A book ran across my screen last week…. and for some reason I paused and read the summary. The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry MD is about the “hidden dangers” in healthy foods. These types of books don’t normally stick but I started reading immediately and just finished it. Audio books, for me, are a great invention as I can walk around, be active and still read. I was immediately inspired. There is no logical answer as to why. I felt my body engage – motivation to keep reading was on and I felt “obsessed” to understand it. This is a book about change – how to change your body by changing your gut. I frequently see adds and info on products, weight loss strategies, and ways to improve health and usually skim through them. I haven’t made significant changes to my diet for a couple of years and that was only because I had to when my husband decided to be a vegan; meaning no dairy, meat or animal products. I adjusted to a moderated diet and considered myself a vegetarian that ate fish. I chose not to be rigid or restrictive in my choices because for me, being flexible felt healthier. Nevertheless, it was a change.
Over the last few years, I’ve noticed changes in my body related to resilience, joints, muscle pain and energy. I’ve tried to “figure it out” and find ways to reverse these symptoms. I’ve had some successes but problems remain. Pain on any level is a motivator so if you are a positive thinker, there it is! Soon, another type of change is coming….one that will significantly alter the way I think about food and the way I consume it. Some time back, I wrote a blog on “My fat story” which highlighted my journey as an obese child/teen and how I came to grips with it, made changes and moved forward. I needed to be strict with myself for some time as that was the only way my mind could think of to lose weight. My memory of these major diet changes connects with the original Weight Watchers program in the 70’s. Yes, I ate cans of french style beans and tuna fish, the ones where you could run your finger around the can’s edges and see the gray residues. I was allowed 2 slices a day of Sweetheart white bread, hot dogs with mustard (no ketchup) once a week and lots of chicken, iceberg lettuce and weight watchers salad dressing sold in tiny packets filled with preservatives. This was followed by diet soda, artificial sweeteners and an array of sugar free jello desserts. You may be getting the picture of how much I was influenced by the culture – far removed from healthy human development but capitalism and the ads of the 60’s were in full swing – the power of the spin. We all continue to be onslaught by media only far more and most people’s minds are spinning – which is part of the increased anxiety symptoms seen and high demands for mental health care. More and more I am seeing the urgency to wake up from the culture spin and find truth an as I find strategies to coax myself out of this culture coma I experience many rewards. When I started my study of essential oils, my knowledge was limited – basically started from scratch. This relationship with the oils of nature has evolved and grown to include an even bigger perspective. Now, on to repairing and finding ways to support my gut buddies as Dr. Gundry calls them. His book is filled with knowledge of our guts chemistry and alchemy to keep us humans going. He also has a history of being obese and trying all kinds of things to find a healthy weight and body.
Greatness begins with inspiration. Now, I’m ready to sweat a bit and do the research needed to begin this life change. First, it’s understanding to a reasonable degree what the science is and since I’ve “felt” it to be worth doing now, to balance this felt sense with logic. Remember the Logic of Love and Emotion? That is one of the central themes of creating healthy love relationships – love is a feeling and creating a healthy relationship is work. Tools are the communication skills. In positive relationships this work has many rewards vs in unhealthy relationships this work may feel endless, discouraging or frequently frustrating. I refer to the spin couples can find themselves in as emotional allergies. Over time, we’ve all seen the impact of these emotional spins. Creating a healthy body while in a healthy relationship – consider the potential!
Loving ourselves is where the power is yet we need the power and gifts of nature to help. I am beginning to see a human-plant relationship in my thinking! Dr. Gundry states, “My philosophy centers around the fact that the human digestive system is a very complex and very sensitive machine. It needs key energy sources that you’re not getting in your diet… and at the same time, it’s damaged by a vast number of foods that are a big part of our “Standard American Diet.” What I’m learning is the importance of Polyphenols, the negative effects of lectins found in many types of processed and unproperly cooked foods, and finding the balance of bacteria in your gut. As a therapist I am more keenly aware of the brain and the need to take care of it. Its health is intimately entwined with our digestive system. This isn’t new information but like I said I was inspired to take a closer look at what I was feeding my brain/body. I want to feel better too! I want an intimate relationship with my own body. The more we understand about our bodies the better we will be able to control what’s going on with it. This will require some changes to my daily routines and have already spent a few days discarding foods like peanuts, cashews, breads and crackers, processed salad dressings and paying close attention to the labels of things to avoid additives. Just in the few days that I’ve tried some of the changes my body has given me “I like you” signals. I’m happy about the dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee part. Red wine can keep its place from time to time as well. The book identifies lists of say yes to foods and say no to foods that seem handy enough. I ‘m gathering my materials. He reminds people that one can start where they need to start and only gives suggestions. I’m excited and will keep you posted.
Winter is a challenging season for many reasons we are all familiar with. Foot soaks with dead sea salts and essential oils soothes and provides vital minerals and magnesium that most of us need more of. Earlier this month, I participated in a health fair sponsored by Natural Grocers in Fargo. The individuals I visited with had genuine interest in essential oils and the holistic concepts of health. Let’s keep the awareness going. Maybe I should have added that to the Women’s march agenda last weekend. My sign may have read -Support Natural Health Care NOW! Somehow, my inspiration didn’t coax me out the door into the cold of Fargo. Finally, Green Organics has a new line of hemp products which I am excited to try. The hemp is grown in Kentucky and is organic. It is naturally rich in Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 Essential Fatty Acids. It comes in drops which you place under the tongue. BTW it is 100% legal. HBNaturals, the sister company of goDesana highlights the same strict quality standards as how essential oils are chosen and tested. It’s marketed as a full spectrum oil and aids the brain/body in regulating sleep, appetite, pain modulation, mood enhancement and libido through the introduction of hemp-derived cannabinoids like the CBT oil.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. Cannabinoids are designed to promote homeostasis at every level of life.
The endocannabinoid system, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system we begin to see a mechanism that explains how states of consciousness can promote health or disease. This information was gleaned from HBNaturals so I will be searching more sources as I become more aquainted with it.
Don’t worry, no getting high here – just all the other benefits. For more info check it out at http://www.hbnaturals.com/newpath
This will be interesting to study and see the results. I’ll keep an open mind. For now, learning and experimenting will be on my schedule. Inspiration can come to you at any moment. Set an intention to invite this inspiration to come into your life in a surprising/unexpected way. Take time to mediate or reflect quietly in prayer and get familiar with your thoughts – the ones that are important and the ones you want to send down the river. Have a great month. As always, please let me know if I can help you in your health journey. Life loves you!