If you missed my first post on my journey you can find it here.
Continued from Part 1 …
Because my body was craving lots of protein, I innately gravitated toward the world of paleo. I did lots of research, read tons of articles, books and listened to podcasts on why eating primal is the way to go.
Although, this definitely came as a shock to my friends and family as they knew I used to be an extreme vegan. Honestly I didn’t care. I finally felt strong and satiated from eating meat for the first time in 2 and a half years.
After only being married for a few months, my husband and I found out, to our complete surprise, that we were expecting. I wasn’t extreme with a low-carb paleo diet at that time. So, I listened to my body. I ate all the carbs and oven roasted potatoes that I wanted.
My Return to Gluten… for a time.
I had mostly eliminated gluten a few months earlier. Yet, I toyed around with gluten again in my second trimester of pregnancy. I had read somewhere on how your body can sometimes respond better to gluten during pregnancy. The results were horrifying.
After one week of daily gluten exposure, my body was in utter distress. My face broke out horribly, I felt bloated, and my nasal congestion came back. All that had plagued me for most of my life revisited me with a vengeance.
It was during this week that my husband had the revelation that my congestion, extreme mood swings and allergy symptoms all pointed to gluten. I soon learned that he was right. We immediately purged our home of all things gluten and my body was finally able to heal. This was a huge milestone.
I wish I could say that eliminating gluten was the only fix I needed to mend all the damage that had been done over the full 22 years of my life. However, there were a few more lessons that needed to be learned and paths I needed to travel down.
Candida Diet and Detoxing….eek!
Shortly after celebrating my son’s first birthday I was ready to embark on a hard core work out routine. The goal, to lose those few remaining pounds of baby weight and tone up. I also wanted to do some cleanses. As most of you know, detoxifying during pregnancy is a big no-no.
Now seemed to be the golden hour to cleanse, detox, get in shape and rid my body of toxins. Since I was no longer nursing Gideon I wasn’t concerned about my calorie intake. I dove into extensive, rigorous training three times a week.
With all of my research, I felt the need to do an intense candida cleanse. I came to this conclusion because I seemed to have some of the symptoms of a candida imbalance. I planned a 12 week candida diet cleanse of no sugar or sweeteners, sparing amounts of low-fructose fruit, no starches, no grains, and no dairy.
However, things did not go as magically as I had hoped and I started to crash hard. Thanks to my husband, I only continued with this for about 5 weeks and then slowly added low amounts of sugar back into my diet.
Be Very Careful Who You Listen To
I want to just quickly pause and mention that, although short term parasite cleanses and detox bootcamps can prove to be beneficial you must be very careful of your sources. You need to listen to your body.
It was very easy for me to get carried away with all the opinions and protocols I was researching online. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn how dangerous it is for you to completely limit all sugar from your diet. I had major issues with my sleep because of this as I explained in my post.
Fuel Your Body With The Right Foods
In attempt to get my body back into balance, I immediately quit the candida diet and went back to eating a nutrient dense paleo diet.
Thankfully I came across some information through a podcast that covered the importance of carbs and how there is no reason to fear them. I learned that I don’t need to necessarily stay grain free if I don’t have celiac or some other autoimmune disease.
This was exactly what I needed to hear as I was fairly low carb ever since I started my paleo journey.
Due to that fact that I have a very fast metabolism, I discovered that my body actually responds well to some gluten free grains like white rice or even gluten free oats. I realize this is not for everyone but it works for my specific body type
How I eat currently
Going vegan introduced me to the world of eating lots of veggies and exploring raw foods while going paleo taught me the importance of gut health through gut healing. I now have a better understanding of how damaging gluten is to healthy digestion and how to build gut flora through probiotic rich foods.
Although I no longer am married to a specific way of eating, I do follow a paleo template to create what works best for my family and I. We are gluten free, mostly dairy free, and do enjoy some gluten free grains as none of us have an autoimmune disease. We eat a TON of veggies, love superfoods, and are advocates for Ayurvedic medicine.
I am wildly passionate about eating whole, nutrient dense foods that are high quality and support gut health. We buy organic foods where it counts and support our local farmers by shopping at our local farmers market. We aim for a farm to table approach as much as possible.
I Don’t Believe In A One-Size-Fits-All Approach
This is just how I eat and what works best for my body type. I have been an extremist my whole life. After traveling down the many roads of Vegan, Paleo, and Keto I have concluded that there unfortunately isn’t a one-size-fits-all-approach to health.
I wish there was. It would make things so easy. Yet, my whole perspective on health changed when I took Dr. Mercola’s Nutritional Typing course. Dr. Mercola knows his stuff and I would encourage you to look into this free Nutritional Typing test.
It opened my eyes to why some people thrive on a plant based diet while others (like myself) feel best eating lots of protein. Seriously, check this incredible resource out! It changed my entire perspective on eating for your own body type.
What’s Your Story?
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