Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What You Eat = How You Feel

The older I get, the more I make the connection between how I feel based on what I eat. When I was younger, I was aware of calories and the nutritional value in foods, and I tried to eat “pretty healthy.” However, I didn’t make as much of a connection between how what I ate made me feel and that there are overall healthy foods that do not work for my body.

I’ve always known that eating a big, fresh salad “felt good” and that when I ate other foods, for example bread or eggs, I didn’t feel so good. Yet, for some reason I didn’t investigate how individual foods made me feel until I did my first Conscious Cleanse almost two years ago. I also never considered not eating the foods that made me feel not so great. Why I didn’t even consider stop eating foods that made me feel bad is still a mystery to me today…

When I visited my family in July, I made some food choices that were not so good for me (even though I ate overall healthy foods with plenty of vegetables and just an occasional “treat food.”). I drank some coffee, wine, and ate a bit more sugar than usual. And those foods and beverages certainly had an effect on how I felt. Coffee makes me feel on edge and makes my natural tendency to worry worse. Wine contributes to mood swings and more often than not makes me feel somewhat “down” or sad the next day. Sugar, even “natural” sugar in fruits, makes me feel always hungry – a feeling I truly don’t like.

When I came back from my trip, I had some eggs, which my body can’t digest and was left with a tummy ache. Yet, I had eggs on more than one occasion. I also know that small amounts of gluten snuck into my diet. Gluten not only gives me a stomach ache but also contributes to “brain fog” and a general feeling of not being well.

It took me feeling really terrible to decide that it was time to truly clean things up again because not feeling as well as I can is just not an option. Plus, if I don’t feel well, I’m sure it’s not good for the insides of my body either.

So it’s back to warm lemon water, green smoothies, big, colorful salads, grilled fish, and grass-fed beef. Plus, there will be a bit of cheese. Feeling as good as possible sure tastes great!

Here is an example of a recent, simple, delicious lunch that left me feeling good: Portobello mushroom, spinach salad, and Caprese salad.

Feel Good Lunch

Questions: Do you actively investigate how what you eat makes you feel? Do you sometimes eat/drink things that don’t make you feel your best? Why or why not?
 
Be well,
Andrea

18 comments:

  1. I don't investigate it actively but I do know that when I eat too much sugar I get very tired and headaches so I try to avoid that. Also milk doesn't make me feel good, I only use that in my coffee and sometimes in recipes but I don't drink it anymore. And dishes that have too much fat in it are a 100% certainty I have to use the bathroom within the hour :)
    Besides that I don't really pay attention to how food makes me feel.

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    1. Sounds to me you have been actually investigating quite a bit... :)

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  2. I guess I'm very lucky my body doesn't react so strongly to non-primal / clean foods. It's made my transition and 100% committment to primal a little slower than it should've been. Nearing the end of my 1st year of maintenance, I'm learning to intellectually choose foods, not just emotionally or physically. Good for you for making wise choices for your body!!

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    1. You have been doing great work over the last year figuring out what works for you, Gwen!

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  3. As always, your food looks delicious and totally non-sacrificial I too have found that certain foods, esp refined carbs, make me feel a bit stiff in the joints and bloated. So knowing that makes me much more willing to forego them. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Marion! And, yes, once you really think about how certain foods make you feel, it's much easier not to eat them. :)

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  4. MY LIFE is one big FOOD INVESTIGATION! I cannot eat wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, soy, nuts, fruit & eggs!! Obviously I had to do a lot of elimination trials and errors in order to figure out what on earth was causing me so much distress - and I still do encounter it every so often :(

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    1. So sorry you can't eat so many foods, Gigi! And that you still have issues sometimes. But you are doing a great job investigating!

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  5. Fortunately I do not have this issue...so far I can eat everything and do not have any reaction...the only problem is the quantity...this yes sometimes make me feel really bad when I exceed what I would be eating...
    Hope you are enjoying your week Andrea :D

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Hope you are having a great week, too!

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  6. I always feel better when I have eaten fresh and healthy foods!

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    1. Yes, absolutely! Unfortunately, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to figure out which foods, even healthy foods, make us feel our best and which don't...

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  7. I'm so glad you've found out what helps you feel healthy and energetic! It's sometimes difficult to tease out what doesn't work for you, especially if you don't know how. Sometimes, people are so busy, they don't stop to think about what might not be working for them! I don't feel so hot after a heavy dessert (though that's more of a quantity thing ;) ), but I occasionally indulge without guilt and move quickly to my always foods :)

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

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    1. Yes, it's not easy to figure out what isn't working. Until I did an elimination diet, I actually didn't realize how terrible I felt after I ate certain foods. I think I hadn't felt truly well for so long that I didn't know what that felt like...

      Have a great weekend, too!

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  8. I always pay attention to how I feel - I don't always make all the changes unless it is something that really makes me feel bad.. :) Some stuff I just want - like my veggies - most make me toot - oh well... :)

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    1. Veggies are worth it! I agree! :)

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  9. I forget to pay attention to the relationship between specific foods and my body's reactions. Yet I know I get cranky depending on intake. Grrrr

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    1. I didn't truly pay attention until last year. It has really made a difference.

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