Swapping Processed For Whole Foods
I love a good health trend. Really! As a teenager I thought health looked like drinking a green smoothie once and week and doing 10 sit ups and magically I would have abs. As I’ve gotten older my idea of health has changed time and time again but over the last few years I’ve found myself always playing with the idea of cutting out certain foods to improve my gut health. If I’m being honest it was always because other people around me had adjusted their diets, not doing the research on all the benefits that come with removing certain foods. Well January of this year was a turning point for me and my health and food journey and I’ve had a few people ask me the reasoning behind my changes and I thought I’d share what I have learned!
Quarantine did a number on my relationship with food, like I’m sure it did for a lot of people. Before I knew it I was spending a stupid amount of money on foods like GetGo, Wendy’s, and my beloved Chick Fil A every week and filling my body with junk. In December the idea of giving up chicken nuggets was a horrific thought to me but after realizing that I was living every single deal feeling like 💩 and having no drive to work out at all, I knew something had to change. At the first of the year I decided to do a Whole30 like program to provide a full reset to my system. This meant no gluten, dairy, coffee, or alcohol just lean and unprocessed foods and veggies! When I tell you that by the end of the 30 days I felt like a brand new person, I mean it. My motivation was back up, brain fog was a thing of the past, and I was finally sleeping all the way through the night; which had been a huge struggle for the past year. Here are some of the things I was experiencing before I made the adjustments I did!
- Brain fog
- Not sleeping through the night
- Feeling bloated
- Messed up digestion
- Loss of motivation
While I do follow gluten and dairy free 90% of the time I do believe in treating yourself. I don’t want to look back on my life and think of all the donuts I missed out on. The first time I decided to have gluten after cutting it out was about a month in and it was a special occasion and I thought well a little bread wouldn’t hurt because I mean I have spent 21 years of my life consuming the warm fluffy deliciousness. When I tell you that just an hour I felt the bloated heavy feeling, I mean it, I felt awful. That night I had the worst sleep that I had had since going gluten and dairy free. That day was extremely eye opening to the fact that that was the feeling I would have every single day and I can’t believe how far my body had come in such a short amount of time! I still do treat myself from time to time but naturally I don’t want the side effects that come with it so I’m just more mindful of what I decide to treat myself to.
I don’t write all of this to say you need to never visit Chick Fil A again if you want to feel amazing (because believe me I’m still a big fan I just pick different foods now). I write this to say these are the changes I have made and these are the ways it’s benefitted my health and life! Also not to mention the change in diet has repaired my relationship with working out, I don’t look at it as a chore anymore but something I’m excited to do because of the ways I know it will benefit my body. Our bodies are incredible and so resilient and especially being a female, our bodies can do some incredibly powerful things! So why not give it with the best things the earth has to offer and in return we’re left feeling motivated and fueled!
I encourage you to do your own research and my swaps are just one of the many diets out there that each provide their own benefits with them.