First off, Happy New Year to all you incredible people! This is my first post in few months and I’m feeling extremely motivated and ready to get back on track with The Venti Blonde. I’ve been working on some exciting content, which I can’t wait to share with you once everything gets back up and running.
This post is fairly personal and probably going to confuse most people, but I wanted to bring you guys up to speed on what’s been going on and why I’ve been so MIA with The Venti Blonde.
Back in October, I wasn’t really feeling myself. As most of you know I turned to a plant based diet just over a year ago to improve my overall health and while that helped a lot, I still felt like something was off. I wanted to get to the bottom of it, so I joined a fit for fall challenge with a bunch of friends which motivated me to see a personal trainer. After a few assessments with an incredible trainer and also holistic nutritionist Jason Persaud (check him out on Instagram @coachjay.persaud), he basically said that my main focus should be figuring out what’s going on with me internally rather than teaching me workouts. I was a little reluctant because I simply wanted to “get fit”, but little did I know I probably wouldn’t have succeeded or gotten the results that I envisioned without fixing myself internally first.
So what am I talking about when I say “internally?” After multiple tests and meetings with Jason, he determined I have something called leaky gut and wanted me to get a food test done. Uh, what on earth is leaky gut? Leaky gut syndrome is actually pretty common in lots of people, however many they don’t know they have it. Although your mind goes to your digestive system when you hear the term leaky gut, it can actually affect your overall health in so many different ways (e.g. food allergies, candida overgrowth, SIBO, brain fog, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, autoimmune conditions and inability to lose weight…I was pretty much was struggling with a handful of these). When someone has leaky gut, your digestive tract’s barrier is damaged and holes start to develop which allows things like proteins, bad bacteria, and undigested food particles to leak into your bloodstream and cause an immune reaction. Hippocrates once said “all diseases begin in the gut” and now I truly believe this theory.
Crazy huh? Before I get too ahead of myself, some of the foods my body was intolerant to were coffee, lemons, avocado, peanuts, romaine lettuce, tomato, blueberries, and the list goes on. WHO KNEW! I personally think getting a food test done is so important for your health, because by cutting out the foods I was sensitive too, I noticed a huge difference in my overall health in just a few weeks. My skin improved, I wasn’t as puffy looking and my energy increased. The other part of my new diet included eliminating all sugars, starchy vegetables and grains (I just stick with quinoa and buckwheat), and any processed foods. At first it was extremely overwhelming since vegans usually eat a lot of starches, but once I got the hang of it, I loved every second of it because I felt so amazing. It’s important to note that once you heal your gut, you shouldn’t really have food sensitivities anymore (really looking forward to the day when I can eat some of these foods again).
Aside from changing my diet I started taking a bunch of supplements:
- L-glutamine (this amino acid is crucial when it comes to healing your gut, I throw it into my smoothie every morning and I love what it’s done for me).
- Flax seed oil (omega-3’s are key).
- A pharmaceutical grade, good quality multivitamin (I use Total Defense 2.0 by ATP Labs – my favourite supplement company).
- A fruit, vegetable and enzyme supplement.
- A fermented vegan protein powder with an enzyme, fruit and vegetable blend.
- Oil of oregano & black walnut hulls drops (great for killing Candida/fungal infections and boosting your immune system naturally).
- A vegan probiotic (repopulating the good bacteria in your gut is a MUST, especially if you’ve taken antibiotics as antibiotics will not only kill the bad bacteria, but the good bacteria as well. I understand that sometimes antibiotics are necessary, however they can really mess up your gut flora).
- Diatomaceous earth (I am obsessed with this stuff, it’s basically fossilized remains of small aquatic organisms called diatoms and it’s extremely good at detoxing your body and getting rid of parasites. Way better than charcoal in my opinion).
- I was also given a 60-day a parasite cleanse system which includes a herbal tea and supplements.
(Note: All of these vitamins an supplements were recommended for my specific needs. Although the above list is a pretty typical protocol for healing leaky gut and associated conditions, I cannot stress enough how important it is to see a health care professional first to discuss your concerns).
I take a few other things, but I’ll stop there for now. Of course, there’s the obvious drink lots of water, exercise, reduce stress, sleep well, reduce alcohol intake, etc.
As you can imagine this was a lot of information to take in and I had to make dramatic lifestyle changes which is why I put my blog on hold for a while. It’s been about three months and I feel like an entirely different person and I’m forever grateful for all of the support I’ve received. I was honestly struggling with these issues for years, and was unable to figure out the steps to take to eliminate them until now. I’m sharing my story with you in hopes that I can help other people who are dealing with similar health issues. You’d be surprised at how powerful your gut is when it comes to controlling your overall health, and in my opinion, it’s by far the most underrated organ in the body!
As most of you may have noticed, because of all of this, I’ve started posting and studying more about health and wellness in hopes that one day I’ll become a holistic nutritionist so I can help people. I can tell you right now, you will be seeing a lot more content about health and wellness in addition to my fashion and beauty posts.