Your Eating Habits Might Be Impacting Your Gut Health
YFood is fuel, food is celebratory, food is culture. We need food to survive. Everyone has positive and negative eating habits, but they are sometimes difficult to identify. Sometimes people make lifestyle changes that aren’t sustainable to offset bad habits. Although these restrictive diets may provide immediate gratification (i.e. weight loss, feeling less bloated, etc.) they aren’t sustainable in the long term.
Gut healing starts at the root cause – this includes eating habits. A great way to find the root cause of your gut issues is to keep a food journal. Updating a daily journey can unearth some bad habits that are cannibalizing your healing process. Here are some things that might be the reason for your gut issues.
Identify Food Triggers
The most common food triggers are gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and eggs. Identifying food triggers is an essential step toward healing the gut. Many people don’t even realize how awful they feel until the trigger foods are removed from the diet using an elimination diet.
Recognize Bad Habits
We all have bad eating habits, but they might not be what you think. Here are a few things you may identify when keeping a food journal.
- Eating too fast
- Eating while standing
- Eating in front of the TV or phone
- Binging at night
- Healthy meals but unhealthy snacks
- Skipping meals
- Always clearing your plate
- Ordering take out multiple times per week
- Not making a weekly menu
Habits are hard to break, but by better understanding these unhealthy habits can help accelerate the healing process.
Look For Trends
Do you often indulge in food even if you know it doesn’t make you feel great? Do you always grab candy or donuts in the break room? Is the daily pass in the drive-thru bad for your body and wallet?
After you start tracking your habits, you’ll likely identify a few that you didn’t know you had before. When you reach this phase, start to replace the behaviors with ones that won’t impact your gut.
If you have a sweet tooth, find more natural replacements that won’t make you feel uncomfortable. Just because everyone is eating pasta, doesn’t mean you have to eat pasta! Sides are usually the best part of every meal anyway ;)
Look For Trends
Making changes in your diet is a great start but it's likely not enough. Lifestyle factors like sleep, water intake, stress management, and movement care are also key factors to healing your gut. Tracking your behavior in each of these categories will help you better understand if your issues aren’t just food-related.
The societal pressure to eat and eat and eat is something we all have to deal with. Be sure to surround yourself with a supportive community committed to helping you heal. You are not alone.
Now you know what could be the problem, but how do you track all of this information? Our Healthy Habits Journal is designed to help your track symptoms and see results – in just 21 days. Happy healing!