What Can You Accomplish In 30 Days? Day 15

So what is our goal on day 15? Start listening to what your body is telling you. I've seen this over and over....people (myself included) research ways to be healthy, try them out, and feel like crap. Then, they either give up or continue on, thinking that this is just the way it is.

When it comes to detoxing, there is always a period of misery when your body is simply pissed off that it can't have what it wants. That is a given. However, this should pass. If it doesn't, perhaps this change isn't right for you. We are all different, and our bodies have different needs. Some people thrive on particular diets or lifestyle regimens, while others might try following the same path, only to feel horrible.

Here is an example: when I was in my early 20's, I had a very unhealthy lifestyle. As is my way, I decided to create drastic changes to improve my health. One of these changes was to become a vegetarian. I did all the right things, making sure to get enough protein through sources other than meat. However, I was exhausted all the time, and felt awful. I thought it was an adjustment period, so I kept waiting to feel better...for almost a year. I finally caved and began eating meat again, and I felt fantastic. Even though a vegetarian lifestyle is what most people would consider "healthy", it simply didn't work for my body.

In my medicine, diet is linked to the organ systems, and dietary advice in this world often varies greatly from Western medicine. For example, an imbalance in the Spleen would mean that a patient wouldn't respond well to cold, wet foods. I can't tell you how many times I have patients who take really good care of themselves complain about gastrointestinal issues and wonder why, when their diet is so healthy. Yes, salad and yogurt is technically "healthy" food, but for someone with this particular imbalance, it just doesn't work.

I could get into a whole discussion about the foods that benefit each organ system, but that is a topic for another day. Today, I just want to acknowledge that we all need to sometimes defy convention, and figure out what works for us as individuals.