A quick and easy self-assessment of personal health.
Although I do like to get my blood work done and physical exam at least once a year, I don’t need a doctor to tell me whether or not I’m healthy every day. Here are a few easy clues I look for each day:
POOP & FARTS.
Do they stink? Or do they smell like fresh fruits and veggies with a little gut bacteria scent mixed in (smells earthy). Stink indicates constipation, rot, and disease. If my scent starts to smell even a little bad, it means I need to drink lemon water and stick to hydrating ripe juicy fruits even if only for just one day to get things moving properly and stink-free again. When I eat a melon, it should come out smelling like a melon with gut bacteria. If you eat rotting animal flesh or fermented lactations, of course it’s going to stink like something died inside of you. Only it didn’t die inside of you, it was already dead before it was consumed. If your poop and farts smell bad, that’s a giant red flag that your diet is not proper for your biological design. We aren’t meant to eat acidic, dead, and rotting things. Body odor and bad breath are also very telling of internal health and diet.
Look in the mirror. Does the skin glow? Hydrated and healthy cells glitter in the light. Dehydrated and unhealthy cells look dull and lifeless, shriveled and limp. You can’t see your cells individually, but it’s easy to see the cellular integrity by looking at what they built. Bad diet, lack of sleep, too much stress, not enough hydration, etc. can all cause us to lose the glow. Healthy bodies naturally look younger and more vibrant. Damage marks and scars tend to fade more easily. Healthy bodies also have an easier time with maintaining an ideal healthy weight.
Is it easy to stay in control? A balanced and healthy body doesn’t often swing out-of-control hormonally and emotionally. We are so quick to pop pills to fix those “chemical imbalances” but have the hardest time changing our diets or admitting any sort of personal responsibility in the matter. Sure, emotions are normal and healthy to feel especially in response to normal life circumstances, but I’m talking about the preventable and sometimes debilitating and volatile swinging out-of-control over little to nothing kind. A healthy body is almost always calm and content operating with mental clarity and rational thinking. And even when Life Happens, we are much more capable of handling ourselves and maintaining our cool even under stress and pressure.
ENERGY VS. FATIGUE.
Are you chronically fatigued no matter how much rest you get? Your body may be spending way too much energy on trying to recapture balance and return to homeostasis. Eating properly allows the body to spend time and energy on, well, everything else, including what YOU want to do. After eating, do you feel energized? Or do you feel tired and require rest to digest? We are all only here for a limited amount of time. It seems to make logical sense to use the time we are given here wisely and efficiently, and not waste hours every single day on digesting food-like-substances that were never meant for our consumption just for a few moments of extremely temporary pleasure.
How often do you get sick or feel under the weather? Ever? What about chronic disease? I’ve only gotten sick with a cold once in the last 3 years of eating raw. All my allergies vanished too. When I was high raw vegan, I still got sick every couple of months and maintained my chronic diseases with medications. Seems like such a small difference in diet from high raw to all raw, but it did something to bulk up my immune system along the way. Not to mention, all those diagnosed diseases that are just… well… gone. Medication free and thriving after battling “incurable” debilitating Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Hypoglycemia (pre-diabetes), High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Alcoholism, Benzo Withdrawal/Damage (as prescribed), Caffeine Addiction, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Depression, Acid Reflux, and Obesity.
Vegan for the animals and the planet.
Raw Fruitarian for my health.