A few weeks ago I told you about how I went to someone who practices traditional Chinese medicine. I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling lethargic and why my mood was more in the melancholy range than happy.

In addition to taking the IgG food sensitivity test my TCM practitioner put me on a very strict diet. He told me my body had too much cold inside of it and I needed more heat. This made sense to me as all of the foods I was eating were either raw or cold by the time I ate them. I was chronically feeling cold and weepy.

He gave me a list of foods I could eat, and was instructed that everything needed to be baked, roasted, broiled, or sautéed. My beverages were to consist of certain teas and herbs that he gave me.  When I looked at the list, at first I thought, “seriously, I’m going to wither away if this is all I can eat” but decided to make a go-of it for a month.

Literally, within 48 hours I was feeling amazing. My energy was stable and my moods were consistently happy. I was back to being “me”.

Since then I’ve had many people ask me exactly what I was eating so that they could do the same.

As a life & health coach, this may sound funny but I don’t really like sharing with people my specific daily menus because what may work for me may not work for you.

I am a very strong believer that there is no one diet that is right for everyone.

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If someone tells you that you “should” or “have to” eat a certain way, run from them!

Different foods work for different people and at different stages of our lives. It’s a constant, fun experiment.

I can almost hear you now, “ugh, Heather, I just need you to tell me exactly what to eat it’s too hard to figure out.”

While I will gladly give suggestions on different foods to try I encourage you to keep a food journal so you can start to see what’s working for you and what’s not working for you.

Want a little more guidance?

Here are 6 Smart Sexy Steps to get you on your way.

1. Start with eatings whole, real foods–cut out the processed, boxed, crappy food.

2. Drastically reduce if not completely eliminate sugar from your diet.

3. Eat whenever you want, just cook it yourself.

(This one change could completely change your world)

4. Drink water or tea, avoid anything that is made in a plant or has health claims on it.

5. Ask yourself these four questions from this great article written by Dr. Aviva Romm on MindBodyGreen when you are about to eat something:

  1. How did I/do I usually feel/act immediately after I eat this?

  2. How did I/do I usually feel/act a few hours after I eat that?

 3. Do I know ahead of time that “the food” usually does not leaving me feeling great, but I

eat it anyway?

4. Follow-up to question 3:

Why do I do eat it and how can I change that habit?

6. Visit someone who practices Traditional Chinese Medicine in your area

If you follow the steps you will begin to be on your way to figuring out what foods make you feel smart and sexy and which foods don’t.

I love to hear in the comments below which of these steps you will start doing today. And, if you’re already doing them, how has a living like this changed your life?

Eat smart, feel sexy

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