizza? Maybe its the gluten, or the cheese. Try cutting both out. It takes commitment. It takes experimenting. It takes time. The beautiful thing is that the more you pay attention, the easier it gets.
For tips and tricks I’ve got many articles on the website on how exactly to figure out how to simplify your diet, movement, and stress reduction.
Have a great a week everyone.
-Elliot and Beth
Elliot Steele is a Primal Health Coach based in Chelan WA. He strives to empower those looking to regain their health after a lifetime of misinformed practices. This is the essence of Steele Back Your Health, to truly learn how to be healthy with sustainable habits. Check out the coaching and blog page for more info!