As some of you may recall, I strive my absolute best to follow a plant-based diet.
From veggies to fruit, I absolutely love it all.
As some of you may also recall, I strive my absolute best to follow a gluten-free diet as well.
Because I am running a gluten-free business, studying the side-effects of gluten, and
still configuring how to be the healthiest version of myself that I can be, I
opt for gluten-free grains and consume starch-ier vegetables whenever possible.
The past month, however, I have noticed a sudden decline in energy.
Although I know this is normal, especially when I consider the fact that I get up
very early each day and am on the run until very late at night, I know
that this sudden decline has to with
my eating habits. I hate to admit it, but my "healthy" diet just isn't
cutting it anymore. I've eliminated so much out of my diet that my intake isn't fueling my body
the way that I thought it would. This was the last result that I expected. This was the last thing that I wanted.
While I do not count calories or "track my macros," I do have a conscious idea
of how much I am consuming daily. As much as I want to
tell myself that it is enough, I simply can't. I would be lying if I did.
I have removed so much from my diet that I am virtually
left eating the same items every single week
(which I do not consider a bad thing at all. I do love everything I eat).
I mean c'mon. Who doesn't love eating oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and Greek yogurt by the pound?
I know that my go-to sources of energy are not up to par anymore.
I strongly believe that I need to begin reintroducing certain foods back into my diet.
I need to stop fearing whole grains and non-plant protein sources.
I need to start including items such as lean meats and heavier, wholesome starches into my meals.
My goal from the get-go was to nourish my body, not deplete it.
With the love and support from my family and friends, I have mustered up the courage to face foods that I foolishly began to fear. Can I just say how wonderful it felt to confess all of my qualms and concerns?
I'm one step closer to freeing myself from the restrictive habits that I mindlessly developed.
I love my body. I love my life. I would never intentionally do anything to harm it.
I'm still growing. I'm still learning. This is just another trial-and-error learning situation in the books.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. <3
Do you find yourself being too restrictive of your diet?