Posts tagged food
An Unpopular Opinion: I'm A Meal Prep Skeptic

When I first heard of the meal prep trend I thought, This is too good to be true. People are telling me I can plan all my meals ahead of time, and it will be easy, fast, and healthy? No way in hell. Can you tell I’m a skeptic?

I'm not against the idea of eating clean or preparing meals. But I could not see a livable, long-term solution to the strict meal plans I saw in books and online.

So I decided to honor the most important cues my body taught me during the elimination diet: avoid gluten, heavily processed foods, artificially sweet foods, and greasy foods. I began to feel better about the meal planning process. These changes made a difference in how I felt and were livable most of the time. I learned that what I really needed was sufficient time to make the changes and to practice the new habits. I also needed time to feel how my body responded to the meal planning changes.

 

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Prism of Health - What Keeps Me Balanced

A prism is a geometric figure. A prism is also a triangular glass object that gives the illusion of transforming white light into the spectrum of colors. The prism transforms one unified beam of light to many separate but equal forms.

Metaphorically, my prism of health magnifies whole-person health into all the separate pieces. The desire for complete health enters the prism, and the individual components reflect outward.

When I focus the individual components of health in my life, I see

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How I Went From Surviving to Thriving

Sometimes listening to our bodies is complex. I was battling whole-body inflammation while also starting multiple medications. Some medications provided immediate relief. Others took time. Others had awful side effects (methotrexate hangover anyone?).

That’s when I learned: Perfect clarity isn’t the most important thing when listening to our bodies. We will never have total clarity. Even doctors don’t have total clarity (understanding this truth will save you a lot of frustration). The two most important indicators when listening to our bodies are consistency in symptoms and patterns in our health. 

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