It was less than ten years ago I was living off diet coke and grilled cheese sandwiches slathered in margarine and topped with sugar-filled salsa. I was sick at least a few times a month, extremely tired and bloated. I knew this wasn’t right and I longed to be like the people around me, full of energy and not sick all the time.
I started asking friends and family what I could do and my Mother -In-Law suggested a Naturopath, and thats where my journey started. I was given the low down on an what was most likely happening to my body and was told to cut out the inflammatory foods. Only thing was it was extremely overwhelming, I was being told to cut out the things I ate everyday, the foods I loved. I didn’t know the first thing about gluten-free, dairy -free, sugar- free… I cried, then I cried some more.After the tears had dried I thought long and hard and decided to take on this new way of eating or at least give it a try. At first I started with little steps I added in some non-dairy milks and added smoothies to my diet, then more water and as I made these changes I started to notice something amazing happening. I started to feel better! My skin cleared up, I had more energy and more importantly realized the importance of food and health and how food was becoming my medicine. I’m still learning every single day and do my best to eat mostly a whole foods/plant -based diet. We’ve had two kids in the last 4 years so healthy eating and exercising is always extra effort and sometimes it’s easier to grab take-out and veg on the couch, but like I’ve learned it’s all about balance… having a very supportive husband helps too. (who by the way loves bacon with a side of green smoothie).To stay on track and grow my knowledge and most importantly gain inspiration I follow blogs, read nutrition books, watch documentaries, go to classes etc. Basically keep myself informed and up to date.
The following are some of my favourite sources, such inspiring women with great informational websites and books!
- Joyous Health (this one is a must)
- Deliciously Ella
- Kris Carr
- Julie Daniluk (This one is a must!)
- One Part Plant
- Oh She Glows
Like I’ve said before I don’t place myself into a strict diet category, I try my best to stick to a mainly gluten-free/whole foods/plant-based sometimes vegan way of eating. It’s so important to stick to something that makes you happy and healthy and ultimately fits with your lifestyle.
In my experience always avoid anything that makes you hangry (juice fasts,giving up carbs etc.) life’s too short and food is too yummy, don’t deprive yourself.
Now go drink a smoothie!