Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

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 😉

Charity

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

  1. J. Lance De Foa, MD

    You are right about focusing on green vegetables and limiting fruit. Fruit is “nature’s candy” and it’s role it to help plans spread seeds. The priority should be greens >> high fibre fruit like berries & apples & pears >>> starchy vegetables & juicy succulent fruits.

    Don’t consume excess protein, as between 1/3 to 2/3 of the surplus amino acids get converted to glucose, which gets stored as fat if not needed for eneregy. Dietary fat goes straight to immediate energy needs, so replacing carbs with natural fats is better than excess protein.

    Your weight loss is due to reduced insulin levels from reduced carbohydrate ingestion. That is the only way the fat gets let out of the fat cells to be used by muscles (like the heart) as the preferred fuel.

    I’m glad to read of your success. Keep it up. Only Eat REAL Food, not factory products.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to read and respond! I 100% agree! My hope is that in the future our medical system will recognize what a low carb diet/high veggie/high fat diet can do for the population and we will see many people regain their health. Until then we keep fighting the good fight!

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