• Jackie Lede

Nutrition isn’t always the key to better health

Ok, don’t get me wrong… I know how important nutrition is, I am a Holistic Nutritionist, and I have seen some of the most amazing changes within myself, and my clients, through nutrition. However, it isn’t always the key to what we need.

If you have read my blogs before, you know how much I advocate that human beings are complex and multidimensional, and therefore, the solutions to our problems are often complex and multidimensional. We can be doing all the right things with our health, such as getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, etc., but we can still be struggling.

Why do you think this is? At different times in our lives, the root of what we need is going to change. If we don’t get to the root cause of what is beneath the symptoms we are experiencing, and to the fundamental lesson it is trying to teach us, it will be nearly impossible to see a shift in what we are struggling with.

I have personally experienced this a couple of times in my life, where I was doing all the right things, but my body was reacting and none of my usual health tactics was working. I was about 28 years old at the time and my digestive system went into major distress. I ended up being diagnosed with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), my weight went up by 15 pounds without any change in diet or exercise, and I was tired all the time. I went to my Medical Doctor and had tests done, I was being treated by a Naturopathic Doctor, and I was also trying a variety of other health practitioners, and nothing was making any difference. I even went on the super strict SIBO diet, which is pretty much eating only certain vegetables and some protein, and still, nothing shifted! I was very frustrated that all of what I was trying was getting me nowhere.

I was so focused on my physical body for the solution, but what I ended up realizing is that I kept getting these intuitive hits that something was off in my life. At the time I was in a relationship, and there was something that just wasn’t right for me, but I was ignoring it. Everything about the relationship was good on paper and I really did love this man, and this should have been everything I needed to be happy, but deep down I just knew that something was off. I tried everything I could to make it go away, but it just became louder, and the louder it became, the worse my symptoms got.

Eventually, when I ended the relationship, my body started to heal. That was the root of what was blocking me from healing my SIBO at this time in my life. I wasn’t listening to what was right for me, and therefore I was being inauthentic. This was subconsciously (and slowly becoming conscious) eating away at me and causing an immense amount of stress. The lesson I was supposed to receive from this hard time in my life, was that I needed to listen to myself. I need to be awake and present enough to receive my intuition coming through and to trust that it was guiding me on a different path.

Healing or reaching our health goals can look very different for every person. Never would I have thought a block in my relationship would be causing me so many physical symptoms. There is no denying that every area of our life affects our health, this is why it is so important to take a complex and multi-level approach.

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