It happens with every diet, even a clean diet with little to no processed foods. You get busy, don’t plan your meals and next thing you know you’re dragging your ass, getting headaches and cravings for pizza… This happened a number of times before I clued in my body was trying to get my attention.
So what to do? Here are a few things that work for me.
Reflecting back on my eating habits over the past 48 hours. If I didn’t get to my regular smoothie, that’s where I start. More often than not it’s the answer, especially if my head is aching. The aliments seem to dissipate the moment I pull those greens out of the fridge (it’s kind of magic).
If I have been eating well, but still feeling crappy I have a really green juice, I find sugary fruits don’t help me in these times so green it is. By removing the fiber you’re giving your system a shot of dense, concentrated nutrients to do with as it wills.
In the case of lethargy, especailly the type that seems to stick around for a few days I resort to a protein source like Sunwarrior‘s Raw Vegan rice protein. And while the jury is still out on protein, how much we need and where to get it, a few days of upping my intake by a scoop or two really does get me running.
If you can’t seem to kick that crappy feeling go see a naturopath, they’ll do blood work, review your diet and lifestyle and help you figure out what’s needed.
Eating is so personal, so you need to take the time to learn what makes you feel good and what doesn’t. And you know, like Hippocrates said, way back before Jesus was around “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”.