My name is Emily and I am on a journey toward better health.
With current symptoms ranging from joint pain and swelling to indigestion, bloating, constipation, breakouts, weight gain, and irritability, I have long believed that my diet holds the key to better health and happiness.
But I had no idea where to start.
Scratch that. I had an idea. With my common culprits: the nightshades (white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant), dairy, gluten, eggs, and sugar. I even threw around the idea of doing a Whole30 challenge to get myself back on track. It just seemed like the thing to do.
And then, on the suggestion of a friend, I listened to the One Part Podcast episode with Dr. Stephen Gundry. To say that I was intrigued would be an understatement. Also? An entire group of people who knew about the damaging effects of nightshades?! Count. Me. In.
I ordered The Plant Paradox* (AKA The Book) as soon as I got home and tore my way through it. The science was fascinating and helped to connect the dots that had been missing for me around food and health. More specifically, food (including the supposedly healthy stuff) and how it contributes to diseases like autoimmune disorders, diabetes, arthritis, and more.
I shared what I was reading and learning with my husband. Turns out he was hearing the same thing courtesy of James Altucher and his interview with Dave Asprey (of Bulletproof Coffee fame). When he agreed to join me on this new eating adventure, I was thrilled.
The biggest challenge for me will be opening myself up to trying new things. I’ve restricted my diet in the past, eliminating my favorite foods (pasta with tomato sauce, french fries, hamburgers) in the pursuit of better health. I generally like salads (which is good because I foresee a lot of salads in my future). And I’m totally on board with green smoothies. But ask me to eat a mushroom and I’ll wrinkle my nose and moan about how gross they are.
I’m also a little sad about the secondary role that fruit plays in The Plant Paradox* Program (AKA The Diet). They have been relegated to the role of candy and are to be treated as such. But, hey. I’ve been doing it my way and haven’t been feeling so great. So why not try his?
I’m embarking on a new eating journey inspired by The Plant Paradox.
What I hope to get out of it:
- Elimination of joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
- Weight loss.
- Eliminate all sugar cravings and binge eating patterns.
- Elimination of PMS Symptoms — tender breasts, bloating, irritability, sugar cravings.
- Expand my palate and begin to eat a wider variety of foods.
- Clear and focused thinking.
- Increased energy.
Want to join me on this adventure?
I am ALL about having company on this adventure and would love to share in this journey with you. Please, please, please shoot me an email with questions or hit me up online. I’m active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
I am also the co-host of a podcast called Nourish + Flourish, where we talk about nourishment for the mind, body, and soul. I’m sure the details of this journey will find its way into the podcast in the near future.
Here’s to finding and embracing the intersection of healthy and happy!
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