My dear husband and I were having a conversation yesterday in the car. That particular conversation sparked my husband to quote Jack Sparrow. "The problem is not the problem, your attitude about the problem is the problem." Now I'm not sure that's the exact quote but it did get me thinking. I have been wanting to write more (lets be honest, I've been wanting to write and haven't figured out how...) and as I lay it bed this morning with my two sleeping boys it occurred to me that the problem was in fact not the problem, I was thinking about it all wrong. So as I sit on the chest I made in high school in close proximity to my sleeping infant and right outside my toddlers room where I can watch him play, I think I have figured it out. Granted I am using a discarded printer paper box as my desk and the iPad as my computer, I am in fact writing.
This particular quote has got me thinking about a lot of things. I talk to so many people and find that I generally am wishing that they would take a different perspective so that they could perhaps see a situation differently. I am not an exception to this. It takes me talking to people (as in the case of my dear husband yesterday) to be able to see things in a different light as well. So it all comes in good time no doubt. When "the stars align" if you will. Bear with me, I am going to have a few specific topics here and I am just going to put them under sub-headings.
Yep, you read that write. Symptoms. "The problem is not the problem" remember. Eureka. So if you think about that very literally in the case of symptoms. The symptom (your problem) is not the problem. So what is the problem. Well it depends on what your symptom is truly. I just finished a fantastic book on weight loss called "The Virgin Diet" and in her book JJ pretty much says that if you have tried everything and can't get weight off (remember, weight is the symptom, so it's not the problem) then there is a very good chance that you have an underlying food intolerance and the inflammation caused by the food intolerance is in fact why you have the symptom... excess weight. So, if your attitude is that you have weight so you need to starve yourself with low fat, nutrient lacking foods and work out until the cows come home, you may need to change your attitude about the problem (if that isn't working and has never worked for you). So could you drop weight easily following her plan and changing your perspective? I'm not going to say yes, but it's worked for a lot of people. What do we need to remember? "The problem isn't the problem."
Now lets dig a little deeper here as I have seen symptoms in a lot of other areas that really aren't the problem. Children's behaviors/symptoms. Is the problem the problem? It has been my experience that the problem is in fact, not the problem. Now hear me out. Let's discuss bed wetting for a minute. Bed wetting is considered by many (even in the medical realm) to be normal. But is it normal for a child with a healthy upbringing (no emotional trauma) to be wetting their bed into elementary school. I would venture to say that it's not. Now, how about inflammation in the body resulting in bed wetting. Very possible. Now could food cause inflammation? Absolutely. For us, our son wets the bed if he has dairy (or a lot of fructose). Stacy at Paleo Parents son stopped wetting the bed also when they removed dairy. I read/heard her podcast about it at some point and her son was 6 or 7. Now, if dairy is a food that is one of your food intolerance foods, it will cause inflammation within the body. Food Intolerance foods cause chronic inflammation however. Now if you are following me, inflammation is again a symptom...so not the problem right. Well then, what is the problem. In this particular scenario it is the food that is causing the inflammation not the inflammation itself, just like the weight is not the problem since it is the symptom (we will call it a "Symptom of the Problem.")
Well this is getting long so I will continue in another post as I have a bunch of stuff to do around here including processing chicken feet and heads! Look out for "The Problem is Not the Problem - Part 2"
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.