Once again, I am not going to talk about food directly. There are aspects of our lives that affect the way we consume and process the food we eat though. One of these is sleep.
Varieties of Protein
It is well established that protein is an essential macronutrient that we need and it is even argued that it is the most essential nutrient because we can’t make it on our own. We need to eat protein. While it is nice to keep things simple, I want to expand a little on the benefit of eating a variety of protein sources.
Growing in my health and fitness has been a lifelong journey. I spent most of my years fairly sick and did not consider myself athletic at all. When I was younger I was active, but by the time I was in high school my health had taken a big hit. In my early 20’s I had accumulated a number of diagnoses.
I use this fudge for intermittent fasting. I like to have one piece of fudge and a cup of tea in the morning. It helps prolong the fasting period. The recipe and process is simple. Read about my experiment with fasting to learn more.
Many challenges to implementing a new way of eating start in the mind. Outside forces may seem strong, yet it is your internal dialogue that has the most power. You imagine a social gathering and see yourself as being “that person” who is high maintenance and annoying. The question of what choices you will make in this perceived state of judgement arises. It is in this moment you need to give yourself permission to make your new way of eating a priority.
Growing up I was taught to “love others as you love yourself”. This is a wonderful ideal, but it skipped one essential step: How was I to love others when I couldn’t love myself? I truly hoped that if I loved others enough, I could get away with not loving myself. You will not be surprised to learn that it didn’t work.
My childhood was filled with plenty of play and bike riding. I did gymnastics and synchronized swimming. I enjoyed these things, but did not consider myself a hard core athlete. From an early age I had a sensitive tummy, which was attributed to my sensitive soul. Because of this, I stressed about many things. In high school, the tummy trouble increased significantly with my parents' divorce. I went through celiac testing and other gastrointestinal tests only to determine Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I would focus on removing dairy for awhile, but would still get sick with diarrhea. I was no longer interested in sports. I couldn't trust my tummy and how it would react. I moved on and figured I was more of an artistic type. I didn't like how this was controlling my life, but I didn't know there was anything I could do about it.