Around 2012, I started feeling terrible all the time. I have always been a pretty active person and by then I was already an avid runner. But I was also working insane hours in the finance industry where I existed on little sleep and the takeout I ate at my desk every day for nearly every meal. I had gained weight, was exhausted, and got to a point where I intimately understood the cliche of being sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time.
I decided I needed a change. Because I was already exercising regularly, when New Year’s rolled around I resolved it was time to eat healthier.
I pored through the popular nutrition books of the day and religiously read sites like Well + Good. The trend at the time called for eating multiple smaller meals and cutting out carbs and dairy as much as possible. My diet was focused around eating loads of veggies and greens.
The changes made a huge difference. I went from being someone who had a hard time pulling herself out of bed every morning to waking up full of energy. My need for a daily two o’clock nap vanished, and my morning runs were easier and more enjoyable. I felt better, I was losing weight, and I thought I was the healthiest I had ever been. There was no reason to stop what I was doing.