Is your food making you sick?

Is your food making you sick?

Fibromyalgia is a very complex syndrome.  I have lived with it for many years and explored many various treatments, and approaches to healing.  One of the factors I have found to be very important in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms is the food we put into our mouths.  What we eat can help our bodies to heal or to exacerbate or cause symptoms. 

I am inspired to write this today because of a flare up of symptoms that I had not experienced in years. I was very baffled about what was happening.  It took me a few months to realize what was happening.  I had became too lax in my diet and began including foods that I have previously expelled from my diet.  With the removal of the foods, my symptoms quickly resolved.  That completely reaffirmed my belief that diet is a MAJOR factor in fibromyalgia. 

There are 4 major components to consider when considering diet:

  1. Eating whole, unrefined foods free from additives and preservatives.
  2. Eating the right foods for your unique body type
  3. Eating from a place of gratitude and presence.
  4. Identifying and eliminating foods that your body reacts to. 

 

Symptoms that can be caused by the wrong diet include (but not limited to):

  • Physical tension, aches, and pains.
  • Burning, itching on the skin and internally.
  • IBS, crones, constipation, diarrhea
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • obesity

 

Eating whole, unrefined foods free from additives and preservatives.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, animal foods, nuts, seeds, grains, and oils are the foundation of a healthy diet.  Dairy if your body can tolerate it, some bodies cannot tolerate dairy.    These foods provide the body with important nutrient to build, repair, provide energy, enhance cellular communication, hydrate, and nourish cells, balance hormone activity and more. 

Refined foods are often loaded with chemical preservatives to extend the shelf life and additives to give it back some flavor that is destroyed in the refining process.  The refining process destroys important nutrient that the body needs to thrive and heal and can add empty calories (calories deficient of nutrition) that can lead to weight gain and malnourishment.  The added chemicals can build toxicity in the body and interfere with the body’s natural chemical processes. 

 Animal food free from hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals are preferable.  The added chemicals can impact your hormone levels, create a desensitization to antibiotics when truly needed, and create imbalances and toxicity in the body. 

Organic vegetables are preferable but start where your feet are, and your budget can handle.  Fresh vegetables are preferable, then frozen and lastly canned (which are the most deficient in nutrients)

 

Eating the right foods for your unique body type

Just as different plants have different needs such as amount of sun and water, temperature, the Ph level, and the right blend of soil and fertilizer, our human bodies have unique needs.  If you place a pansy on a hot dry area with direct sun in the middle of the summer, it will shrivel up and die.  But if planted in the fall it can thrive all winter.  If you give a geranium a lot of water it won’t do well, but many philodendrons love water.   

Some people do well on a high protein, high fat diet.  Some people do better on a high carb, low protein diet.    If you discover the right diet for your type, you will feel a greater sense of well being and balance, reduce food cravings, have a steady flow of energy, and maintain a stable weight. 

Different body types do well with different vegetables, fats, and protein as well. 

 

Eating from a place of gratitude and presence

Taking time to eat in a quiet space and chewing your food improves the digestion and assimilation of the food.  It allows for full digestion and improves elimination as well.   Focusing on the taste of the food and the process of eating assist the body in digestion.  Eating in a rush or while multi-tasking reduces the benefit of food and creates digestive issues.  It also creates a tendency to overeat as you are unaware of when you body is signaling that it is full, which leads to obesity and further insults the digestive system.

 

Identifying and eliminating foods that your body reacts to

This aspect of diet is more difficult to identify.  Different bodies react strongly to certain foods.  Here are some common intolerances: Dairy, gluten, gluten free grains, eggs, corn, soy, Legumes, tree nuts, citrus fruits, and night shade vegetables, shellfish, and coffee.   There are also categories of food that contain high levels of natural chemicals in foods that can cause reactions. These include salicylates, amines, sulfites, fructose, oxalates. 

 

Steps improve your diet to enhance your health.

