There are tons of blogs out there who talks about eating habits, diets and I have read quite a few, felt totally lost, confused and overwhelmed. Some people have had an awakening after starting a Paleo diet, or a low carb diet (somewhat the same, but not quite), some claim we should eat more saturated fat and that all the vegetable oils we eat give create inflammation in our bodies.
It is certainly not easy to know what to get into, and definitely not to start changing into a new way of eating. For me, though, it was so important. I do not do it for weight loss. I do it to be able to live a fairly normal life, to have a tiny bit more energy so that easy tasks like household chores, gardening or a short walk will be feasible for me. I do it so that my head can keep up with my to the end of the night, and not to sit like a zombie before bedtime. I do it so I can be a more functional partner and someone who likes life. Because when I am at my most exhausted, I am neither. And, I refuse to continue that way!
At least, I will do what I can to change this. All a result of overnight shifts many years ago, and the following, serious sleeping disorder. It may not change over time. But, I truly believe that whatever we are ingesting, food wise or otherwise, will program our DNA, get stored in our bodies.
In fact, we are starting to see the beginning of research that definitely point to the fact that our DNA is not set in stone, it is changeable, and we can turn on or off certain DNA. We all know, already, that what we eat may prevent certain deceases, like cancer or diabetes, but I think we have just seen the beginning it, what we know now is just the start of something bigger. How our emotions, mind and body is connected is something yet to explore.
That it is, in fact, connected, I think we all can know for sure, even without the research. But, what food is right for me? And, for you? I do not believe that one way of eating is the whole truth for everyone, we are individuals and respond in different ways to our food, by how we produce hormones. I can only speak for myself, and what I am discovering.
For a long time, I have had to mind my eating, since my belly certainly made my understand it was not happy. Tests did not show anything, so I decided to take matters into my own hands, and started eating gluten and dairy free. My belly soon thanked me, although it can still get moments of upheaval, but there is not doubt that my body responds to the changed diet.
I have thought that my eating has been fairly healthy, apart form weekends where sugar and alcohol sometimes find their way into my body, all mysteriously:-) And I feel it, soooo feel it, but once in a while it is worth it.
But even after my meds have helped me sleep better, I have not found any energy, so I decided that I have to eat food that can give me energy, stamina and change me on a cellular level!
The thing with change is, it can be intimidating, difficult and overwhelming. But, if you choose one thing, just one thing, that you will add, it might be easier to follow through.
I started to make smoothies, or juices, every morning. I have an easy smoothing maker, that takes no time to use, you just make the smoothie in the bottle itself, and I bring the second bottle that I make, to work for lunch. Voila, I have made two meals just like that, full of micronutrients. I try to use at least 50% veggies, and the rest fruit, to sweeten it up. Sometimes I can drink up to 10 fruits and veggies before dinner, which is a serious increase in my intake.
Now, compared to before winter, when I started my routine, I may be able to come back from work, and do chores or go for a walk, instead of almost falling onto the couch, sleeping for a couple of hours and be a zombie for the rest of the night, before another workday. It should be a human right to have the strength to engage in something besides work, since it is so important for our mental and emotional well-being. I know that is not always the case, and for me, very often it has not been the case.
Of course my life has not been fully changed, my health is still not what it was, nor my energy. The changes I HAVE SEEN, though, is uplifting and make me optimistic about my future, that I am, in fact, CHANGING MY DNA.
It makes me feel like I have a say in my future, and not just a victim of sorts.
ARE YOU WISHING THAT YOU COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
Start small! But make the small changes every day. Soon you will miss it, if you do not do it. You have made a habit!
Tonight, I have made a smoothie out of sprouted almonds (soak almonds in water for at least 8 hours), coconut flakes, rice/soy milk, raw cacao, stevia and a tiny bit of vanilla powder). A good smoothie for the night, with good proteins and fat.
Follow me on Instagram @sonjadurand for inspiration to make smoothies and juices regularly. Perhaps you will feel inspired by my story, by my juices, and give your body a kickstart in the right direction. Your DNA may thank you later 😉