Disciplined adherence to the "food rules" is a very disconnected way of eating. Orthorexia nervosa is actually an eating disorder characterized by excessive pre-occupation with food rules. Discovering the right foods for your body often involves more curiosity, wonder, and exploration than textbook dieting books can offer.
If you're used to eating by the rules, have a very limited menu of foods you're willing to eat, are addicted to bread, cheese or sugar, or are simply baffled by the very concept of "inner body wisdom", here are some tips to wake up your natural food cravings.
As you heal, you'll discover there are new health hurdles, requiring new regimens and exploration. The old foods and herbs that seemed like a panacea may suddenly stop working. This can overwhelm you, or be a simple reminder that life is a never ending journey of discovery and adventure.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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