Aloe & Probiotics

Week 2-3: Energy drop

Week 2-3 have been a challenge, not sure if it is due to the diet or because of how busy I have been. Regardless I have lost the energy spike I saw last week. On top of this I have become bored with the food selection and feel as so everything is just sugary.

As most know I am not one to focus on negatives. ā€œWithin every negative situation there is always a positiveā€ Now that we have got all the negatives out of the way letā€™s focus on the positives =) My body composition has improved along with being able to sustain energy levels for longer periods, I have especially noticed while surfing, I last longer with a bigger wave count along with a quicker recovery.

Nearing the end of my third week I finally got around to getting a probiotic (Dairy-free) and Aloe Vera juice. I view this intervention as my turning point. My energy returned and began felling on top of the world once again. I was bouncing around with so much energy. It was the most amazing feeling! I donā€™t know if it was a coincidence or not but this intervention made all the difference.

What are Probiotics and Aloe Vera Juice:

Probiotic: Are live microorganisms that provide friendly bacteria which help your gut flora preform optimally. You can get probiotics from supplements, as well as foods that are prepared by bacterial fermentation. Probiotic foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi and others.

Aloe Vera Juice: Active aloe Vera leaves are reported to contain over 200 enzymes and amino acids. It improves gastrointestinal function which help give a greater feeling of health and well-being, as well as increased energy and balanced weight management. Due to the natural detoxifying abilities it supports digestive tract through increased protein absorption which improves bowel regularity.

One week down

Day 7: One week down!

Wow One week down already! Feeling awesome! However the diet is still a struggle. This week was tough as I am still learning what I can and not have.
Across the week I have run into trouble a few times essepcially when I was out or at work where I was unprepared food wise but I did not cave! I stayed strong and stayed until I got home (Was not fun!) especially when I got offered some of my old favourites. I know starving is not good either, it is something I tell my clients to never do! Because it heightens cravings and predominantly results in over eating binge meal plus plays havoc with your hormones. In this case I didnt want to start making excuses and alow them to get the best of me.

Eating out has been tough because you don’t see what goes into each meal. This always leads into the question what is in it? However I don’t want to be “That Guy” everytime I go out for a meal there is nothing more annoying. Luckily that most cafes and restaurants now offer allergy free options. Cafe Inc in Rototuna is esspecially good for people with intolerances and alergies as they cleaarly lable all there food, making the selcetion process that much easier. You will find me down there most days getting my coffee fix.

Productivity

Day 6: New Lease on Life!

Already starting to see the benefits of this diet! Improvements in my body composition but more importantly I now have so much more energy!! It is unbelievable, with all this new energy I have become a lot more productive and completing tasks that I usually dread and ultimately end up putting off. If this is only week one, I cannot wait to see what I can achieve in a few months!!

Headache

Day 2: Day of the headache

I woke up early for work as usual to a throbbing headache. A headache that even Panadol could not save me from. Today was going to be a tough day! My guess is that my body is in shock with the change in diet. This is a common part of the process when eliminating foods, very similar to overcoming an addiction. This will not be my first timeā€¦.. Energy drinks (Red Bull) were a big part of my diet at one point, before I knew the health effects of these products. So just as I did when I eliminated these from my diet, I will need to persist and overcome the temptation!

Bulk bins

Day 3: Opening my Mind

Now that my diet is so restricted and my go to foods are now a no go, I need to explore some new options and see what’s out there. This lead me to Bin In! Great way to source nuts, grains and most importantly gluten and dairy free foods! While reading every label the shop assistant approached me thankfully, she was extremely helpful and passionate about allergy free foods. She took me around the store and showed me all the possibilities and what was most popular. Opening my eye to new options such as dairy free yogurt (Coconut) which has now grown on me and a great addition to my overnight oats. However the cost was not so flash $7.50 for a small punnet!