How Changing Your Food Can Change Your Mind (and Body)

Something is happening. The last two weeks have been difficult. I have been increasingly aimless, lethargic, and devastated. Crying all the time. Not wanting to go to bed.  An increase in medication hasn’t helped – at least not yet. In fact, because it makes me tired, I think it made it worse.

So today, I am taking radical action. Whole30.

Reason #1. Something I am doing is making me feel worse. Food is the easiest thing for me to start with. I generally eat paleo, but I’m not strict about it. I get frequent stomach aches and so gingerale is a regular part of my diet. Definitely not paleo. I recently decided to cut way back on my meat intake also, and so I added beans and oatmeal back into my diet. I think that last part was probably a big mistake.

Have you heard about your gut microbiome? The bacteria in our intestines do more than just digest our food. They also communicate with our brain, creating neurotransmitters and metabolites. If you know anything about your brain, you know that you need neurotransmitters to be happy and balanced. If you don’t have a well-balanced microbiome, then you likely won’t have a well-balanced brain. Read more here.

Reason #2. I’ve lost twenty pounds in the last three months and I have another 10-20 to lose. The way I’m eating has maintained my weight, but I haven’t lost a single pound since losing five pounds over Christmas. (I know! It was bizarre.)

Turns out that the bacteria in our intestines probably have a huge effect on our ability to lose weight and that everything we ingest effects our gut bacteria. From over the counter drugs to prescriptions, and sugary and processed foods. Change what you ingest, change your microbiome, change your life! Read more here.

So, I’m going to try the Whole30. No legumes, no dairy, no grains, no sweeteners (of any kind, not even honey or maple syrup), no processed food. Only whole, healthy food for the next month, starting today with Chia seed and Almond Milk (no carageenan) pudding for breakfast.

I’ll let you know how it goes. According to the Whole30 website, there is a timeline of moods for the 30 days and I won’t be happy for all of it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to persevere through the mood swings and come out the other side. Nothing can be worse than the way I’m feeling now, right?

What changes do you make when you’re feeling sad, tired, and fat?




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