By: Leanne Ely
Last month, I did something I never thought I would be able to do at this stage in my life. I put on my high school cheerleading skirt! Did you see the pic??
Now, I’m not saying I was able to zip it all the way up, but I pulled it right on up over my hips and what an incredible feeling! And now I have a new goal—to be able to zip that thing up!
I’ve been eating a mostly paleo diet for years (2009). But I would cheat occasionally—some brie cheese, maybe a little parmesan on my gluten free pasta (if I splurged on pasta). I’d do my best going out to restaurants (like I wouldn’t order something obviously full of gluten like a sandwich or something) but I wasn’t as strict as I should have been going out for sushi, one of my favorite things (for example, soy sauce has gluten in it and is a goitrogen).
So when I got super serious and on target for my goal of losing weight, I stopped playing with cheese, didn’t eat soy sauce out (took my own CocoAminos), and really paid attention to sneaky dairy and gluten in particular.
I was one of those people who thought I was doing ok and toeing the line only to find out, I’d let a lot of that stuff sneak into my life because I wasn’t being careful enough. And for me, gluten and dairy are two massively, inflammatory foods that not only disrupt my thyroid function, but also cause me unwanted grief in the form of weight gain, bloat and disfiguring rosacea!
Inflammation comes in many forms—and it can be delivered by the food you eat. When your body is inflamed, your joints might ache, you could have tummy issues, your skin’s a mess, bloating might be out of control and you may even be depressed, cranky or dealing with a lot of brain fog. THAT’S the issue with inflammation. So eliminating inflammatory foods is a huge needlemover for not only how you look, but how you FEEL.
And by the way, back to my cheerleader skirt. If you’re trying to lose weight, consider doing something similar to measure your success. The scale can be very deceiving and cruel, but if you have a dress or a pair of jeans you can’t wear (now),you can actually see your progress and applaud your own success. Amazing impact!
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