Some of you may have noticed that I’ve recently started taking a more laid back approach to being healthy and I’ll tell you why.
- We have an obesity crisis in America. Today, 5 out of 7 people on the elevator at my college were not only overweight but they were obese. Beside myself, they were all under the age of 21. We have to start from the basics and teach people realistic guidelines. There are so many of you that are far ahead of the fundamentals of good nutrition and exercise that I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate how I can help those that are not equipped with the same information.
- My years of study have taught me that you don’t need to give up certain nutritional food groups unless you are actually having a problem, intolerant or allergic. I’ve come a long way since I was at the point where I could barely eat anything and I still can’t tolerate lactose, milk and soy. I try to stay away from those foods. I feel better if I don’t eat a lot of meat products but I’m fine when I eat fish. You have to figure out what works for you. For example, I’m not going to tell someone who feels perfectly fine when they eat gluten to give up gluten.
- Balance is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A lot of people get stuck on either intense workouts or restrictive diets (or both) but they don’t understand that being healthy long-term requires a balance between high nutrient food, realistic exercise programs and taking care of themselves mentally as well as spiritually.
- For those of you that don’t know me, I’m a medium size person and I’m okay with that because I know I’m healthy. Study after study shows that being obese takes a toll on the body but it’s just as dangerous to be skinny or medium if you are eating junk and spending most of your time being inactive. I’m pass the days of forcing myself to be a size I wasn’t born to be. When people force their bodies to be thinner than they are meant to be, they are most likely cheating themselves out of valuable nutrition. If you come to me for help because you want to be “skinny”, unfortunately I will have to turn you away. I will not compromise my beliefs for vanity.
- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Diets” don’t work but guess what, neither does eating processed food, tons of sugary foods and junk food. You want to eat as much high nutrient food as possible. People make it harder than it needs to be. Don’t get me wrong, there are times, I go through phases where I want to eat an entire cake in one sitting (PMS) but again, it’s all about balance. Obviously, eating cake everyday or even once a week, wouldn’t be good for me but having an occasional piece at a b-day party isn’t going to kill me either.
I’m committed to continuing my education so that I can learn the best ways to instruct people how to be healthy sensibly. Unless someone has a food allergy or intolerance, I won’t be suggesting they give up a nutritional food group. “Skinny” will be thrown out of my vocabulary. Anything we become obsessed with usually doesn’t turn out well. Eat clean, move your body and be kind to yourself and those around you.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I found this simple but powerful saying.
I was telling my husband the other day that I haven’t felt this good since before I turned 30 years old but thinking back, I don’t think I’ve felt this good my entire life! It was a long difficult road to get to this point, but once I found out what was wrong, I knew I could fight it! FOOD INTOLERANCES BEWARE! :)
My food intolerances are:
*I also have a very hard time digesting meat (expect for fish on occasion).
Symptoms I had before food intolerance discovery:
PMS moodiness and severe breast pain
Insomnia (8 years)
Body pain (all over)
High blood pressure
Could not lose those last 10 pounds
Diagnosed illnesses before I discovered food intolerances:
Fibromyalgia (now pain almost non-existent)
TMD (TMJ) (now only occasionally painful during the cold months)
Acid reflux & heart burn (GONE)
High Blood pressure (off meds and at a good stable rate)
Herniated disk in back (losing 15 pounds took pressure off my back)
Mysterious rib pain (rib still sticks out but no more pain)
PMS (breast tenderness gone but I’m still a little cranky lol)
Insomnia (I’m sleeping like a baby)
I knew something had to change or middle age was going to be rough and old age was going to be total hell for me. I read a few books on how to detox (with food, not juice) your body, took everything I learned and developed a plan that would work for me. Within 3-4 months I was feeling like a new person. I know I sound like an infomercial right now, but I swear, I wouldn’t mislead you.
Stay with me, I have so much info to share!
My wish for everyone is to feel as healthy as I do…
Just in case you missed the ABOUT ME on my blog, here it is again.
Hi, I’m De. I’m a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, a Nutrition Coach and a Certified Fitness Chef. I’ve self studied nutrition for the past 10 years and through trial and error, I’ve learned to heal myself from numerous health conditions mostly brought on by food intolerances. My doctor’s have tried to help, but as you know, most of them are trained in medicine not nutrition. I hope to inspire and help anyone that wants to take control of their health; whether you are struggling with weight issues, illnesses, or just not feeling yourself. Additionally, you may be like my husband and want to take your health to a whole new level. The amount of data out there can be quite overwhelming, so I am dedicated to weed through all the latest information to bring you the easiest most straight forward approach, to help you feel your best. On a personal note, I’m really open-minded and laid back, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line. :)
Let’s get a little more personal. ;)
- I totally dig natural health and firmly believe FOOD HEALS!
- I’m in my 40’s and I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for the past 10.5 years. There’s a word problem for you. :)
- I love to cook quick healthy meals but I have no interest in cooking Standard American Diet (SAD) meals.
- I have two successful adult children that I can’t seem to stop talking about. Just wait, you’ll see.
- I consider myself a Nutritarian and I eat a raw plant-based diet 75- 80% of the time. When it comes to nutrition, I like to think I take a “middle of the road” approach.
- I tend to seek out the “funny” in almost everything I do in life.
- I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I love yoga and I hate pretty much every other form of exercise. :)
- I’m drawn to polka dots (in moderation).
- I’m madly in love with Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa or higher).
- I really enjoy alone time.
- I don’t eat (99% of the time) dairy, eggs, gluten, refined sugar or soy and the only meat I eat is fish but I’m not one of those people who nag other people to do the same. I eat this way because of the food intolerances I have.
- I’m very particular about my recipes. They need to be quick, easy, the least amount and easy to find ingredients and adaptable for people with special dietary needs.
- I am a big supporter of the United States Military.
- I like smiley faces. :)
- My goal is to live to be 100 years old. I want to be one of those Centenarian’s featured in People magazine.
- I’m a BIG fan of prime time television. With that said, I have to go now and catch up on The Big Bang Theory.
Until next time, peace out…