when things stop working, you have to put on the brakes and take a look at what is going on.
there are so many factors that can play into plateaus! It can be downright frustrating.
Don’t get frustrated — reverse engineer it to see what the issue could possibly be.
When you start with the end in mind, you can see the obstacles, the things you forgot to do or whatever the impediment might be.
Case in point: digestion.
Yeah, I know. Not a sexy subject. Who wants to talk about pooping? EEK!
Or gas, or burping, feeling bloated, being constipated or having diarrhea for heaven’s sake.
How often do you feel like the meat you just ate is just sitting there in your stomach, almost like you just swallowed the iron skillet you cooked it in?
Or you’ve had to excuse yourself from the table because, well…you know!
Maybe being “regular” to you means every other day or worse…I could go on and on.
If you can’t digest your food properly, not only are you not getting the full nutrition out of the meal you just ate, you’re also making your body work overtime just to process what’s going on.
Women especially, need to know that your body’s ability to produce enough digestive enzymes is declining. Men have this issue too, but it is much more pronounced in women.
When we are in our optimal youth, our own digestive enzymes break down our food into vital proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to provide the needed nutrition for the body. But with aging (and illness), the body’s digestive functions deteriorate, leading to all the aforementioned woes, plus nutritional deficiencies, and even inflammatory conditions.
That’s why using digestive enzymes can be a game changer — that little assistance with your meals can make the difference between feeling normal or feeling like a bloated version of yourself.
Another way to help your digestive tract is by taking a probiotic every day. Probiotics give your body the beneficial bacteria it needs to maintain a healthy gut. Antibiotics, stress, too much sugar, etc. can lead to an imbalance in your gut flora — and that can mean the bad guys are winning and therefore, make your life miserable with bloating and the like.
Personally, I’ve noticed since taking my probiotic at night before bed, that my tummy is flatter and I feel a lot more energetic—I trace that back to giving my body what it needs to do its job!
And the last thing you need to examine in your diet is how much fiber you’re getting on a daily basis.
The average American gets a paltry 15 grams of fiber a day. The recommended amount for women is 25; for men it’s 38 grams—more than double!
Fiber not only fills you up and greatly assists in appetite control, it’s the ultimate trash collector—it takes out all the garbage and helps you with that often elusive “regularity”.
Adding an additional 10 grams of fiber to your diet is easy—especially if you drink smoothies in the morning for breakfast! This habit alone will take care of the fiber equation needed in your life—organic berries, additional fiber from FiberMender, chia seeds, and Perfect Paleo Protein—there you go, 10 grams right there. It’s a tasty way to keep things humming along if you know what I mean!
I’ve created my own Gut Check Kit just for you because this is exactly what I use. This is the combo that flattened out my tummy, helped me drop the weight (and avoid plateaus!) and the bonus? My skin has never looked so good!
There are unexpected benefits when you give your body what it NEEDS.
Leanne Ely is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the original menu planning website, SavingDinner.com, now online for over 20 years.
A nutritionist since 1993, Leanne cares deeply for her audience. Through her own personal journey, she has taken herself out of the kitchen and into her audience’s daily lives to encourage them to live their most vibrant lives, heart, mind, body and soul.
Her current show, The Daily Dish, airs daily (except Sundays) on the Saving Dinner Facebook page.
She has been featured in Woman’s Day, Parents, Redbook, Women’s World, Self and Shape magazines to name a few. Leanne has also been featured in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Boston Globe, St. Petersburg Times, Orange County Register—and dozens of other major newspapers.
Just need help with your digestion?
The pancreas produces enzymes that are required for digestion and the absorption of food.
There are 3 particular enzymes that are especially important: lipases which digest fats, proteases which digest proteins, and amylases that digest starch.
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The four of these together? We call them “Digestive Drano”!
Glutamine is one of 20 amino acids and plays an important role in muscle development and is often used to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract and help ease leaky gut.
Strongly recommended for everyone interested in optimizing gut health!
Probiotics are naturally occurring friendly bacteria that are an integral part of our healthy digestive systems.
Not only do these benevolent bugs help to assimilate nutrients, they also inhibit harmful bacteria and stimulate the immune system.