Hi, Angie here.
I’m curious has there been a time when things are going really well in your life?
Your way of eating is going well, you are at a weight that works for you, and your clothes fit great, you have a clear head, you have a tone of energy, and you feel relaxed. Life is going along GREAT!
Then something happens that turns your life upside down, or you just feel stress and you have no control over what going on.
You’re like WTF! What’s going on?
I teach my clients to listen to their bodies and eat foods that give them energy, change their lifestyle habits, and practice self-care.
I followed my own advice until I didn’t!
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I ate a LOT of cheese and my easy go-to foods. I was busy and was eating the same sorts of foods weekly, mostly because they were easy and I liked them. Because it was the holidays I gave myself permission to indulge in a few extra sweet treats. But then I continued eating little extra bites of those sweet treats here and there, not even realizing how much I was actually eating on a daily basis because I was not being mindful. It really wasn’t about how I was eating, it was what I was eating; sugar and gluten. Things I know my body doesn’t like and I normally don’t even eat them. I was eating the processed sugary things on a more consistent basis without thinking about it and what it was doing to my body.
I had become complacent without even realizing it or even thinking about it. I stopped being mindful; I was going through my day not paying any sort of attention.
Then the end of December I started having gut issues, bloating, gas, and inflammation. I felt huge through my mid-section and was constipated. The biggest thing I noticed was the new smaller sized pants I had purchased in November were starting to get tight around my middle. I was gaining weight! I’m thinking, “Why is this happening? I haven’t changed the way I eat or what I ate.” I was so uncomfortable and the gas pains made it really painful by the end of the day. I was beginning to get scared that I had colon cancer or some horrible disease and I was going to die at 59.
Have you ever gone to the dark place? You go all sideways because you don’t know what’s going on with your body or life?
I felt great until I didn’t!
The beginning of February, I went to my Dr., my weight was up 5 lbs in a little over a month and my thyroid tests changed and not for the better and on top of that I had candida (yeast overgrowth) in my gut. The sugar and all the cheese I was eating were feeding the candida. Oh, and did I mention I was drinking my fair share of alcohol because of course, it WAS THE HOLIDAYS! Oh and the stress! I had a lot of stress then also!
I’m curious, do you too give yourself permission to overeat and drink or eat things you don’t normally eat just because it’s the Holiday?
In March I started a Functional Nutrition Digestive Course and all of a sudden it hit me, (ok I’m a slow learner sometimes) that all the dairy, sweet treats, and stress were affecting my digestive system. And autoimmune issues are a gut issue, I was diagnosed about 2 years ago with Hashimoto’s. It didn’t help that I was eating the same foods week after week. They were easy meals to make and prep, I was busy, so I could just grab them and go.
So now my gut was compromised and I wasn’t getting the proper nutrition because I wasn’t getting variety in my diet.
Lets fast forward to April, here I am on Day 15 of the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, which is: no dairy, no alcohol, no sugar, no legumes (beans) and no gluten. These 5 things cause inflammation in the body. Also on the Autoimmune Paleo are no nightshades, which are; tomatoes, pepper, eggplant or watermelon.
You may be thinking what the heck do you get to eat?
Really there is still a lot. I get protein from meat, fats from avocado, coconut oil, and coconut milk, lots of veggies, sweet potatoes, fruit, nuts, and seeds. I don’t feel deprived at all. Next week I will eliminate eggs, a lot of people are sensitive to eggs, especially people with autoimmune issues. Not sure if I am or not, I’ve NEVER given up eggs. I will be eliminating these inflammatory foods for 30 days or more.
Did you know that there is such a thing as delayed sensitivity to foods? You might eat, say eggs on Sunday and have a reaction on Wednesday. Pretty wild, right? That makes it more difficult to figure out what your body is sensitive to.
I’m completely eliminating these inflammatory foods for at least 30 days, then I’ll slowly reintroduce them. It’s the only way to know for sure if my body is sensitive to any of these foods. One at a time I will reintroduce a food and I will pay close attention to how I feel after eating this food. Do I get; congested, constipated, rash, lethargic. It could be a host of symptoms so I will pay close attention.
I have a choice then; I can either stop eating them and feel good or eat them and suffer the consequences.
I have also been very diligent about chewing my food thoroughly now (learned how important it is in my Functional Digestive course). I don’t have enough stomach acid so my food is not being digested properly, which means I’m am probably not getting the nutrition I need to fuel my body, cells, and mitochondria. It’s no wonder I’m tired all the time and have NO energy.
I have added homemade fermented foods for the probiotics. I’ve made sauerkraut, Kim Chi, fermented cabbage with red beets and my new favorite it coconut yogurt (it’s great with berries and in my morning smoothie)
What I have noticed in 15 days. The 1st few days not much, after the 2nd or 3rd day I started getting a lot of muscle pain, headaches, congestion, brain fog, agitation, anxiety and lack of concentration. Pretty sure this was the detox process.
The past few days I have also noticed less bloating and I don’t feel as big as a house through my mid-section. The congestion and brain fog are finally starting to lift. Today is the 1st day that I haven’t been all over the map, I can concentrate and my body doesn’t feel lethargic like it has for the past 2 months.
I had become complacent about my self-care; I wasn’t exercising like I used to, I had stopped journaling, and I really had stopped being mindful of how and what I ate. It is so easy to fall back into those old (not good for me) habits.
Do you ever do that? You just revert to your old way of being and not even notice.
When I stopped putting myself 1st, you know the “I’m so busy with all the holiday stuff?” It was so easy to go back to my old way of being without even noticing it. It was comfortable, it was something I knew, I have done it most of my life. Did I like it? NO! But I knew it; I didn’t have to think about it.
Habits can take some time to change and you have to be mindful and practice them over and over until the habit just becomes what you do and who you are. Like when you 1st learn to drive a car, in the beginning, you really have to pay attention to where the brake and gas pedals are, how much pressure to apply to the brakes to stop, how hard to push on the accelerator so you don’t go over the speed limit or ram into the person in front of you, on top of that watching the drivers around you. After you got in the car and drove day after day remembering all you have to do, one day it just became automatic. I bet now you get in the car and drive without thinking about all that you have to do. You just do it now!
That’s the same with your health, food and eating habits, you have to be mindful and practice them on a daily basis and sometimes learning new habits means letting something go that has been a comfort or coping mechanism.
Do you struggle with a health issue and don’t know where to turn or even go about betting healthy? Do you struggle with your weight and body image issues?
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