• Karen Murray Heffron

There are no Good or Bad Foods

When I first became gluten free, I started feeling healthier and felt like I was becoming obsessed with "clean eating." I spent hours preparing my food and refused to put anything inflammatory in my body for fear of my arthritic symptoms returns. I remember feeling pretty holier than thou, telling everyone they needed to get off of gluten because it is a "bad food." As I have gained my Eating Psychology certification, I know now that there are no good and bad foods. We all react differently when we eat, and what works for me may not work for you. That's why I am all about mindfulness and experimentation in a joyful way. In college, the greatest experiment I remember is testing 3 drinks and seeing which beverage made us run to the bathroom quickest (caffeine won). Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Coffee calls it "biohacking" meaning setting up an experiment on yourself to see how you react. If you have digestive disturbances like bloating, gas, or fatigue; wheat could be a culprit. You won't know until you experiment. Take it out of your diet for a couple of weeks and pay attention to how you feel. When you bring it back in, notice if any of your symptoms return. This could give you as much information as a lab test could, and it gives you permission to load up on bread, pasta, and cookies if you want at the end of the experiment! Change can be fun, and you will learn a lot about yourself!

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