If I haven’t said it before, the subconscious can be pretty funny.
I was working with a friend, JT, this past week to address some food intolerances that had come up recently. Within the past year, and completely out of the blue, she had started to reacting to salmon, hummus, and peanut butter.
We decided to start with salmon first.
As we do, we looked for the emotional root cause for the intolerance, and quickly homed in on an issue she was having with a group of colleagues at work.
One woman in particular was especially aggravating for her. The woman had been sending her department work to do but would neglect to provide all the necessary details; when JT confronted by her about being unable to do the work properly without all the required information, she received nothing but arrogance for her trouble. Over a year later, JT was still annoyed by it.
Once we neutralized the feelings between her and the woman, her problem with salmon disappeared! But what would salmon have to do with a frustrating colleague?
After a bit of searching, a memory surfaced. JT remembered being in the lunch room one day while this colleague, whom she disliked so much, was microwaving salmon.
And that was the link.
It was like her subconscious said “She likes salmon, and I don’t like her, so I can’t enjoy salmon anymore.” Isn’t that crazy? Crazy, but true.
The whole point of the intolerance is to get our attention regarding some unresolved incident. JT’s salmon problem was meant to remind her of the colleague and the negative feelings surrounding her!
And the hummus?
The hummus took us a little more time to figure out.
The event was straightforward. We tracked it back to a performance evaluation her boss had given her. It was a good evaluation overall, but there was one piece in it that JT thought was unfair and shouldn’t have been included, and she had some lingering bitterness about it.
We cleared that up quickly, and hummus was testing fine, but what was the link?
JT rarely ate hummus. And despite our efforts to find a link with hummus to the boss who did the evaluation, none was forthcoming. “I know there wasn’t any hummus at my performance evaluation!” JT joked.
So I gave up. The intolerance was fixed, so discovering the link was more to satisfy our curiosity than anything else.
We moved onto peanut butter.
But the peanut butter was now testing strong.
Apparently the same event had triggered both intolerances.
We decided to search for a link to peanut butter, which surfaced after just a few minutes.
They have a no nut policy at work, and rather than being strict about implementing it, JT’s boss was so lax that she herself brought in a Reese Peanut Butter cake to celebrate an employee’s birthday. (An action which JT found rather shocking.)
And therein lies the link.
JT didn’t have a problem with peanuts, just peanut butter. She could eat peanuts all day if she wanted. The cake was a peanut butter cake. Her subconscious was linking her to her boss through the memory of bringing in peanut butter. We found it!
So where does the hummus come in?
Hummus looks kinda like peanut butter. 🙂
When her subconscious found that having a peanut butter intolerance wasn’t doing the job to get JT’s attention to resolve the issue, it cast a wider net. It added more foods to react to. It’s very possible that had it gone on longer, even more foods would have become a problem…butter, cream cheese, jam…everything you can spread? Who knows? But that is how the subconscious works.
Nuts, eh? (pun intended)
If you’ve got food intolerances that you’d like to resolve (and maybe even figure out how they came to be in the first place), connect with me to give the Accelerated Release Technique a try. I’ll be happy to help!