How I started
As some of you might know. I've been changing my diet lately. The change isn't huge. Well, in the beginning it was, but now it's almost back to normal, except I'm trying to eat less sugary foods since I've noticed that it really wasn't making me feel good.
It all started when I decided to make a parasite cleanse in the beginning of April. It was a 30 day cleanse with herb supplements and no coffee, no fatty foods, no sugar (not even from fruit) and no white carbs. It was pretty hard in the beginning but felt right on so many levels!
My body had been screaming for something like this... Last year I developed symptoms like: fatigue, depression, anxiety, chin/neck acne and even panic attacks. I took naps every day and literally couldn't stay awake even when I tried to. My period became irregular for the first time in my life.
I went through many months feeling drained, exhausted from doing absolutely nothing and had no motivation what so ever to work out or go out and socialize. I made several changes this spring (went to a Kinesiologist among other things) and I firmly believe that all the things I did played a part in the improved state that I am in today. Having that said, I can tell you for sure that cutting out sugar, fruit and simple carbs has made a huge difference!
First of all, I'm very, very rarely craving sugar, sweets or desserts anymore! Second of all, I have lots of energy! I easily work out 2-3 times a week at the gym and do yoga 2-3 times a week on top of that.
Finally, I am almost never bloated anymore! This used to be a big problem for me... It's not that my body can't handle sugar or carbs, it's just that my body can't handle sugar or carbs every darn day! For example, I used to drink a smoothie based on bananas every single day. I also ate acai bowls regularly (with bananas, of course). As you can imagine this adds up to quite a few bananananas... Nothing wrong with that fine yellow fruit! It's just that now I've understood that maybe limiting my fruit/simple carbs intake to maybe once or twice a week works much better for my body.
Hormones and eating according to my cycle
I also started reading this book called WomanCode by Alisa Vitti, I decided to read this book after seeing a nutritionist that told me that I should look up PCOS. My symptoms were pretty obviously related to some kind of hormonal imbalance.
So I started reading the book and it taught me so much about hormones, the menstrual cycle, gut flora, and eating food that works better with our female rhythm. Alisa has developed a way to live in harmony with our endocrine system. She talks about the best exercises and foods to eat according to our cycle. She talks about how to incorporate rituals into your daily life that will help lower stress on your endocrine system. She also talks about how to harness our female energy and lower our masculine energy. I highly recommend every woman to read this book!