I’ve been on my journey to optimal health for a little bit over 3 years now. Eating paleo made me feel much better at first, but I must admit I eat way too much paleo sweets and treats. I would always tell myself, “it’s okay, it’s paleo.” Now that I am studying nutritional therapy, I am finally coming around to accept that no, that really doesn’t make it okay. Once in a while, as a treat, yes that’s fine, but I have them on a daily basis. For the past several months I had been trying to figure out what went wrong and why I was suddenly gaining weight, feeling very irritable, nauseous, jittery, and drinking more coffee than usual (I also had to get my eyeglass prescription strengthened). I am now starting to suspect that low blood sugar may be the cause.
I have been cutting back on sweets and coffee (I don’t think I’ll ever give up coffee completely, I love it too much), and I am already starting to feel much better. I’m also doing a Whole30, starting tomorrow, so hopefully that will help me feel a lot better. It’s been pretty frustrating trying to heal myself naturally through the use of real food, exercise, and natural supplementation (like Fermented Cod Liver Oil) because of all the negativity I receive from all the skeptics around me. My friends and family don’t seem to understand that food is a powerful medicine and that what you eat matters. They tell me I’m crazy, that I think too deep into things, it’s all in my head, I’m too extreme, etc. However, I never let anyone’s negativity and objections stop me anymore (I did during my first year being paleo and watched my physical and mental health plummet very quickly as I started adding refined and processed foods back into my diet). I know that the path I chose is the right one and I’ll never let anyone bring me down again.
The journey to optimal health will likely be a life-long journey, and I am okay with that. I love learning about real food and discovering new products that are beneficial to health. I believe in the power of food as medicine and as a prevention to the diseases of modern society. For all of you who are having a hard time because the people around you don’t believe in the way you are eating, remember that you are doing it for yourself and not for them. Never let anyone tell you how to eat or how to live your life in anyway. It’s your life, take control and do what makes you happy/feel good.
That’s the end of my rant for today, now onto Paleo Salmon Teriyaki! I made this recipe using Coconut Secret Teriyaki Sauce, which you can find on my Products page. One thing I always loved was Chinese and Japanese food, but they’re a killer on my digestive system. I wanted to incorporate more salmon into my diet and make it in a different way than I normally do so I don’t get sick of it. I thought Salmon Teriyaki, that would be perfect! I served it alongside cauliflower fried “rice” and it was awesome!