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Healthy Living Challenge: Day 15 – Listen to your body

No, my friends, I am not going all weird on you here, I am just saying many times our bodies will tell us what they need in the form of cravings.

Ahem, nice try, justifying to yourself that muffin or chocolate bar tonight but no, I am not talking about cravings for sweets and wheat.

I actually believe people like William MD Davis, the author of The Wheat Belly who proved scientifically  and through thorough research that wheat is addictive.  I believe that once you come off wheat completely for a good two weeks, as I have done, your body starts “speaking” to you again, communicating its real needs.

This week I felt run down due to lady pains and discomforts(oh, yeah, I really did it, I’ve talked about two of the most embarrassing and personal things a human being can talk about in two subsequent posts!!) By Wednesday my body was quite depleted of energy and I was…full of cravings. I actually made some of my Facebook friends suspicious when I announced I had given in to my body requests to have anchovies, rye bread and barley coffee as my mid-morning snack.

I did a bit of research the same morning and found out that, according to Livestrong.com, anchovies “contain among the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids of any food. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and lessen menstrual pain.” Aha!!

Encouraged by my findings, I went on and checked the barley coffee and its benefits and found out that “nutrient-rich barley supplies our body with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and amino acids for general good health and well-being.”

My body knew exactly what it needed in order to reduce the pain and get a healthy boost!! Amazing, isn’t it? I can assure you I wouldn’t have resorted to these remedies had I been eating the way I used to eat a few weeks ago. It would have probably been coffee and pancakes, the worst sort of things to put in your body when it is trying to restore itself.

Well, this is day 15 of my healthy living challenge, there are only 25 days left and I am excited about this journey and the things I have learned so far!


My anchovy and rocket salad

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