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You are what you eat

You are what you eat.  I have always believed this.  However, I have realized this more than ever as I test my body physically.  Over the past 4 months I have been studying for my Fitness Instructor practical (60min cardio boot camp 2-3x per week), teaching spin 2x per week (a 60 min cycle class […]

You are what you eat.  I have always believed this.  However, I have realized this more than ever as I test my body physically.  Over the past 4 months I have been studying for my Fitness Instructor practical (60min cardio boot camp 2-3x per week), teaching spin 2x per week (a 60 min cycle class filled with hills and valleys and the occasional mountain), training for my second half marathon AND practicing yoga (to keep me sane). This is the most fit I have ever been in my life! 🙂

Due to the increased activity I need to choose my food carefully to get the best performance and the most energy (to actually want to exercise) from my body.  I decided to take this opportunity and pay more attention to my diet.  My close friends and family will confirm I am always trying out new foods and ways of eating.  I am open to learning more about food and what other professionals are recommending.  I have heard good things about a local Natropath so I decided to go and see what I could learn.  It was an amazing experience.   She encouraged me to try a “real food cleanse” to see if I could manage my symptoms of mild bloating after eating and annoying sinusitis.  I immediately noticed how my body responds to different foods.   Since the start of this journey I feel amazing.   I have added back some foods without issue (small amounts of cheese, soy and corn) however; I have noticed I have intolerance to wheat and gluten.   

What does this mean for you – since teaching nutrition is the purpose of this blog.  I certainly do not recommend that everyone cut out gluten – every “body” is very different and a cleanse (especially those that are not supervised by a qualified professional) is not safe for everyone.  If you do decide to do one – please go get the advice of a Natropathic Doctor or Registered Dietitian to make sure you are not depriving yourself of essential nutrients.  If you are interested in learning more about how your body responds to food – I recommend you start listening to your body (especially after eating).  SLOW down Eat mindfully.  Your body will respond to the food you give it – so give it food that makes you feel good, energized and healthy.

EAT Well – be well. 

Have a question – send me a message:  optimyzdietitian@gmail.com

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