Ready to uplevel your health for 2021?
Posted on December 21 2020
I think it’s probably safe to say that few of us will be sorry to bid farewell to 2020. So, how do you feel about taking positive action by embracing 2021 on a much healthier footing? It makes a lot of sense to me.
Now, more than ever, people are taking their health more seriously.
2020 delivered a bumper training module outlining the importance of robust immune function. It pinpointed the necessity of increasing nutrient stores such as Vitamins C and D, as well as zinc. We also learned that those of us with underlying conditions are more likely to be hit harder with the coronavirus and its potential lingering symptoms. But the question is, how many of us truly know whether we have any underlying conditions that we should be concerned about? Aren’t we really just taking a gamble on how our immune systems are going to cope should infection come our way?
One thing is certain though, the better we treat our bodies (and, don’t worry, it’s never too late to start), the more solid our overall health will be. Gut health is fundamental to optimal wellness by the way, since 70% of our immune system resides there. So there’s no better way to start than by looking at what we eat. It doesn’t matter whether you think “out with the old, in with the new”, you’re setting a New Year’s resolution, or reeling from over indulgence during the holidays. January 1st offers all the right reasons to pare down to basics, clear out the junk and kickstart our wellness.
An elimination diet is about gifting our body a full reset. It takes 21 days to form new habits, but it’s after 30 days that those habits are not only cemented, but lifelong changes are in place. Elimination diets lend an opportunity for us to work out our food sensitivities, perhaps as we take foods out, but certainly when we bring them back in. I’ve seen it happen time and again in my practice and, although the answer is not always welcome, reframing the news as gratitude for the knowledge is powerful because it enables us to move on and level up our health. As a result our gut health and immune system become stronger.
What to expect after completing an elimination diet
By the time you’ve completed an elimination diet, you can expect to experience better digestion and improved energy, as well as balanced blood sugar resulting in crushed food cravings and deeper sleep. Clearer skin, brighter eyes and clothes that fit better are also happy add-ons to these dietary changes. Participants commonly experience such positive results that they realize how lackluster their life was before.
Order Paleo and AIP Meals to Save Time and Stress
If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of organizing your future meals, or want time off without railroading your healing, the Paleo and AIP communities are lucky to have another resource to hand. POTG have a broad selection of healthy, ready frozen meals that combine the two diets. Having this option is not only a delicious safety net for travelling, it bridges the gap if you’re busy or not feeling great. It’s also welcome if you need help easing into a routine, or could do with a break from cooking. And who doesn’t want that?
Kate Jay is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, AIP Certified Coach and author of The Autoimmune Protocol Reintroduction Cookbook which is due for release in April 2021. Connect with Kate at www.healingfamilyeats.com and on Instagram @healing_family_eats