Empath Diet/Physical Issues

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RealFaction
@realfaction
last year
162 posts

Hello all, been many months, if not over a year or so since I have been here, sorry about that. I'm glad I'm back though. I have a question regarding diet. I'm an Empath.

I've noticed as an Empath, as I get older (currently I'm 24), I have become not only more sensitive to feeling emotions, but physically there's stuff going on too, and I think it might be because of my diet. I'm wondering if it's that or something else? I'll list my symptoms, and what I eat. Sorry it's long.

My Symptoms:

Keep in mind I don't exercise but I'm trying to get back into it, just really hard. I've been walking more, but during the day in 90 degree hot and humid weather, I can't get a full breath of air. I know it's not asthma, but the same affect happens when i exercise. Even walking for 10 minutes can be hard sometimes. I literally can't stay outside or a minute, or i feel dizzy and my chest tightens more, same thing happens if i talk for 20-30 minutes then my lungs feel inflamed and exhausted. If i continued, i'd have a panic attack and/or something else.

My chest is usually tight, but when I meditate it sometimes helps, but not always. It's muscle tension affecting my breathing from what it seems like. My doctor said it was something about sighing too much, something about letting out too much carbon dioxide and not exercising so my balance is off, feeling short of breath and with a tight chest.

Another thing that's weird that changed this year, I can't have that many carbs or I get really, really hungry. Back in February, I ate some fruit and other stuff with carbs daily, I found myself starving no matter how much I ate, so even when my stomach was full, I was hungry. It was something about blood sugar too, but I'm not diabetic or hypoglycemic. Doctor said something about carbs and sugars should be low in my diet until I exercise more, so I've been trying.

Also, if I eat stuff like a potato or anything with starch, I can't have much of it, or I go into a panic attack, my body starts shaking and well panic attack symptoms, and I feel too much energy or something. I've always had a theory about how panic attacks were associated with energy build-up or blockage, but not sure if that's true or not. Doctor said to avoid bananas as simple sugars would "spike my insulin" as he said in my current state, even though I'm not diabetic or anything.

I have Geographic Tongue, sometimes the bumps get inflamed if I'm not careful so there's certain things I have to avoid. My tongue gets sore when inflamed, taste buds near the tip blow up, that white coating, less saliva production, and I think maybe some in my throat, because then it gets hard to swallow sometimes.

Sometimes I also have acid reflux issues.

Is all this true? Is there something I don't know? Honestly, I try to eat healthy, but I don't think I know what I'm doing anymore. I live alone and honestly never get to see anyone because all my friends got married and have jobs and I don't. I'm supported by my parents. Living alone is well....really terrible a lot of the time, especially when sick.

Anyway, here's what I'm eating in my diet. I have to be careful since I have to eat gluten-free and I have Geographic Tongue. I usually eat twice a day as I don't get hungry for 7 hours usually:

- Beef patties (can't have bread, gluten free, basically a hamburger without anything on it) which is 80% lean.

- Eggs (about 3 a day).

- Lettuce (I have salads without anything on them so it's just lettuce about twice a day).

- Spinach (sometimes, about once a day, sometimes twice).

- Half a banana (every now and then, but I can't even do it once a day or anything with starch once a day or my body freaks out).

I'm not sure what I can/can't have in my condition but I feel I'm not entirely eating right and have no idea what I'm doing, just my body isn't normal and is acting weird ever since February. I used to be able to eat lots of things with no problems.

I ask you all this: Is it the food or lack of food causing the symptoms? Or, is it something else I don't know? I'm trying to walk more, exercising is hard, some days my breathing is better, some days it's not. Fiber helps sometimes. I'm kind of lonely and rarely get to see my parents, or anyone, and living alone is scary with this kind of stuff going on. I need help. Thank you all.


updated by @realfaction: 01/13/17 07:52:00PM
Kate
@kate
last year
131 posts

Hello!

About the geographic tongue i read that it might disappear over time but the exact cause and what determines its apparition are yet unknown...