  1. Improve the quality of your diet by transitioning toward whole foods and away from processed foods. Moving towards organic foods rather than conventional and factory farming.  Improve the quality of the animal foods you ingest by finding meats that are free from added hormones and antibiotics.  Then discovering animals’ foods that include a healthy environment for the animals as they grow.  
  2. Set aside a time and place for eating that provides a calm and nurturing environment in which to eat and enjoy the process of nurturing your body. Focus on the experience of eating.  Tasting the foods, chewing well, savoring the flavor, eating slowly and consciously.  This will enhance digestion and can be a mini meditation away from the busyness and concerns of your daily life.  Expressing gratitude for the food you ingest, feeds you the emotion of gratitude along with the nurturing foods. 
  3. Discover your unique body type. There forms of body typing that focus on different aspects of our physiology.  I have explored many different types of body typing and I find the Metabolic Typing Diet by Bill Wolcott is the most inclusive.  His book, the Metabolic Typing Diet is a good place to start.  The book educates you as to the importance of body typing, provides a questionnaire to identify your oxidative type, how to implement, and instructions as to what foods to eat and how to refine your diet.  He has an advanced questionnaire that offers a more complete assessment by including nervous system type, blood type and hormonal type that is available through a certified practitioner.  (If you are interested in that, you can contact me.)
  4. Explore food intolerances and sensitivities. Educate yourself.  There are many good articles on the internet about food sensitivities that include lists and instructions.  You can experiment with your own body.  Remove one offending food for a week, notice if you feel a difference.  Then put the food back in and notice how you feel.  This is a very powerful way to use your body to discover exactly what does not work for it.  There are blood tests that can identify food sensitivities.  (If you are interested in this, contact me). 

 

Learning to feel your body and listening to it is very powerful. 

Your body knows what it needs and does not need.  By tuning in and listening to your body, you will create a very powerful alliance with your body.  It can become your guide and friend, rather than an enemy that is causing you pain.  Remember, your body is also suffering.  It does not want to be in pain.  It also wants to be healthy and can guide you in that direction. 

 

May you discover the healing properties of food,

 

Bindu

Why Willpower Doesn’t Work . . . And What Does!

Why Willpower Doesn’t Work . . . And What Does!

Why Willpower does not work . . .  and what does!

 

We all have habits, mental patterns, emotional patterns that we dislike.  How often have you tried to change those habits and patterns only to fail?  Maybe it worked temporarily, then the pattern reemerged.  Or perhaps it just never worked.

Have you been called weak for not being about to change a pattern or habit?  Have you criticized yourself for being weak willed?  Have you given up on trying to change and accept status quo, yet still find an underlying desire for the change you envisioned?

 

Why do we fail?

Most of the time, when we attempt to change patterns or habits, we are working on the level of the conscious mind and trying to change from the outside in.  We give little or no credence to our subconscious mind, which in truth runs the show.

Our subconscious mind holds the memories of our positive life experiences, negative life experiences and traumas.  Out of these experiences, we develop beliefs and protections based on our experiences.  Our self-defeating patterns are fueled by these subconscious memories.  These memories will win in the battle between the mind and the subconscious memories.

In my work in assisting my clients in unraveling their subconscious pattern, I am again and again amazed at the power of the subconscious.  Often the need to for safety, security, life, and love, held in the subconscious, is at the root of these patterns.  They are not going to go away until getting these needs met is reasonable assured.  This is not logical.  It is deeply held in the limbic brain which is driven by the emotional feeling body.

Give yourself a break.  It is not your fault that your efforts have failed.  You just did not have the right tools to work with.

 

What does work? 

The primary ingredients in being able to unravel negative patterns is Awareness, Acceptance and Compassion.

Awareness.  As we become more aware of our body, mind, and emotions, we can begin to see the underlying components of the pattern.  The emotions we do not want to feel.  The negative beliefs about ourselves and others to escape from feeling our emotions.  The protective habits we have normalized to the point that we do not even question them . . . and assume that is just who we are.

Acceptance.  Acceptance is the ability to greet that which arises will acceptance.  This can be a difficult step as we are often our own self-critic.  That is one of the patterns that we need to dismantle.  Yet, if we can accept all that arises, even our own self critic, we can begin to discover deeper motivations for our self-defeating actions and beliefs.

By greeting our inner parts with an attitude of curiosity rather than an attitude of criticism, we can begin to understand how the underlying parts fueling the negative beliefs and habits, have our best interest in mind.  Yet the beliefs and habits might be outdated, not really needed anymore, and sabotage our health and happiness.

