My journey to improve my nutrition started 11 years ago. I had always thought I ate pretty healthy, at least by the average American standard of what was considered healthy. Yet despite this, my husband I and were experiencing some health and fitness issues. Carl was experiencing issues with gastric re-flux, for which he was taking medication, and was finding it harder to keep off the love handles. At 45 I still had issues with acne-which I was told was “extra oily skin” and to be thankful as it meant less wrinkles as I aged, a diagnosis I was less that happy with. I was also experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms and wanted to find a better way of dealing with them other than the standard treatment. I felt sure there had to be more than what conventional medicine was telling/prescribing us.
I went on a quest to learn more about nutrition and its effect on our bodies. Through my research, I realized what I thought was healthy, really wasn’t. I then researched how to change our current diet to healthier choices. There was a lot of advice out there, unfortunately, just about every program I researched called for a purge type of approach. These programs made me feel like a failure if I found it hard to change certain things. At the time I had “some” coffee with my vanilla creamer and sugar. Most programs I researched gave the suggestion to drink it black or just add some non-flavored coconut milk. To say I found my much beloved morning cup of coffee gross is an understatement. There had to be a better way!
I finally decided to develop my own schedule for introducing better foods. At first, I only made changes to the way my husband and I ate. I thought our kids, ages 6 and 9 at the time, wouldn’t buy into the changes we were making. It didn’t take long for me to realize they were fine with what I served as long as I didn’t make a big deal of the changes and I presented new foods in ways that looked and tasted just as appetizing as foods we were no longer fixing.
As we followed this path to better eating, Carl’s acid re-flux went away and so did the medicine he was taking, my complexion is the best it has ever been, and it became easier to meet our fitness goals. I flew through menopause with a few hot flashes but have not experienced any of the horror stories one reads about. Best of all we feel great, we have more energy (which is important now that we have 4 grand children to keep up with), and we are healthy. An unexpected result of removing processed foods and food products from our diet was the revitalizing of our taste buds. I truly believe the artificial sweet and fat that we had become accustomed to had dulled our taste buds over time.
Like many people who start living the “healthy lifestyle”, I quickly became the go-to fitness and nutrition expert for my friends, family, and CrossFit clients. My new-found love for exercising and eating healthy—coupled with the results I saw in the mirror and my desire to help others —led me to obtain a Precision Nutrition certification as a Nutrition Coach.
Taking control of my own health through better nutrition made me realize how much potential I had to change things in my own life. To become healthier, To become happier, To make a difference. Using my nutritional change program, I know I can do the same for you.
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