If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw last week that I hopped on the Whole30 bandwagon... and then on day 4, JUMPED OFF EVEN HARDER! For those of you who don't know what Whole30 is, it's a "whole foods only diet" for 30 days. It eliminates all dairy, sugars (even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup), legumes and grains from your diet for 30 days. The "point" of it is to take all "inflammatory" foods out of your body for a reboot or reset of your system.
So, why did I get on the wagon to get off so fast, you might ask? As a Nutrition & Wellbeing Coach, I think it's really interesting to do personal research about different dietary theories and plans as a way of knowing what's out there, being able to guide my clients through it, if it interests them, plus I do love me some chocolate (anything) so I thought it would be a good idea to distance meyself from the cravings for a month and finally, I thought it might be a fun thing for me and the BAE to do together... so, we started it.
Day one: was really interesting and eye opening. Eliminating those food choices from my "approved foods" made me realize just how much JUNK I was eating at work. Any time a pizza was made incorrectly or there was an extra pasta dish or "sloppy" dessert, staff got it to devour. Because I couldn't grab at all of it with my fellow staff members, I realized just how often I am actually eating all of that! It was such a nice "wake up call."
Skip ahead to Days 3 &4: I had the worst stomach ache EVER. I was extremely bloated and just felt terrible both days. I even felt SUPER short tempered. A customer asked to pour their own beer and for some reason it made me angrier than anything else ever had...
So how did I come to the conclusion to JUMP SHIP instead of "ride it out"?
Well, I checked in with myself. I asked myself WHY I would keep going when it wasn't feeling good... the only thing I came up with, was this fear of being a "quitter" or being someone who didn't follow through.
Then I asked myself WHY I wanted to quit... I said, I know what works best for my body. I feel amazing when I include whole grains, black beans, chicpeas, and other legumes in my diet and occasionally I NEED dairy for the fat and high cal impact it gives... and I also REALLY DON'T enjoy having to have meat at every meal...
So although there was a moment of "how do I admit I'm a quitter" flashing through my brain, I reminded myself of just how much time I have spent getting to know my OWN BODY. I have learned through my own trial and error and experiments what makes her (my body) feel GREAT and what makes her feel not so great...
I realized that the most important part of any endeavor or experience is to SUPPORT MYSELF, to be the healthiest and happiest me, I can be. If I listen to my internal guide, inner wisdom, intuition, or whatever you want to call it. I will grow into a very STRONG & HAPPY me. Although I know the diet does wonders for others, it JUST WASN'T WORKING FOR ME.
So, I want to encourage you, to approach all of your future endeavors with this in mind: YOU KNOW YOUR BODY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. Try that new diet or exercise plan, or if you're one of my clients, implement my suggestions, but when it comes down to it, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Be her best friend and ally and if something doesn't feel RIGHT, STOP DOING IT. We don't need permission to follow our own guide, but for some reason, I think women often look to others for the answers or the plan to be given to them...
So, if you want to be hella happy & healthy. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY and be loyal to her needs. Even if it makes you a "quitter".
With Great LOVE & COMPASSION,
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