You are What You Eat

After a long weekend of stuffing my face celebrating (Canadian) thanksgiving, I decided to hit the gym today and resume to my self care routine.

The past eight months, I’ve decided to proactively take care of myself by prioritizing my health to get to the root of my digestive issues and ways to reduce the inflammation of my psoriasis. Here’s a step-by-step guide of what I’ve done, which may not work for your body type so be mindful of that.

1. I consulted a natural path to do some testing on allergies or antigens that are reactive to my body. The most alarming things that I was advised to stay away from, based on my blood testing results, dairy (goat + cow), and casein. Along with a few wheat groups like Malt. So, I adopted the paleo-immuno diet. I hate the word diet, so let’s call it a lifestyle. So, I don’t eat any dairy, I stay away from processed sugars, I do not eat bread, and I try to eat organic foods whenever I can afford it.

2. My Digestive gut was a major issue. Not to share too much information, I literally spent all of last year bloated and hardly doing number 2 and 3. To deal with this issue, I eat a small bowl of kimchi three times a week, I drink a small cup of apple cider vinegar and hot water twice a week, a cup of Kombucha about 4 times a week, two sips of Olea Vera juice every morning and night. And obviously, I still drink my hot water and lemon daily. All of these may seem like a lot, but it’s very effective. I’m going to attempt to make my own kombucha soon to save money, instead buying it at the store.

3. I exercise at least 4 times a week, by jogging for at least 3 kilometres, lifting light weights (I get bored fast), or hiking while I’m in Congo (DRC) for work. I read somewhere that exercising only accounts for 20-30% of one’s diet, while 70-80% comes from what you eat. For me, exercising is more of a mental strengthening activity, which I believe positively influences my sleeping cycle, reduces stress, and softens the stool.

4. Eating more raw greens has not only help with my digestive system, but also my skin seemed to be less clogged in my pours. I use dark greens like kale, spinach, arugula, in my smoothie four times a week. Or, I eat it as a salad for dinner. Along with cucumber, green peppers, and zucchini, which are delicious and easy to eat for dinner or as a snack . I avoid cooking my greens if I don’t have too, to preserve its nutrients. 

5. Regular sleep cycle and reducing stress, is so key. I’ve seen an amazing transformation in my gut health and skin, by prioritizing some down time to make sure that I’m in bed by a certain time and making sure that I’m taking deep breaths throughout the day to remain calm despite the occasional storms life throws at me.

Like I said, what works for me may not work for you. Matter fact, my siblings are not as allergic to dairy as I am, although we share genetics, so please adopt a lifestyle that works for you. The bottom line for me is, food either enables or disables diseases, so you are what you eat. If the ingredients on the box don’t ring a bell and you don’t know what they are, don’t buy it, go grab some raw veggies instead.

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