Are you feeling rundown? Fatigued? Experiencing brain fog or allergies? Digestion issues? Sleep problems? General aches and pains? Carrying extra weight that is bringing you down even more? If so, I can totally relate. It’s a horrible feeling. Especially when you add the frustration and guilt that compounds that feeling when you set out to do something about it, only to fail yet again. I’ve been there. Everything on the outside of my life may have appeared to be fine, but inside I was frustrated, confused, disappointed, and just plain tired!
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.
My life today has changed drastically. Now, my days are full of fitness and healthy food, from activities to classes, to friends and family. But, as I said before, it didn't always used to be this way. If you're interested, read on to hear a little bit about my story, and maybe what you can do about yours.
I grew up with some crazy ideas about food, and not a lot of education about nutrition and fitness. This environment, along with a lack of actual knowledge about food, started me on the road to what many would call 'disordered eating'. As a teen and in my 20's I struggled with eating disorders and my self-esteem. Food became a refuge and a battleground, using it to comfort myself, but in some ways, abusing myself when it got out of control. I was so entrenched in this mindset that I couldn't even see myself gaining and gaining weight. After a car accident that left me bedridden, I turned to food even more. Once my body had healed, I found I had added 45 pounds to my frame in a very short amount of time. But, while my body had healed my mind had not, and I still used food to comfort and console myself. At this point, I decided to do something about it.
I was tired of all the quick-fixes, the fad diets, the false promises. These programs set you up to fail because not only are they a ‘one-size fits all’ program, they never actually teach you HOW to care for your body long term. I had to be honest with myself: if I wanted true health and wellness, I needed to commit to some long-term lifestyle changes. I got educated about food and how to eat healthier. I learned how to cook. Coming from the Midwest, everything I had learned to cook had a pound of butter and a pound of salt in it. So, I had to learn how to cook food that could actually fuel my body, something that my body was lacking but crying out for! I learned about eating REAL food, not processed junk with no nutritional value. My days of Lean Cuisine’s were over!
This is when I started to really seek out like-minded people. People who know that true health only comes from truly caring for yourself. Caring enough to give your body the nutrition it needs to operate at a high level, to allow the body to repair itself and perform at its peak for you. This is also when I learned about juicing. Drew Canole, of Fitlife.tv, was one of the first people who I got a legitimate juice recipe from. And when I say legitimate, I mean it was a recipe that focused on how I could get nutrients into my body, nutrients it had been starving for despite all the ‘food’ I was putting in it. It wasn't a ‘quick-fix’ weight-loss juice OR one that was all sugar and little nutrient value. This was key. Once my body started to get the nutrition it needed, it was able to repair itself, reset my hormones, reboot my metabolism, give me loads of new energy and lose some weight!
I took lots of photos, as I believe photographs don't lie. I threw out my scale and monitored my success by how I felt, how my clothes fit, tape measurements, and lots and lots of photos. I think photos are great because we tend to focus on minor details, expecting drastic results right away, or think transformation is going to happen over night. However, if we want lifelong lasting health and fitness, then how we feel and how strong and fit our bodies are is a better barometer to go by. So, this may mean throwing out those quick fix expectations and temporary results, and settling in for the long haul of an actual lifestyle change. This is where I believe photos are superior to a scale. I still weighed myself on occasion, but the photos tell the real story. Your body changes in countless ways that you don't always notice right away, but photos don't lie. I was amazed at the changes I saw in some of my photos when I would look back at my progress. I could see not only the weight loss, but the muscle I had gained, the curves, and a strong, healthy body! After I saw the changes my body was going through, and the way I felt, renewed energy, no brain fog, I didn’t even care about my weight anymore, I just wanted a strong, healthy body. The feeling of seeing that success bolstered my resolve to keep going even more!
Most importantly, during this process, I worked with people who had already been through it. In essence, I had a ‘coach’ who mentored me along the way, and most critically, helped me to customize my program to me, to my body, my genetics, my lifestyle. There is no ‘one-size fits all’ way to health and fitness. Having someone in your corner to help you along, overcome obstacles, cheer you on, makes all the difference in the world.
Now, I feel stronger, fitter, more confident, more like myself. Don't get me wrong, I still treat myself, but if I’m paying attention, I find that my body actually craves that which fuels it. So, I tend to end up eating real food ‘treats’ more than the old empty calorie sugar/carb bombs that I so adored. Getting the nutrients my body needed was critical to making this shift, and juicing accelerated this whole process.
If you're interested in what I did to make these changes get in touch with me. I’d be more than happy to talk with you about it. Or if you want to check out the program in a quick nutshell, click on the link below. It will explain everything. And if you're interested in doing the program let me know as you can have ME as your coach to get you through! Isn’t it time you started taking care of you? Give me a shout. We can do this. Together.
Was anyone else FREAKED OUT by the revelation of a possible link between baby powder (talc) and cancer?! I know I was! And whether or not the science backs it up (the jury is still out), it got me thinking, not just about applying talc to my body or using it as a dry shampoo, but even just breathing it in as it wafts around the bathroom (I have allergies...). I use baby powder a lot. I mean almost every day. So, a fire was lit under me to find an alternative option. I wanted to find something that I could make at home so I would know what I'm dealing with.
Well, I found a solution. Its cheap and easy, and can be put together in no time! I just wanted to share my little recipe with you here in case you find yourself in the same position.
I used arrowroot powder, but I've also heard of people using corn starch. I opted for arrowroot because it has loads of nutrients in it and it's not harvested with chemicals. So, I just grabbed some arrowroot and my favorite essential oils and voila! Instant 'baby powder'.
Here's the recipe:
4 Tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils
I used 6 drops of lavender and 2 drops of ylang-ylang. It works great and it smells so good!! Let me know if you try it too!!