I made a little experiment with myself. I ate meat!
I had some minced meat in the freezer from before I turned pescetarian and as I hate waste, I thought I could use it to test my body. I wanted to see how it would feel to digest meat again. Is it really the meat that made the difference?
I had yummy lasagna and even though I really enjoyed eating it, my stomach was turning to try to digest it. I felt tired and heavy. My stomach was in pain. Not crazy pain, but enough pain to make it uncomfortable.
It didn’t last very long. So it might not have been something I would have noticed before. But since I hadn’t had meat for a while, I could really feel the difference.
Just to be sure, I had the leftovers two days later with the same result!
I want you to know that I am not, under any circumstances telling you to not eat meat or dairy! Please understand that. What I am challenging you to do is to listen to you body!
Next time you have lunch (breakfast or dinner, doesn’t matter), try to pause, and really feel how your body is feeling.
Are you in pain anywhere? Do you feel heavy? Do you feel gassy? Do you feel tired?
Then try to think about what you ate. Did you eat too much? Did you eat something that may be bad for you?
All I want you to do, is to think about it! Or try an elimination diet.
The only way you can really test your body for intolerances is trial and error. If you have a suspicion that you cannot tolerate dairy (the most common), then try to eliminate it from your diet for 21 days. Then try to incorporate it again and see how you feel. If there is no difference, then it probably wasn’t that. All you can do is to try something else.
If you want more information about elimination diets or need help with your diet or health in general, then don’t hesitate to reach out to me. The initial consultation doesn’t cost you a thing!
Take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle and get in touch. It is after all important how we nourish our bodies.