Compassion   Compassion allows us to hold our self with understanding rather than blame.  Compassion is the ability to be present with painful experiences and emotions without turning away from our self.  Compassion is our ability to greet all our parts, positive and negative, with understanding and forgiveness.  It is the ability to give to our self the love and acceptance that was previously withheld.

By participating in a cyclic process of awareness, acceptance, and compassion, we can unravel the underlying subconscious destructive cellular memories and trapped emotions that are fueling our self-defeating patterns.  As we become more aware of our underlying programming, the patterns begin to unravel themselves and we move closer to who we really are.

 

The Hidden Gift

While Awareness, Acceptance and Compassion may not be a quick fix, it will provide real and lasting changes.  More importantly, it will bring you into a healthy, loving, and compassionate relationship with your Self and all your parts.  That is a journey worth taking.  That is the treasure hidden within.  From a place of Self, you will discover deep the inner fulfillment that your soul craves.  That is priceless.   

 

Free Mini Course 

My free Mini Course, Six Steps to Resolve Hidden Stressors, provides a blueprint that can be help bring the subconscious in to awareness.  If you use this on a regular basis when you are struggling with a challenge in your life, you can get insights into the underlying factors in self-defeating patterns. 

If you do not have the Mini Course, click here to receive it.  If you have it, pull it out, dust it off and give it a try.  If you have questions about the Mini Course, join my Facebook Group, I Want to Be Healthy which was created to answer questions and provide a place for discussions about the Mini Course.  If you have not joined, you can do so by clicking on this link.

 

Awareness Practice

  1. Take an inventory of your challenges. Make a list of all the things that you complain about in your life.  Under each of these complaints is a hidden treasure.
  2. Use the worksheet in the Mini Course as a self-inquiry guide.
  3. Explore one challenge at a time.
  4. Become more aware of the emotions and beliefs underlying your areas of challenge.
  5. Notice your relationship with your emotions and explore ways to embrace your emotions.
  6. Create some truth focus statements to remind you of the experience you would like to have.
  7. Use the truth focus statements to remind you of your higher intention.

 

 May you discover the wealth of the Self within, 

Bindu

The Power of Intention

The Power of Intention

“Intention provides the template to a future not yet in manifestation”

 

For those of us with fibromyalgia and many other chronic illnesses, it can sometimes feel discouraging to work towards improved health.  We are told by the medical community that there is no cure, it is all in our heads, we need to learn to live with it, etc.

 

Set your intention

Years ago, my fibromyalgia was really bad.  It was so bad, that I could not imagine living my life this way.  I adopted the attitude that I could rebuild my health.  That attitude has been severely tested over the years.  At one point, I decided that I had to surrender to living with fibromyalgia for the rest of my life.  I thought I had tried everything.   Shortly after that, a friend suggested trying something and hadn’t heard about before.  It helped for a while, and more importantly, it opened a door for me.   I realized that new tools for healing were coming out every day and there was much that I did not know about.  I made a commitment to myself to always keep improving my health.  I am glad that I did as my health is greatly improved because of that.

By setting an intention to improve our health, we are telling God / Source / the Universe what we want to manifest.  We become co-creators with God / Source / The Universe, by setting the intention.  It can be amazing what shows up in one’s life after setting such an intention.

 

Asking the right questions

Along with setting an intention, is asking the right question.  How often do you ask the question, “Why do I feel so bad?” or “What’s wrong with me?” or “Why can’t I be healthy?”

What if instead you ask these questions, “How can I improve my health?”  or “Why is my health improving?” or “What’s new to learn about how to rebuild your health?”

If you only ask the questions about why you are not health, your will receive answers to those question, confirming that you are indeed unhealthy.  If you ask the question about how or why our health is improving, you will receive those answers.

 

“Ask and it shall be given”

 

Be conscious about what you ask, for that determines the answer you will be given.

 

Home Practice:

  1. Become conscious about your intentions. Are you thinking you will have fibromyalgia all your life and there is no way out of that?  Or are you willing to declare that it is your intention to rebuild your health?
  2. What questions do you ask? What kind of answers do you receive?
  3. Experiment with changing the questions and see what happens.

 

May your health and happiness grow,

Bindu

Fibromyalgia, Trauma, and the Five Elements

Fibromyalgia, Trauma, and the Five Elements

The 5-element theory from the ancient Chinese system of healing can add a further understanding of how trauma creates health problems in the physical body.

