Worthy Of Love Day 5
Eat like you are worthy Part 2!
Now that I have opened up about how I have cured my own digestive issues, I want to share with you about my lifestyle changes that has taken place over the past several years in order to feel as great as I do. I now look at food as something that isn't out to kill me or cause me pain, but something that is here to help me feel the best I can be. I am very passionate about healthy holistic living and have added a Food section on my site so I can share some of my recipes and ideas on how to incorporate more fruits/veggies and other healthy tips into your life.
If I was given a label to my inner eater ;) I would say I am a gluten free vegetarian who eats chicken for the extra protein. How did I come to this realization, you ask. First and foremost, I listened to what my body was telling me and did a lot of research/trial and error over the past 7 or so years. This also happens to be the last time I have been sick or had to go to a doctor.
As mentioned in yesterday's post, I was able to eliminate all medicine just because of what I ate. The very first thing I did, after stopping my crazy side effects medicine, was add a probiotic supplement into my daily life. Probiotics are very well known now but back when I started taking them I impressed my ER doctor with the fact I even knew what they were. Thank you, Coach Danner, for telling me about them in my college health class...who knew I would be needing that info in the coming years! That one little supplement changed the way I felt totally! If you have ANY digestive issues at all then do yourself a favor and start taking them. (I will try to do a post on probiotics soon.)
As far as food goes....well, that took some time by adding only bland foods back into my diet. With everything I ate there was a high potential I could start having one of my stomach spells. I eventually got to where if the food did make sick, at least the probiotics were keeping the cramps at bay. Through many years, I eliminated things out of my diet that would cause me to feel sick. The list included: fast food, precooked frozen foods, fried foods, grease of any kind, anything with preservatives until I decided to become a vegetarian. I instantly felt like a new person. Red meat was no longer part of my world. I have to say that the minute I made that decision to not eat meat, I have never once had a craving for it at all. Except for chicken, I went a week without it and my body didn't take to it at all. Even now, if I go too many days without a surge of protein, I will get light headed and feel like I need it along with other ways vegetarians get protein.
For those of you who think you can't eat more greens, I am here to tell you I would have never thought I would be eating things like spinach, avocados, veggie burgers, beans, kale chips, baked zucchini, or eggplant parm. I realized it has everything to do with your mindset. If you love yourself enough to be healthier, you will find a way to like it. It took me a year of trying one bite of guacamole every time I went to a Mexican restaurant before I liked it. I was determined that this amazingly good for you super food was going to be part of my life. Now I can eat an avocado plain by itself. You can also start using spinach in the place of lettuce on taco night, or incorporate a few pieces into your salad, or throw in a few shredded pieces into your omelet. There are ways to get the benefits of more fruits and veggies into your life, and I will be writing more on this in the coming posts.
But, eating more fruit and veggies is not the only thing you can do to show your body love. Something small like cutting out all fast foods, start using olive oil instead of canola oil, challenge yourself to a meatless Monday, or cut out all those carbonated beverages and energy drinks. If you feel worthy to be healthy then you will start to love yourself from the inside out. I believe you are WORTHY to take that first small step like I did. I have definitely not been without my own challenges with food. About a year and half ago I took another huge lifestyle challenge and went gluten free. There were some things happening with my health and my intuition kept telling me for years that there was something to it. With 20/20 vision, I can trace back to me having a gluten intolerance ever since I was a little girl. I believe this is what caused me to have IBS in the first place. This has for sure been the biggest change in my life as far as eating goes but it has made me feel even better than before. Everyone is different in what they need for their body. This is just my story. I am only sharing this because I hope this inspires you in the way you are needing, and I want to share my passion about how God has given me a different outlook on food now. Sure, I still only eat to live, not live to eat, but I can sit down and eat a whole plate of food and ask for dessert all by enjoying it without the fear of getting sick. And, yes, you are worthy of showing yourself love tonight and have your favorite dessert.
Like I have always said- Eat more God made instead of man made. If He thought it was important enough to design it for us then it is up to us to find out the reasons why.
I now treasure the simple things in life. I hear the birds sing, see the flowers bloom, and take in every sunset that I can. I try very hard to see the good in every situation that happens in my world because for some reason God felt I was worthy enough to be able to eat again. And, you are worthy to have good health too!
I am more than willing to tell you what worked for me, if you are interested. My goal has always been to write more about what I eat and become a holistic health coach as soon as it is possible for me. Just let me know if there are any questions, and I will do my best to help guide you to a healthier lifestyle.