I have struggled with weight and diet challenges my whole life. I have counted calories and points, restricted myself, used a variety of "fad diets" and fell prey to weekly weigh-ins. Sure, I'd lose weight for a bit - but as soon as I stopped using whatever diet or program I was following, I would gain it all back. I have learned that the diet mentality is NOT sustainable for me. I stopped setting weight loss goals, I threw away my scale, and I don't count calories.
Two years ago I joined an online wellness community and got more consistent with my workouts. I loved the variety and the convenience of working out from home. It was a huge step in the right direction, but I still wasn't feel my best physically or energetically.
Through some timely conversations with friends, I started exploring the concept of food sensitivities. After some exploration and paying attention to how my body responded to certain foods, I realized that not all foods were my friend. For two years, I have been "trying" (but not *really* trying) to cut out the foods that were offending my body.
I wasn't reaaaalllly putting in the effort because I had not yet decided to commit. I had this weird inner conflict going on where I just wanted someone to tell me what to eat to feel better, but my inner rebel still wanted to eat whatever it wanted to eat.
BUT ... I felt horrible physically and I was running out of steam very early in the day... the afternoon slump was NO JOKE!!!
After two years, I finally decided I was tired of not feeling my best. It was time to refocus on my health and do a better job about caring for and nourishing my body. I had already made a huge shift in how I viewed exercise, and now it was time to make a shift in how I was thinking about food and nutrition.
I made the commitment to myself to eliminate all offending foods from my diet - this time - from the place of CHOICE rather than restriction. I started a gut protocol program to help me focus on my gut health and get on a better path for me.
Going through this program with a community of other people was a life changer for me. Within two weeks, I could SEE and FEEL the effects of the changes I was making.
The inflammation was melting off my belly - I could SEE the difference in my photos; and my jeans and shorts - which had long been way too tight - were fitting much better. (I felt like I could finally breathe freely again!)
But more importantly, I WAS FEELING BETTER!!! Less nausea and other abdominal discomfort and I was no longer experiencing the dramatic afternoon slump. My energy increased, as did my confidence... because not only do I feel better IN my body, I also feel better ABOUT my body.
I shifted my focus from weight and diet plans to health, wellness, energy, and LIFESTYLE. Prioritizing my overall health and wellness, with special attention on my gut health is a LIFESTYLE choice that I've made so I can feel better and be healthier.
Now I exercise and eat much more intuitively. I pay attention to what kinds of workouts my body is craving each day, and I pay attention to how the foods I eat affect my body. I am learning what foods offend my body and drain my energy, versus what foods give me fuel.
Does any of this resonate with you?
*What are YOUR health and wellness challenges and goals?
*Do you have enough energy to do the things you love?
*How do you feel IN and ABOUT your body?
*Do you need support in getting more consistent with an exercise program or with your nutrition so you can feel better, be healthier, and/or have more energy?
If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I am passionate about overall wellbeing, which includes making time to care for our self, to play and have fun, and for our most important relationships. And now I have expanded my services to be able to support my clients in new and different ways.
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