 

A simple understanding of the 5 Element Theory

The Five Element Theory is the foundation of the ancient Chinese system of healing.  It includes awareness of the meridian system, 5 elements of life, emotions and the relationships between the organ systems and symptoms.

The five elements are Wind, Fire, Water, Metal and Earth.  Each of the elements relate to a pair of meridians, emotions, and organs.  All symptoms in the body will relate to one of these elements.

 

Here is an image showing the relationships between the elements, organs and emotions:

According to the Five Element Theory, the health of the organism / body is dependent upon the flow of the energy through the body via the meridians.  If a meridian is blocked or weak, the functionality of that organ or the related organs and give rise to symptoms in the body.

 

How this relates to trauma

A trauma can be defined as an experience that is overwhelming to the individual that cannot be fully felt, integrated, and released.  In other words, a part of the individual gets frozen in time and the flow of energy gets blocked.  As emotions are energy-in-motion, this translates into emotions being held within the body.

When you feel an emotion, you are simply feeling the flow of energy through your body.  If the emotions are blocked or repressed, the flow of the energy gets compromised and the related organ system become compromised leading to symptoms. The symptoms are the body’s way of signaling to you, that there is a problem that needs to be resolved.  Once the emotion is felt, the trauma is resolved, the energy moves, the flow of energy is restored, and symptoms can resolve.

A trauma does not have to be a huge event.  It can be a small incident.  Yet if many small incidents collect over time, the body can reach its toleration point and then one final event can break the camel’s back . . . so to speak.

 Ongoing stresses in your life can have the same impact as a trauma. Such as ongoing financial stress, work related stress, family stress, or relationship issues. When you are stressed about a situation,  you can contract physically, emotionally or energetically, which also leads to reduced flow of energy.  

 

Complimentary with other approaches

Our modern system of medicine looks at a symptom as something that needs to be gotten rid of.  It does not generally appreciate the symptom as a signal from the body that something needs to be resolved.  Medications are given that relieve symptoms, yet the underlying imbalance is often not resolved.

This can be very helpful for intense symptoms, yet, unless the underlying imbalance is resolved, the imbalance may lead to additional symptoms or worse symptoms.  Also, medications normally have side effects which can create additional problems.

Even dietary, exercise, lifestyle changes, herbs and supplements can be complimented by resolving trauma for the greatest results.  

 

The interrelationship of the organ systems 

Another factor to consider is the interconnected relationship between the organ systems.  For example, unresolved grief, impacting the lungs and large intestine, may lead to anger which impacts the liver and gall bladder.  The symptoms the show up may be related to the liver and gallbladder, but the underlying cause is the grief.

In the Chinese system, all spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical symptoms can be traced to one of the organ systems.  Stay tuned for additional blogs addressing this!

 

How this applies to Fibromyalgia 

In the case of fibromyalgia, there are often multiple traumas.  Often a build up over time of small traumas that eventually lead to a breakdown.

When we have traumas and suppressed emotions, our mind attempts to create a mental understanding of why we feel the way we do.  This can lead to unconscious beliefs, that block our happiness and health and undermine our authenticity, vitality, and passion.   The most commonly held underlying belief is, “there is something wrong with me” or some variation of that.

From my perspective a well-balanced treatment plan for fibromyalgia, would include a way to resolve the underlying trauma(s).   Resolving the traumas not only lead to a reduction in symptoms, but also a greater sense of inner peace, empowerment, and fulfillment.

I often get referrals from medical doctors and holistic practitioners to assist their patients with resolving the underlying emotional and psychological imbalances.   They deem this to be an important part of a patient’s treatment program.

It is rewarding to see that there is a growing awareness of the importance of healing the heart and emotional wounds in the field of fibromyalgia and other chronic health issues.

 

Assistance is available

If you would like some one on one help in this area, I offer a free Discovery Session to explore your situation and see if we would be a good fit.  You can request the Discovery Session via this link. All sessions can be done via phone, skype or zoom!

I will also be unveiling group programs sometime this year, so stay tuned!

 

May you grow in health and happiness.

