It seems like common sense, right? This is something my high school track and cross-country coach would remind us of before a big race. Things like sleep, nutrition, hydration, recovery, stress – every choice that we made during the day would impact our body’s ability to perform. However, lately this simple truth is something that I have become fascinated with in terms of nutrition and clean, healthy living.
I am no health expert nor do I have any sort of background in medicine. But I do have my personal experience. Coming from a family with a slew of autoimmune diseases (I personally battle at least two) I have found the traditional “just take a pill and all will be better” route to be missing something. Specifically, the why. Not in the “why is this h appening to me” sense, but rather in the “what is causing my body to do this and what, if anything, can I do to help mitigate it.”
By no means am I anti-traditional medicine for the treatment of certain ailments. However, in my own life, I have to believe that there are things that I can do that will help to stave off some of the issues that I face. And herein lies the challenge. When you want to take control of your health by exploring more naturaliwhere do you start?
The internet is both a blessing and a curse. There is so much information out there, however, this also means that there is a lot of junk out there that needs to be weeded through. Articles, blogs, podcasts… how do you narrow it down to find something that is both credible and on point to your specific needs? This is where I struggle. I start with the best of intentions but quickly become frustrated and discouraged when I can’t narrow my focus.
However, I remain inspired. While I did not complete my Whole 30 challenge, I did make it 17 days (more on that later). For me, this was long enough to really start recognizing what food does to my body and how certain things make me feel. If after only 17 days I was able to feel a difference – imagine what changes I could make if I were really able to figure out what worked for me (and determine a healthy living strategy to implement what I learned).
While I am at the beginning of my journey, I wanted to share it because I am sure that I am not the only one who struggles with these frustrations. Living healthy isn’t just about working out and drinking kale smoothies. It’s not just about our actions. It’s about our actions + our mindset.
So I invite anyone reading this to share your experiences in searching for a healthier way of living. What worked? What didn’t? How did you start? What resources did you find to be most valuable?