When I was growing up, I hardly ever ate salt. Sure, sometimes I would eat chips but my parents never used salt while cooking food and most of my meals were in fact, home cooked (too bad I didn’t appreciate it then!) My parents grew up using salt in their meals, but then all these crazy studies came out saying that salt was pretty much terrible for you as it could contribute to high blood pressure and hypertension and so table salt disappeared from the house.
Today’s topic is a pretty exciting one because it was actually a reader request! The request was for a post about my thoughts on protein powders, and I’m hopeful this will resonate with quite a few readers!
Like most things in the wellness world, the discussion around protein powders is not black and white. I think there are a few factors at play here, with the most important one being the quality of the protein powder.
It’s now been over a month since I finished my first Whole30 and as I reflect on it I realize that I am extremely lucky to have my wife Alli not only for the constant joy and happiness she brings into my life on a daily basis, but also the way she has changed my food habits since we started our lives together 8 years ago. Prior to living with her, Mac and Cheese and hot dogs was a staple meal. Take out was a 2-3x a week occurrence, fish was for sport, not for eats, and vegetables were optional, not required. When we moved in together, change was gradual but consistent, and I found my tastes and my openness to new foods had expanded rapidly with the help of Alli’s cooking. I began to trust her opinion on trying new foods, eating a certain way, and thinking about food differently. She even helped turn my severe acid reflux problem into a non-issue, which was a pivotal turning point for me.
I gave up coffee in September of 2016. It was a slow transition and one that I was extremely skeptical of. I knew I was suffering with some adrenal fatigue and blood sugar issues though and coffee doesn’t help those situations. You see, when you use coffee to pick you up, your body has to pour out cortisol in response to the caffeine, which in turn stimulates a blood sugar increase. Too much cortisol leaves to a whole host of problems including fatigue, weight gain, hormonal issues, anxiety, etc. I’m not saying that everyone needs to go give up coffee right now, but if you are dealing with any of the above issues you might want to experiment for a couple of weeks and then try that beloved cup of coffee and see how you feel.
Although I finished the Whole30 a few weeks ago, most of my meals look the same with the addition of some white rice, occasional raw dairy and some dark chocolate now and again. Although as a disclaimer, when I go on vacation I am much more liberal with my diet (and I think that’s fine for most people!) Halfway through March, I went skiing in Utah with my Dad and Erik and while we always enjoyed a healthy breakfast, I definitely indulged in some delicious meals at restaurants and also purposefully “glutened” myself for some of the best cookies I ever had. Anyway, my point is that while doing a challenge is great and there are many benefits I experienced, and am happy to continue experiencing, it’s also nice to be able to bring some balance into my life with some wine and desserts when I want them.