If you have been following my blog for the past eight months, you know that I practice what I preach. I am passionate about sharing what nutrition has done for me in the hopes that I might help others. I want to share with you some of the amazing benefits I have obtained from improving my nutrition. I also want to share some simple steps you can take to start your own health transformation.
What nutrition has done for me
Increased energy throughout the day: I used to crash every afternoon around 2pm
Better sleep: I consistently get 7-8 hours a night uninterrupted, I used to get 5-6
Decreased inflammation and water retention: I am more aware of the foods that cause inflammation in my body, and have seen a decrease in water retention from limiting them
Weight Loss: I’ve lost a total of 19lbs in the last year, most of it in the last 6 months. This was never the goal, but as my body became healthier and balanced, the weight came off. Part of this can be contributed to the fact that I stopped using the BCP, but my weight loss really took off the month that I went dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and yeast-free.
A happier mindset: Regaining my physical health has done wonders for my mental health. I am much happier and better able to handle stress.
May 2016 August 2017
*There is a 20lb difference between these photos, but the biggest difference is how I feel! You can even see the difference in skin color. My natural coloring has returned.
Small changes that can have a BIG affect
Eat 8-10 servings of vegetables a day: Just vegetables. I know the food guide recommends 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits, but I personally eat 8-10 servings of just vegetables. I still have a couple pieces of fruit, but they don’t count as part of my vegetable servings. Vegetables are full of micronutrients and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients, while not needed to live, are nutrients that help prevent disease. Vegetables are also full of fiber, which helps you feel full and satisfied. Sautéing some leafy greens or having a vegetable packed smoothie are both great ways to increase your veggie intake.
Limiting your sugar intake: We do not realize how much sugar we really eat. Sugar is found in everything from bread to ketchup. One of the ways I limit sugar is by not drinking sweetened beverages. Water is my liquid of choice; I avoid pop and juice. Tropicana orange juice is only slightly lower in sugar than Coca-Cola. Even though the sugar in Tropicana might be slightly more natural it is still going to cause a blood sugar spike. I recommend limiting sugary beverages to once a week.
Eat your Protein: I know many people who start off with a high carb/low protein breakfast setting them up for a blood sugar crash later which leads to eating more sugar. Start your day with a balanced meal, I personally do better with a higher fat and higher protein breakfast. I like to have eggs and greens for breakfast, and I’ll often add some leftover meat from the day before. I try to include a source of protein at lunch and dinner as well. Protein helps keep you feeling full longer!
With summer coming to an end, it’s a good time to assess your current health status. Are you energized throughout the day? Do you get good quality sleep? Do you need coffee to survive the work day? Are you happy and confident in your current state? Do you struggle to lose weight? If you would like some help, I would be happy to help guide you on your quest for optimal health.
Eat Your Veggies 😉