As a child growing up there was some focus on eating nutritious, I remember my parents always having some sort of vegetables on my plate when I sat down to eat. As I got older I started to make my own meals and I found myself slowly straying away from eating nutritious but would try to have a vegetable on my plate. As I got into my teens my Dad would tell me what to eat before hockey games to help me fuel up, but being a young, stubborn kid, I never listened and didn’t think eating right made a difference. Boy was I wrong!
Fast forward to the age of seventeen when I started to use alcohol and drugs very heavily my attempt at nutritious eating went out the window and when that happened I was eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and that caused me to gain weight very rapidly. From the age of seven-teen totwenty-seven I was very deep into an addiction to alcohol and would abuse drugs when there was nothing left to drink. Being stuck in the routine of buying alcohol, partying, eating at the end of the night began to take it’s toll on my body and mental health. I felt very sluggish and tired all the time and I just felt like I needed to get out of the routine because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time. I didn’t feel like myself anymore because I never really let myself stay sober long enough to deal with things that were going on in my life, all I cared about was the next drink I was going to have. On June 10th, 2011 I woke up from another week-long binge of drinking, and using whatever drugs were available, I said to myself “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired, and tired of the same old routine I’ve been doing for the past ten years”. That day I decided I wanted to get sober and wanted my life back! To pass the time I would take walks, hike, and would bike around town to kill time, and fight off the urges to drink. In my first thirty days of sobriety I lost 10 pounds and was starting to feel so much better and felt that living a sober life was really possible. Along with the biking, hiking,and walking I decided to start lifting weights to build up my strength that I lost from not exercising and abusing alcohol. That’s when I started to feel better and noticed how much better I felt whenI did eat the right things and that made me want to keep eating nutritious meals. I am currently working on my 8thyear of sobriety and I am still loving the gym and how it amazing it feels to complete a hard workout that I didn’t think I could do.
I decided to sign up with Charity because I felt like I was crashing in the middle of some of the WOD’s that I was doing, so I decided to emailed Charity to ask if she can help me learn how to fuel my body even better than I do now so I don’t have those crashes throughout the day. I follow her on IG and see her posts about nutrition and how passionate she is about it. That inspired me to reach out to her to help me
One thing that surprised me was that I never knew I was undereating by a few hundred calories. After one of the sessions with Charity she had me eat a bit more that I normally do and I was amazed how much more energy I had throughout the day. I thought what I was eating at the time was enough for me but it wasn’t. The things that surprised me the most afterthe first few with working with Charity I started to crave vegetables for a snack instead of something sweet! Never in my life did I think I would ever want veggies over a cookie. The other thing that surprised me was not craving a coffee in the morning, after the first few weeks I found myself not wanting to stop at Tim Hortons on my way to work.
After my sessions with Charity I made several diet changes. I started to eat more vegetables, and find it hard to keep enough vegetables in the house now because I will snack on them while watching a movie or hockey game. I travel for work a lot, so Charity helped me come up with several ways to eat nutritious while on the road, such as meal prepping, researching a restaurant before going to find out what is healthiest, and having nutrient dense snacks on hand while I am away from home. Having all those to work with helps me stay on track as best I can while on the road for work. A month into working with Charity I started to notice my sleep was improving and I was feeling more refreshed. I usually have a hard time falling asleep and would wake up a few times during the night. A week or so after that I slept through the entire night without waking up once! Which hasn’t happened in so long, I was so surprised when I woke up I had to check my phone and iPad to see if the time was right, because I couldn’t believe that I slept through the night. Charity also gave me the idea of having cheat snacks instead of cheat meals, so every once in a while, I will have a cookie for dessert or some ice cream but still have all my nutritious foods instead of having a full-blown cheat meal. I find that helps me out a lot. It’s amazing how good I feel when I’m eating healthy so much that I want to keep it up and eat as heathy as I can so that my son can see his Dad making healthy choices. I want to be a role model for him.
The advice I would give to someone that is looking to make a change is to do it, because you’ll feel so much better and have a lot more energy. If they don’t know what to do to make a change I’d say reach out to a nutritionist so they can help you make changes because learning it on your own can be overwhelming, having someone to help you along the way can make the change not as overwhelming. They are always willing to help, all you have to do it reach out and that will be your first step into making a change.
If your looking to make a change to your nutrition, without breaking the bank, the next Nutrition Repo program will be starting January 14th. It’s an all online 45 day program that helps you identify the foods that fuel you and the foods that may be holding you back! Check it out here!