“So what made you go to the doctor? How did you know?” he asks then takes a sip of his drink. The din of conversation, laughter, and clinking glasses fill the air around us. It’s Friday night social hour and once again the conversation has turned to my recent experience with cancer.
I don’t mind talking about it, it’s usually cathartic, but I never know quite how to answer that question.
How did I know to go in for that skin exam?
There were no symptoms, no discomfort, no neon sign with flashing lights pointing to the small, nondescript mole on my back that was harboring malignant melanoma. Nothing physical got my attention and prompted me to call the doctor.
It was simply a feeling. A soft internal nudging. A knowing.
As I try to describe this to my friend I can see his eyebrows raise. He’s too nice to roll his eyes, but I can sense that what I’m saying is quickly getting lost on him. And I can understand how the idea of heeding messages from the depths of our essence might sound a little hokey…and yet at the same time it makes the most sense of all.
Don’t you know, deep in your gut, when something is wrong with a loved one?
Can’t you feel it, as a buzzing in your cells, when there’s an action you need to take?
Your body has a lot to tell you – when you slow down enough to listen.
I find this especially true when it comes to the food and drink that we consume. By pausing for just a moment before eating or drinking, you will find clarity and wisdom about what your body really needs – and there’s often a chasm between what your appetite says it wants and what your body knows it needs.
At 6am every morning I go outside and climb the dark stairs to the deck where my treadmill awaits. It’s peaceful and still…the noise of the day hasn’t yet begun. It’s time to choose a beverage. My urge is to reach for a natural, caffeinated, flavored energy drink – but the message my body is sending is one single word: hydrate. I need to recalibrate with plenty of water before taking a sip of caffeine.
Your body gives you messages like this too, all throughout your day, all designed to keep you on the track to optimal health. The more practiced you get in slowing down to listen, the more wisdom your body will continue to give you.
Should you eat that grain-filled dinner tonight? Or is your body asking for greens? How will you feel after that bowl of ice cream? How would you feel after eating some fresh fruit instead?
At a deep essence level, your body knows what’s good for you.
Take the time now to listen.
- 4 apples, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1⁄2 cup blanched almond flour
- 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
- 1⁄4 cup flax meal
- 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- crack of sea salt
- 3⁄4 cup almond flour
- 1⁄2 cup flax meal
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon raw honey
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup canned coconut milk, plus more if needed
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8inch square pan with coconut oil. Arrange the sliced apples evenly in the pan. In a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Mix well then sprinkle over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
- Combine all of the pancake ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Lightly grease a skillet with coconut oil and place over medium heat. Drop the pancake batter by the tablespoon onto the warmed skillet. When bubbles begin to appear, after 2-3 minutes, use a spatula to flip the pancake over. When both sides are browned remove from heat.
- Combine all of the caramel sauce ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Place over medium heat, stir often, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and then chill for 20 minutes before serving.
- Plate a pancake, top with a spoonful of apple pie topping and drizzle with a Tablespoon of caramel sauce. Enjoy!