Many years ago I went to a BEST Practice chiropractor who asked me about my diet.
Long story short, I told her I couldn’t eat things like broccoli and cauliflower or beans and lentils because they give me too much gas.
She replied simply, “They shouldn’t. We can work on that if you want.”
I wasn’t ready at the time. But I never forgot what she said.
Many years later, I finally decided to take the steps needed to heal, and wow – nursing my stomach back to health was some serious business.
The hardest part was having the courage to work through the pain and discomfort so I could get to the healing on the other side.
Gas, bloating, stomach pain, elimination issues – they can all go hand in hand when it comes to healing your body with food.
I experienced stomach pain and discomfort for the better part of a year before I really started to feel relief in my digestive tract. It was awful at times, but I am immensely grateful I didn’t give up half way through the process.
Much of what we eat on the Standard American Diet (SAD) causes damage to the intestinal lining of our stomachs.
It takes time for these internal wounds to heal. Supporting yourself through the healing process with detoxing, nourishing foods that repair the intestinal lining of your stomach will eventually open you back up to a wide variety of healthy foods.
I can’t sugar coat any of the yuckiness of this part of healing because it’s one of the major deterrents in adopting a healthier diet.
While it may be funny sometimes to laugh at farting and fart jokes (completely guilty of that myself), it is something else entirely to pass long, bad smelling, sometimes painful, other times messy, bouts of gas. Add in bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, and belching, and you can see why most people struggle to really get healthy.
Once the hard part is over, maintaining a healthy diet becomes much easier – and way less uncomfortable.
Wherever you are in your healing process, don’t stop! The cumulative effects of one healthy choice after another really do add up.
Getting past the gas, bloat, and pain will happen, I promise. It just takes time, dedication, and courage to get there. If I can work through it, I know you can, too.