I definitely played into the belief that the only thing that mattered in my nutrition was the macros on the nutrition label. I literally wouldn’t care how many ingredients or what those ingredients were, where the food came from, how it was sourced, the nutritional value, or anything other than those 3 numbers. It is the only thing that ruled my life for the first 2.5 years of tracking my food.
However, after doing that and eating and drinking whatever I wanted to hit those numbers I found that my energy was still low, I felt bloated and inflamed often, and I wasn’t feeling great.
Over the last year I have made it a bigger priority to focus on the nutritional value of foods and see my macros as a tool to track my intake while getting the most of my nutrients from whole food sources not a supplement. Holy crap has it made a difference.
This summer specifically I am taking it another step further. I truly want my body to match my goals and my lifestyle. I want to feel my best on the inside and while I focus more on that, the outer appearance of my body starts to shift as well.
I have way more energy, my sleep is phenomenal, I enjoy what I eat, and it’s been fun trying out new recipes (even when they turn out horrible).
The first thing I am doing with my gut health this summer is realizing that yes while I am focusing on it, that doesn’t mean I can’t go and enjoy myself and have ‘fun’ foods and drinks. It is just taking up way less of my diet than before. I am trying to source most of my food from whole food places rather than packaged items.
This in itself makes a big impact because there are so many natural vitamins and minerals and fibers in these whole foods that help your whole body.
Another thing I’ve been doing is including more spices into my diet. Spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger are great for your gut! I don’t love all these spices so sometimes I do have to choke them down. If you didn’t my absolute fail of a ginger shot on my Tiktok last week, you need to go watch it…I almost threw it up. So we’re going to have to get creative on how to drink that one.
Gut health is not just nutrition though. Some things outside of nutrition I am doing are :
- lowering my stress
- Including low intensity movement multiple times a week : walking & yoga specifically
- Getting lots of rest
- Eating slowly
- Drinking enough water
- Lowering my caffeine intake (this one is hard for me….)
- Focusing on the journey not the destination.
That last bullet is really for anyone on any journey with their health. My goal with gut health is more than trying to eliminate bloating. It’s about showing up as my best self and that starts from the inside out. I cannot be a wonderful coach, fiance, dog mom, content creator, or human without putting my health first.
There is no end destination. It is all about what you’re choosing to do today and small improvements you can make!
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