Suffering from headaches, insomnia, moodiness, brain fog, irritability, chronic cough or hoarseness, muscle pain, fatigue, depression, digestive problems, such as indigestion, acid reflux, stomach pain after eating, constipation, diarrhea, rectal leakage, gas, bloating, hypoglycemia, moodiness, anxiety and panic attacks are all signs of stress that should not be ignored.
They are also signs of poor nutrition, food sensitivity, and a need for a change in your diet before your immune system becomes compromised. However, not just any diet will do, no matter how healthy it may seem to be.
A genetically appropriate diet can help you to manage and, in most cases, erase these symptoms all together. See my TCL Wellness Handout, The Best Foods Grocery List (below).
Furthermore, there are certain herbs and spices that work better for you according to your constitutional temperament. You just need to know what they are in order to take advantage of them.
Also, making sure your body is getting the vitamins, minerals and amino acids it needs is crucial in relieving sensitivity to stress. See Nutrients & Food Resources.
The Old World Diet
Up until one hundred years ago, we did not eat processed foods. We chose our foods from Mother Nature's back yard. We hunted, gathered and picked the foods we ate. We also ate according to the availability of foods during each season.
Our ancestors ate primarily fish, eggs, meat, nuts, vegetables and low-sugar fruits. Our bodies have not evolved any further since these times. Refined sugar, chemical additives and synthetic hormones did not exist and these things are killing us.
When thinking about eating genetically appropriate, think back to simpler times. This will help you to consider proper food choices. Eat like our ancestors. Our genetic makeup is still like theirs. It just makes more sense, doesn't it?
Eat live foods. Live foods are plant foods that have not been cooked in any way. At least, to never more than 113 degrees. Higher temperatures destroy natural enzymes intended by nature to help you to digest your food. Meats should be cooked, of course, but not fried.
Use only sea salt in your diet. Ordinary table salt is the stuff that causes high blood pressure and other ills. Sea salt contains the natural minerals your body need.
Eat fat, but only good fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, nuts and seeds, and a organic butter. Fat helps to regulate your hormones, cushions your organs, and is burned for energy second to sugar. Avoid trans-fat completely.
Do not use fake sweeteners. Instead, use Stevia, Honey, Molasses or a bit of raw cane sugar. No agave or corn syrup.
Get enough daily fiber. You need 22-32 grams of fiber per day. Some high fiber foods are pears, fresh strawberries, oatmeal, lentils (15.6 grams per cooked cup), Brussels sprouts, string beans, spinach, broccoli and potato (with the skin).
Eat plenty of lean meat. There are 23 types of proteins that your body needs in order to repair itself. These 23 types are called amino acids. Of these 23, only 13 are made by your own body, but only if we get the other 10 from the foods we eat. Protein rebuilds your body. Not eating enough protein will cause you to age too quickly, have no energy and muscles will ache.
Drink pure water. Chlorine, which is used to treat tap water, causes many side effects. The most common side effects are dizziness, headache, confusion, trouble breathing, stomach problems and Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). And it is not just the chlorinated water you drink that hurts you. You are also bathing in bleach, by the way.
Go organic with your fish, fowl, dairy, grains, tofu and some, but not all, organic fresh foods. You can cut your pesticide exposure up to 90% by purchasing the organic versions of the following foods. Potatoes, spinach, celery, bell peppers, grapes, apples, cherries, peaches, pears, strawberries, nectarines and raspberries.