How important is your diet
updated by @rene: 02/12/17 06:04:51PM
Cannot say that I live by a diet for my abilities. Have cut down on sugar (but that is mainly vanity and long term health concerns), and been going from little meat, to pescatarian, to mostly vegetarian, and have started to phase out milk products too. Not sure why, but somehow having the urge and not fighting it... As for articles claiming that our pineal glands are calcified and you need a special diet - don't think there is much basis to them. Nothing I ever ate seemed to numb my empath abilities, there just seem to be foods that might make more susceptible to get negative vibes (like drinking alcohol at times (but not always)).
Diet is HUGE for me.
But I have a lot of food intolerances so that maybe the reason.
I stay away from refined sugars and stuff in general and eat a lot of vegetables (mostly cruciferous veggies and squashes)
I have a salt tooth BAD and I have to make sure to load up on water.
Water WATER WAAATTERRRR I cannot stress it enough..
I havent had anything make my abilities go away, just better heightened or sensitive.
I was a total sugar addict and used to be unbearably grouchy and/or sad without sugar, but had to cut it out totally due to becoming pre -diabetic and wanting to stop it from going any further. I have two friends who are losing limbs, wrecking their kidneys, etc. with that, because they just can't discipline their eating, and the diabetic diet is really hard. I have too many other health problems already.
I had my blood neurotransmitter levels checked, since I suspected my craving for sugar was due to my depression. Sure enough, I had ZERO serotonin, which is very abnormal and also ruins your digestion. (I have to take an expensive drug to help me digest food). Low serotonin will cause a bad mood, even rage, anxiety and depression, and serious sleep problems too.
I did some research and found out that cashews are the one food that can raise your serotonin as much as sugar does. "One handful of cashews equals a dose of Prozac" is what I read. It is working for me, and I am losing weight slowly rather than gaining, despite how "fattening" we've always been told nuts are. Also, my lipid panel is normal for the first time in my life....my cholesterol dropped 81 points!
Have you heard of the blood type diet? Many people believe if you have type O blood, you cannot be healthy without animal products. If you are type A like me, you do better as a vegetarian. Type B and AB are mixed, with milk being good only for type B. Look up Dr. D'Adamo for more info. There is actually some genetic science behind why it might make sense.....I am not sure how I feel about it.
Cravings for salt often mean you have weak adrenal glands, which would make sense for us empaths and will make everyone much more sensitive and reactive to things. You can look up adrenal fatigue for more info on this. Also, adrenal fatigue is often accompanied by hypothyroidism, sometimes due to brain problems, not actual thyroid problems. IMO, adrenal fatigue is an epidemic among women now days, since we are now expected to cram about 72 hrs. worth of activity into each 24 hr. period and look good while doing it (rolls eyes).
(I studied Naturopathy for 2 1/2 yrs. until I found out it was illegal for me to practice in my state, which is how I know some of this stuff.
Changing our diets is HARD and it really made my birthday hard to celebrate, with a salad and not even one slice of cake, boo hoo. I wish you all the best in your efforts.
Hi Cat Whisperer,
I had to have my gallbladder removed finally. I hope you won't have to, since 40% of people have complications, something they never tell you. I have bile reflux now, which is quite dangerous. I could not eat the cashews without my digestive enzyme medication either, nor anything else for that matter! I assume you've tried gallbladder cleanses with olive oil and lemon juice. They helped me at first, but I'd been a very low fat eater all my life until I changed my diet and my gallbladder could not handle such a drastic change. I should have eased into it slowly. Hindsight is wonderful!
If you ever do get to where you can eat nuts again, I just want you to know that they work. I don't crave sugar anymore, except for homemade chocolate chip cookies, for some reason, lol. Even the smell of the sugared cereal my husband eats makes me want to gag, it smells so overly sweet now. Never thought I'd say that! I also had to add 1 gram of L-tryptophan at about 5 am each day to get the low serotonin induced depression under control, otherwise I'd still be crying when I got up every morning. You do NOT want to take that with anti-depressants though. It's dangerous, but if you ever get off them, it's a good substitute. 5HTP is even better for depression and low serotonin , but I can't take it, since I have high blood pressure. Nobody with heart problems should take 5HTp, but L-tryptophan is a lot milder.
I do see that it appears you are not getting much protein. Could you try some protein shake mix of your choice and maybe keep that down, since it would have little fat? Whey, pea and hemp are popular choices. I just looked at the label of my whey protein and it has zero fat.
I hate water too, but adding a little lemon juice makes it taste good and alkalinizes your system. The western diet is much too acidic. I also find ice water tastes better than regular temp water for some reason.
Since you do need fats to make hormones, for your brain to run (it's 60% fat), and for your skin, you might try coconut oil. It is easy to add to protein shakes, and most importantly, is the only fat that does NOT need to be digested. It goes right into your bloodstream. It also tastes great and it kills yeasts, which can also make you crave sugar, the sugar then feeds the yeasts, and it becomes a vicious circle.
I hope you feel better soon.
No honey,dairy products,gluten free as much as possible,very little sugar but I need 2500-3000 calories a day so I have learned to be picky...diet helps me sleep better and longer....as you know some of us after a long day around people may need 9+ hours of sleep.