In regards to your diet, how do you eat those eggs? I understand the healthiest are hard boiled, which can be eaten more often, though sportsmen do it for energy purposes. I know that not eating more than a maximum of 3-4 eggs per week is more ideal. Are they only chicken eggs? We have quail eggs as well, which are believed to be much healthier and suited as treatment for a wide variety of respiratory problems. The origin of the food you are eating is by far the most important factor. If the chicken/beef meat was produced in one of those places where they get injected with tones of growth hormones and antibiotics, they are not going to help you much.

I am not an expert on nutrition, but I have managed to keep a healthy diet and never had any problems related or that stemmed from it, and this includes keeping myself physically fit as well. I am typically high-energy (i have a faster metabolism) and don't need things such as coffee or energizers no matter how little I've slept xD They just throw me off sometimes, or cause me to be sleepier. But I enjoy drinking a good coffee (with milk, and sugar...) once a month or even less. That's about how often i drink say wine or beer or whatever. And in small quantities... but then again, that's just me, i don't have to impose it upon myself, it's how I feel about it. I enjoy natural juices/smoothies much more, such as a combo of apple-banana-orange-beetroot-ginger. It is amazing. Or tea (a lot of Linden tea and some others where i was younger, we had a "family tradition")

I find that your own body and what it craves at times are the best indicator of what you lack or need, if you know how to listen to it. Well as a female I always kept a closer eye on my stuff. For example, I had a few (more) problems with the thyroid, do have more sensible lungs, and also had a few hormonal problems (breast cyst) which is kinda genetic. While at the moment none of them is causing me problems anymore, I haven't taken any hardcore medication either more than I tried eating/drinking the right things and exercising. Maybe this is why I'm not keen on coffee/alcohol/fatty or excessively sweet food.

The best advice I can give is try to keep it diverse and avoid those foods that are too high in energy or your doctor has told you not to eat. More than anything, try avoiding commerce meat/processed/canned food if you cannot find a local/trustworthy meat producer. Try more boiled or slightly cooked vegetables like carrot, home made tomato broth, bean pods. How do you feel about fresh fish meat (best are the oily/fat, cold-water ones)? Avocado? Nuts& seeds? rich in oils... almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, peanut butter? Are you avoiding fatty cooking methods and going instead for olive oil, steaming, baking, grilling?

How do you get along with dairy products (yogurt, milk, cheese)? Again, not those from packages and additives from supermarkets. More like the ones you can find in the open markets.

How do you drink your water? Bottled/filtered/directly form the tape?

Some doctors have started linking diet with your blood type as well, since it is a well known factor certain health problems have a bigger preponderance in those respective blood types and especially if the RH is negative.

I believe many health issues can be solved with a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle, and those that are genetic, kept in place this way.

More than anything though you should visit a medical specialist, maybe a Gastroenterologist. (unless the one you mentioned is already, but you can always look for a second opinion if you feel the advice you've been given hasn't helped you in the long run) I know there might be costs, but there will be higher costs if you leave anything that is affecting your life to such a degree untreated. Are you currently taking any kind of medication?

I understand living alone might be hard... in fact, emotional issues are the ones causing the real problems that manifest in the diet as well, in everyone's case :( Do you have a job, or are you looking for something? Finding something you can use your energy on but which will not press on your health negatively might help you more than you can imagine, and can also provide a social environment.

Goodenergyhealing
@goodenergyhealing
last year
373 posts

not an expert on diet, can only say this - make sure you get enough Vit D. Since I supplement high enough ( take 25.000-35.000 IU per week, but do read up on dosing yourself), it has really improved my energy, mood and immunity. Strong probiotics are a great staple for good immunity too... (e.g. Kefir, Kombucha....) Another good general tonic is Maca.

As for breathing issues, have started on Olive leaf extract 4 weeks back, to combat potential mycobacteria infection (helped a client get rid of his asthma, talking it for three months). I did not get tested for mycobacteria, but noticed that my lungs and bronchi cleared up (still do a bit), and some other old tendinitis issues seem to clear out....

