There is no question that our bodies communicate with us. The real issue is whether or not we truly listen. Society will always have something to say regarding what to put in your body. Have you ever tried simply paying attention to what your body needs? More importantly, do you know the difference between what it needs and what it craves?
Your best bet would have been to schedule an appointment, before the holidays, so I could have prescribed a Chinese herbal formula tailored to your constitution. Now, Thanksgiving has passed, and the holiday season is in full swing. You may already be experiencing something we practitioners call ‘food stagnation.’ This refers to the slowing down of your digestive system’s ability to process food. The result is blockage which then causes abdominal distention, belching, flatulence, nausea and discomfort. If you’re someone who regularly suffers from digestive issues, this time of year may exacerbate some of your symptoms.
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The simple solution is to avoid over-eating. At the same time, I enjoy holiday feasting as much as the next person. So where is the middle ground? Various herbal formulas exist that can help transform food, break up stagnation and return your digestive system to it proper functioning. Drinking room-temperature water and getting sufficient sleep are certainly recommended. Dare I introduce the “D” word?
You bet I do. Diet and nutrition never have to take a back seat to celebration. My holistic philosophy already excludes fads and trendy diets. My clients are accustomed to a steady approach to their health and lifestyle. Each person eats what his or her body needs. What is healthy for one may not be healthy for another. It is all about body type.
Take fiber for example. One person may suffer from constipation which means ingesting a ton of green leafy vegetables. Too much fiber can be a nightmare for someone who has loose stools or suffers from ulcerative colitis, or bloody stools.
Are you overweight or underweight? Schedule a consultation and we can determine your unique body type or constitution. We can find out what types of food are best for you. My biggest concern at this time of year is always hypertension, or high blood pressure. If you suffer from this, I recommend drinking a cup of juice made from fresh celery and tomato every morning. In the meantime, check out Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford. It is a great resource for TCM nutrition. If you're interested in dietary advice specific to your constitution make an appointment.