What's Your Story?
Now we are going to get very personal. I would like to share my own story and why I became so passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. We all have our own story to tell, right?
I was born via C-section. As research shows there is a huge difference between vaginal and caesarean delivery and children born by C-sections are at increased risk for allergic diseases. Also, many infants born by caesarean delivery lack the early support of breast milk as a stimulate for a good intestinal flora as onset of lactation with caesarean section is delayed. As a child I took some rounds of antibiotics. Fast forward to my puberty and my early twenties when I was constantly bloated. Nobody ever made the link with nutrition as they don't teach about nutrition at medical school and my both parents are conventional medical doctors.
The delivery of my first child was very dramatic and I had baby blues at the hospital and another round of antibiotics for bad healing wound after episiotomy. Fast forward to my second and third delivery (a birth center birth and a home birth). Kids were doing great but I was very tired, had seasonal affective disorder and digestive issues. I also got every cold that was going around, having at least two other rounds of antibiotics.
My third baby was two months old when I enrolled to online weight loss summit. One speaker mentioned Paleo nutrition and I was hooked. History was my main subject at the university and I was very into everything 'old'. So I gave it a shot. I quit gluten, dairy, legumes and after few months all my symptoms disappeared! I had so much energy I could easily take care of three kids and then go for a run in the evening! I never went back to eating wheat though I occasionally eat Einkorn (ancient form of wheat), I support fermented dairy (kefir) and I eat tons of vegetables. I personally believe in personalized nutrition and recognize that every human is unique and thus should follow a diet which suits him and him alone. Paleo, vegetarian, pegan, keto or vegan, all diets should be based on eating plenty of organic, seasonal and if possible local vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds. If you add meat or dairy, they should always me sustainably raised, grass fed and nitrate free.
Why am I sharing all this? I want you to know that even if you are feeling tired and depressed there are simple lifestyle changes that can make you feel great! And remember, health starts in your own kitchen.