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Food is Fuel

April 13, 2018

Let's talk about fueling your body with the correct food. It took me forever to really look into my diet. Why? Because I was stubborn as hell.

 

I get migraines... they became more frequent about 2 years ago. I just narrowed it down to my new work environment. However, the medicine I was taking just made me drowsy. I had to take the medicine before I went to bed and it took me forever to wake up in the morning. Which meant I was no longer working out in the morning, which led me to no longer working out because I would have a headache or migraine by the end of the day.

 

If you have been with me for sometime now then you know this story, but for those who haven't been with me long, I eventually started watching my diet because of my wonderful cousin. She suggested I cut out a lot of things and then slowly add an item back in to see what triggers my migraines. Well majority of the time it was because of sweeteners and gluten. Do I still eat those things? Yes, because I love food and sometimes I want to enjoy some pasta and homemade bread. Nothing is better than taking homemade bread and soaking it up with homemade sauce. Those nights I take my migraine medicine. 

 

So where am I going with this? Well obviously those two things, added sugar and gluten, are not good fuel for my body. I focus on eating as clean as possible and if I want toast I buy Paleo bread. As soon as I started eating properly I also felt my body change as well. I wasn't as bloated, my clothes fit better, and I had natural energy. I still have a cup of coffee in the morning but throughout the day I stopped drinking energy drinks and coffee.

 

Now I'm not a nutritionist, but the way I did this is I followed Whole30. This helped me really understand how different foods affect me. The biggest thing you need to take away from this is to listen to your body and to know you can't out exercise a bad diet. If your focus is your health then you need to read labels. While doing Whole30 I got to learn a lot about the ingredients on labels and what they actually mean. I also want to actually be able to pronounce each ingredient. If you can't pronounce it how do you know if what it is doing to you good?

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