When Life Gives You Lemons, Decide If You Need Them

When I start to get excited about something, I tend to take it to the extreme.

Not too long ago I decided I was going to go vegan for a month. I was heading to Las Vegas for the first time and felt the expectation was to be "bikini body ready". This idea seemed like my golden ticket. Before I knew it, I was at the bookstore reading every possible book on health and wellness, from a food consumption point of view. Vegan, vegetarian, raw foods, you name it.

One year later and I was still vegan. Friends and family begged to know my secret.  How was I able to go from eating anything and everything to, from what they understood, nothing at all. (No cheese allowed left most people perplexed and in awe of my commitment to the cause.)

During my quest for optimal health (defined in thousands of ways), I began noticing that digestion was a constant topic of conversation. At this point I was able to recognize that although the foods I was putting into my body were nutrient dense, without the proper tools to break them down, I wasn’t absorbing any of them.

I bet you can guess where I ended up? Right back at the bookstore with a whole new stack of books. To rid of bloating, indigestion and discomfort, the “experts” recommended completely removing sugar, grains, nuts, seeds and more. I leaped into the black hole and tossed out all of what was said to be forbidden.

Before I knew it, I was squeezing full lemons into my water every morning to alkalize the acidity levels in my body and using apple cider vinegar as salad dressing to help populate the good bugs in my intestinal tract while escorting the bad ones out.

Six months later during my teeth cleaning, my dentist asked about the handful of sensitive-sore like spots on my gums. “You’ve got to be kidding me?” I thought, and accidentally said out loud. It was the lemons. And the acidic salad dressings.

It’s exciting to want to make changes in your life.  To propel forward into the unknown, learning more about yourself and the world around you.  But be careful because it can be a slippery slope if you aren’t checking in with yourself.  Are these decisions you’re making for YOUR best interest or that of the expert.

Everyone has an opinion that has worked for them and a certain percentage of people but no one KNOWS what’s best for you, but you.

Will I continue to get as excited about new thoughts, ideas and experiences? You bet.  However, I will treat the people offering advice more as guides helping me along my own path of self-discovery.

You know you best, so trust yourself along the way.