Hear Your Body

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (Phillip. 4:8)

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Nobody lives without mind. Mind and body can’t be apart from each other. When my body aches my mind gets depressed and when my mind hurts it surely affects my body. When my mind is synchronized with God’s mind I am in peace and feel joyful. And when my mind is harmonized with my body I feel healthy and happy. The Bible says we are supposed to think whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable…anything excellent or praise worthy. I always get hurt and sick whenever I choose to go a different direction.

We are in the 21st century. We live longer than ever, we have more choices of food, we have fancier ways to communicate, and now we even are about to have driverless cars. Life should be fun and happy with all that improvements. But there are so many people who are sick physically and emotionally more than ever. Over the years I have noticed that the number of people who have problems like cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases have increased tremendously. Even dogs are having allergies and all kinds of problems these days. When I was younger I always had a dog in my house but I’ve never heard that dogs catch colds or get allergies.

Our body is like a chemical factory and many complex things are going on every single second. I won’t be able to figure out on every details but over the years I learned that  my body is honest and it always tries to communicate with me. So I practiced to learn what is abnormal and what is normal in food for my body. The foods are our main surviving sources from God. Just as I have to choose what are the good thoughts for my mind, I have to choose which foods are good for my body.

So, how did I find out which food is good for me? Very simple. I was just eating rice, vegetables and fruits that are safe for sure for me for 7-10 days in a natural way as much as possible. NO hamburgers. NO pizzas. NO sweets. NO processed food. Some of them can be added later but I was initially only eating rice and vegetables as a meal and had some fruits as a snack. After a week, I started to introduce one or two new foods in my diet each week to see if it causes any abnormal symptoms like bloated stomach, heartburn, headache, constipation, skin problem, rising heartbeat, or any other physical and mental abnormalities. I wrote down everything in my food journal and if there was food that triggered any symptoms I stopped eating right away and reintroduced 2 weeks later. That’s how I found out cauliflowers for my bloated stomach, potatoes for my heartburn, capsaicin, caffeine, and MSG for my heart palpitations, and gluten for my constipation.

But you might wonder why I make such a big deal out of this procedure. I learned through lots of books and research papers that many of these symptoms are the sign of food allergies and it can lower my immune level and also can be a root cause for many diseases. So, if you can find out which foods are not good for you, you are more than half way to the cure. But, before I started it, I talked with my doctor. So, if you want to do it, it is always a good idea to talk with your health care provider first.

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