I can barely keep my eyes open right now.
I got enough sleep last night, so I really shouldn’t be this tired.
Why am I so tired?
I sat at a table in huge conference room, listening to speaker after speaker tell inspiring stories, and share loads of helpful information on personal growth and business building. I was determined to soak it all in despite of the brain fog, despite of the fact that I was falling asleep, and that my stomach was bothering me and that I felt like…. crap. “Why am I feeling like crap?” I asked myself.
I started going over the reasons why I might be feeling so bad and then it dawned on me. I used to feel this way all of the time. I grew up feeling this way. Through my teens I would get brain fog so bad that it actually became an insecurity to me, due to the fact that I found it hard to follow conversations. I wasn’t what I would call energetic either. I thought I just wasn’t the type of person who could go all day and not be exhausted. I thought it was just who I was. At 18 I struggled with bouts of anxiety. Just getting through the day required me to take a nap. An eighteen-year-old, taking a nap just to get through the day? Nobody wants to live like that. Thankfully the anxiety lessened on it’s own over time, but it continued to be a struggle for me.
When my husband and I were dating he mentioned to me one day that I was always complaining about my stomach bothering me. He was right. It did bother me most of the time, but I hadn’t paid attention just how much it was effecting my life until he said something. It didn’t occur to me that this wasn’t normal. I always though that a person would always have some sort of ache or pain, or upset stomach, or brain fog or something. Nobody feels good all the time.
The first couple weeks of marriage was literally the worst as far as my health goes. I was having a lot of aches and pains, I was tired, sluggish, all the things. I had just started a job at a health food store and was learning a few things about supplements, minerals, nutrition etc. I always though of myself as a health minded person, but a lot of the problem was, I didn’t always live out the knowledge that I learned. Starting our family out with a foundation for health was important to Jake and I, and naturally the responsibility of buying and cooking healthy meals was falling on me. I started feeling it when I walked through the grocery store, I wondered at all the hormones that most be in the meat that I bought. Were we eating enough fruits and vegetables? Should I be buying organic? Was organic any better than anything else? Questions. Questions.
I eventually put two and two together and came to the conclusions that I should probably be taking a supplement. That started me on a quest to find the right one. I quickly decided that I didn’t want a synthetic-made-in-a-lab vitamin, but I wasn’t sure what my alternatives were. I continued to look until one day in chatting with my friend and neighbor, she excitedly told me about something that she found. I started looking into it. Juice Plus is over 30 different fruit, vegetable and berry powders dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the nutrients, in a capsule form. I was intrigued.
I was surprised to learn that the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables was actually 9-13. On a really good day I got maybe 5, but there was no way that I was consistently going to be getting in that amount, much less 9-13. It all started to make sense to me. No wonder I was always feeling so bad. If I wasn’t getting the amount of nutrition that my body needed to function, than of course I’m going to feel sluggish, have aches and pains, trouble concentrating, digestive issues etc. Although still somewhat skeptical, I decided to give Juice Plus a try.
I wasn’t looking for a dramatic change in my health. I actually wasn’t looking for any change. I just knew that my body needed more nutrition than what I was giving it. I just wanted something to round my diet out and this looked like an obvious answer. I took my Juice Plus consistently for 6 months, skipped three days accidentally when I forgot to pack it when going to a three day business coaching boot-camp, and was blown away by the changes that had been taking place in my health without me even realizing it. The changes had been so gradual that I honestly didn’t know that I was feeling so much better. It was enough to keep me taking it for the rest of my life!
It took me 6 months to realize what I had my hands on. It took me 6 months to see the gradual changes that had been taking place without me realizing it. It took me missing three days of taking my Juice Plus to see how much my body needed it. When I told my husband about my discovery he commented,
“I’ve been noticing that you have a lot more energy than you used to, and you hardly ever complain about your stomach bothering you anymore.”
For the first time in my life I know what healthy feels like. I know what having energy and being able to concentrate and going to the bathroom regularly feels like and that is exciting to me! The most exciting part to me, is that, now that I know what healthy feels like, I’m able to identify the things that don’t make me feel healthy. I’m able to cut those things out or limit them. I’m able to maintain that healthy feel, by listening to my body. What I’ve discovered is that all those times I tried going on a diet, or cutting this out or cutting that out, I didn’t get the results that I was looking for, because I never even knew what being healthy felt like! Now that I know, it’s changed everything!
It gives me peace of mind to know that I’m starting my family out on the right foot in our health. It gives me peace of mind to know that I’ve been fueling my body with the nutrients that it needs, so that when the time comes for me to carry my first child, I’ll know that I’m doing the very best for him or her. I’ll be taking Juice Plus as my prenatal as well as giving it to my children as soon as they are old enough through the Healthy Starts For Families Program, where you can it for free for your children!