Every year for Mother’s Day I tell my husband that I don’t care what we do but I don’t want to cook or clean up (we have a good arrangement that whoever cooks, the other cleans).
So Sunday night we decided to keep it simple. After going to see a movie, we picked up an organic rotisserie chicken. My husband made a salad and my son made some grain free brownies. However, I just couldn’t help myself and wound up in the kitchen whipping up some extra veggies. As you may know, Jane and I are veggie nuts and I knew we had some zucchini and collards that needed to be used up soon so I did a quick veggie saute.
And there I was in the kitchen cooking!
But in all honesty, the truth is I realized I don’t really mind the cooking – especially when I feel that I don’t have to. That’s because not only has it become woven into the fabric of who I am and what I do, I also know that when I make the effort to eat nourishing foods, the side effect is that my body thanks me by keeping me (and my family) healthy.
Now normally when we think about side effects, it relates to something negative. Like how the side effect of taking certain medications or eating a poor quality diet can result in things like headaches, joint pain, brain fog, digestive upset, sleeplessness, and the like.
But there’s a flip side!
What about the positive side effects that come from taking CARE of your body? Not only have Jane and I seen this with ourselves, but we hear it from clients every day who get to experience the wonderful side effects of following a healthy eating plan.
That’s right. We see weight loss efforts improving reflux and joint pain. Dietary changes to reduce blood sugars also stabilize hormones, thyroid fluctuations and mood swings. Our headache protocol has helped clients improve their energy levels and sleep.
And so on . . .
These are the kind of side effects we love to hear about!
The reason this happens is a combination of factors:
1. When you start treating the body as a whole, you realize that all the systems of the body work together and are intimately connected. Yep, digestion, the immune system, metabolism – all work together.
2. Snowball Behavior – this is when you start one positive behavior and find that it is easier to layer more positive behaviors. So for instance, when you decide include more vegetables in your diet, you suddenly feel more encouraged to cut back on your sugar intake, or exercise more.
We would love to hear from you! What “side effects” have you noticed as a result of healthy eating habits?