I'm trying to figure out what macronutrients work best for me and trying to pay closer attention to what different "signs" mean that my body makes after I eat.
For example, I notice that a high fat meal is a bit uncomfortable in my lower bowels towards the end the digestion process. I don't know if this means anything other than that I do better on a lower fat diet.
I often know that something is a little wrong after I've eaten but I'd like to try and figure out which thing it is--whether I ate too much starch, too much protein or say, ate too fast.
I'm also wondering what different kinds of gas mean. There's gas right after a meal then the more deadly gas some time (hours) later.
I'd like to understand my bodies cues in a more nuanced way, if possible.
Anyone have any experience with this or sites online that talk about this?
I've had this interest a long time. As a kid my brother and I came up with a code of flavors for various farts. And I don't think we were the only ones!
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on October 28, 2011
at 06:44 PM
This is a tricky question and while I don't have any specific answers to the question at hand, I'd like to make a blanket statement in the same general category of thought.
While most of us like the idea that our body will "let us know" what it needs, I think that more often than not our sensations/intuitions/reactions are artifacts of radically different environment and ecology (both macro and micro).
We essentially "fly by wire" and are, in a very literal sense, incapable of perceiving the world directly.
All of our senses take in as much information as they are capable of, and our brain then interprets the results. Our consciousness is then fed the interpretation in the form of what we see, hear, feel, smell, and taste.
This isn't to say that our body CAN'T give us useful information, but I do encourage discretion in how far we depend on body sensation as a reliable index of cause and effect.
This notion can be uncomfortable as our illusory concept of "reality" is very convincing, but there various ways that we can remind ourselves that this is in fact the case.
"In this illusion, the coloured regions appear rather different, roughly orange and brown. In fact they are the same colour, and in identical immediate surrounds, but the brain changes its assumption about colour due to the global interpretation of the surrounding image. Also, the white tiles that are shadowed are the same colour as the grey tiles outside the shadow."
on October 28, 2011
at 05:47 PM
Get your blood type and genotype information from Peter D'Adamo. It is wayyyy more accurate than paleo. I for example am a blood type O Hunter genotype. So I eat pure paleo more or less most of the time. Using his food lists I don't have digestive problems or reactions to really anything I eat, ever. I don't worry as much about "macronutrient ratios" and simply eat high protein/moderate-high fat/lower carb most days since that is what is best for my genotype.