“My physique changed. Everyone started asking questions. I felt l was owning a secret—that it is 80% nutrition, 10% training and 10% genetics.” —Tosca Reno
What was my biggest lesson from living with undiagnosed Celiac and where I am now? Eat clean. Consume only the purest of ingredients as often as humanly possible.
I’ve always had empathy, but I think Celiac took my compassion quotient up a few notches. Now when I see it—that look in someone’s eyes when they’re not well—I feel for them. It hurts my bones to know there’s something not right. I can’t help but wonder if there’s anything I can do or say to remedy or heal what’s bothering them.
In general, GOOD food makes people feel GREAT. But unfortunately, it can make some not feel well, and it’s possible they just don’t know it yet. It’s my own take on it, and it’s been discussed in the literature I’ve come across… that the food we eat is responsible for a lot of maladies.
Packaged foods are easy to grab and go. I did it for years. People are busy. Yet, it’s the culprit of a lot of trouble people are experiencing. Food is supposed to make you feel good. When it’s highly processed, it’s working against you. Choosing well is the secret to being healthy and feeling good. Your ability to focus will dramatically improve. Most often you’ll sleep better. You will have less sugar highs and lows. Your face will glow. And most likely, you’ll increase your longevity. All from going as clean as possible with regard to your diet.
Making smart food choices directly affects almost every part of your life.
I remember an article I read once about a woman who worked in an office with a snack machine very close by. She was overweight, in a chair all day, with snacks in her desk drawer, too. Her health gradually worsened over time. She had 100 lbs to lose and her doctor said it’s life or death if you don’t change your diet. She cleaned up her act by switching to carrots and nuts instead of candy and other junk food. She began a walking regime. She dropped weight and soon felt amazing. Her number one stand out comment was, “I didn’t know just how bad I was doing until I was finally feeling well!” She didn’t know she could feel SO good. Feeling bad for her became the norm and she accepted it—for a long time.
Think of all the people running into 7-Eleven, hitting the drive-thru, or grabbing cake with their mocha choca latte yaya’s everyday at Starbucks. Unhealthy intake of too much sugar and highly processed foods can be a problem because energy levels drop, productivity decreases, and things can get tough. Quality of life and production need to be on course for happiness to follow. And if bad stuff is going in, it’s going to be hard to get things done.
If you don’t know where to begin, I have some easy tips when it comes to eating clean and keeping the fridge stocked:
- Shop the periphery of the grocery store in the fresh produce sections and refrigerated aisles. This is where the real clean food and purest ingredients can be found.
- Read nutrition labels. Minimally processed is the key.
- Having food you can easily grab or that’s already prepared, like apples, carrots, oranges, cherries, grapes, zucchini, greens, peppers, onions, avocados, and nuts are great, healthy “fast food” choices.
- Where food comes from is important, too. My choice of lean protein and healthy fats are free range eggs and chicken, wild-caught shrimp, and grass-fed steak.
- Don’t drink your calories! Choose water first, or my personal favorite, unsweetened iced tea. Tea is full of health benefits and antioxidants.
The vast energy field that comes from eating clean will change everything about your life. Sure, you can grab a hot dog at the baseball game… but on the reg, you have to do it right or you’ll pay for it. It’s about sticking to a healthful way of life 80% of the time, and you won’t regret it. You can’t accept feeling sick and tired all the time. Be diligent until you find the answers. See the doctors and nutritionists you need to see. The payback is huge! You’ll feel like a kid again. 🌈