Ignorance Is Bliss: The Flipside of Eating Well

healthy-eating-585When you know better, you do better. That’s what Oprah says anyways. So you’d assume that after finding the alkaline diet, eliminating dairy, gluten and sugar from my diet, and witnessing the benefits first hand, I’d never look back to the foods that left me feeling less than wonderful. You’d assume wrong.

I had researched the heck out of gluten and its effects on the body. I then had put my notes to the test and challenged myself to a great alkaline plan for 30 days. At the end of the challenge, I felt clearer, stronger and better overall. I felt fantastic, but that didn’t stop me from picking back up a dang slice of pizza (my favorite food!) and devouring it in a matter of seconds. I felt like poop after (which I knew would happen), developed a crazy amount of acne and had stomach issues for days. Yet, I still will occasionally (especially on the weekends) feast on gluten-tastic meals sprinkled with zit-inducing dairy (at least for me). How and why is this?!

I know the food is bad for me. I know it’s going to make me feel like crap and take a really long time to get out of my system, yet I eat it anyways. Sometimes I wish I would have never learned what being gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free feels like. Then I could eat all my bad food and assume how I felt was normal…but I know better now…and my body knows better. So now my next act of love is to be kinder to my body and actually listen to it. I don’t know yet how to give up the foods that I enjoy. I know we say “all things in moderation,” but, for me, I’m not sure that applies to foods that make me feel like poop. I simply need to do more research and get cooking in the kitchen to find better-for-me versions of the foods I love!

What about you? Do you give up any and all foods that make you feel worse? Do you indulge occasionally? Hungry, foggy minds want to know. —Tish

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