Normal is Not Always Normal

Pill tablet
Pill tablet (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Why have people become okay with their bodies feeling bad and why do people think that it’s normal to feel this way? It’s become so common nowadays to just pop a pill when you have a headache and think it’s normal when you experience acid reflux or gas after you eat, have diarrhea, contsipation, allergies, etc. I’ve heard people say things like, “dairy gives me stomachaches and bloating, but it’s normal for me.” The fact of the matter is, this is not normal and these sorts of nagging everyday illnesses are actually very significant and show up for a reason. People aren’t tuning into health and wellness and accept that it’s normal to have headaches or migraines a few times a week, day-to-day acid reflux, and so on. The media obviously plays into this, but do people really think they’re not capable of feeling good on a daily basis? Why do people not attribute how they feel to the foods that they eat? Why are people okay with the doctor just prescribing them a pill, rather than seeking alternative approaches? I understand that people want the easy way out, but that’s not the answer.

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The truth is you can feel good on a day-to-day basis and it’s as simple as your food and choices. Your daily choices will determine whether you are well and successful or sick, and choosing real food is the absolute best medicine you can give your body. Your food will allow you to heal and thrive if you allow it. What do I mean by REAL food? High-quality meat that was raised on pasture in which the animals are treated well and fed their natural diet (not soy, grain, other animals, etc.), pasture eggs, vegetables and fruit (organic when possible), animal fats (grass-fed butter/ghee, grass-fed beef tallow, etc.), other healthy fats (coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, olive oil), wild fish and seafood, and nuts. It’s that simple and it does and will have a significant impact on your health. Keep in mind, there is definitely truth to the phrase, “you are what you eat.”

I understand that this isn’t easy for many people for a variety of reasons, but being persistent and not giving up easily is key. Be willing to find your way, give things time, do things gradually, and do your research. You don’t have to dive in head first! Taking things slowly is more than okay … just keep your eye on the prize (the prize being optimal health) and enjoy the process.

Today’s post was influenced by a podcast of Rick Osborn speaking on the topic of food quality and stress. You can listen to the podcast at 


2 thoughts on “Normal is Not Always Normal

  1. vivjm July 23, 2012 / 1:35 am

    Great post – I think it goes right along with the comment people make that “Oh I eat *insert rubbish foodstuff here* and I’m ok!” Then telling you about their digestive problems, mental health issues, skin disorders etc. I find it amazing that so many people make no connection between what they eat and how they feel & don’t think about changing their diet to help themselves feel better.

    • paleoinportland July 23, 2012 / 7:54 am

      Thanks vivjm! That’s exactly what I was getting at and I couldn’t agree more with your response. It really blows my mind as well that more people don’t pay attention and instead just ignore what’s going on in their body. Their body is screaming at them by showing such symptoms, yet so many people deem it as “normal.” I really appreciate your reply and am glad to hear that you pay attention to such things!

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