Over the past 4 days I have learned a lot. A lot about where I have come from nutritionally speaking, where I went throughout my journey to now and how I feel going into a whole30.
Paleo has a close spot in my heart because it is what got me started into nutrition. I don't even remember how I got hooked on it but it was probably when I first started getting into Crossfit. I remember when I went through my first whole30 almost 5 years ago now. I remember reading It Starts With Food and learning more and more about the paleo lifestyle. The "rules" for the whole 30 were a little bit different back then. It was super strict and if you had a minor thing that was NOT whole30-you were BOOTed.
Which I struggled with because I felt like I was NEVER going to finish a whole30 at the rate I was restarting every time. I finally finished my FIRST whole30 and felt AMAZING. I continued to live an on and off paleo lifestyle for the next 3 or so years after that. Paleo was my THING. I was obsessed with it. It got me into reading about nutrition, learning where your food comes from and why it helps to buy quality and what it all does to the body. I was obsessed with learning about healthy foods. I was into Crossfit at the time and living in an area of mainly fit people. I got carried away and since I was "dieting" with the whole30 and paleo, I fell into binge eating. I lost it. I was living in a place where everyone was running marathons, doing triathlons, competing in all kinds of sports, etc. I love EATING, so I knew I could never stop eating as much, so I overate to the point of well..purging. Gross. I hated throwing up but it was worth it for me. I was in a time in my life where I wanted to lose weight, be skinny, and be "healthy". AKA do-anything-it-took-to-lose-weight-including-throwing-up-and-over-exercising.
I got too caught up in the nutrition scene too fast and too hard and it took over my life.
Now don't get me wrong I did get some AMAZING things out of living where I did and getting caught up in the nutrition scene.
I started cooking more.
I was learning to honor my body with the right foods (except for binging and all the other things I fell into).
I LOVED nutrition.
Growing up I was obsessed with fitness and now my horizon was broaded to fitness and nutrition and I loved it!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ANYWAYS, enough blabber from me but lets fast forward to the past few days of jumping back into a whole30...
Mind you I have not been eating paleo for a solid 2 years ish or so. I have reintroduced things into my diet and I try to eat them in moderation but I notice that I do get tired after eating and my digestion is not always on par.
Recently I have figured out that I am lactose intolerant and it HURTS to eat dairy.
I never really knew where the pains were coming from and they were never THAT bad, except this past year they got a little out of hand so I have been experimenting and cutting them out and bringing them back and I bought lactaid pills to see if it helps and they work!
I want to start feeling better than before and well, I MISS the paleo community and support. It has definitely evolved within the past 5 years and it is something bigger and better than ever.
I love reading the research to back things up.
I am obsessed with listening to podcasts from both sides of the spectrum.
We have to create our OWN opinions on eating habits and what works best for OUR bodies.
The past few days have been an EYE opening experience and a reminder of why I started eating this way in the first place. It has only been 4 days and I have only worked out 2 of those days since I have been crazy busy with work (no excuse but I've been lazy when I get off), and I already feel thinner, healthier, more energy, and I don't get as many cravings as I was having just last week.
It's amazing what your body will do when you fuel it with the right nutrition and balanced meals.
Nutrition is a journey and I never want to stop my journey.
It has become a part of my life. We have to eat and we have to nourish our bodies. If we don't do that then we are potentially harming our bodies of toxic and life threatening things. Food will never leave your life whether you are a healthy or not.
I am just so excited to see where this new journey will take me and I want to share it with the WORLD how much good nutrition and the right eating plan for YOU can change your life.
I am a dedicated individual when it comes to health and fitness. I love the outdoors and being active.