We toyed with posting before and after pictures and discussing our personal experience. We went back and fourth with the idea. It's not exactly fun to post photos of the time you felt the worst about yourself. Its also not fun looking back and remembering the stress you were under during that time. But ultimately, we hope that it will encourage others to make the necessary changes toward better health!
We totally understand how difficult it can be to eat healthy and take care of yourself during difficult times, or even during fun times! "More of everything!" Sometimes during difficult times we overindulge as a way of dealing with stress, and sometimes during good times we overindulge as celebration. Either way, all roads lead to the same place; weight gain and health loss. Once you've gone to this place, it can be difficult to get out. For us, we decided it was enough. We didn't feel well overall. We were exhausted. We complained of how we felt after every meal. And were really unhappy with the way we looked.
We decided enough was enough and that it was time to start applying the things we knew. So we put our health first and focused on 3 primary things.
- Balancing our Blood Sugar
- Balancing our Hormones
- Improving our Gut Health
We each took the DUTCH test to get a baseline of our hormones. We ran labs for nutritional deficiencies and overall health. Dr. Krystal was also tested for Intestinal Permeability, Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity, as well as Gluten Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screens through Cyrex Labs. Our health became our primary focus.
In order to properly balance our blood sugar, we cut out sugar in all it's forms. This ensured we were not spiking and dipping leading to surges of insulin and fat storage. In order to balance our hormones, we incorporated more healthy fat sources into all of our meals. Fat is the precursor to your steroid hormones. Without adequate amounts of healthy fats, hormones suffer. Cutting out sugar also helped with this. Incorporating more of these fats into our diet slows the absorption of food into your blood leading to better blood sugar balance. In order to improve our gut health, we added lots of fiber to our diet. That means we loaded up on veggies! Fiber is what feeds your gut microbiota. Blood sugar balance, hormone balance and gut health are all interconnected. Your health is the sum of the whole, not just one part.
As our health began to improve, our weight began to naturally shed. As we gained more energy, our exercise began to increase which actually gave us even more energy. Gaining health spills over into so many other areas of your life. We no longer look at food as "cheating". It either feeds the good, or feeds the bad. Its very simple. We don't focus on weight. We continue to focus on health. The best part...it stayed off. Its sustainable. Its not a "fad diet." Its a lifestyle.
Our weight gain was simply the product of "not doing." You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you aren't applying it, it doesn't even matter. Our results are finally living what we always knew.