It's quite wonderful that we have so much information available these days. You can look up your ailment on the Internet and be more schooled in what's going on. You can now have a conversation with your healthcare provider that helps you to participate in your journey.
But then, bring in the conflicting study, and you feel helpless once more, perhaps even more so because you did try and understand - you tried to take matters into your own hands but were left so confused as to what is the right way that it just felt less exhausting to follow someone else.
Bring in the fad.
Who are you? What foods work for you? And do they work all year around? And do you notice your mind shift with particular foods? And do you notice you feel better or worse with different modes of food preparation? And do you notice that certain activities and people drain you? And do you notice the texture of your bowel movements in relation to the food you ate the day before.
But this is the only way to avoid having someone else think for you. Our school system creates a mindset that avoids critical thinking. It creates a homogeneous food pyramid idea about everything - that there is one form of knowledge external to us. And when that fails, lo and behold, there is someone out there ready to tell us THEY know what works for ALL OF US.
It leads to prompts from people asking me "what should I eat" or observing what I eat and just following suit. It doesn't work that way. There is no such thing as Ayurvedic food or products. There are only ideas that work within an Ayurvedic framework. You can take anything and make it Ayurvedic
BECAUSE AYURVEDA MEANS YOU IN RELATION TO THE PRODUCT.
The product cannot stand alone without your experience of it. The only way to truly understand this paradigm is to understand yourself.
Be better decision makers. Be independent. Take what's out there in our society and choose it based on how you want to feel. I keep hearing about people wanting to be heard, or express themselves, their throat chakra is stuck. So here's how you begin! Learn your tendencies, choose food over fads, choose yoga over names of yoga.
In my practise, I don't call myself a healer, because in Ayurveda we believe nature heals, and we are simply a conduit; we just guide you back to understanding your nature. I do not make any claims that I have super powers over you. Anyone that does is taking on a lot of karma in doing so. It's dangerous territory.
Be independent. Claim your power back. It's a simple life.