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BUILDING THE DREAM

There are ants everywhere this Spring. They come with the rain.

Depending on my mood, they bother me or they don't, crawling into the kitchen sink or across bathroom floors.

As I build my life in California, I find myself running form place to place working on various projects, working long days, going home to study, and making an effort to have some kind of balance on top of it all. 

I remind myself how lucky I am. Even when I'm beat down, I think "I get to do all of this. I get to build my life here."

I see my future clearly now in health and fitness. My ultimate goal: empower women. There is so much misinformation out there. 

In building this I have started coaching more clients, completing my studies to become a personal trainer, and am completing an apprenticeship at a sports training centre where I'm learning science based functional training for athletes as well as the general public. Soon I'll be teaching the 5am class and have already welcomed 4am mornings as I shadow and learn the drills.

I also had the opportunity to work with a local photographer and tanning company on my first photoshoot. It's crazy to see these photos. I have worked so hard to build muscle, to become stronger, to love and fuel my body and alas - it shows. I realize I have a big responsibility in sharing these photos and hope to keep spreading science based information on diet, fitness and body composition to override the fads and lies out there.

I have so much work to do. I also joined the board for the Uganda Fistula Fund and will be tying in some of my work with the foundation.

Like all forms of building - in muscle, in business, in homes - it is a lot of work building my dream here. But I am so very grateful and proud of my foundation.

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Gut Restore: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I finished my gut restore! 

See a full day of eating here, week one here and the overview here.

I highly enjoyed doing Dr.Alejandro Junger's Clean Gut Program. It was an excellent way to restore my gut after being on steroids and antibiotics, and a really good way to make self care and health a priority in February, which can be a tough month for anyone.

I received a couple of comments on how I afford all of those supplements and things like goji berries. I appreciate that health should be accessible to everyone on any budget. Personally, I did most of my grocery shopping at Costco and Trader Joe's, shopped for the best deals on supplements on Amazon, and occasionally splurged at the health food store.

Trust me, these costs were big for me, and sometimes I just had to close my eyes and swipe my credit card. I was already alarmed at the price of doctor's visits, drugs and antibiotics I'd had to pay for, and felt that if I didn't take precautions now, I could be paying bigger bills later.

That being said, I would try doing something like this in the future with less supplements (sticking with probiotics and a B complex), while doing the food elimination portion and making rest and stress reduction a priority. While it's hard to say how effective the supplements are, the above definitely made a difference for me.

So to sum it up, let's go...

THE GOOD

  • Improved digestion
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved immune system
  • Making self care a priority
  • Creating new healthy habits
  • Eating less processed foods (actually saved money with this aspect) 
  • No cravings

THE BAD

  • Supplements were costly
  • Introducing allergens slowly is difficult
  • System seems to be shocked my reintroducing certain things

THE UGLY

One of the great things about doing an elimination diet is that when you reintroduce things to your diet, you realize what bothers you and what doesn't.

Unfortunately, I'm realizing a lot does.

The first time I had dairy I noticed an immediate spike in sugar cravings as well as feelings of sadness and depression. This could be linked to inflammation (our gut is, indeed, our second brain). This was quickly followed by a trip to the bathroom.

Coffee and more than one glass of wine lead me to feel really tired, head achy and worn down. This may be linked to my adrenals which may still be depleted after the Prednisone. Coffee also led to a quick trip to the bathroom.

I was hoping to add these things back into my diet in moderation but am going to be as careful as possible since I have been suffering from a really upset stomach and headaches ever since.

This means kissing a sad farewell to my whey protein powder, bars, and other goodies, and keeping coffee and alcohol to a very limited amount (I told my husband I will now drink like his grandmother, who only has the odd small glass of red wine but is full of energy over 90 years old!)

While I'm not a doctor, I'm trying to learn from my body as best as I can and have booked a consultation with a holistic practitioner so that I can learn and understand more about food allergies, how my immune system works and how to feel my absolute best.

In the meantime I'll be focusing on a whole foods diet, self care and love, and taking all the good that I learned with me for the long haul.

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