In college I had given up eating beef and drinking milk but was still eating yogurt, cottage cheese, butter, cheese and ice cream. After college I began eating beef and drinking/using milk until I had gotten a crazy bug or virus that attacked my gi tract and I have not been the same since then. I now do use any form of milk, whether it came from a cow, sheep or goat. I can’t eat any dairy. I have also greatly reduced the amount of gluten I eat, as well as rarely drinking coffee, and not eating tuna or beef.
I still eat chicken, eggs, salmon, trout, Scallops, rice, quinoa, other grains not containing gluten, fruit, vegetables honey and nuts.
I am also working on greatly reducing the amount of processed sugar and breads that I eat. While this is hard for me, I am trying.
Instead of coffee I drink tea and a lot more water.
Now that I have been without dairy for 2.5 years (I tried just doing lactose free for the first year, but that really didn’t help me at all), gluten free for a year and a half and coffee free for 10 months, I feel better than I ever have. While these foods didn’t make me sick like they do now, they have forced me to really love a better and healthier lifestyle.
Grocery shopping has also become easier because I know what I like and can eat, so the hard part is figuring out how to season chicken and salmon differently.
On the whole I don’t see my diet as restricted (I only have a couple of times in 3.5 years), and it has been a welcome challenge to try new things.
I know I am not the only one who has days where they just don’t want to work out, but then you do and come home exhausted but glad they did work out.
I don’t know why, but my body has been being weird lately, and I have not been sleeping the best, and in turn haven’t felt tops, so I think that has a lot to do with why I didn’t want to work out today.
I have also not been drinking enough water this week, which is probably part of all of why I haven’t been feeling the best.
I did go for a walk tonight after work even though I didn’t feel like it, and I am so happy that tomorrow is Thursday and my last day of work until next Wednesday.
Today is turning into a minimum of two cups earl gray tea kind of day. Today is my Friday and it has been a long week.
Next week I am going to be doing another 5 day clean eating challenge which I definite need.
I am wanting to get into shape before a friend of mine gets married. Beings that she is getting married next April I have time to loose weight and work on getting toned.
I am soing my best to commit to changing my lifestyle, because there is more I want to do with my life that involves being in much better shape than I am in now.
In the last week, I decided to stop taking multivitamins. I still regularly take my Probiotic Supplements, which I will talk about a bit later.
I started taking multivitamins regularly in college, and then quit for a while after college, and then started taking them again. There is a lot of research out there that says that taking multivitamins are both good and bad for you. That is a little to do with my decision, but its not it in the entirety. I stopped taking multivitamins for the following reasons:
1) they made my stomach feel funny, and I didn’t like the feeling of not feeling good
2) I started a lifestyle change of eating clean, so the need for additional vitamins that didn’t come from food had gone down. Beings that I am eating healthier, I am getting more vitamins the best way to get them, from food.
3) there is a part of me that wonders that if the chemicals in the vitamins screwed with the natural balance of my digestive systems and contributed to a bad infection I had during college.
I started taking probiotics sometime after my food intolerance began, and those actually do help. I have found that while I still need to stay away from Dairy at all costs, and eat very little gluten, the probiotics have helped reduce the severity of the reaction my body has to dairy a little bit.