The best judge of what my body needs is me! I've been pretty healthy most of my life. Other than constipation years ago, which now is not an issue, I've never had any major health issues.
Exercise has always been a part of my routine, whether it's walking, yoga, aerobic classes, some weights and now biking.
About 5 or 6 years ago my knees began to ache. Beginning of arthritis was the diagnosis, in my knees and a few other joints as well, as time has passed. With physical therapy, massage therapy, visits to a chiropractor, no heels and shifting from power walks to biking.....my knees are way better and I can wear heals again (sometimes).
Yet, my greatest health challenge remains to be food! I love to eat and have a pretty big sweet tooth. My Latin background is partly to blame, as I love our rice and beans, cafe con leche, tostones, and all the tasty foods that get my taste buds fiesta dancing!!! I've never been fat but have carried about 12 extra pounds for many years; I was able to lose most of them last year, although I've gained a few back. I do have much more awareness of the quality and quantity of what I eat now.
Because of what has started to show up in my body, you know, the aches, arthritis, I have taken more of an interest in my nutrition. I've read books and articles and also watched many educational videos on the subject to be better informed and able to make wiser choices.
But I realize how much time and focus I have spent continuously thinking about what to eat, when to eat, is this going to make me fat, sick, diabetic, etc., etc. Last week coffee was bad for me, yesterday it's now good. Eat meat, don't eat meat. Carbs, fats, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, Atkins, on and on, each affirming it's THE way to eat. OMG. How confusing and contradictory!!! What is "good" or "bad" for the body is constantly changing. Something so natural and enjoyable has become daunting.
You know what? I have concluded the best judge of what my body needs is me! I appreciate all the information and choose wisely. I believe food is to be enjoyed and not feared. It's about balance!