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Here we go today with 4 truths plus a major flare up.
I was in Texas the past several days for work at SXSW in Austin. I had an amazing time, for the record! And here were 4 things I learned….
With everything that went on this past week, it has been an absolute 100% challenging time for me. This flare-up bout with my stomach has lingered for over a week now. To me, it’s borderline frightening. My stomach is huge! I was asked not once, but twice, if I’m pregnant. Um, no! There is nothing more frustrating (for me) in the world than this feeling. It’s a confidence bust and anxiety at its finest. I can never explain what it’s like and no, it’s not the same bloat all girls tell me, “Yeah, I know exactly how you feel – I hate that time of the month.” I know that feeling, too. There is no resemblance.
I feel like E.T. with a distended stomach and a non-inflatable balloon. I feel pressure and water retention and like I’ve gained 10 pounds overnight. I literally may have. I’ve said it before that “Nothing changes if nothing changes….” I mean it. Something has got to change.
Two immediate changes:
For one week, I’m going back to my broth/lean meat combo to ease my symptoms and get things working properly again.
Getting my hands and mind around this has not been easy. I don’t expect the next several days to be a walk in the park. But I cannot continue on with the big, bloated and miserable stomach I’ve been having. There is a choice with everything in life. This is a choice I make in order to say, “Feeling good is really all that matters.”
p.s. Years later I would learn that it was all the SIBO.
A healthy habit with food starts as soon as you understand that the body desires to be fed whole, real foods, every chance we get. For some, this is Intermittent Fasting (not for me!), for others it’s simple Meal Spacing (I do my best to practice this!), and for the rest, it’s a mini meal habit.
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These small meals begin first thing in the morning. When I practiced a mini meal habit, here was how I breakdown interval eating on a day-to-day basis:
The key here is to understand that “mini meals” do not mean 600-calorie meals (for me at least). For me, they mean 300-400 calories on average (give or take depending on my daily activity levels)!
If you can nail down a mini meal habit every 3-4 hours, you might notice more energy, a less “weighted-down” feeling or those “I’m-so-starving-moments.” Bliss!
Question: What has worked best for you? IF? Meal spacing? Mini meals?
p.s. You might also enjoy my top 6 AIP Snack Ideas.
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