Growing up, I learned a lot about healthy
eating from my mom. My parents made sure to
keep us in sports and living a very active
lifestyle. I feel very fortunate for my
Even though I loved fitness and wanted to
help others achieve their weight loss goals, I felt as though I couldn’t quite achieve mine...until now. For 3 years I have kept off the 30 pounds I have lost. For me, it wasn’t about learning how to eat healthy; I was already eating Ezekial bread, organic fresh fruits and veggies, and organic lean proteins. It also wasn’t about becoming active; I was already working out 5-6 days a week. It was a combination of different things and I had to figure out what was going to help me achieve my goals safely and for life.
First I needed to give up gluten. I was allergic to gluten, which is a protein in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, spelt, and some oats. Gluten was hindering my body from truly being nourished from the foods I was eating. Because I was essentially malnourished, I never felt full. So I consumed more calories than my body really needed. When I gave up gluten I lost weight, but still wasn’t quite to my goal.
Also, I had to change the way I thought about food and weight loss. Losing excess weight and keeping it off requires gradual changes over time. For most of my life I tried to be perfect with what and how much I consumed. If I wasn't perfect I would give up at times, become very frustrated and self deprecating. I constantly thought about weight loss and my weight. About 3 years ago, I decided to throw that out the window. Instead of eating to lose weight, I decided I was going to choose foods to nourish my body and eat when I was hungry and eat until I was satisfied. Even if that meant to eat 7-8 mini meals in one day or eat 3-4 times a day, I was going to listen to my body. When I stopped worrying about my weight and started focusing on my life, the weight just started coming off. Most importantly I decided to stop the self-deprecation, no longer would I wish that I had a faster metabolism or I beat myself up for not eating perfect. Once I changed my outlook on my body, I achieved my weight loss goal and I didn't deprive myself along the way.
The moral of my story is that you have to find what works for you. There is no cookie cutter diet that works for everyone.