Don't do nothing, because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything.
- Collen- Patrick Goudreau
Confession #1: I barely cooked all summer and when I did it was a Buddha Bowl (of course). Easy and simple - how summer meals should be. But I missed cooking, I'm back to the kitchen, but this time with Confession #2. I started eating grass-fed meat. Phew. Now that's out of the way.
For years, I was wrapped up and firmly stood by a vegan, vegetarian, plant based eating. I still do. I think it's the best way to eat. Most of the time. But after a (long) stint of declining health and vitality, which manifested into symptoms of weight gain, lack of energy, irritability, hair loss, low tolerance, and inability to run, I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Or Hashimotos, as the autoimmune version is called. Oddly enough, I didn't lose my sex drive, but that's for another blog.
I tried everything to continue eating plant based; but when one day, I looked around at my boatloads of superfoods, supplements, and herbs, I knew it was time for a change. Don't get me wrong. I am still struggling with the whole thoughts around eating animals. It's not easy after many, many years of not consuming them. Food is a deeply personal and spiritual act. But I eased into it. In March, I started with pasture raised eggs and wild salmon. I felt better, but I still couldn't run like I used to. Not even close. I used to run 6-10 miles a few times a week. I tried to make peace with it. Said to myself: "I am done with these punishing workouts." But truthfully, I wanted to know what the hell was going on.
I teach women to listen to their bodies, how to eat intuitively, and how to love themselves through the process. So I'm learning to love this change taking place in myself, so I can heal myself - and thus get back to my equally passionate work of guiding others on their wellness journeys.
Through every step of this adventure, I am reminded that our bodies know what is best for us. It takes time and hard work to learn to listen to the subtle (and often not so subtle) signals they send. We must learn to trust our intuition, be courageous, and take care of ourselves no matter what.
So what do I eat now? Still primarily plant- based, no dairy, no gluten, pasture- raised eggs, wild salmon, grass- fed meat, and ghee- and when I eat out, I'm still a vegetarian. Mainly because, you rarely know the quality of the food.
I was so wrapped up in way of eating that defined me a loving, compassionate, and inspiring human being. Someone who challenges the status quo. And guess what, I'm still a loving, compassionate, and inspiring woman, whose been RUNNING for a few weeks. Woohoo. And I'll be finding other ways to challenge the status quo, especially now that I'm feel more vibrant.
And more confessions to come ;-)