One diet DOES NOT Fit All

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There isn’t one perfect diet that fits all. Everyone’s body reacts differently to food so a diet that works for your friend, may not be one that works for you. For years I tried to follow eating plans that were built for other people instead of actually figuring out what worked for me. I wondered why my body wasn’t changing, why I felt lethargic and bloated. Until I became more in tune with my body and paid attention to what happened when I ate certain foods, my body and mental state were not up to par.

Food can cause you to feel the worst you have ever felt or the best. I didn’t believe this until I drastically changed the way I ate and began to listen to my body. For most of my life I have felt bloated and uncomfortable and it became the norm. Then a few years ago I became gluten free. I know that term has a stigma and I have gotten a lot of eye rolls when I tell people I am gluten free, because they don’t think it is a real issue unless you have celiac disease, but it is. Being gluten free has changed my life and I am so glad I made the change. No, I don’t have a life-threatening disease, but I do have an intolerance and it has affected my body for years. Since I have been on a diet void of wheat and gluten, I no longer feel bloated and uncomfortable.

There are many foods that can cause inflammation in your body and this is where listening to your body comes in. If you often feel bloated, uncomfortable, constipated, irritable, or lethargic, you may have an aversion to a particular food group. In order to figure out what food or foods are causing the problems, you will have to stop eating the known culprits and slowly add them back in. The foods that most people have issues with is wheat and gluten, dairy, sugar, legumes, and alcohol. This is why I tried the Whole30 diet. I wanted to see if there was anything else bothering me and this diet helped me figure that out.

That being said, I don’t have a particular diet I stick to 100 percent of the time. I have created the diet that works for ME. I am very particular about the foods I put in my body, so my main focus is a clean diet that includes very little processed food. What I have found out for myself is that gluten and wheat are not my friend, my stomach does not like some dairy products, and sugar wreaks havoc on my body. I love sweets and have a hard time staying away from them, so this is where moderation comes into play. I am addicted to sugar, so the best choice would be to not eat it, but that is not how I want to live my life. I choose to make the cleanest sweet treats and only eat them on occasion. Overall, I try to eat real food that fuels my body with vitamins and minerals. I don’t eat much food from a bag or box, but when I do, I find the least processed food item with the smallest ingredients list. The ingredients also have to be real food. If I can’t pronounce an ingredient or it sounds like something that belongs in chemistry class, I don’t eat it. Processed food and too much sugar causes many problems and can create chronic illnesses.

The best advice I can give you is to stop, look at the food you eat, choose to put YOU first, and take care of your body. You only have one and it needs to be taken care of! Listening to your body and figuring out what foods make or break you will be beneficial to your health. If you want to feel energetic and have a positive self-image, you must start with your diet. This is the key to physical and mental health. Food is very powerful and if you don’t fuel your body with the right food, it will suffer. Putting yourself first will not only benefit you, but everyone else in your life as well. When you are in a good place you can be a better mom, dad, sister, brother, daughter, son, friend, wife, husband. I strive to be the best person I can be daily and that starts with the way I take care of myself. It shows on the outside and I can feel it on the inside.

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