It is said by many people that the gut, comprised by the stomach and the intestines, is the second brain. As such, it contains many nerves. It picks up on changes in the environment. Of our surroundings, and of our thoughts. When we feel nervous, or excited, we feel it there. When we “get a bad feeling” about someone, in real life or in a movie, isn’t that where you feel it?
Not to get poetic, but its almost as if we are TASTING in reverse: normally, we taste food in our mouth and then process it in our guts. When it comes to feelings, or KNOWINGS, we process it in our gut first, and then taste it in our mouths in the form of words (spoken or unspoken).
The stomach reacts to our emotions. Many people get tummy aches when they’re upset. Later in life, this can develop into more severe stomach problems such as acid reflux.
Digestive issues can be linked to happiness, as well. If you can’t process your feelings, it is difficult to process your food. And vice versa!
The most hopeful aspect of all this is that by taking better care of our guts, we become happier, healthier people.
That means take your probiotics. These have been proven to help with overall health and happiness. This article explains how to do that in depth.
The Fasting Method
It also means paying attention to how you respond to different foods. Some foods might make you grumpy, and you don’t even realize it!
The best way to figure this out is the fasting method. Pick a time when you don’t have too many responsibilities and you don’t have to do physical labor. And please please, talk to your doctor first.
- Taper off of toxins (Sugar, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes)
- This can take several days to a week. It is important to taper off of these powerful chemicals BEFORE the fast. If you do not, your body will likely be overwhelmed by the withdrawal from chemicals and food and you will not feel well at all.
- Taper off of meat, processed carbohydrates and cooked foods
- This can be done in 1-2 days.
- During this time, you can enjoy salads, fresh juices, and fruit
- No more food!
- For 3 to 14 days, depending on your health and according to what your doctor says is safe, drink only water.
That is the fast! Simple to say, challenging to do. Rewarding, as well.
When you begin to reincorporate food, begin with very simple food that are not typically allergens. Concentrate on the food as you eat it, and concentrate on how it makes you feel. I recommend keeping a DETAILED JOURNAL during this process, which will typically last about a week. It might sound like a lot of work, but if you’re going to go to the trouble to fast, you might as well follow through with the process and learn all there is to learn.
In your journal, note how you feel…
- after 5 minutes
- after an hour
- after 3 hours
- after 12 hours
- after 24 hours.
Some feeling might include: Happy, Sad, Angry, Nervous, Excited, Grateful, Calm, Blissful, Sleepy, Spacey, Confused, Strong, Horney, Energized, Heavy, Light, Hungry, Somber, Focused, Afraid, Wise, Beautiful.
It is wise to plan ahead the schedule for introducing potential allergens back into your diet. If you introduce two allergens at the same time, you won’t know which one is causing which reaction. So take it slow, plan it out, get support from a doctor and a nutritionist, pay close attention to your feelings and write them down.
Then, use what you learned to eat differently going forth. Eat foods that will help you be happy, and always remember to include those fermented foods. When you can’t, take a probiotic.
PS Drink lots of water!!!!!