Mar 22 2017

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There’s No Denying it: What I Eat Matters

eat mattersThere’s No Denying it: What I Eat Matters

A number of years ago, I read The Plan* (read my review here) and completed the 20-day challenge. I did it for one reason: I wanted to see if my itchy skin would improve. As I followed The Plan, my skin improved, and, as a bonus, I lost weight. There’s no way I can deny the results: What I eat matters.

But I want to live in fantasy land

Most days, I want to live like what I eat doesn’t matter. Why? Because eating healthy (or any form of healthier living) takes effort. I want to say yes to junk and eat only my favorite foods. I like vegetables, but I love ice cream and chocolate…and anything with lots of sugar, more.

When I gain weight or feel yucky, it reminds of how I don’t live in a fantasy. I live in a real world where clothes don’t fit quite right (or not at all), tummies ache, and skin gets itchy. Those wake-up calls tell me why working toward eating healthier is important.

Everyone has a limit

I have a magic number on the scale that keeps me “good” when it comes to healthy eating. That number doesn’t mean anything to anyone else but me. When I get close to that number, I become more serious about what I eat and how much I exercise.

When my skin bothers me, I’m reminded of how I didn’t have a problem with my skin—at all—when I was on The Plan. Once the problem gets bad enough, I feel ready to make a change.

Everyone has a limit. Everyone, once the problem gets bad enough, will make changes.

What’s your limit? Are you ready to make a change?

Maybe a health problem is your little secret. You have tummy issues or are facing food allergies for someone in your family. Gut health impacts so much of life. Energy levels. Mental focus. An overall sense of well being—they’re all affected by what’s happening in your gut.

Get some answers

If you’re at your limit and want to make some changes, the first step is to get some answers to the questions you have about your gut health and what you can do about it.

Kombucha, Bone broth, Lacto-Fermentation, oh my!

If you’re new to learning about gut health, kombucha might sound like a voodoo word. Bone broth sounds like something your great-grandmother made but never told you how—or why—to make it. And lacto-fermentation sounds like an illness. Instead, these all have to do with improving gut health.

You don’t have to do it all

I fall into the “do it all trap” and get frazzled. If you’re interested in helping you and your family move toward health, be kind to yourself and take one step at a time. There’s no need to apply everything all at once. The first step is doing your research. The next step is read, watch videos, and take e-courses in your time. As you learn, consult with your healthcare provider before making dietary changes. Grow in your knowledge and apply what is helpful and, your gut will thank you.

15 Days to a Healthier You

If you’re looking for some help with prioritizing your health, I highly recommend checking out Crystal Paine’s new course, 15 Days to a Healthier You (affiliate link).


In this course, Crystal shares all of her proven strategies that have helped her rebuild her own health. She put in the work of making changes in her self-care and saw results she never thought possible.

And because these changes made such an enormous impact on her personal life, she decided to compile all of her tips and strategies into a full-length 15-day course to help those of us who want to overhaul our health. No need to live in fantasy land.

Note: This page contains affiliate links*. If you choose to purchase products mentioned on this page, I do benefit–at no extra charge to you. My intention is to bring to your attention products I recommend.




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  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    I so get this. My pancreas has stopped processing fat, so I had to change to an extreme low-fat diet, and it’s done wonders for some of the symptoms.

    It’s not necessarily delicious – a staple is rice with brewer’s yeast powder, a decent amount of needed protein, and no fat…and a tad bitter. But it sure beats the alternative!

    1. Cheryl

      Yes, it is better than the alternative. How did you know your pancreas wasn’t producing fat? What were your symptoms?

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