I’m Turning into my Mother! (Is it in your DNA?)

I often hear this from my patients, “I’m turning into my mother” and blaming things on heredity and DNA.  Are these excuses always true or is there something else going on?  Some imbalances are hereditary, but there are a lot of things that are caused by diet and learned behavior.

Are you angry (Pitta) because your dad was angry and that’s just how it is?   Or did your dad love spicy food and a beer at dinner, and you love spicy food too?  Alcohol and spicy food are heating which cause heating in the liver and lead to anger.

Take action:

* Start incorporating neutral and cooling/detoxifying foods into your diet like Kale and Green Beans.

*Gently massage the heart area daily, in India it is recommended that you rub the heart clockwise for 108 strokes.

*Being out in nature is calming to the entire body but especially the eyes which are associated with Pitta.

Does melancholy (Kapha) run in your family?  Or is it really caused by the fact that your family ate a lot of heavy foods like meats and potatoes  and lived in an area that didn’t get much sun?  And your mom loved to read books inside all day instead of going for a walk.

Take action: 

*Eat more fresh vegetables.

*Try reducing dairy and heavy foods from your diet.

*Add more physical movement into your day to day life (walking, yoga, hiking all count).  *You get bonus points if it’s in the sun:)

Now of days anxiety and stress (Vata) seem almost normal, but it is a learned behavior that can also be exacerbated by poor food choices.  It is said that parents who are calm when dealing with stressful situations, teach their children to be calm, but it doesn’t work if they look calm on the outside and are actually freaking out on the inside.  Just because you didn’t learn how to be calm in childhood doesn’t mean you can’t learn now.

Take action:

*Eat healthy grounding foods like potatoes and squash.

*Use abdominal breath or negative tension release daily.

*Reading spiritual literature (of your faith or belief system).

It is time to stop blaming others for your symptoms and emotions and take the proper actions to heal yourself.  But remember it may take time, especially if this is something you have been dealing with your entire life.  Make today the day you take your first step into health and healing.

Do you want to be a part of a group of people also focusing on healing themselves?  I am offering a Fun Free Challenge on Facebook (30 minutes of healing for the 30 days of November) Join me!

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