All that and obviously if you do not already - regular energy cleansing meditation, especially connecting to healthy Earth energies. Many empath 'collect' negative energies that come to them, which can lead to physical symptoms....

http://empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com/profiles/blogs/my-empath-experiences-and-empath-tools-for-healing

Love and Light!

TigerLily
@tigerlily
last year
309 posts
So, what you described about the breathing I get the same. But I noticed it's when people come at me with their problems to fix. One day in particular was so bad my chest hurt I couldn't breathe and my heart rate was 115. That's when I said enough to people and dumping their problems on me. Try to recall what you are thinking about, who you are talking too that this happens. Also, you mention you haven't worked out so you could just be out of shape adding to it, take it slow. I think you have anxiety as anxiety does that as well.Diet. I'm the same way with carbs, mix some protein into it. I do have glucose issues, reactive hypoglycemia. I get hypoglycemia after eating carbs n sugar. One of the symptoms is hungry after eating. But you can also get a tight chest and shortness of breath if your glucose is dropping. So maybe since you are still hungry that could also explain the chest issue. But if you dont have glucose issues, try adding protein to it. The protein helps slow down the digestion, add a little good fat - even better :)
RealFaction
@realfaction
last year
162 posts

Hey thanks. This really helps. Mainly my issue is im jobless and my budget is kinda tight. Now that I think about it though, I think it could be the meat, because what you said made a lot of sense about it. I could try buying locally, would just have to find a good place for that. You're right, I should see one.

I only take allergy medicine (budesonide) some nasal spray stuff, and im taking some eye drops for allergies too. Allergies are bad this year in my town, we're pretty bad with pollen. Yeah emotionally I'm sensitive too, you could be right. I wish this town had more opportunities for me but sadly I screw up a lot of jobs too :(.

But it was nice to at least get out of the house, I want an office job a desk job but for some reason those all require degrees when what you do there doesnt require the knowledge of a degree, it's easy work. I honestly don't get this town anymore, used to be full of opportunities. Being emotionally sensitive has affected me at jobs too sadly.

Oh shoot forgot to reply to the other stuff. I cook my eggs scrambled, and hmm really? I see. I usually try to eat 3 eggs a day. Should I cut back? They're chicken eggs. You might be right about the meat though, it feels like stress and stuff....am i feeling stress from the animals who got killed? It seems to happen when I eat this beef now that I think about it. It feels like I'm angry when I don't want to be.

RealFaction
@realfaction
last year
162 posts

I do take probiotics and that helps to an extent, i try to get outside when its not blazing hot, and sometimes take vitamin d pills. My immune system is pretty good. Really? Olive leaf extract, ill have to look into that. Thanks.

Hmm cleansing meditation, I see. Being an Empath can be stressful and complicated sometimes :(. Thank you.

RealFaction
@realfaction
last year
162 posts

You're a physical Empath possibly, could be feeling their symptoms. I'm kind of glad I don't deal with that but I'm sorry to hear that. Yes I do have anxiety and probably is a part of it.

Yeah it's why i have to eat meat I have to have protein it's the only thing that satisfies my hunger anymore. I don't have hypoglycemia or diabetes but have some of the symptoms so it's really weird. I have a pretty high protein diet, but as Kate mentioned it could possibly be the meat I'm eating that I'm sensitive too. I could try buying locally see what that does, I have a feeling that might work.

Thanks.

Kit Kat
@kit-kat
last year
230 posts

Oh wow, I can't believe how much what you're dealing with is like what I'm dealing with..... I'm 23 and I've been on a very similar health issues journey, while my twin sister doesn't have physical issues hardly at all.

I, too, don't want to exercise because of physical symptoms, have chest-tightness and breathing issues, have muscle tension, anxiety attacks (where it feels like energy is built up in my body), reactions to bananas and carbs (TONS of food sensitivities), acid reflux issues, and problems from talking too much (mostly jaw issues, and sinus problems). I also have lots of digestive problems. Being sick is such a difficulty.. I really feel for you!

