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Why Eating in is Better for My DISH.

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Introduction

Granted, a very good reason to not eat out is because of the nutritional value of the food you might buy. I am here to suggest there may be another hidden benefit to preparing and making your own food that you might not be aware of.

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Overview

Sometimes it may feel like we are given a double-edged sword. We know we have to eat, but eating is sometimes a challenge. It may be because of so many food sensitivities, or maybe it is because we become so exhausted preparing our meals that we may opt for simple options. I would like to share an undisclosed benefit I found when preparing my own food.

Choosing to Cook My Own Food

Known Benefits of Not Eating Out

I am sure we are all well aware of the benefits, such as the following:

  • Save money: Eating out is more expensive. When we go out to eat as a family, the bill is usually about the same as one-half to a full week’s grocery bill!
  • Food allergies: Preparing my own food enabled me to be far more aware of what exactly was in my food and how it was prepared.
  • More control: Many food items have a healthier alternative that I am able to substitute to better fit my needs.
  • Hygiene and safety: Having food prepared in my own kitchen ensures the food is being prepared in a clean environment.
  • Quality: I am able to choose the quality of the food I consume. Let’s face it, I know I can list a handful of meals that I think taste better homemade than restaurant-bought. What about you?
  • More options: It is easier to be mindful of what you are eating instead of picking the same restaurant that happens to be enroute on your way home.

These are all good and valid reasons to prepare our own food at home. But what if there was also a hidden benefit that could help us to push our choices over the top to stick with good homemade meals instead of mass-produced options?

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Choosing to Cook My Own Food

Hidden DISH Benefit of Making Own Food

As you know, I cannot write a blog post without mentioning DISH. You may be thinking, “But where does DISH fit into being a hidden benefit?” I was hoping you would ask.

The DISH philosophy is all about making the outside equal the inside when the lymphatic system is or has been compromised. From my personal experience of pattern watching, I have noticed 20-30 minutes frequently works for this programming that needs to take place to occur. Making my food enables me to knock that time out and more.

  • Allotted time: By preparing my own food, I am usually around the food for the allotted time needed in order to have the outside of my body programmed so that the food is not a challenge to me on the inside.
  • Gradual introduction: By preparing my own food, I am gradually introducing the variety of ingredients at a time before introducing them to my body as a single item. On some days, this is the needed leg up for me to not have an adverse reaction to my food.
  • Mental connections: As I prepare my food, I can be consciously aware of my environment. It may not always be the food. It could be what the food comes into contact with. I could fill in potentially missing information.
    • What type of cutting board?
    • What is the pan made of?
    • Is the food processor blade or mixer beater made of stainless steel or polished aluminum?

Some of you may not be able to relate to this level of hypervigilance and think it is a little over the top. You probably have a working DISH. For me, being aware and doing these seemingly meaningless things made a difference in my health. To learn more about ‘How I ate with many food allergies,’ check out my blog post about it.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

By making my own meals, I was around the food for this needed amount of time to enable my body to do the reprogramming that was necessary. I found that by preparing my own food—and at spaced-out intervals taking one bite of each ingredient before combining them together as a finished entree on my plate—aided in the sorting process for my digestion to be more agreeable with my food.

If I noticed my food unavoidably encountering aluminum, instead of having to avoid the food entirely, if I placed a piece of aluminum foil in my pocket for 24-48 hours, it kept me from getting hot flashes from the aluminum tainted food. (This will make no sense to those who aren’t DISHing right now. But, it has to do with aluminum trying to occupy the calcium channels in our bodies.)

Choosing to Cook My Own Food

Exhaustion Avoidance Techniques I Used

I understand and get it. Sometimes you just can’t be standing to prepare your food. Here is a list of a few things I did that helped me:

  • Sit down: I bought a barstool to sit on to help me be in the kitchen more.
  • Slow cooker: Whenever possible, I chose to cook with a slow cooker. It enabled me to prepare my meals during my strong moments of the day instead of trying to prepare them during my most fatigued hours between 5-7 pm.
  • Product awareness: I only cooked with glass, stainless steel, or cast iron. I would alternate between cast iron and stainless steel skillets based on my gut feeling of which I should use that day. They are made of different elements, and for me, that mattered—it makes a difference.
  • Stove awareness: If an electric stove, I tried to be as far back from it as possible. If a gas stove, I made sure I was holding either methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) or homeopathic sulfur in my pocket. (This was for making a manual DISH. I will make a dedicated blog post about why sulfur matter here soon.) This made a BIG difference for me. Once I started doing this, I no longer needed to sit down to cook.

Conclusion

We are always being told, ‘what goes in must come out.’ Well, I believe this is true about the lymphatic system too. When it does, we don’t have to be hypervigilant. When it doesn’t, we do. By preparing our own food, we are around the food more so that the body has time to do the programming it isn’t able to do if we just purchase and consume.

This DISH philosophy may sound crazy and it is new, but it has worked for me. It is so simple that I still get taken aback at what a difference it can make.

If you would like to learn more about DISH, check out this LinkedIn Article, ‘To See ME, Look Up from the Microscope.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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