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mistakes i see people make:: real food, real progress

This is the final in a three part series. Read the first two posts here and here

 

When I first thought of the idea for this series, I was hesitant to post it. I didn’t want to be sending anyone into a tailspin and making them questions themselves. Then I realized, that is my job. I’m a coach. It’s my responsibility to point out inconsistencies and challenge the thought patterns of my clients. It is also my position as a leader that makes it required for me to share these with my audience, client or not. When you read today’s post, as with the two before, please keep an open mind and be willing to hear.

The final biggest mistake I see people make every day is: not being willing to change what you are eating.

Food is fuel. It is that simple. What enters your body is what feeds your body—or your disease. That is a fact. If you are a science led person but are still having the sugar, the alcohol, the gluten, you can’t complain about how awful you are feeling each day. You just can’t.

I recently got a question via Instagram from someone asking for my recommendation of a greens based powder. They laughed and labeled themselves as picky and said they didn’t want to “eat rabbit food” each day. I told her the truth- that there is no powder I recommend over simply starting slow and incorporating more greens into your meals.

Tribe, listen up. I love you but you have to realize that NO man made product will take the place of a vegetable on your plate. None. (I do recognize that there are some reading this who survive from a feeding tube and liquids only diets; this person was not one of them.) Stop relying on drinks or pills packed with additives and fillers, labeled as “sports nutrition” to help you heal. Quit buying cans of protein powder and think you’ve checked the box. Your body deserves better than that.

Those who are chronically ill have a severe mineral deficiency. A body that is worn down and depleted looks for food it is programmed to break down organically—real food, from gardens and farms and fields. Not a shelf, package or can. It needs real vitamins, minerals and oxygen to repair. Orient each day’s food around these four NO’s:

-No alcohol

-No sugar

-No caffeine

-No gluten

If reading that makes you want to throw a fit, then check yourself. You say you are sick of feeling horrible day in and day out. You say you want to get better. If you can’t follow through on that desire by starting with your diet than buckle up. You aren’t going to see healing any time soon. Because I am committed to the truth, I have to tell you this. Like I talked about in the two posts in this series, your recovery is up to YOU. Everything is in your power to get better—ALL of it. Mindset, diet and protocol follow through are all up to you to execute. Not anyone else.

If reading that list confuses you, let’s talk. If you aren’t sure how those things impact your body then let me connect the dots for you. I am now taking 1:1 coaching clients for 2018. If education is what you need, then I am happy to teach. You deserve to get well.

 

What diet changes made the most impact on your healing? What did you think of this series?

FACING THE FEAR:: going gluten free

continuing my three part series on facing the fear, here is my take on how to easily make one of the most common diet changes a doctor may suggest to you. 

“go gluten free? you have got to be kidding!”- me, four years ago. i was living in canada at the time but in ohio meeting with a specialist who explained how my current diet was straining my immune system and adding unnecessary stress to my body. because my kidneys were starting to worry us, i decided to just go for it. thankfully, i had a lot of help and it was an relatively easy process. now, you couldn’t pay me to go back!

 

one of the first things a chronic illness doctor will instruct us to do is to some sort of diet change. this can be overwhelming and often does not get accomplished. let’s break down gluten today (an awful joke) and see what simple steps you can take to gather momentum towards a healthier lifestyle.

first, cut gluten out of your beverages. this is pretty easy- but you’ll want to make sure you aren’t drinking items like beer where it may be hiding. (although you really shouldn’t be drinking alcohol if you are living with dis-ease anyway.)

next, change over all of your snacks to be gluten free. this ensures that you have easy fail safes in place in case your meal ends up having gluten. remember the theory of crowding out—limit the “bad” while eating more of the “good”, until good is all you are eating. items like veggies and hummus, fruit and cheese, nuts or smoothies are all great snack choices that are naturally gluten free and easy to prep. as you start incorporating more nutrient dense foods into your routine, your taste buds will change and new, healthier cravings will start- which is great progress!

now- your meals. pick one to start with and consistently make it GF for a week or so, or until you feel like it comes easily to you. once you’ve nailed down a GF breakfast for example, move on to the next meal time until all three meals are GF.

tada! you just made a significant change for your health! i’ll bet you have noticed that you are feeling better too- less digestive symptoms, more energy, skin clearing up perhaps? it’s amazing what food can do.

one more word about going GF- you have to learn to read labels, and you have to learn to meal plan ahead of time. planning is the best thing you can do to keep yourself on track. once you’ve learned what to avoid, eating clean becomes simpler. remember this rule of thumb- if it comes in a package, can or box, there is probably gluten or hidden forms of gluten in it.

still apprehensive? that’s okay. start with what you feel like you can. it really does get easier over time, especially when you start to feel the improvements in your body. commit to love yourself, and your body by making this change and i promise you’ll be glad you did!

 

are you gluten free? going to try it? tell me how its going for  you in the comments below!