The best things I can recommend (that have helped me) are:

Eating all organic food, cranberry juice, exercise (as long as it's not too rough), chewing slowly and being relaxed while eating, music therapy, healing frequency music, eating less grains - especially wheat and corn, taking B Vitamins (but not too much), taking vitamin C (but not too much), Maca root powder (for hormonal imbalance), positive affirmations (e.g. telling myself that "everything will be alright" as much as possible), spending more time outdoors, eating less sugar (including fructose), going to sleep earlier/getting more sleep, and keeping my diet sufficiently alkaline (should be 80% alkaline, 80% acidic).

Hopefully some of this might help! I hope it does :)

Kit Kat
@kit-kat
last year
230 posts

I meant 80% alkaline, 20% acidic lol

RealFaction
@realfaction
last year
162 posts

that makes sense. I'll have to get some b vitamin supplements then. I have anxiety too. What kate said makes sense i think its the meat im eating. Thanks.

Kate
@kate
last year
131 posts

Interesting. Well, I am glad you found something that resonated as "not quite good" and which you can try cutting out form your diet and see how it feels after some time. Other than that, those are the general rules someone who wants to become healthier can follow and apply to their own habbits. I have not faced similar problems as you, but I have this weird thing, as if, in more tensed moments or when I am pressured and I can;t move or have to stay in one place, I feel like I m not getting enough oxygen. It does come from a build-up of anxiety that I manage to control/release through thoughts only, so it is allright. Only one someone else noticed it and asked me if I am ok lol. It's just part of me being more responsive/sensible to stimuli.

Karen2
@womanwhowalks
last year
787 posts
Hi...i've had the same problem since I hit puberty...lol...i've gained weight even when i'm on a diet...so I no longer diet....what I'm finding helpful is detoxing my system..i've stopped drinking the tap water...we have very impure water since the city adds so many dumb chemicals. ..and switched to alkaline water....the white stuff on the tongue indicates you have a build up of toxins in your system...I've also started taking vitamins and mnneral..the need for high sugar indicates your missing minerals...b12..magnesium...Siberia ginseng. ...milk thistle thsee are all directed to help the liver and kidneys to flush out the build up of toxins...I also stopped using deodorant with aluminum. ....my arm pits actually hurt after a few days as the aluminum was flushed out...that's why I started drinking the alkaline water...it's the only type of water that can flush out the aluminum...so it's all I drink now since it helps keeping the body in an alkaline state...more spinach...better quality food...depending on where you live i'd also check if you may have any toxins coming into the house...I had sewer toxins and natural gases coming 8nto the house due to leakages in the joints of the pipes and a cracked hub cap in the sewer pipes...I just caulked everything to block all that...and I make sure all the drains are plugged...the smell is awful...anyway...lemons are good for the system....I make a drink of lemons...cinnamon and honey and switch it with apple cider vineger...your organs are over working...you gotta take care of that asap...
water_lily
@water-lily
last year
90 posts

Hi!

Based on personal experience (not a medical professional) I have some ideas:

1.) I always had trouble breathing during certain exercises and attributed it to being unfit, but I tried other exercised and found that I had no trouble breathing. It turned out that it was exercise-induced asthma, but no one picked up on it until I was an adult and could explain my symptoms a bit better.

2.) Acid-reflux doesn't always feel like burning, it often feels like a tightness in the chest. Maybe it is that. Things like raising the head of your bed, probiotics, and some over-the-counter medicines can help with that.

3.) Sometimes, when you eat the same thing every day, your body can form sensitivities to those foods. If that list of foods is actually all you are eating and you eat it every day, your body may be telling you to switch it up.

4.) Every body is different, but you do not sound like you are eating enough. I'd pass out if that is all I ate.

5.) Are you anxious? Tightness in the chest can be due to anxiety.

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