Posts tagged gluten
Know Your Rules So You Can Break Them

I’m a foodie. And we landed in New York City for a week.

New York seems to have a surplus of fresh foods - and a surplus of foods to indulge in.

Life is about balance. I’ve found the healthier I eat (healthy meaning fueling my body well, knowing what it does/does not tolerate) the better I feel. And I wanted to feel great, with lots of energy to explore the city!

I’ve learned to make all my own food rules so I can also know exactly when to break them.

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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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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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