The excellent coffee and croissants have been my temptation, though neither of them are particularly good for my body. Since my body didn’t seem to react very much to an espresso and croissant, I ate them three days in a row.
Have you ever done that? You know that certain foods stress your body, but think that because you were able to digest a little bit without any serious reaction that you can eat or drink a lot?
I guess I was hoping that coffee and the young wheat used in croissants would be so different here that my body would cope. That was my mistake. Within three days my nervous system was complaining with spiking pains in my hands and feet and an embarrassing moment when I had trouble forming a simple word.
As if on cue, a friend from Hungary sent me this video by Dr. David Clark, DC, explaining the relationship between wheat and coffee for those of us that are gluten intolerant. http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/11637.html
This video revealed to me what I intuitively knew but didn’t want to accept. There are just some food and food combinations that are not good for me.
That said, there are also foods that are excellent for me and promote my healing and well-being. When I honor my unique relationship to food, I thrive. When I don’t I suffer.
I fully expect that someday it will be common knowledge that food is not only what sustains us, but that it is also medicine. In an age when so many foods from so many places are available to us, it is easy to simply want and expect to eat whatever appeals to us.
However, if we consider that food is also medicine, then our relationship to food changes. Not only does it nourish us and please our taste buds, but used properly, food can be our healer, right along with the lovely healing herbs Mother Earth gives us.
Doctors, nutritionists and herbalists have explained to me that as we get older, we become more sensitive and need to be more conscientious about the foods we eat. That has certainly been my experience, and sometimes I’m disappointed that there are foods I can no longer eat without stressing my body.
Here is the good news about that sensitivity. It is an opportunity in my self-healing journey to truly delight in and appreciate the foods that keep my body healing and thriving.
Rather than indulging in the entire buffet, our bodies teach us to choose selectively and enjoy intimately the gifts of specific foods.
So now, as I commit to my self-healing, I’m absolutely delighting in the fresh fruits available from a local outdoor market, and the magnificent fresh figs growing on the tree outside the house where we are staying. My body is happy, I’m feeling great, and my taste buds are thrilled!