There's no easy way to transition into another topic, but here goes.
You may wonder, what on earth is she eating?! Well, let me tell you: arugula, lacinato kale, swiss chard, shiitake 'shrooms, portobello caps, salmon, gluten-free oatmeal, carrots, plain hummus, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, green apples, quinoa, wild rice, almonds, pistachios, avocados, beans, homemade smoothies, Ora Organic Way Better Than Whey protein powder, almond or coconut milk, raw crunchy almond butter, almond milk yogurt, spices and adaptogens...all organic (with the exception of the salmon which is wild-caught).
Remember those days you're too tired to cook dinner when you get home from working a full day? Yeah no, you definitely have time to cook dinner. The hubs and I have not eaten a single meal out since starting this diet (with the exception of me getting a couple Cocobeet smoothies yesterday, because, duh) and have cooked dinner every night after work. I've reconnected with the pleasure of preparing and creating a meal, the meditative practice of it. And my food prep Sundays barely look any different.
I'm certainly still craving certain foods (read: pizza, sushi, seitan, FoMu, 'booch...), but to be honest I'm scared to start reincorporating foods. If it means that my body pain, mental fog, fatigue, skin breakouts, irritability, low energy, all of that comes back, it feels like too much to lose. I'm really feeling good, more comfortable in my own skin, owning who I am; it's refreshing and grounding. While I do look forward to finding out what foods my body is unable to tolerate, I know this lifestyle shift will be sustainable for me to continue.
I'm excited to be increasing my mindfulness in the choices I make, being thoughtful about what I put into my body. Before starting this diet, I thought I was really darn healthy and didn't know how I could eat healthier (aside from the obvious things like not going out to eat and drink all the time). Now I know how to fuel my body properly, and the benefits completely outweigh the FOMO food groups.
I've also realized how there really is, seriously, 100%, no one-size-fits-all diet for people. What may work for someone may not work for someone else. We spend so much money on fad trendy items that allegedly make our hair healthier, our nails longer, our waist slimmer, our mind clearer...but maybe we don't need all of that. Maybe we just need to be simple for a bit and go inward, explore our body's reactions to what we eat, how we eat, and from there identify what works for us and what doesn't. Maybe for you it ends up being a medically recommended elimination diet, or maybe it's omitting some foods from your diet for a meal or two each day, maybe it's eating more leafy greens or steamed versus grilled foods. Whatever it is, know that you have the discipline within you to make healthy changes.
Off to Whole Foods now for some treats, aka carrots and hummus.