Anyway, none of this was problem until I starting feeling bad. Among various symptoms the most obvious were exhaustion, weight gain, soreness everywhere and a reoccurring flu. Being a personal training and group exercise instructor I brushed the soreness off as part of the job and the tired was a no-brainer... I was working split shifts, getting up at 4:30am and going to bed at 10pm for days on end while exercising 4-6hrs a day. The other stuff I just assumed came with the physical stress of sleep deprivation and over training. To combat my exhaustion I changed my work schedule, I got more sleep and went to the doctors. They sent me for blood work and to my and their surprise I had several imbalances. My Thyroid function was low; which maybe attributed to eating to many cruciferous vegetables, learn more here. My red blood cell count was low which may indicate Anemia caused by low Iron. Anemia may explain the fatigue and muscle soreness and could be caused by not enough Iron consumption or too much Phytic Acid blocking absorption of Iron. Of course my Doctor's did not mention how food plays role in our overall health, but once I saw my blood work and starting doing more research I quickly let my doctor know that I would be changing my diet and would like to be retested in a couple months to see if my numbers improve before I take any prescriptions.
The bottom line is don't eat the exact same thing every day, even if you stick the same diet most of the time make sure you enjoy a "cheat meal" or "cheat day" every now and then, your body may thank you for it! I'm now trying this thing called "eating what sounds good," I'm trying to listen to my body needs as I instruct my clients to do. I've never eaten like this, I normally find a couple foods I really like and eat them everyday until I find a couple more things I like more. Along with my new diet adventure I starting taking a handful of vitamins made by Advocare, which I'm finding very beneficial.
I'm sharing my story is reinforce our bodies need for nutrients from a variety of whole foods, not just a handful of items and to draw attention to your children's diets too. Are they getting a variety of carbohydrate, protein, and fat sources? Click here for ideas on how to incorporate veggies in to your kids diet.
Happy Healthy Eating!!