Trust Your Gut’s Guidance About Foods

Your gut wisdom, also known as the enteric nervous system, is a rich and complicated network that senses and controls events in the digestive tract and, remarkably, can sense and respond to events in other parts of the body, including the brain.

Asking this brain-in-your-belly for advice about foods to eat, and which amounts, using this simple five step exercise, is an incredible way to connect to your deeper knowing about the diet that is best for you:

1. Before any meal or snack, sit comfortably and take five deep breaths into your midsection.

2. Let the breath flow in and out naturally and generously without holding or forcing it. Feel what a full oxygenated gut feels like.

3. Consciously rest your mind and ask for insights from the wisdom of your enteric brain, or gut wisdom. “Is this a good food for me to eat right now?” or “What meal would be best for my body at this time?” or “What amount of this food is best in this moment?”

4. Let the answers arise effortlessly, with a quiet mind and without censorship.

5. Follow the directions of your gut’s wisdom and note the results.

Adapted from The Slow Down Diet, by Marc David (Inner Traditions, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Marc David. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Slow Down Diet, by Marc David (Inner Traditions, 2005).

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Mary ann S.
mary ann s.2 years ago

Wow that plate of fruit looks good!!

N M.
N M.2 years ago

interesting idea.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago


Danial W.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.2 years ago

A very interesting article! Thank You

Nicki M.
Nicki Mortimer2 years ago


Kay Martin
.2 years ago

I use gut information, to see what my body needs or wants. If my gut says I crave yams, and I try to eat brown rice, I enjoy the brown rice, but I still want the yams, and I will go later and eat the yams. I may as well eat what I am craving and be satisfied, because if not , I will eat both and gain weight. I am lucky I usually do not crave cakes,cookies,donuts or junk like that. Thank you for the posting of the article and all the good comments.

Susanne P.
Susanne P.2 years ago

Thanks for posting that information.
Yes, I do believe there's a gut wisdom... I don't like onions, peppers, chili, hot = very spicy food, and a few years ago I was told by a doctor that these foods wouldn't agree with me... so my body knew it all the time!
I just wish it would also know that Coca Cola is not good for me :o)

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.