Why the name “The Food Whisperer”? This was given to me years ago when I was in the health food store cafes by one of my customers. They said eating my food had gotten them back in touch with their body’s nutritional needs. So my question for you today is what is your body saying to you on a food level (how hungry are you and how often), on a mood energy level (too high, too low), on an inflammation level (limitation of movement, aches and pains aka arthritis), on a mental clarity level (brain fog, forgetfulness), on a fatigue level, on a puffiness/bloated level, on a bowel elimination level.
How many different weight solutions do you see on your social media sources each day? How many quick fixes have you tried and how many exercise routines have been successful? How many inflammatory programs do you see? Anti-aging? Latest, Greatest, Cure All Eating protocol?
I do have all these popping up because I need to follow trends for my current and future clients who may request a new protocol. And so, I pick through what I read and compare to what I have learned over the past 23 years in the health food world and a total of 36 years as a former hypoglycemic. That is where my journey of health and food connection began.
Here I am today, 52; in perimenopause; progesterone is super low; bio identical, allergen free progesterone does not know where to go in my body; weight is beginning to creep up on me, good cholesterol is a little low, bad cholesterol is a little high, triglycerides are spectacular, sugar is beautiful, liver looks good. Hmmmmm. I have been following a Paleo driven, intermittent fasting protocol for the past 1 ½-2 years. My intermittent fasting is eating from 8 am to 4-5 pm, one day fasting with one 600 calorie meal. On weekends I may eat later if I like, and that is when I will drink my preservative free, no added sulfite wine. I work out as follows 2-3 days weights 20-25 minutes, 2-3 days Pilates, calisthenics, or speed walking (25 minutes), 2 days stretching only. I do a cleanse 2 or 3 times a year. Colonics at season change. Regular chiropractic adjustments, throw in some craniosacral therapy and monthly/bi-weekly MLD.
Looks rather good right? But when nothing changes for the good (weight, blood work, and a fatty deposit on my upper arm), something has to give somewhere. That is where I was tweaking with the intermittent fasting ( how long, what works), shifting to lesser time exercising – reduce adrenal fatigue, etc. A client of mine recently asked if I were familiar with Eat Right For Your Blood Type and could I prepare meals for them in that way. Of course! I remember when the protocol first came out and having to prepare dishes for the café, I worked in. So, I dusted off my Live Right book and delved into things. Now, 20 years ago I played around with eating for Type A for myself and found it maintained my weight post babies. It did not make sense to me since I am Sicilian, and I should be eating pasta sauce, olives, peppers, eggplant, dairy cheese, and meat. But it worked. And then you let things go and move on with life when everything is going okay. Until it is not.
I decided almost two weeks ago to go back to the Blood Type basics for A’s. What has happened? Although my weight has not shifted, my puffiness on my waist has. And the fatty deposit I have had for the past 3+ years has reduced dramatically. I am going to tighten the Live Right protocol strings on myself a little more and see what else is going to happen next. I will probably be checking my blood (cholesterol) again soon.
My take is this, like I said before, our bodies are as shifting as the tides or the wind. What works for others may not work for you. Or what worked for you for the past 3 years may have stopped a long time ago and you decided to ignore it believing that this is still what is best for you. But when the results do not change, something else has to. Food, exercise, and how open you are to changing things you DO HAVE CONTROL OVER. It is up to you to sit and wait for that next appointment, until you have more energy, until a practitioner gives you an answer you want to hear, until work stops being so stressful, until the family issue is resolved, until a loved one’s health crisis is over, I can go on and on, I hope you get the picture.
Make excuses so you do not have to be responsible for your health and food and exercise and mind set choices OR take 15 minutes here and there every day to research and dig and find what eating, and exercise, and mind set therapy will EMPOWER YOU on your next healthier you step in your journey. Peace and Love Always. Although I know this one, I wrote is to stir you up a little, LOL.