Thank you for taking the time to be part of this blogging experience. I realize I haven’t posted in a while, and I’m sorry to those of you who really do care about what I have to say.
I have to close down this blog because, while I’ve had fun writing it, I’ve also learned two other lessons that I needed to learn — and now need to share with you.
Experimentation will be your greatest asset.
While you’re out in the world looking to better your health, you will run into plenty of good articles on health, dogma, following strict rules, going easy on yourself, eating at certain times, food allergies, running versus walking, standing versus sitting, watching too much TV, light before bed, etc. etc.
I can tell you already know what I’m talking about. This first lesson I’d like to impress upon you is that it doesn’t matter how many articles you read, how many recipes you try, or what kind of food you tell yourself you need. Experimentation is going to be the best thing you can do for yourself. Turn off your computer and go try the things you’ve been looking at. Don’t wash your hair for a while. Stop using your loofa. And if your body changes (and it will), evaluate if you like and want to live with those consequences. What will set you up for failure is constantly looking at internet articles about how to live the best life possible. The best bloggers like Wellness Mama and Dianne Sanfilippo and Against All Grain and the I Quit Sugar lady are all successful and healthy — but they all have totally different lifestyles. They’re doing what they do for themselves, and you’re along for the ride to learn from them.
The next thing I need to alert you to is this:
It’s not what it appears to be.
This is lesson #2. It directly links with lesson 1. You see, I was convinced for a while that I was incredibly allergic to gluten. Perhaps I am, I don’t really know. But after a while, I stopped reading all those articles and evaluating every little thing that I was doing. Instead, I’ve just been living my life. And at one point, that involved talking with some scientist friends who said that there are studies out there that suggest people with gluten allergies may just have carbohydrate sensitivities.
I didn’t think much of it, but I did notice that even on a Paleo (loosely) diet, even eating lots of fruits and veggies, I was so far from feeling my best. So, I still don’t eat gluten. But I also bought The Carb Sensitivity Program which has helped me LOADS. I feel like a completely normal person again. Because even though I was following Paleo and reading articles and thinking about all my problems, I wasn’t listening to my body. I actually know now what kind of shakes I can tolerate, what kinds of veggies my body doesn’t like, and why high-FODMAP foods don’t take a liking to me. While the program suggests that once your tolerance is good, you can eat the other carbs again, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat 3 servings of fruit a day. But that’s okay. I need to know my body because a book won’t.
So there, I leave you with all of that. I’m closing down this blog because quite frankly, I don’t have the time. But it’s also because I want to encourage all of us health-enthusiasts to take it easy, get off the computer, and realize that experimentation on our bodies will take time, practice, and really listening to who we are. Granted, you will need some information from the internet to get started. I just know that a lot of us can get obsessed with article searching and such. So for those of us who need a reminder: It’s okay to breathe, take a break, and just try things for the sake of trying them.
Peace be with you, for all those health-seeking hopefuls! 🙂