- I have more energy. None of the energy slumps I experience on the days I eat poorly. I find that I am more productive in the late afternoon/early evening, which is a good thing since I usually feel like I'm about to tank toward the end of the day.
- I feel less bloated and achy. Too much sugar and salt make my hands, feet, and abdomen feel swollen, and probably causes inflammation throughout my body, which I suspect is what makes me feel especially achy at times. By eating healthier these last few days, I feel far less bloated and achy. My stomach is flatter and I don't feel that awful swelling in my hands and feet.
- I am sleeping much better. When I'm not focused on eating healthy, I tend to especially overindulge in the evenings, which often leaves me hyped up on sugar and chocolate. When this happens, I cannot fall asleep until late at night, which makes me super fatigued the next day, hence chasing more sugar for energy, resulting in late and short nights. After a few days of eating healthier, I have eased into a better sleep schedule with little effort (no sugar/chocolate keeping me awake) and I sleep better once I'm out.
- I am experiencing a positive ripple effect in my self-care. I am finding that when I make better choices in one area of my life, I tend to make better choices in others. I am meditating regularly now. I have returned to taking walks with my son after we get home from school and work. And I find myself pausing now when I feel stressed to take a few relaxed breaths rather than reaching for a cookie.
|One thing that helps me to press on when it comes to walking and jogging is to keep my running shoes out where I can see them when I roll out of bed in the mornings.|