Last week was a rough one for me, to say the least. For some reason I thought it would be okay if I “pigged” out on some of my favorite unhealthy foods. You name it, I probably ate it. Donuts, processed foods, cake, pizza, and yes even McDons. While I was not proud of my choices, my body was furious.
It has been a long time since I have eaten processed food in large proportions. I’m not ashamed to admit that sometimes I eat a little something here or there that is not necessarily conducive to my diet plan. But it has been a long long time since I have eaten whole meals that were completely composed of “regular food”, as I call it. And yes, while it tasted amaaazzziiinngggggg, my body thought otherwise.
At first it I just had digestive issues, I just had a really upset stomach. Which is usually what happens when I eat dairy or anything processed. So it was nothing a little kombucha couldn’t fix. Guys, kombucha has saved my digestive system so much! Like not joke, it took such good care of my gut as I continually traumatized it last week. If it weren’t for the “booch” or my Siggi’s (siggis dairy is a brand of yogurt that I eat) probiotic infused yogurt, I feel this story would be much more graphic.
But anyways, as I continued to eat poorly, I had more than just digestive issues. To no surprise I noticed that I was having a lot zits on my face. I blame that mainly on the greasy foods that I consumed. But not only that, I noticed that my sweat had gotten significantly riper. Yep, the processed foods made me smell worse. That is not okay with me at all. If the foods I eat enhance body odor and pimples, then something has to change.
On top of that, I had zero energy. I noticed that mid day I would be spent. It was not fun. And the crazy thing is that my sleep schedule was still normal. I was getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Trying to work out was a nightmare. It made me so tired. And all that I am accrediting to the food I ate. If the food I consume makes me super fatigued, then something needs to change. Like for real…
So why am I sharing all this with you?
First, I want to “humanize” myself a little bit. If you follow me on any social media platform, I am not shy to post all the healthy goods I eat. I mean look at this blog, I am love eating healthy and really believe in it. But also we are all human, and I am sorry, but a cupcake always will taste better than kale. Like that is just how it is. But I think it is super important to be real with you guys and let you know I sometimes cheat. But I do primarily eat organically and naturally and these cheat days are happening less and less. Because as I continue to pursue clean eating, I am learning how much of what we put in our bodies effects us, whether we are aware of it or not. And so eating processed food made me miserable, and for the first time I got to experience how awful that crap is.
Which brings me to my second point, which is, what we put in our bodies effects us. And as an instant fix culture. If we have something “wrong” with us, we are really quick to find something to fix it. Example, if we are super tired we drink more coffee or if our stomach hurts we take tums. Which those are quick fixes, and will work for a little bit, but what about the long term? Have you thought that maybe the reason you crash in the afternoon is because of what you are eating? Or the reason your stomach hurts so bad is because your body doesn’t like what you are putting in it? Or the reason you can’t shake the zit epidemic is because your face is reacting to the foods you eat? I’m not judging or assuming anything about you, I simply just want to inspire some thought!
Lastly, I cannot tell you how thankful and how important it is to have probiotics in my diet! If I didn’t have my kombucha, kefir, or yogurt, I think that I would have died. (I know that was dramatic.) But seriously, having these things apart of my daily diet help me so much with digestion and all around health. Probiotics help digest your food and replace your gut flora with healthy new cells. I had horrible stomach aches, and the probiotics in my diet helped relieve me of that. So I would encourage you to check them out as well. Do research and see what works best for you! I recently did a post about kombucha, so if you want more information on that, go check it out!
This is my story. I hope that it was helpful and that my experience spurred on some thoughts about how you view what I eat.