Listen to the signals your body gives you.


The human body is extremely good at telling you how to function optimally, if you listen to it. The complex systems in place that make you feel tired, stressed, hungry... are all a product of evolution, and are there to help you be at your best.


I'll skip over the generic advice I could give you about listening to these signals, as I want to focus on a very specific point - and this is, the inflammatory response to consuming certain foods.


Food sensitivities are more than normal, but what may come as a surprise is that how you react to certain foods will change over time, so it's super important to monitor how eating something makes you feel.


Anything that causes you an inflammatory response as soon as you eat it likely isn’t serving you. For example, if your throat feels like it's closed up slightly, which can occur for highly processed foods such as protein bars.


Moreover, bloating, which in this case is perfectly normal, can be a good indication of foods that "don't agree with you". However, it's very easy to build a false association with a food that was perfectly fine, but coincidentally made you bloat as it was consumed alongside something else, or in a meal that was too large or eaten too quickly, or while you were stressed, etc.


My tip here is to look for recurring patterns of bloating, and if you become suspicious of a certain food; try eating it on its own or with something you know doesn't give you any issues to pinpoint the source of bloating.


Once you find a source of bloating, try to limit it, and then attempt to re-introduce it over time very gradually. Like I said, the way your body reacts to foods changes over time, so the food source may not be lost forever - unless of course, the intolerance is more serious.




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