Bindu

The Joy of Water

The Joy of Water

The Importance of Water

Drinking adequate water is an important part of rebuilding our health and staying healthy.  Although we look pretty solid, more than half of the human body is actually liquid – a briny fluid, much like sea water.  This fluid keeps us in good working order, cushioning and hydrating our cells, tissues and organs, transporting nutrients and eliminating waste from the body.  Water hydrates our body and is essential for many of the functions of the body including digestion, immune function, hormones, communication between cells, mental function, elimination.

 

Dehydration Impacts our health

When your body fluids are depleted, you are dehydrated.  It is as simple as that.  Yes, we would know if we were severely dehydrated as we would end up in the hospital.  The problem is that most of us suffer from minor dehydration and don’t even know it.  We do not understand how essential water is to well-being. We do not understand what happens to the body if it doesn’t receive its daily water requirements.

Minor levels of dehydration can cause you to feel grumpy and tired and make it hard to concentrate.  It can contribute to constipation, aches and pains, asthma, hypertension, ulcers, allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, anxiety, cancer and many other diseases and illnesses.  Now, that is something to pay attention to!

 

Staying hydrated

Minor dehydration can be easily avoided by drinking adequate fluids throughout the day.  Don’t allow thirst to be the only motivation for drinking water.  By the time you are thirsty, dehydration has already set in.  Feeling hungry between meals is another sign of dehydration.

It is important to have a steady influx of water throughout the day.  We get water from beverages that we drink and the food we eat.  A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight in half and that is the number of ounces of water to drink daily.    Ideally, you want to spread the amount of water you drink over the day.  Drink a full glass or two of water upon waking in the morning and then a full glass 30 minutes before each meal or snack.  Add another full glass of water between each meal and you have a good supply of fluid going into your system.  Some say it is ideal to drink about 1/2 cup of water every half hour to spread the water intake out evenly throughout the day.  Another water tip is to stop drinking fluids about 2-3 hours before going to bed.   This will allow a full 8 hours of undisturbed sleep.

 

Be mindful of what dehydrates you 

The body loses about half a gallon of liquid every day through sweat, exhaled air and urine.  On a hot day, you lose even more.  Exercise vigorously and you sweat off up to an additional quart per hour. 

It is important to remember that as with everything we put into out body, there are good fluids and bad fluids.  Some beverages dehydrate you and some hydrate you.   Fluids to avoid include coffee, sodas, alcohol, sweetened fruit juices, city tap water and many sports drinks.  These fluids can contain empty calories, toxic substances and can lead to further dehydration.

 

The best water to drink 

The best fluid intake is pure water.  You can get spring water or filtered water.  There are many varieties of bottled water on the market, but the best value for your money is simply pure spring water.  Another option is to purchase a good water filter for your home.  It is more economical and you have more control over the quality of the water you are drinking.  Purchase a good water bottle and carry it with you so that water is handy throughout the day. 

Water temperature is also important.  Excess cold water can be imbalancing to the body, especially the kidneys.  Room temperature water provides enhanced health benefits. 

 

Want some creativity and variety? 

Infused water can be fun and provide additional nutrition to your beverages.  Here are some links to discover fun and delicious infused water recipes.  Or get creative and discover your own. 

Infused Water Recipes to Upgrade your H2O – Shape

8 Infused Water Recipes – Culinary Hill

10 Refreshing Infused Water Recipes (with Fruit and Herbs!) Wellness Mama

 

Introspection and tools to increase the amount of water you are drinking.

  1. Reflect on the amount and types of fluids you currently take in each day.
  2. Do you drink enough fluids?
  3. What is the quality of fluids that you drink?
  4. Are you drinking the right kinds of fluids?
  5. What baby steps can you take to increase the amounts of healthy water intake?
  6. What are some fun and creative ways that you can add more healthy fluids into your diet? 

 

May you enjoy the health benefits of water, 

Bindu

Fibromyalgia, Trauma and GNM

Fibromyalgia, Trauma and GNM

Introducing German New Medicine (GNM)

Another look at the connection between trauma and fibromyalgia comes from a relatively new study by a German Physician named Ryke Geerd Hamer.  Dr. Hamer was diagnosed with prostate cancer several months after his 17-year-old son was killed in a shooting accident.  Dr Hamer intuitively asked the question, “Is my cancer diagnosis related the shock of my son’s death?”  To find the answer to that question, he spent many years researching, studying and documenting the relationship between trauma and physical illness.  What he discovered was revolutionary and will change the course of health care in the years to come.

