Is food making you feel blah? 5 ways to feel better today

is food making you feel blah

I have always had a love/hate relationship with food. Although I enjoy eating food, it would often cause me stomach pain, bloating, headaches, tiredness or just a feeling of blah.

Has this ever happened to you?

If so, you may have a food intolerance.

How I discovered I had IBS

As a child I was a fussy eater and ate small amounts of food at a time. As I moved in my teens, this was replaced by a fixation on eating low fat food with the primary goal to be thinner. By the time I was in my early my early twenties, I was mainly living off low fat, prepackaged foods and the result was that I was skinny, but extremely unhealthy with continuing symptoms of tiredness, headaches, bloating and uncomfortable stomach complaints.

When I finally decided that enough was enough, I embarked on series of tests with various doctors. They came to the conclusion that I had undiagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and they suggested I improve my diet. Little explanation was provided to me about what IBS was or what an ‘improved diet’ looked like.

Listen to your body

It wasn’t until I embraced yoga and began listen to my body that I discovered how to make changes that resulted in positive health outcomes. The yoga postures assisted with toning and strengthening my internal organs. While meditation and relaxation work taught me how to breath and release tension.

The final stage of wellness occurred by changing my diet to include wholesome, fresh foods, including organic meat and mostly gluten and lactose free foods.

I rediscovered the art of cooking and buying fresh foods and the enjoyment having a meal with family and friends. This is not an outcome that happened overnight, and I still continue to research and try new foods as I move forward. I do wish that I had found my insights earlier. That is why I am passionate about sharing my health and wellness journey with you.

What is food intolerance? What is IBS?

Food intolerance is your body’s inability to digest certain foods that it is hypersensitivity to. Common symptoms of food intolerance includes headaches, irritable bowel, runny nose and bloating.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system caused by a change to your body’s ability to move food through the digestive track, resulting in an increased sensitivity of the gut. The symptom can come and go and can worsen due to stress and after eating certain foods.

Food intolerance can be difficult to tell apart from other digestive disorders such as IBS. So it is advisable for you to see your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

5 ways to feel better today?

Here are the top five things that I do to manage my digestive issues: 

  1. Cut down on sugar and processed foods – they are highly inflammatory foods and they can assist bad bacteria to live in your gut.
  2. Eat foods that support good gut health such as sweet potato, asparagus, garlic, brussel sprouts and avocado.
  3. Replace foods that are triggers for digestive issues:
    • Replace refined breads and cereals with gluten-free varieties or try basmati rice, gluten-free oats or Quinoa.
    • Replace dairy products with non-dairy varieties such as almond milk or rice milk. You can also try swapping cows milk cheese for goats cheese – goats milk has less lactose than cows milk. Or, turn your hand at making dairy free cheese, just google for find a recipe you like.
    • Replace coffee, soft drinks and alcohol with freshly made vegetable juice, water or a mocktail.
  4. Reduce your stress levels. Stress effects your body’s ability to digest food effectively. The easiest way to start de-stessing is to go for a walk. The exercise and fresh air will have you feeling better in no time.
  5. Listen to your body by keeping a symptoms journal. This is not about counting calories or dieting.
    • Recording how you feel both emotionally and physically after you eat certain foods
    • Once a pattern has been identified, you can put in place steps to replace/reduce or eliminate certain foods that have in negative response.
    • Creating awareness is the first step to understanding the connection between food, your mind and your body.

One small change today can be the beginning of creating positive wellness in your life tomorrow.

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