As we have embarked on week one and two of P.O.W.E.R.’s Clean Eating Challenge, Janine and I have heard many rumblings of concern. Tummy rumblings that is. We are hoping this is not because you are hungry–as this challenge encourages you to eat 5-6 times a day! They are actually rumblings of discomfort.
This is because your body is likely going through a detox of sorts! You may feel bloated, have extra gas, diarrhea, nausea, cramping, and many other intestinal responses. It can even feel like you have the flu. This is normal. I know you are thinking, “I am eating healthier, shouldn’t I be feeling lighter and better than ever before?” Slow down sister. It takes a while for your body to move through the OLD stuff before it can process the NEW. Fiber sweeps through your system like a broom. Simply speaking, the extra fiber (a.k.a. fruits, veggies, beans and nuts) are all doing their jobs to eliminate toxins and remnants of processed foods and other chemicals in your body…and those things may have been hanging out in your intestines for years! The response can be uncomfortable and annoying. Truly when you make this shift it can feel like you are “detoxing” for a few days up to a few weeks.
The general consensus as you move through this adjustment period is to…
DRINK LOTS OF WATER…this helps to flush out the toxins and aids with digestion.
CHEW YOUR FOOD…this takes away from your body having to do the extra work.
EXERCISE…good news! You are in the right place! This moves things through your system literally.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES…can also be a helpful addition to your meal if you continue to have difficulty…but research and find one that is right for you…and give the first 3 a shot first!
If you are having tummy troubles…hang in there…it is normal. You should be feeling better and reaping the benefits of a healthier, stronger YOU very soon!
P.O.W.E.R. on and P.O.W.E.R. through!