Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Part 9:

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

I tend to bottle up stress until I boil over. I’ve never been that great at finding outlets for my stress and I don’t like people worrying about me. So, I don’t often talk about how I’m feeling until it’s too late.

With all the stress going on in my life due to my grandpa’s cancer, my aunt’s sudden death, work, money, and other general stress, I was feeling sick and tired.

I was exhausted all the time, but not sleeping well. I was eating like crap and because of that I spent most of my time sick to my stomach and I had a headache almost every day.

Feeling like this made me really crabby. Every morning I would wake up and say today is going to be a good day. Not long after that something would go wrong, I dropped my phone and cracked the screen, I locked myself out of the house twice, and I was transferred at work which felt like a demotion. These things, would instantly put me in a bad mood, one that I could not shake for the rest of the day.

After a few weeks of feeling like this I decided that something needed to change, and it needed to change ASAP.

I did a bunch of research into the Whole30, which is an elimination diet for 30 days, and decided that it was something I wanted to do. The week after Thanksgiving I decided to go gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free in preparation of my Whole30 which cut out even more things.

The effects were almost immediate. My energy levels were up. I was sleeping better and I no longer had a stomach every day. I honestly hadn’t felt that good in a long time, possibly ever.  I also started to workout 5 days a week doing fitness blender HIIT workouts and some of Sarah’s Day’s workouts. I could tell that I was gaining muscle and just felt better and stronger over all.

These changes were not easy to make. The first two weeks went pretty fast and I didn’t have any difficulty sticking to my diet. I would make a smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, and some sort of meat, veggies, and lettuce for dinner. But, on the third week, I hit a rough patch. For several days I felt very unsatisfied. Nothing I ate or drank hit the spot. I would eat and still feel hungry. Nothing sounded good, nothing tasted good, and I was really frustrated. On top of that I had my boyfriend quite literally eating pizza over top of me while we were laying in bed.

It took all of the will power in me to hold strong and stick with my new dietary changes. I kept reminding myself how amazing I felt. Even though I was feeling unsatisfied now, I knew that those feelings would soon pass.

The feelings did eventually pass and I continued to eat gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free, I slowly learned how to start listening to my body as it knows best what it needs be at peak performance.

What I learned:

* Changing to a mostly plant based diet make a big difference in how my body feels and my energy levels

* Working out regularly drastically changes my mood

*It’s not always easy to stick to a diet, but it’s worth it if it’s a healthy diet and your body feels good

 

Tips:

  • When you’re feeling down force yourself to get active
  • Outline what you want your diet to look like. It makes it easier to stick to it.
  • You don’t have to make drastic dietary changes to see and feel differences in your body. A few small changes can make a big difference

*** disclaimer I am not a medical or health expert these tips are purely from research and are self tested. Be sure to talk to an expert for proper health and nutrition recommendations.

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