I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work. What are adaptogens? They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance. Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally. They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.
I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives). With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible. I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness. It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule. Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.
Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were. I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits. Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!
Your diet plays a major role in your overall well being, not just your level of physical fitness. For one, when we like the way we look and feel more confident it elevates our mood. Additionally, the vitamins and nutrients we take in through food (or not) can have a major impact on focus, headaches, and even our ability to manage stress. To be your best self and get the most from life, take a look at what’s on your plate. You can read more in this Eat This, Not That! article, 8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health.
So I’ve made it through 21 days of “clean” Paleo-ish Crossfit-eating! Yay! I’ve lost 13 lbs since my weigh-in on day 1. I also measure about 2 inches less around my waist and 2 inches around my buttocks. I feel great and I’m so glad I did it.
I had a few cheat meals and definitely noticed the change in water weight when carbs are cut or added back. Read about why this happens here: Understanding Body Weight and Glycogen Depletion. Although a good portion of initial weight loss is from water stored with glycogen, continuing on a healthy life path will lead to fat loss and muscle gain with time and dedication.
But the bottom line is: if you’re on the fence about making healthy changes, it’s sooo worth it!