My Heart Beets is about my journey to make healthy and flavorful food. All of the recipes of this blog are 100% gluten-free and many of them are also “Paleo friendly” (see my definition of “Paleo” here). While I am technically on a real food diet – I hate to call it a “diet,” because this is a lifestyle change for me. Yes, I know everyone says that.
So here’s my story:
For years, I had painful tummy issues and I never thought the problem was what I was putting into my mouth. I was in denial for awhile. So how did I snap out of it? It was during visit to my parent’s house. My brother asked me why I looked swollen. I thought he was just teasing me, but then my mom came over and told me I looked swollen too. I looked in the mirror, and they were right. My face and body looked puffy. I remembered that for the past few days, I had been popping a few extra acid-reflux pills in the morning and before bed. I didn’t think it was a big deal, and besides, I needed them in order to eat. It turns out that I had developed bad bacteria in my stomach from the self-medicating.
I went on an elimination diet and started feeling better right away. I decided the foods I loved didn’t love me back and so, while painful, I decided that a break-up was in order. There were days (really it was just one day), where I cried because I couldn’t go out to eat pizza with friends. I realize how pathetic that sounds. I now understand that a moment of cheesy bliss just isn’t worth the hours of pain that it comes with.
I’ve changed my lifestyle and I’m happier because of it. I don’t call this a “diet,” because truthfully, I haven’t lost any weight (I’ve actually gained some). If you’ve lost weight while eating real food or while on a gluten-free/paleo diet then more power to you! For me, it’s about how I feel – and I feel pretty awesome.
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