I have to say, in the 2 and a half months I've been doing this, I've noticed some very positive changes. Keep reading to see what those changes have been.
- For one thing, I have MUCH more energy. I used to always feel a mid-afternoon slump and wanted to take a nap, but now I don't.
- I don't have any more symptoms of bloating, or terrible tummy pain that I was feeling a few months ago.
- I feel full more quickly - probably because the foods I'm eating are so nutrient dense. My body just seems satisfied so much quicker.
- I'm enjoying food - immensely.
- I put more effort into my meal preparation - I don't see it so much of a chore anymore. It's actually fun!
- My skin is looking a little brighter, and healthier.
- I'm sleeping better at night.
- My clothes are fitting better - in fact, some clothes that I couldn't even wear 3 months ago are now loose on me.
- I've lost just over 15 lbs. (Although, this wasn't my goal when making the switch to real foods). **update: make that 18lbs down** **Update: make that 27 lbs down**
The best thing about all of this, is that it really hasn't been that hard. I think back to all the times I used to agonize over diet plans, and strenuous workouts, counting calories and measuring out portions, carb-cycling, keeping food logs.... I did it all. Now, I'm not knocking those methods for other people. I know there are others who do all of that and it works wonders for them. However, for me, all it ever made me was bigger, and more unhealthy, and extremely unhappy.
It's been a nice change to let all of that go and just really focus on caring for my body by choosing the most nourishing, natural foods I can find. And taking the time to make my own meals, rather than relying on the food industry to tell me what's best for my body.
Has anyone else made the switch to whole, real foods? What positive changes have you noticed?