/ Thankful from the bottom of my stomach
October 21, 2018

Do you ever feel like your life is MISSING something if you or someone you know can’t eat conventional foods?

Do you feel like other people are UNHAPPY in their lives if they don’t eat the way most people seem to?

Do you feel like something is LACKING, if you’ve ever been prescribed a way of eating that is supposed to help your body to heal?

Do you ever look at anyone with “dietary requirements” and feel a little DISGRUNTLED?

You can admit it if you do, it’s okay…

While I try not to make a fuss of it, I often get some side-glances when people find out I eat a largely gluten-, dairy-, refined-sugar free way – without apples, onions, garlic and other high “fodmaps” (Google it)!

But before you freak, I’ll let you in on a little secret…

I am not missing a thing.

In 2014, I experienced more severe symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I’ll spare you the details, except to say, I was enraged.

I felt betrayed by my body and I couldn’t understand what was going on! For years I had eaten what I wanted without (m)any repercussions and I thought my eating habits were up to scratch but everything I ate felt like junk… including foods you wouldn’t normally expect – like apples and onions… when “an apple a day keeps the doctor away…” #notsomuch

That’s when I started working with Lily Nichols, RDN.

Lily helped to uncover a whole new world for me…

She helped me work out the foods that were likely causing inflammation in my body; she helped clarify my mental battles and work out a way of eating that best suited MY body, and not what everyone else advised (which by the way is why you shouldn’t take ‘blanket’ diet advice).

Lily is one of the catalysts for helping me to learn to appreciate and be genuinely GRATEFUL for my body and food – as painful and inconvenient as it felt at the time – and she helped me to heal my body bit by bit.

You can read more about that here.

This journey is one of the reasons I get so excited about food.

I will never be completely free of IBS and I have to maintain a good attention to what’s in my food but I am lacking NOTHING at all.

3 reasons I am grateful to eat the way I do:

  1. I appreciate all the foods I have access to.

There’s an abundance of food and yet not everyone has access to it. I appreciate the beautiful foods we have.

We have such wonderful wisdom and education where I live to know what great food IS. I’m grateful we have people like Lily who clear up the garbage we are fed by conventional un-wisdom.

By paying attention to my food, I’ve learnt a new appreciation for our beautiful farmers and the complex world of food production and security.

I also learnt to cook, which I think my husband liked (even though he’s the better cook in our house!!)

  1. I rarely if ever crave junk food.

I DO NOT enjoy the way junk makes me feel and it feels AMAZING to not eat it. If someone offers me food I “can’t” or don’t want to eat, I don’t feel like I am lacking anything, as I always have a stash of food I CAN eat.

It’s too easy to get stuck in what we DON’T or CAN’T have…

But we have plenty.

To have that access is a gift.

I hope someday to share that with more people.

  1. Eating the way I do makes me feel NOURISHED, STRONG and SATIATED with a happy, happy belly.

That doesn’t mean I miss out on luxurious foods whatsoever.

It means I might not be “normal” but I never want to be anyway. I am happy to be different and be on a path that rocks my socks off.

I eat what I know my body enjoys.

One of the best parts of life is EATING FOOD!!

‘Getting to’ and ‘being able to’ eat nourishing foods, is a pathway to feeling FREEDOM, FLOW, HAPPINESS, and CONNECTION. It’s exciting.

I am so grateful for people like Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio – Hornsby and Lily Nichols, who opened me to a fabulous world of food. Thank you from the bottom of my stomach!!

✨ “Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realise there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
– Lao Tzu ✨

Is it time you listened to your body and not the crowd?

Is it time you did a little more digging into the best way of eating for you?

Is it time to feel awesome about your body and your food!?

I am a Precision Nutrition coach but I am not a medical professional. What I write should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice. I recommend speaking with a trained nutritionist for more information.

Some good places to start:

Resources:

About the author:

Julie Freeman is a pocket rocket who hails from the Sydney’s Upper North Shore. She’s a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach & Group Exercise Instructor studying towards her Certificate IV in Fitness while learning from her husband Daniel, who runs Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio in Hornsby. It’s her mission to open space for more women to dive deeper into their fitness journeys and experience the courage within. When she’s not in the gym, you may find her outside hiking mountains or volunteer firefighting. Read more about Julie and Soulful Fitness at www.juliefreeman.com.au/about

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