Dr Hamer found that the human body is an amazing conscious organism that is guided by divine intelligence.  It is more intelligent and capable than the human mind can even begin to comprehend. It is designed to survive, to adapt to changes and challenges in its environment and, most importantly, to heal itself.

 

The impact of trauma

Dr Hamer discovered that when a person experiences a trauma or an unexpected negative event, a series of changes begin to occur in the body.  The event could be a major even such as the death of a loved one or as simple as getting stuck in a traffic jam making you late for an important meeting.  

At the moment of the distressing event, we are now considered to be “conflict active” and a lesion appears in the brain in a specific location. Then a biochemical signal is sent to a specific organ or tissue in the body causing changes to occur in the organ or tissue.  These changes involve growing or losing cells to make that specific organ or tissue stronger or weaker. The location of the lesion and the organ or tissues in the body that are affected, depends on how the psyche interprets the event.

Our nervous system becomes sympathetic dominant. This is the part of our nervous system that wakes us up, keeps us alert and functional during the day, and rises to the occasion to respond to a threat. 

The changes occurring in the affected organ or tissue are assisting us so we’re in a better position to manage the unexpected event.  There aren’t many symptoms during this phase, but signs that you are “conflict active” include having clammy hands, nausea, a racing mind, and an inability to sleep.

 

The Healing Phase

Once the conflict is resolved, your nervous system changes and your body responds by addressing the changes that occurred in the conflict active phase. If you grew cells, you’ll now break them down; if you lost cells, you’ll now replenish them. This phase is called the healing phase.  You now experience (there generally were NO symptoms before this) symptoms in the body as the parasympathetic side of the nervous system becomes dominate.  This is when we are tired, in pain, and need to rest and take care of ourselves so our bodies can heal.  In Dr Hamer’s research, it became clear that the symptoms were simply the body’s way of healing itself, reversing the changes that occurred after the shock and returning to balance or homeostasis.  

If the conflict isn’t resolved, the trauma or negative experience can be re-triggered again and again, keeping us stuck in a never-ending cycle of re-traumatization and ongoing symptoms.

 

Let’s look how this applies to fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is the medical term for widespread muscle pain of unknown origin.  From the perspective on German New Medicine, “fibromyalgia” indicates a long-lasting healing of a generalized self-devaluation conflict affecting the whole person.  In my case, working through my lack of self-esteem and self-confidence and trusting in myself and my inner knowing has been a major factor in my process of rebuilding my health.

It seems to be very common for women with fibromyalgia to feel unheard and not believed. They are often misunderstood by others who cannot understand or relate to the difficulties of the fatigue and pain she struggles with every single day.  When you add the insomnia and depression and other symptoms such as IBS, daily life can feel like sheer torture.

There were many years when simply getting up in the morning and struggling to be functional was all I could manage.  And after years and years of pushing through the fatigue and pain, my body completely gave out.  I had to rest.  Rather than continuing to push myself, I had to look inside and resolve the underlying metaphysical causes of my fibromyalgia.  I continue to work on that but doing so has helped me make huge shifts in my physical, mental and emotional health.

Symptoms vary from person to person based on your own unique situation and the intensity of the pain.  However, we gain a new perspective when we learn GNM.   We learn new insights into the underlying trauma or negative life experience that began the symptoms and continues to keep them active.

 

German New Medicine can support us in rebuilding our health

Once we correlate when the symptoms started with the negative events in a woman’s life, we understand the events that created the conflict shock. We can then begin to resolve our relationship to the events and reminders of that event and support the body in releasing the cycle of ongoing re-traumatization and symptoms.

When we understand our symptoms as the body’s process of healing itself we can release the fear and support the body in the healing phase.

If you would like to learn more about German New Medicine, click here to watch a free mini-course on new German Medicine.   The mini-course consists of 8 short videos about 4-10 minutes in length.   Once you have watched the mini-course, you are invited to contact me for a German New Medicine Consultation.  Simply visit my contact page and request a New German Consultation at a discounted price of $97 or sign up for a complementary Discovery Session

Until next week, Bindu