10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle

10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle

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What a seriously depressing topic, right? I was inspired after reading a post by Alex at Fitnancials.com called The Harsh Reality of Owning a Fitness Blog. It was all about people’s harsh words toward her when they didn’t think her fitness was fit enough. The fact that she lost weight while taking care of herself and bettering her health never crossed their minds apparently. While there are so, so, so many benefits to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, the truth is, there are some serious downfalls as well. I have read posts that have similar titles to “10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle” but their reasons are always a little shifty. 1. It’s so hard getting new clothes once you lose weight and get your 6 pack abs! –Uhh, no, no, that all sounds great and you’re just tricking people into reading this. Not cool, ma’am, not cool. So I’m going to break it down and get real, 10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle. 

Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes

Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes

How to Start a Gluten Free Diet

How to Start a Gluten Free Diet

Three tips and tricks to help you go gluten free as painlessly as possible.

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Finding out that you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease can be a real bummer to say the least. It can feel like the end of the world. Strolling the grocery isle or glancing at a restaurant menu is enough to make you burst into tears and scream, “My life is over!” Maybe you haven’t determined an intolerance or Celiac and are beginning an elimination diet to see if your symptoms improve. Either way, knowing what to do as far as a gluten free diet for beginners doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think.

Thankfully the supermarkets and restaurants are hopping on board with more and more amazing gluten free products. I will say, if you are suffering with some serious tummy troubles or other gluten induced symptoms, supplementing your diet with highly processed gluten free foods is not the best way to go. However, I fully get that it is stressful and you have to start somewhere. The idea of having to give up some of your favorite foods is enough to make a person want to bail before even starting. I touched on this a little with my post Gluten Free Shopping List but today I am going to help you get really start sifting through all the products on the market and start figuring out the cleanest way to start your new diet.

Man Approved Vegan Meatball Sub

Wild Rice Burger Recipe: Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

What Your Poo is Saying About You: How Diet Can Help

What Your Poo is Saying About You: How Diet Can Help

Yep, we’re going to get real down and dirty today. It’s been on my mind a lot, and I’ve tried to deny it, but it’s time. Time to talk about poop. This is not a topic anyone wants to readily discuss, but when it comes to you diet and health, this information is crucial. There are so many issues today like IBS, dairy and gluten intolerance. If you are one of these people; learning about whats going on in your body could be helped by keeping your eye on what’s coming out

People often see overweight people and assume they are unhealthy. This isn’t always the case, however. It doesn’t matter what shape or size, you can still have serious underlying health issues.

One major way to make yourself aware of these issues is through poo.

It seems so simple really; what comes out represents what goes in. If your poop is coming out in an unhealthy way, chances are something unhealthy is going down in your digestive tract. No matter what’s coming out, chances are you have some form of leaky gut going on.

Leaky Gut Symptoms

poop-IBS-gluten-intolerance-diet-healthThis is a condition that affects the lining of the intestines. Damage that is done over time to the lining of the intestine essentially breaks down their ability to filter properly. This can cause waste that would normally be absorbed into your system to instead “leak” out into your blood stream.

Scary thought isn’t it?

Leaky gut can lead to an array of autoimmune reactions such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, brain fog, tiredness, joint pain and skin problems. It’s also believed that having a leaky gut can either cause or trigger certain autoimmune diseases such as Celiacs, arthritis, and Chrone’s.

One symptom you don’t hear about too often but I find incredibly interesting is depression. Our enteric nervous system (ENS) located in the lining of our gastrointestinal is often referred to as our “second brain.”  This ENS connects directly to our brains. In other words, those gut feelings we’ve heard about our entire life are actually quite accurate. This is referred to as the brain-gut axis. Our brain and gut communicate about things like hunger, worry and stress. If you have ever noticed when you feel nervous you feel it in the pit of your stomach? That is your ENS hard at work.

So, naturally it makes sense that if something is off in this area of our bodies, our brain can just as easily be effected with a symptom like depression.

While I could go on about this, because it is something I am truly fascinated by, let’s continue to focus on what all these symptoms could mean should you experience any of them.

If you find yourself having one or many of these leaky gut symptoms, read on to find out how your poop could be offering up ideas on how to fix the underlying issues.