In 2013 my stomach was at its all-time worst. Without going overboard with TMI, I was bloated all the time and couldn't go to the bathroom—you get the idea. On top of that, I lacked energy, my skin was horrible, and the list goes on. I was self-conscious, didn't want to leave the house most days because I felt so sick, and just knew something had to change. I was working out regularly at that point and not eating as badly as I had in the past, so I was at a loss in terms of what could be going on.
I had stumbled upon information about inflammation, foods that trigger it, the gut, and how they all work together, so rather than heading to my doctor, I decided to eliminate some foods and see how I felt. I cut out gluten and dairy and fairly quickly felt significantly better. I wasn't at 100 percent yet, but I noticed a marked change. Throughout the course of that year, I experimented with eliminating a variety of inflammation-causing foods and taking supplements and began truly healing my body through a nutrient-dense diet that nixed processed and inflammatory foods.