I love to toil in the soil, build a killer garden that feeds my family and enjoy the fruits of that labor as much as possible. But when it comes to all-around nutrient packing, there is nothing like a quality meal replacement regimen to optimize your health. Keeping the body charged and filled with a foundation of complete nutrition is essential to living the good life. Always live your best life.
The SAD Diet
I remember taking a meal replacement back when I was a late teenager. Since I was working out all of the time, it was a no brainer. It wasn’t that good tasting and I still ate like a teen anyway. I wasn’t skipping any essential meals or snacks for that matter. My body absolutely burned through food but there was a reason for that beyond my activity level and metabolism. When the body is in distress, it will burn through the fuel you give it more quickly. I was suffering from chronic inflammation and dietary issues that hadn’t truly come to light yet. When I slept, my body would increase temperature to the degree that my girlfriend called me a heated blanket. You could physically feel the heat dissipating from my body. This was a symptom of the war my digestive system was waging against the wrong things I was feeding it. Roughly a decade later, the compounding issues of my Standard American Diet (SAD) started to really weigh on me. Fatigue so strong I’d be close to passing out on the way home from work. Muscle twitches, brain fog, acne and a pain in my stomach that was constant and pretty unbearable. I got tested for multiple issues and results always came back negative.
Until one of my benign issues, flushing and loss of feeling in my fingers came back with a result and gave me a clue to what was going on. Raynaud’s Syndrome, an Autoimmune Disorder. Having an autoimmune disorder means that your immune system is overcharged by some environmental trigger that causes cells that normally fight disease to fight healthy cells as an invading enemy. Most frequent this results in a runaway inflammatory reaction. Mine wasn’t as devastating of a diagnosis that some autoimmune disorders are. The thing about autoimmune disorders is that they most often come pairs. I am going to revisit these disorders in a future post but all of my symptoms were alleviated through a simple lifestyle pivot, diet. Honing in on exactly what my body needed and what triggered negative reactions took time and experimentation. But in the bigger picture, my digestion was compromised and needed support. That’s where I focused my efforts so that I could begin to heal and reverse any of the long term damage that resulted from bad eating habits. One of those major supporting factors has been meal replacement.
Nutrient Packed Alternative
Ka’chava is my go to supplement. Balanced nutrition and a superb flavor that doesn’t turn you away from smoothie making. Plant based protein that actually keeps you satiated. I utilize this product as the first meal after breaking an intermittent fast or to curb a late evening sweets craving. Our youngest son isn’t much of an eater. He’s on the low end of the growth curve and had issues with his core motor functions as an infant. I’ve always recognized that his nutrition intake was never what it should have been and a likely cause for his delays. He’s nearly 3 now and full of unstoppable energy. He also gained more of an appetite after I started incorporating Ka’chava into his meals. The days his appetite still isn’t all there, I know I can lean on this meal replacer because, at the end of the day, it gives his body everything it needs. This particular brand isn’t an absolute necessity. There might be something that is much more appealing to you in terms of taste or nutrient support. Lifestyle diet changes take experimentation because you don’t want to waste efforts on something that provides little benefit to achieving your goals.
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
What time in the day to replace a meal is dependent on preference. I most frequently replace breakfast or lunch with Ka'chava in order to power through the day. Adding this supplement as the intro meal after an intermittent fast ensures you pack in quality vitamins and minerals to jump start the body. That first meal really has weight because after breaking a long period of digestive rest, the body will quickly process all bioavailable minerals quickly to support all functions. When I know there is a full day of focused work ahead, I will often eat breakfast and take a meal replacement as a late lunch in order to remain in a state of flow with minimal distractions. Dinner is usually left alone, quite simply because I enjoy it as well as it being a time to congregate with my family. But, I will enjoy a late snack meal replacement to curb any cravings. If you are going to cave to an insatiable sweet tooth, might as well be a healthy alternative. Regardless of your preferred meal to substitute, having a good supporting lifestyle is always beneficial. A diet full of whole fruits and veggies goes a long way in achieving optimal health. At Squarefoot Gardens the mission has always been two fold. Provide for others and find fulfillment in the process. Its time to connect with food on a whole new level. Eat Good & Live Healthy