We’re definitely not a car.
But we are quite similar.
When the car’s sensors go off it indicates there is a problem with the engine and the engine light comes on.
We see the engine light on and know that the car needs maintenance just like all cars at some point and take it in to the mechanic.
So then why do we ignore our own engine light?
Our body has evolved and is made for warning long before there is ever a serious problem.
It has many “fail safe” systems in place so that if we get a warning, and the issue isn’t resolved, we will get another usually more severe warning.
But what do we commonly choose to do?
Instead of refocusing ourselves, listening to our bodies and coming to understand what the series of symptoms is trying to tell us.
We just take out the engine light.
We remove the symptom that is most “bothersome” or “uncomfortable” and then carry on as if nothing happened.
But what we don’t realize,
or don’t want to realize,
is that the symptom we are experiencing is just a sign that there is a much deeper series of events going on that is causing problems.
That we are continuously doing the opposite of what our body needs.
We are thinking, breathing, acting and behaving out of tune with our optimal functioning.
This can be seen in Beth’s story, which is common to many others:
Beth is a family oriented woman who works hard and wants to be there for her children as they grow up.
As well as her love for her family she is also a tough business woman and gets up early, gets the children ready for school and takes on a whole lot of daily responsibility.
She’s usually in a rush because of it and sometimes has to miss breakfast, snack lunch and then get it all in for dinner.
She has cravings for chocolate and sweets throughout the day and depends on her good ol cup of Jo.
But lately she’s been feeling a bit tired.
Actually, by the end of the week she’s completely exhausted.
And migraines have started showing up over the weekends that just kill her time with family.
She’s been to the doctor a few times and tried out some medications which usually work for a while, but then eventually stop and the headaches just get worse.
She’s starting to get anxiety about the weekend because of all the pain and is a little depressed because she’s missed so much time with her kids and has to rely on her husband to take care of them.
This is a common story in today’s world and on the surface it might seem like she’s doing just what anyone would do.
But there is a huge interplay of systems and processes that are being strained and stressed throughout this.
Engine lights are seen in things as simple as the cravings she gets, the missing meals and the need for coffee.
It gets more serious when exhaustion and migraines come in.
So many things are involved here, from high cortisol(stress hormone), to high inflammation, spiking blood sugar, imbalanced hormones and so much more.
But there are simple answers to all of these as long as you are present enough with yourself to ask the questions.
Hopefully before the pain becomes too severe to handle and it cuts into family time.
A simple and easy place to start is to slow down, take a deep breath and relax with your meals. Ask yourself, if this food really what I should be feeding my body, or is it just something i’m craving?
Be honest with yourself.
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A migraine can be a simple food sensitivity, or it can be the result of an inflammatory cascade.
How often does your engine light come on?