Have I Become Too PURE?
Great question posted on the group wall by one of our graduates from our PURE Healthy Way course who is now taking our PURE Healthy Holidays course. (I have been granted permission to share this post).
This is how the conversation unfolded beginning with quote from course member 1:
“Today, I’m going to fast to try to reset my physical body after Thanksgiving feasting. But here’s my real question. I feel great about my choices and the foods I served and following the principles laid out in this course. But I’m concerned about the food hangover I have even after basically following them.
Have I become too pure? I used to be able to eat pretty much anything with no ill affects. And now with only a slight deviation from my pure diet and mostly healthy choices, (and three glasses of wine) I feel crummy, something I’ve rarely experienced before except when I had a drinking hangover.
So that’s my question. Have I become too pure and rarefied for my own good?”
In my opinion and experience, actually feeling the affects of food and being more sensitive is a key benefit of intermittent fasting. It can be one of the great results from cleaning up the inner pipelines and can lead to intuitively listening to your body. When your body has a reaction like a “food hangover” there is clearly something your body is telling you
Geoff and I went to our favorite fine dining restaurant 3 nights ago & I had delicious, fresh from the oven, sour dough, fermented, home baked, crusty bread for my feast treat. Everything else I ate was pretty spot on foraged, wild, fresh and pure. I didn’t even have any wine. Yet I woke up with a food hangover and a migraine.
My guts were bloated and grumpy. I could say the same thing: I used to be able to “get away” with eating this very bread. In fact, not even 6 months ago we went with course member 1 to this very restaurant and had this same bread. Being totally honest, I really love this fresh baked bread and butter and I really want to continue to love and eat it. I got away with it when we went the last time but this time my body gave me so much grief about this love affair. I am gutted. (I love this British expression! I am bummed, USA equivalent) it’s not fair and I want it to be different (stamping my feet on the ground)!
I want to eat my bread with butter plus have my cake and eat it too! But apparently, I can’t get “away with it” like I could even a few months ago. Instead I literally got gutted (it all made my guts hurt).
When I consistently practice daily intermittent fasting there is a huge difference when I go from burning down my glycogen supplies (and feeling how my metabolism hums when I burn fat for fuel), to then eating processed carbs again.
When I steer off on another course and reintroduce processed carbs that destabilize my blood sugar, I notice a big body response. My body clearly gives me the experience of how that messes up my metabolic balance. Migraines, upset guts, tiredness… are all cues.
My senses have clearly become more sensitive…
The good news is: equally so has my taste buds and palate. PURE food has never tasted so good and so nourishing. So even though I am facing having to give up my first food love (crusty bread) I have gained a new sense of deeper satisfaction from the taste and resulting nourishing feeling my body is now experiencing.
It is like living on a busy highway…
you don’t even notice the noise.
Then you go live where the air is cleaner and quieter and come back and you say… “Hey this never bugged me before.”
It’s easier to choose what you really want for your body when you have that first hand experience of feeling it and that clarity.
So glad this question was raised.
Here is a response posted by another member who got engaged in the discussion:
Course member 2:
“I can’t eat foods outside without paying a price.” That exactly sums up why I yo-yo dieted for forty years. I would lose weight then want to eat what I wanted, and the weight would come back on. Through PURE Healthy Way, I finally truly have understood that if I want to maintain a healthy weight, I simply will never be able to eat all that I want (even of seemingly healthy foods). Because I’m a protein type, as much as I love lentils and other starchy items, I will always pay a price for indulging in them. I cannot escape the natural order that “you reap what you sow” and “actions have consequences” no matter how unfair I think it is. But I’m so so grateful that it doesn’t mean I’m confined to a life of grim diet foods. There are so many other delicious recipes to enjoy that I do not feel deprived. (But I do sometimes feel nostalgic for the old days when I ate what I wanted. However, they are not the “good old days”, because the end result was misery for me.)”
Tough Love Coaching From Robyn
You can show me pictures all day of before and after weight loss but until you feel the difference in your body of how foods affect you, become conscious of your choices and aware of the consequences, it won’t truly be lasting and life transforming. The old habits, desires and patterns will want to re-appear.
My role as coach is to keep reminding you to notice how the food you eat affects you both positively and negatively. Additionally my role is to support and educate you to make the best choices for your stated intentions.
I also encourage you to look deeply and see if what is being triggered is food addiction and deprivation thinking.
Keep your eyes focused on your intention. Keep looking forward to where you want to be, NOT clinging to where you have come from.
If your goal is to love and respect your body, feel fantastic and be free from food addiction then there will be some choices to make and some aspects of your relationship with food to let go of. Just like any unhealthy relationship, transforming it might require letting go completely or relating in new ways that require unrecognizable behavior.
If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always gotten. However, if you practice eating PURE and doing intermittent fasting you will not be able to get away with what you did before. However, I can say first hand, what I have gained far outweighs the things my body is requesting I give up.
It could be a GREAT thing to finally be clear and PURE enough to notice that you have been like a frog in a pot of boiling water that didn’t know the heat was turning up because it just felt normal to be warm and cozy!
The foods we love to eat may not necessarily be good for us. They may feel comforting and make us feel warm but if you wake up the next day and don’t feel so great it might be like waking up in a toxic relationship…If the next day isn’t as great as the deliciosness of the night before, you might need to rethink your choices!
Stand strong in your intention and stay open to the possiblity of still more surprises to come and delights to be gained.
The choice is all yours.