This has been a very interesting summer for me, to say the least. I have decided to take some the time off from competing this season to really figure out what’s going on and how to eat best for my body. I used competitions so many times as my motivation to eat right, but I would then go right back to quite a few of my old eating habits. Then I paid the consequences for it- my stomach would be bloated and in pain, my moods would swing, my sleep would suffer.
After a few cycles of this I started to know better, but I had a hard time stopping it. This last experience in May with my pre and post-competition energy level and stomach problems helped me to decided that enough was enough. I decided to eat clean for myself and my health.
I have completely removed certain foods out of my diet and am feeling much better. For instance, I figured out that gluten was causing some of my stomach problems as well as some depressive symptoms. Dairy (lactose mostly) can also cause unpleasant stomach stuff as well. Then there’s MSG and other high-glutamate foods- they cause me some anxiety. Figuring this out has really helped me to stay away from these foods.
I’ve also started some more restorative and detoxifying practices into my weekly routine- castor oil packs, dry skin brushing, stretching and foam rolling on a more regular basis, and some detoxifying herbal teas.
It sounds kind of crazy, but my energy is a lot better. I’ve recently had some more blood work done and my liver and kidney enzymes have gone down from where they were in May and June. That’s a great signs that my inflammation has gone down. Some of my other vitamin and minerals have gone up- also showing that my digestion and absorption are better.
One of the things that I learned about during various lectures that I’ve listened to was this process that happens in every cell in our bodies every second of every day. It’s called methylation. There were also a few other things that I learned about during other lectures that made me want to get my genetic testing done through 23 and Me. They don’t give health reports anymore, but I was able to download my raw data and upload it to other sites that helped me figure out what it all meant.
So, what is this methylation that I talked about earlier? Methylation does happen in every cell of our bodies because it turns on and off genes; builds, metabolizes, and breaks down neurotransmitters; builds immune cells; processes chemicals- both the kind we come in contact with through external toxins and the kind that we make in our own bodies; and produces energy. All very important stuff, right? Well, there are lots of genes involved in methylation. There are also a lot of mutations that effect those genes, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).
I knew all along that I was prone to certain things like high cholesterol, but I wanted to know more about my genetic makeup, to see what mutations I had – and figuring out how to fuel my body best in order to work around them. I know that some aren’t ready for the info because they just don’t want to know that they are prone to certain cancers or are afraid of what will happen to their insurance if they do. But for me, I was ready.
So, what did I discover? Well, my methylation cycle is a little messed up and I have a few genes that are not optimal for detoxification. I am a little more prone to autoimmune conditions like celiac, Crohn’s, and Hashimoto’s. I have a gene that makes weight gain easy (quite a few people have this gene actually). I am prone to high blood sugar and insulin resistance as well as high cortisol, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Sounds dismal, right? There are also good things too. I have genes that make my bones stronger (I’ve never had a broken bone). I have the genes for the large amount of fast-twitch muscle fibers- I have never really been much of a sprinter but my daughter is. I always assumed she got that from my husband, but maybe I did give her a little something there too. I have genes that make me prone to certain cancers while other genes made me resistant to those same cancers. It was all very crazy, confusing, and fascinating all at the same time. Needless to say, reading up on it took up a lot of my time.
It also has made me more resolved in my diet, exercise and restorative practices as well. I decided to really pay attention to my diet and supplements to see just how good I can make myself feel so I’ve continued to really pay attention to what I’m eating, monitor my supplements, and see what makes me feel the best.
I’m far from figuring it all out- I’ve tried a few things that made it worse- but I have changed up some of my vitamins and have really noticed a difference. I also feel better on a lower carb diet. When I eat too many carbs- even the good kind- I feel like I get on a blood sugar roller coaster that is very hard to get off.
Can you believe this all started just by really wanting to pay attention to what works for my body and to be my best? I cannot stress how important this is. That is why I started to do these seasonal 11-Day Detoxes. I’ll be offering even more services after the start of the New Year to include 28 and 90 Day programs where we really did deep and figure out what works best for your body in order to get you to your best health and energy level. Meanwhile, my next 11-Day detox starts on Monday. I have been having an incredible time helping my clients realize that what they eat really does play a big part in how they feel. I’d like to help you too.
Questions? Comments? Please let me know.