Did you ever have one of those days where you just didn’t feel right? Your stomach was tight, queasy, or you felt a lot of pain? A lot of times problems in this area can be directed at one culprit: poop- or the lack their of.
Poop is created by what you eat. Therefore, if you don’t eat right it will definitely come back to haunt you. Even the “right” things will haunt you if they’re no goood for your diet. Yes, you probably know that you’re lactose intolerant and still have that occasional cheese or suffer slightly from acid reflux, but you can’t let go of “Spaghetti Thursdays”. (I can’t just be preaching to myself people!)
Those things that are bad for us, we have to let go! Now maybe you don’t have any of the above issues. Maybe your problem is that you have too much salt in your diet. Did you know that salt is used as a preservative because it dries things out? So what do you think it’s doing to your insides?? Or maybe your system can’t handle gluten and you’re plagued with epic stomach pains and weight loss. You probably have a sense that something is off, but scared to address it.
May I recommend a food journal? You don’t have to go out and buy a fancy book or invest in some crazy new lifestyle. Get whatever paper you have: lined, a marble notebook, scrap paper, etc. The goal of a food journal is to keep track of exactly what you are putting into your body and how it effects you.
A few things you want to include in your journal:
- Date. Building a timeline helps to pinpoint what certain foods are doing to you.
- Meals. What exactly did you eat or drink? (Down to the condiments you added.)
- Tummy. Note how your body reacts to what you ate.
In the past, I diligently wrote in a food journal to determine my own issues. I’ve discovered that I have a sensitive stomach and I don’t do well with the “normal” food that most people eat. I must stay away from all things dairy, limit fried and spicy foods, and I can only deal with fruits and beef in moderation. My go to foods are poultry, fish, green vegetables, and baked foods. Oh, let’s not forget beverages! I can say yes to water and coffee, but I definitely have to watch soda/juice intake.
It may also help to track where you are purchasing your food. I’ve been trying to have the family eat things with less ingredients (think Aldi) and few/no preservatives (think Trader Joe’s). This, this right here…my gut feels like I’ve been born again!
So take baby steps towards tracking and possibly changing your diet. You know what they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. So why would you expect your poop to change overnight (or in a few days)?