Changing our diet changes our life – are we prepared?

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Changing our diet changes our life – are we prepared?

Going gluten free, then dairy free or letting go of the other foods I have from my diet over time hasn’t been the hard part. If anything, saying no to chocolate and cheese has been easy and yet for some the idea can be daunting, even though the body is showing signs that any food intolerance or allergy does not work for us. This got me thinking:

What if it isn’t the change in dietary requirements that we find challenging, but the fact that how we relate to other people and life in general can change as a result?

Recently an article online praising a pill that mimics a zero carb diet made reference to the ‘difficulty’ of maintaining a zero carb diet: it is “difficult to maintain as a lifestyle”[i] and that “It’s an antisocial diet. You can hardly eat anything that most of us like.”[i]

So, because we can no longer share that tub of ice cream with a friend, join in on the tea and biscuits in the morning break or go to the pizza restaurant with family, we become antisocial? The relationship with other people appears to be where the issue lies rather than in our diet – be it gluten free, dairy free etc. When tried and tested our bodies thank us for removing the intolerable and inflammatory foods. It is only logical that the way we handle life also has to change when we no longer have our ‘go to’ food to drown out what we are feeling, and this includes our relationships with other people.

Is it possible that we have built our relationships, friendships and social interactions on eating the same foods, and when this changes the relationship also has a shift?

Is it possible that this unsettles people more than changing their diet and could this be one of the reasons people may eat foods that are unsupportive for their bodies... in order to fit in, to be liked or included?

So then, are we truly connecting to who we are or are we identifying who we are by what we do? As is in this case with food – having to consume the same type of food in order for us to feel a connection with another?

With a change in diet – such as dropping foods that make us feel dull – there is an increase in awareness (unless other behaviours are introduced to make up for the lack of dulling/racing foods from our diets). Is it possible that the disturbance and the comments about changes in diet stem from jealousy, in that as a person makes changes to their lifestyle, starts to cut out certain foods and feels the benefits from it, another who has not made such changes can feel jealousy for choosing to remain in and with the emotions that foods such as gluten and dairy maintain. As we start to become more aware of the body’s sensitivities of what is going on in life, we are called to act in accordance to that which we are now feeling; something that may be contra to the world around us. As the world is set up today we can feel as if we stand out in and amongst a world that is designed to numb our innately sensitive and aware selves.

When we begin to make changes in our life and address the energetic root causes of that which no longer serves us, we emanate an energetic vibrational difference that is greater than simple differences in diet. However, the diet represents the difference in quality of life lived. This difference can be felt by everyone, including ourselves, and how we cope with or accept this awareness can play out in our relationships, nutritional choices and lifestyle in general.

Connecting to our essence is not just a solo experience, for when we truly connect we see and feel that same essence in everyone else as well. This goes beyond what we look like, our race, culture, nationality or even our diets.

Connecting to this essence shows us that we need not eat the same way as another in order to be together and that we can connect on a level that is far greater than being physically the same.


Reference

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    Sample, I., (2017) Could a drug that mimics a zero-carb diet help us live longer, healthier lives? The Guardian. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/05/could-a-drug-that-mimics-a-zero-carb-diet-help-us-live-longer-healthier-lives?CMP=share_btn_fb [Accessed On: 31.03.2018]

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