Disclaimer: Remember that I am not a registered dietitian, nutritionist, or a health professional. Take all the advice with a grain of salt, and please consult your care provider before making any changes to your health journey.
Intuitive eating. It is how we were made, yet…. because of the effects of sin on my body, I have digestive issues. These issues make intuitive eating hard; sometimes the issues are so painful that intuitive eating seems impossible. Don’t get me wrong. I love intuitive eating, and I don’t and won’t ever actively promote calorie counting or food tracking or even food journaling (unless you have to) but when you have a family history of digestive issues, it can be hard to know when you’re actually full or actually hungry.
This is not pity party for Em of course. Lately, my digestion has actually been really good (much better than normal), yet i want to talk and share about why digestive issues can make the concept of intuitive eating even harder.
The #1 Reason digestive issues make intuitive eating hard is because you often feel ‘bloated’ which mimics the feeling of being full without being full. For me this usually takes the form of bloating after eating a certain food that irritates my stomach. You might have a food that irritated your stomach, and your stomach is letting you know that it did not like that food.
After discussing the possible diagnosis of IBS with my dietitian, I’ve been able to see a possible correlation between many of the foods that normally irritate a person with IBS and my stomach irritations. That has lessened a lot of my bloating, cramping, pain, and gas; for which I’m so grateful! Right now I’m working on a digestive healing plan and praying for healing for my digestive issues, if the Lord wills.
Yet, if not, I will still praise Him.
…. and a few other foods that I really notice.
It’s also pretty cool, though, to my sweet tooth that chocolate and peanut butter both seem to be really easy on my stomach.
It’s really interesting and fascinating to me that all of these foods are AMAZINGLY healthy foods that God created for different purposes, yet because my body isn’t perfect and it’s affected by the Fall it doesn’t like these foods (especially in large amounts.)
This leads me to the podcast episode for today. I’ve had Jamie Barnhart on the show twice now, and this would be the third time talking with
her about issues and challenges we face in recovery.
Jamie has also had struggles with digestion in recovery, but she is a consistent advocate for food freedom, joy in the Lord Jesus Christ, and hope no matter the circumstances.
In today’s episode we covered:
Why Digestive Issues Like Bloating Can Hinder Your Body’s Ability to Tell When It Needs Nourishment
How Digestive Issues May Make Some Fear Foods Seem Scarier
Walking Through the Tough Spots of Digestive Issues and Pursuing Recovery with Gusto No Matter What . . .
I hope it’s a huge blessing to you, that you find encouragement, laughter, and that you leave with a smile on your face and a renewed excitement about recovery no matter what you face.
To listen to the other podcast episodes with Jamie you can find them here:
I’m linking this discussion up with Amanda so we can talk about it and share stories and thoughts.
Have you had digestive issues that have made nourishing your body harder?
How do you deal with digestive issues?
Has anybody else tried ‘gut healing’ protocol?