During the challenge, I felt freaking amazing. I was sleeping well, had energy (still a little tired at times, more on that in another post), and I didn’t have any aches and pains from working out or just living life.
It was awesome.
Things haven’t been so awesome since the 30 days were over. Aches and pains came back with a vengeance. Sleep went to shit and I’m tired all the time. I eat a mostly paleo style diet anyway, but these past few months I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and haven’t been taking care of myself the way that I should be.
It’s super noticeable during my workouts. I get fatigued easily, I’m not making progress, and some days I’m too tired to even make it to the gym.
This is a problem.
And that’s all on me. There are things that I know, like all grains (even rice, so sad) and legumes cause my knees and joints to ache. Gluten causes bloating, digestion upset, joint pain, insomnia, and also triggers my anxiety. Dairy causes me to break out, have dark circles under my eyes, triggers insomnia, and my anxiety.
All of those things need to be removed from my diet.
This time around, things are going to be a little different. I’m not doing the challenge straight up because I’m looking at this as more of a lifestyle change verses a challenge. Therefore I am allowing myself to have some “compliant” non-compliant foods. Like wraps and tortillas. Potato chips and smoothies. Plantain chips, things like that.
Having done this as a challenge twice before, I know my food triggers, weaknesses, and issues with food. I’m OK on that front which is why I’m approaching this a little differently.
Again, this is for me personally because I’m looking at this as a whole lifestyle and not a short challenge. I’m incorporating some food freedom here and working toward making this everyday life because this is what I need at this point in my life. It’s time to focus on me and make my health my top priority.
I am removing sugar for 30 days and then reintroducing that again after. Just so I can have some bacon or sausage without worrying about the minimal sugar added in those products. I want to see how that small amount of sugar affects things, if at all.
After the 30 days, I’m going to reflect and reevaluate things to see how I’m doing and then make a plan from there.
If you’re looking to get on the road to taking back your health and work towards becoming your healthiest you, I’d love for you to join me! Just comment below or email me at Andie AT OurRadiantLife.com and I’ll give you all the deets and get you connected with others doing this as well.
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.