Steve Memegos: Just Do It

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.

Steve Memegos

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!


A Familiar New Years Tale

It’s January 1st, you spring out of bed ready to start the diet that will finally result in the weight loss you’ve been trying to achieve for years. You write out the rules and put them on your fridge. You envision how you will look in your new bathing suit when you go on your February cruise. If you could just lose these last 20lbs, you know you will be happy.

A week into your new diet and things are going well. Sure, you couldn’t have birthday cake at your sons birthday but it will be worth it. Your clothes feel a little looser and you feel it has well been worth the effort and hunger you’ve been feeling.

2 weeks in and your getting kind of bored of having to add up points, eat the same dinner everyday and skip going out for lunch with your friends. You get invited to a friends engagement party and your excited to go but know you wont be able to eat any of the food. You eat your lowered calorie dinner and vow to only drink water at the party. You arrive and everyone is having such a good time, what could one drink hurt. One drink leads to one appetizer, which leads to one dessert, which leads to another appetizer. Before you know it you are full to the brim but at this point why stop. By the time you get home you are nauseous and feel the guilt setting in. All your hard work is ruined, why did you even try in the first place. You decide your just not disciplined enough to be successful,  maybe next year you will be different. 

The story above is a story I have heard over and over again from new clients. They come to me feeling hopeless and defeated. Their dreams of feeling confident in their bodies have been squashed, even worse they feel worse than when they started dieting. Years of on again/off again diets have taken their toll. They are nutrient deficient and their bodies have become efficient at burning as little calories as possible to keep them alive, making it difficult for them to lose weight.

On January 14th another Nutrition Repo will be starting. Nutrition Repo is a 45 day all online program focused on helping you make a lifestyle change rather than hopping on another diet bandwagon. Previous participants have had positive results such as weight loss, improved sleep, decreased acne, increased energy and improved mood. Throughout the 45 days I will guide you through three phases:

  1. Introduction/Knowledge: The first week is spent learning about how food affects your body. We will cover common inflammatory foods and help you identify which foods may be hindering you. We will also talk about incorporating nutrient dense food into your everyday life.
  2. Elimination: As daunting as it sounds, an elimination diet will help you identify common food allergies/intolerances. Not ready for that? You can choose from three different levels with level 1 being beginner friendly and focused on limiting sugar and junk food.
  3. Reintroduction: The final phase is all about reintroducing the eliminated foods so that you can observe their effects on your body.

Every morning you will receive an email in your inbox with either a tip, encouraging word or piece of knowledge that will help you stay committed. You will also be added to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and communicate with other participants.

Make 2019 the year you made a real sustainable change for the better, you owe it to yourself.

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nutrition-repo-reclaim-your-health-january-2019-tickets-45937774119?fbclid=IwAR2hIjZp1-Rv-o-a7Cvr5Javpdo71CDob6XaqWPpqdZ_OyymRSqwfxE9RQs

Have Questions? Email eatreal4life@gmail.com

Charity ❤




3 Tips For Beating The Winter Blues

I can’t believe it is already November. Time is FLYING by. There are two months out of the year that I would happily skip, one of them is November and the other is January. I would happily hibernate through both if possible. Why? Winter has never been my thing. You can tell me to get over it all you want but I DO NOT like winter. I am a summer girl who needs sunshine to feel her very best.

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