Food as Fuel
In today's world with such a vast number of choices for food, it's easy to get overwhelmed. I think the key is understanding what foods work with and for your body. Part of figuring that out is an elimination diet over 3 months, which may seem intense - but it's key to healing your gut and truly understanding how each food affects you. Of note, a food that affects you today may not affect you the same further down the line once you have a healthier gut. So don't worry that you may have to stop eating your favorite food if you find out it isn't sitting well with you!
The gut is an interesting and up and coming microbiome that we are learning more and more about each day - it'll be fun to be a part of that discovery and to see how it affects our mind and health. For me, I noticed that gluten makes me fatigued to the point of falling asleep, bloated, and overall malaise that makes me avoid it for the most part. It doesn't mean I have an allergy to it, but I definitely have an intolerance. I was a vegetarian for 6 years but did not take care of my nutrition, so I think my gut has suffered the consequences of too many carbs, too much cheese, and not enough short chain fatty acids to be healthy (the primary fuel for your gut are short chain fatty acids, found in foods high in fiber and plant energy). These days, the breakfast that works for me is usually 1 hardboiled egg and overnight oats with honey and blueberries. The fiber and protein keep me full and energized until lunch if I need to hold over - but usually I'll have a snack every 4 hours to keep my metabolism going.
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Below are some ideas to calm anxiety or boost mood. They don't work like pills that instantly dull senses, but feeding your body foods that work with you to produce health. Our bodies are so complex with so many different factors - hormones, genes, etc - let's give it its best foot forward. To healthy living -
Foods to calm anxiety:
- Overnight oats
- Chia seeds
- Buckwheat pancakes
Foods to boost mood:
- Banana-almond-flax smoothie
- Full fat greek yogurt, honey, granola
- Warm quinoa, spinach, shiitake salad
- Salmon salad
- Beet, citrus, and avocado salad
- Poached eggs and asparagus
- Brown rice and black beans
- Turkey burger with sweet potato fries
- Lentil and veggie stew with kale
- Whole wheat pasta, cauliflower, collards