Your body is always going to try and get your attention when there’s an imbalance. There are 3 symptoms of body imbalance that you should never ignore: fatigue, headache, and stomach bloat.
Fatigue is a feeling of being exhausted all the time like you’re running around with a bowling ball in your backpack that you never get to put down. But you can use the food you eat to fix it, start with the amount and types of protein you eat.
Protein builds muscle and feeds enzymes and is responsible for giving you energy.
There’s a simple way to find this out. Take four days and spend each day eating a different kind and amount of lean protein. For instance, the first day you would eat chicken or fish with every meal but the second day you’d focus on vegan protein for one meal, chicken for another and the third none at all. Rotate around what kinds of protein you’re eating and how much of it for the next four days. Keep a log of how your energy felt right after the meal, then two hours after the meal to gauge what’s working for you.
Headaches can be caused by increased stress and an over-consumption of sugar (a lot of times we don’t even know how much sugar we’re eating. Now, it’s not your fault that you’re eating too much sugar. Sugar is sneaky, it’s everywhere and it’s disguised. And when you’re stressed out, you naturally reach for sugary foods because the polarity of those foods make you feel light, relaxed, and happy.
Start by managing your stress through natural means. I’m going to tell you my favorite way: the 5-5-7 breathing exercise. It takes two minutes and switches your body out of the “I’m stressed and tight” mode and triggers your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the relaxation stage of your body.
Here’s how you do it: You inhale for a count of five, hold for a count of five, and exhale for a count of seven. Simple, right? Do this throughout your day especially when you feel your neck tighten, shoulders raise, or back stiffen. Close your eyes and take two minutes to breathe and relax.
Because stress isn’t going away, but the way you react to it can change. And when you react to stress by relaxing and choosing to move through the stress instead of bash up against it, everything will shift.
Now onto sugar. Corn, energy drinks, water flavoring, low-fat items, pre-packaged meals, and non-dairy creamers are all filled with sugar to increase flavor and shelf life. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying cut out all sugar and never, ever have cake or chocolate or alcohol again. I’m saying, watch your intake. Find a balance.
If you notice that you’re needing two to three cups of coffee throughout your morning and even into your afternoon, you’ve got an imbalance going on. If you get an instant headache when you don’t have coffee, it’s time to back it down. Because sugar is addictive so when you consume it, your blood sugar will spike up and down causing you to inherently crave more. Your body tells you about these cravings by giving you a headache. Switch out one cup of coffee for green tea, it’s going to cut down your caffeine dependency, help curb your sugar cravings and balance out your blood sugar.
Stomach bloat can be caused by a number of things, I’m going to go over the five most common ones: internalizing stress, eating too quickly, consuming food you’re allergic to, eating too much, and protein imbalance. We’ve already covered how to manage your stress and fix your protein levels so I’ll to talk about the other three.
Your body cycles and changes throughout its entire life. So things that your body loved and reacted great to 15 years ago, may have changed today. There could be foods that you’re not digesting because you’re eating too quickly, you’re eating something you’re allergic to, or you’re not relaxing your body when you eat so your body can’t trigger proper digestion.
For better digestion, use the 5-5-7 breath before each and every meal for the next seven days and then check-in on how you feel. Relaxing is how you get better digestion.
To slow down and not overeat, set a timer the next time you eat, how long did it take you to finish everything on your plate? Two minutes, three minutes? When you eat that quickly, your body doesn’t get a chance to talk to your stomach. That’s why you eat double or triple the portion you need and still not be full.
The ideal time it should take you to eat is between 15 and 20 minutes. For the next seven days, use a timer to monitor how fast you’re eating. Add two minutes each time until every meal is between 15 and 20 minutes.
For allergies, you can consult with a doctor for an allergy test or work with a health coach or nutritionist to identify allergies. If you choose to work with someone, they will help you reset your body and re-introduce foods back into your diet one by one to identify food sensitivities and intolerances, and create a maintenance diet that best serves your unique body.
Connect with your body and introduce a new way of reacting to it. It may be the very thing you need to no longer have a problem with body imbalance.
Sometimes it’s the little tweaks that make the biggest differences in our world and in our health. Remember, your body is the ultimate authority on knowing what works and what doesn’t, simply by listening to it will you get the answer you’re looking for.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to help. I’m here as a resource for you to be the healthiest version of yourself.