So you’ve read the material. You know the mechanics of your body’s engine, your digestive system. And now you know there are things you can do to take an active role in how your engine works. But maybe you’re still having a hard time taking that first step.
It’s true that changing our habits isn’t easy. It may even seem like an impossible task at first, but remember that you’re not alone. I’m here to help you, whether that means providing acupuncture or any of the other modalities I mentioned in my last post or being your personal health cheerleader. I’ll go first: You CAN do this!
To keep yourself motivated and gauge your progress, try keeping a food journal during the detox period. Each day, record what you eat at each meal, and later record how you feel afterward. If you’re having a hard time giving up something you love, write about it: what you love about that food, what memories or feelings you associate with it, etc. Remember, food is not just physical nourishment. Culturally and personally, we have an emotional attachment to it. Journaling can help you acknowledge and, if necessary, overcome those feelings of connection.
Here are some of the things to discuss in your food journal:
- What did you eat at each meal today?
- Did cutting out one particular item lead to immediate relief of certain symptoms?
- Seeing the list of foods, is there a pattern of any kind?
- What times of day or week seem to trigger overeating or eating foods that don’t agree with you?
- Are you experiencing any unexpected but positive “side effects” such as greater energy or a looser waistband?
- What foods have proven hardest for you to eliminate? What detox foods act as a satisfying substitute?
So let’s do this! It’s a challenge, but I know you’re up for it, and I’m here for you. Together, let’s put acid reflux and IBS to rest for good.