For 1 week to the day, I’ve been leading an awesome group challenge in everything from health in our bodies, minds, and relationships to finances and time management.
Our very first day of homework was to come up with 1 goal we wanted to accomplish by the end of the 30 days of April.
For me, my goal was that I wanted to be eating 80% raw foods by April 30th.
I decided I wanted to focus on getting back into raw foods more because I’ve eaten that way before and it’s the best I’ve ever felt!! I could focus, required less sleep, had brighter eyes and teeth, and much more. My system was happy. I was happy.
So, I started working on my goal the day I began the challenge because, after all, I am leading it and knew which step was coming first! (duh! Why not take advantage of the time?)
I am already eating about 70-80% raw most days and have noticed a difference in just a few, short, 7 days.
You may not think it’s much, however, if you’ve lived with my symptoms and then been freed of them, it’s a big deal!
Have you ever heard of brain fog? Maybe you haven’t, but I’m guessing you’ll know what it is when I describe it.
- It’s having a conversation with someone 5 minutes ago and you can’t quite remember what it was about.
- It’s knowing you know how to get somewhere, but it takes you 3 minutes to just sit in your car, waiting for the inspiration to come before you pull out of your driveway.
- It’s entering a room and not remembering why you went in there.
- It’s knowing you have something important to do today, you just don’t remember what it is.
- It’s feeling like you have to dust off the filing cabinets in your brain and start rummaging just to figure out how to make your mom’s famous lasagna recipe that you’ve cooked dozens of times and used to know how to make without the recipe.
- It’s phone numbers seemingly dropping out of your head.
- It’s not remembering the names of people you just met.
- It’s knowing your brain used to process faster and it feels like it’s chugging along just to keep up.
That’s the one that bothered me the most. The chugging. Knowing I have a fast-processing brain (most people close to me say my brain is working constantly!), and feeling like it’s working through sludge just to recall things I should know how to do in my sleep.
Brain fog is not fun. It’s scary, actually. Most people resolve that it’s because of age. I disagree. I believe it’s because of our diets and not taking care of our brains.
Between the information I’ve learned about the power of the foods we eat and the research I’ve done on brain health and neurotransmitters, I very much disagree.
If someone in their 20′s or even 30′s is experiencing the symptoms I listed above (or possibly even 60′s), there is no way that’s age related.
We need to stop looking at our symptoms like they are age-related or that they “just happen as you get older.”
After just one week of eating more fresh, raw, organic foods, my brain fog is lifting. I can tell my brain is processing at a much faster rate than it has in a LONG time. (Did you know that we can recognize if our brain speed has slowed down by just 7 milliseconds?) I can recall things faster. I can pick up projects where I left off and jump right back in instead of having to review half of the project first.
The other cool thing that’s happened is that I actually felt like taking the kids out the other day. Not just out, but to the store, to the playground, and even have a picnic.
When I would have to go out before, I would force myself to do it. Because I’m happy being at home, too, I thought it was just my personality making me push through an “I don’t wanna” attitude. So, we’d go out and do things, but I would have to force myself to load everyone in the van and even force a smile on my face.
Don’t assume your personality is altering your behavior! Check out anything odd and realize it’s a symptom of something greater.
Saturday, I took the kids out, and we had a blast. We ate a picnic at the playground and even stopped at the store for a special dessert treat! It was something I wanted to do, not something I felt forced into. And there is a big difference.
If you take nothing else away from this, take these 2 things:
1) Your life can be improved dramatically by simple, small positive actions over a few steady days
2) Don’t assume your symptoms are connected to your age – look deeper – what’s the foundation of what you are feeding and fueling your body with? Does it bring life?
I’m so thankful for this challenge group and us holding each other accountable to make positive changes in just a few short days. It really is incredible!
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Jessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!