Although I may seem happy, energized and healthy, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, for a large chunk of my life- I suffered.
It started in my mid 20’s. I started to get really bloated (and gassy) after eating. I’d be okay during the day but by the evening my stomach was about 3 times the size. I also had what a doctor said was “nervous bowel” – at the most inconvenient times I’d have to run to the bathroom. Usually that was when I had to get out the door to go somewhere.
I had my daughter when I turned 30 and I realized I couldn’t be the mom I wanted to be in the state I was in.
I also started to feel more and more drained and really just wanted to nap all the time. My body ached. I remember complaining about it and asking and being told it’s normal…to feel like you are 80 when you are 20!? I felt like maybe I was over-reacting and that none of my symptoms were extreme enough to actually tell my doctor about or that there was even anything could be done about it.
My food cravings were out of control. I thought about food constantly. The cravings were so out of control that although I wanted so badly to be able to eat good (and lose some weight), I just couldn’t stick to it. I would eat good all day and by the end of the day I could’t help but binge.
I progressively got worse and worse. My late 20’s I started to notice some pretty bad brain fog. It almost felt like I was stoned. The boating and gas got worse. The tiredness got worse. I started to randomly get huge zits on my face. My nose would either be stuffed up or it would be running.
I had my daughter when I turned 30 and I realized I couldn’t be the mom I wanted to be in the state I was in. I barely had enough energy to care for her. It was also at this point that I started to think about the future and that I wanted to be around a long time to see my daughter grow up…get married…and be a grandma some day. My health and my energy were of higher priority now. It was at this point that I decided I had to do something. And I had to figure it out on my own. And the doctors that I went to were of no help. I had no idea what was causing all of these symptoms and I felt stuck.
I started researching and hearing a lot about food allergies, and how gluten and dairy were causing so many issues for so many people. I spent hours and hours researching and it started to make sense. I decided I needed to take action. The desire to feel better was my motivation. My driving force!
I experimented with cutting certain foods out of my diet. I really cleaned up my diet and made some lifestyle changes too. It was a gradual change but a couple months later I looked back and realized that most of those symptoms were either gone or weren’t as bad. And a few months later it improved even more.
I now look back at the list of symptoms I had and compare it to how I feel now and realize just how incredible the change is. And my relationship with food is so different now. I am no longer controlled by cravings. I no longer binge eat. I eat what nourishes me. I do not feel deprived. I really enjoy the foods that I can eat. I never would have thought that I would have been able to get to this point.
I’m not sure why I waited so long to do anything about it. To make the changes I needed to make. But I am so grateful that I did. My mood…my energy…my life…is so different now. It really has changed the quality of my life.
I have INCREDIBLE amounts of gratitude for my journey, because if I hadn’t gone through it, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today. Mama Recharged wouldn’t exist. And I wouldn’t be able to help you do the same things I did to get better.
Don’t suffer any longer. You might be seeing yourself in my story. I want you to know you don’t have to accept feeling that way and I want you to know that you CAN feel better! I also know that you likely don’t know where to start. Making changes can be tough and that is why I have created the Mama Recharged community. Come on over to our free private Facebook group of supportive mamas just like you. Click here to join.
To get you going now, I want you to have this free smoothie ebook full of nourishing, energy-boosting, but still satisfying smoothies. Smoothies were actually a huge part of getting me started on my transformation. They are sort of like the “gateway drug to healthy eating”.