Being sensitive is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we can perceive much more than the average person. Our senses, awareness, feelings and intuition are much more active. This means our bodies can tell us instantly if a situation may be dangerous, a fabric is irritating, a chemical is harmful or a food is turning rancid.
Our sensitivities also mean we need to pay attention or the messages will grow louder and more painful. I went through the Empath Academy a while back, and most students experienced some sort of chronic pain. It makes sense. We experience other people’s pain as well as our own and if we don’t know how to listen and take the correct action, it can become chronic.
I believe the foundation for health is nourishment. It starts with the belief that we’re worth it. We need to eat the foods that will make our cells, organs, and systems function in harmony. Our connection to ourselves and the Universe could probably use strengthening with meditation.
I help clients examine their Spheres of Influence™ and see where we need to make adjustments to their lives. And we rekindle their passion, giving them the joy of expressing it in the world.
This may sound like a big chunk to bite into, so let’s start with a smaller bite. I recommend you answer the assessment questions on my website to learn where your level of sensitivity lies.
If you do identify with being a highly sensitive woman you can start asking yourself a few questions, like: Do foods affect your moods? Do you think you might have food sensitivities? How about cravings? We’re all different, but some certain foods affect us in common ways.
I would focus on gluten, soy, dairy, corn, nuts, chocolate and the nightshade vegetables (eggplant, peppers, or tomatoes) to start. Remove a food for two weeks and see how you feel. If you don’t feel better, add it back in to see whether you have a reaction. If not, continue eating it.
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet, so if you are vegan or vegetarian, you might think about eating humanely raised, grass-fed animal protein, eggs, or fish.
It is a myth that animal protein decreases your sensitivity. Researchers have found we need the amino acids to rebuild the body. Consumption of healthy, grass fed and humanely raised chicken, beef or other livestock is simply part of the food chain.
A commitment to eating just plants still leaves us at the top of the food chain, since plants have the same energy as other living things. Whatever we can digest is what we were meant to consume. If this is difficult for you, you might try becoming a pescatarian (only eating seafood).
Avoid processed foods—chemicals will play havoc with your body’s sensitivities. The best thing you can do is rotate your foods to avoid developing food sensitivities.
If you eat a balanced diet of whole foods, including fruits and vegetables (some cooked and some raw), some fermented (like sauerkraut or pickles), some soaked (whole grains, beans) and nuts and seeds, your body will come into balance. You can enhance your health with special teas and herbs, depending on your particular constitution. You will find you’ve just taken the first steps to feeling healthy and whole.