For quite a few months now I have been following a gluten and dairy free way of eating, not due to any obvious intolerance's but simply because I was sick of feeling generally sluggish and run-down. I also stopped drinking coffee, tea, in fact any form of caffeine. This was a major wake up call for me. Without the coffee, refined and simple sugars, (which by the way are found in all grains, corn, potatoes and many fruits like mango,) to peep me up and cause me to feel artificially stimulated, I became aware of just how exhausted I truly was. Ask yourself, do you need coffee and complex sugars just to get through a normal day? What does this say about the current state of your system if this is needed? What does this say about the kind of life we are living? Is it really worth it to compromise our health to this point? Look around, caffeine and sugar consumption has gone through the roof over the past few years. Imagine for a minute if caffeine and sugar suddenly became unattainable, the truth of where we all are at health-wise would become blatantly obvious. Exhausted! I have also removed alcohol from my diet completely. I became aware I was simply using it to numb out or 'relax' which is just another way to not feel what I am truly feeling.
So I decided to become true to me and my body instead of the way the world told me I should be. I simply slowed down, I honour the fact if I was feeling tired, angry or sad, instead of burying those emotions back into my body. I say no to things. I go to bed early. I am letting go of old ideals and beliefs that I realise are not serving me. I give myself space and time. And most of all, I listen to my body, which as Plato said, 'Is the marker of all truth'. Ok, so I'm not perfect and am still finding my way but I am feeling so much more clearer and balanced, more true energy, in fact more 'myself' than I have felt for a very long time.