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Being sensitive to bad food–a blessing in disguise?

Robyn Openshaw - Jun 28, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

My teenaged daughter Emma came home from camp today.   After giving me a hug and saying hello, the first thing she said was, “MOM! Did you make green smoothies yet?   I neeeeeeed one! I missed them so much!”


Just now, at dinner, she sat down to a big plate of veggies and said this (I ran in to write it down so I could get it word for word):


“I am so happy to be home.   Every single meal at camp, I felt disgusting afterward.   I didn’t eat the meat, but you just couldn’t avoid all the junk.   It’s just not what I am used to.”   To support each other, Emma ate meals with a 12 Stepper mom/leader at the camp, another girl who is a veg, and one of Emma’s friends who loves animals and is kind of a “veg wannabe.”


I have always been amazed that some people eat toxic sludge, three meals a day, and they seem to be okay.   They’re not, of course–they’re ticking time bombs, and many of them, when you get to know them, suffer from multiple chronic conditions and a lack of energy.   But I once read that Heather Locklear (a size 1 who looks 10 years younger than she is and gets paid to show her skin and hair close up) never eats ANYTHING green and hates vegetables.   Some people don’t look, on the outside, like they’re unhealthy.


What gives?   Why do Emma and I feel so terrible the minute we eat bad food?


I think the human body, being fed the S.A.D. long-term, goes into coping mode.   It isn’t able to repair, regenerate, cleanse, or fight infection or cancer cells well.   It just has to survive, put all its energy into just completing required tasks.   Some people seem to be getting by, drinking lots of caffeine and eating lots of fried, processed, sugary foods and animal proteins.   But if you think about it, it’s SCARY that some people’s radar or response to bad food is stunted or damaged.     We NEED our bodies to tell us what’s good and what’s not.   It’s nothing to be jealous of.


On the other hand, a body fed a regularly pure diet of plant foods is more finely tuned.   All body systems are functioning at a higher level and the instruments register more sensitively.   If I were to eat a Krispy Kreme donut or two for breakfast, instead of my daily 100% raw-food breakfast, I’d be ill for hours, and it would zap my energy all day.   I might even have to just go to bed!   I haven’t eaten a donut in many years, just because the consequences aren’t worth it.   Donuts don’t even look good to me.

Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair, what other people are “getting away with.”   It might seem like a drag that the whole police dept. appears to feel fine eating daily coffee and donuts for breakfast, while one donut would put me into a tailspin.   But I believe being sensitive to bad food is a blessing in disguise.   People who feel horrible when eating horribly learn NOT TO!  

How about you? Are you sensitive, or can you eat just anything and feel no different?

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food, Mind/Body Connection, Relationships

6 thoughts on “Being sensitive to bad food–a blessing in disguise?”

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  1. I looked at my bag of spinach again. It says that 1.5 shredded cups is a serving; therefore, the bag says it has 3.5 servings.

  2. I know exactly what you mean! My body keeps getting more and more sensitive. After eating raw so a while, even some raw foods start to make you feel ill! I can’t tolerate onions anymore, or fatty foods. Nuts make me really tired! So I am mostly fruits and veggies. I feel great! I think sometimes that its unfair that I can’t “eat how I used to,” but then I remember, I don’t feel the same as I used to! I thought I was getting away with it, only because I didn’t know any better. I thought it was normal to lay on the couch for hours after dinner! I thought bloating and indigestion was normal. Now I feel so much better….. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is an interesting topic. It’s true, I do sometimes get irritated that I work so hard and another family in our church eats garbage all the time. They seem like the healthiest bunch of us all! EXCEPT, even though they don’t get colds and even though they don’t catch flus, they do have SEVERE asthma, that is how I console myself…how sad is that.

    On my children’s birthdays I let them choose whatever they want to eat for their meals. So, a year ago on my daughter’s 8th birthday she chose to have one friend over all day instead of a party and then this was her menu (please, don’t tell me what an awful mom I am!): Fruity pebbles for breakfast, ice-cream sandwiches for lunch, chicken spaghetti for dinner and of course a “store-bought” ice cream cake for dinner.

    Her friend was fine, acted like that’s all she has ever eaten, but my daughter was so bad by the end of the day. Her head hurt so much that she ended up having to send her friend home before cake and presents and went to bed. The only thing I could figure is that her friend is exposed to it all of the time and my daughter isn’t.

    While that was an AWFUL day of food and probably took a week to clean out, my daughter is very committed to “health choices” and when treats are offered she is very careful in her servings and whether or not she wants more. It is a blessing for her as she is my pickiest eater and would eat the most junk food of them. And I told her so!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I used to be severely hypoglycemic and that helped me to say no to sweets and crap because it just wasn’t worth it. Those syptoms are gone and it has been harder to say no to bad things—though i really feel rotten after eating them.

    also–these past oh 2 weeks we’ve reverted to old eating ways—we moved and cleared otu our fridge and ate out and fast convenient meals…..that being said—I’m glad I came across this post today because I seriously feel SO crappy. I have hardly had the energy to get unpacked this week and i’ve been a crank..I know this is because we need to get back on the ball and eat how we have been for the past year. Thanks for the reminder! (so YES I have food sensitivities)

  5. Anonymous says:

    oh I forgot to mention that my body can hardly tolerate meat anymore—sometimes I can have chicken—but everything else—I throw up or have pain in my stopmach the whole next day…I got my gallbladder and other things checked and there’s no reason for my problems…are you sensitive to meat now that you haven’t eaten it much?

  6. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I have been doing 32oz green smoothie each nearly every day since March this year (several months). We also incorporated large salads and homemade dressings around May. Other than this we still eat everything we used to eat (including fast food….). However, just from this change in our diets, my husband’s acid reflux almost disappeared. He forgot to take his acid reflux pill but did not notice (whereas in the past he would wake up choking etc.).

    While visiting my parents this summer, we did a lot of the food prep there for nearly two weeks so we all ate plenty of smoothies and salads (raw!) and my mom noticed her acid reflux go down as well. Then, while visiting a friend, we ate mostly what her family prepared (vegetarian food – lentils, chick peas, etc.) but his acid reflux returned full force! We know feel that raw food is the main factor influencing acid reflux and whenever we eat mostly raw food for the day, he can skip the pill. 🙂

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