People ask me all the time about what I eat and what I do to look and stay so fit and healthy. They ask if I count calories or macros or whatever crazy thing is the newest fad at that moment.
I wish I could be more help when I say no, I don't do any of that. I eat healthy and the types of food that are best for me; I eat when I'm hungry and I stop when I'm full; and I work out 4-5 times a week doing things that I love. I don't deprive myself but I also don't allow myself to go overboard with the things that I call my "triggers." You know, the types of foods that just make you want everything in sight (mine is anything high in sugar).
It doesn't have to be complicated to work. And unfortunately, there is no magic pill or button. It takes discipline and knowledge about what is best for *you*. What may work for someone else may totally backfire on you.
It took a lot of trial and error to figure out what my food sensitivities are. It wasn't fun and at times, I felt as if I had taken so much food out of my diet that I was literally eating dirt. It was terrible.
But in the end, it has helped me be the most fit I've ever been in my life, including having amazing muscle tone, and my digestive system and skin love me so much more!! Hmmmm...not having bloating or gas or constipation and having beautiful, clear skin. Yep. Sounds like a win to me. Plus this is the first time in my 34+ years that I have felt 110% comfortable in and with my body. Definitely can't beat that.
I now notice a HUGE difference when I eat something my body doesn't agree with. I almost immediately break out in a rash on my stomach and I get the tell-tell zit, usually around my mouth or on my chin or on my cheeks. And I can't go to the bathroom. Like, at all.
It's amazing that feeling like that was "normal" to me just a few years back. And I can't even begin to think about all the doctors I went to, the medicines I took, the torment I went through to "fix" myself.
Yes, were there things going on in my body that were "broken" and needed to be fixed? Absolutely!
Was I "broken" and needed to be fixed? Nope!
I just needed to figure out the root cause of my issues and heal myself. I wasn't broken. But my body needed serious help.
So with many different trial and error food detoxes, I finally figured out what was causing most, if not all, of my issues.
G L U T E N
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And let me tell you, that bad boy is in EVERYTHING!! I've noticed a huge difference since cutting it out and not going out to eat as much. I have more control over what I'm eating at home than I do at restaurants. Makes it so much easier!!
But back to my initial point of this post. No, I don't count calories...never have. I feel as if that would drive me crazy and defeat the point of feeling good in my body. And no, I don't restrict my diet or deprive myself of anything. I eat when I'm hungry. I stop when I'm full. In other words, I *listen* to my body!
What is your body telling you? Are you happy with how you are eating? Do you get stressed out when you think about meal planning or eating? Do you religiously count calories only to find you aren't losing weight or are still hungry?
I want to encourage you to listen to your body. Really feel and hear what it's telling you. If you aren't happy with how you are feeling or how you are eating, it's time to make a change.
Yes, it really is that simple.
Here's the kicker tho:
YOU have to want to make that change. YOU have to work to make that change. YOU have to be willing to change.
It begins and ends with YOU.
People can suggest diet after diet after diet. But if you don't want to make the change, then guess what? It won't work. Plain and simple.
I hope you have a beautiful week. And should you be willing and ready to take on the task of making changes in your life, I would love to help you out! I would love to make your journey a little more pleasant (and shorter) than mine!
With love and wellness,