First things first – healthy does not mean hungry!
Second things second – food is medicine.
Yes, I know it’s not traditional medicine – but I think that’s part of the problem.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about all of the problems we can solve with food.
Your Body Talks… What’s Yours Saying?
Low to no energy
Outta control cravings
And – not to sound like an infomercial, but…much more.
The truth is Olivia Newton-John circa 1982 was right – your body talks.
In this photo, my body was saying:
“I’m so thankful this tiny human is out of my body”– and – “I wish the camera was angled better” – I had no idea I was sporting 4 chins!:))
My question for you is: what is your body saying?
Do you have chronic headaches? Raging PMS or hot flashes?
How is your skin? Do you have seemingly random breakouts? Acne?
What about your gut? Do you feel bloated or “fluffy”? How are things working out in the bathroom? Are your bowel movements regular or do you alternate from constipated to explosive diarrhea so often you’ve considered moving your work station to the loo?
At first glance, these these mixed messages from your body may seem like unrelated joy-killers, but the truth is, they all point to an unbalanced microbiome – and they all can be remedied with – you guessed it – proper nutrition.
All of these are signs your body needs something. You may have a deficiency or an inadequacy in your diet.
There is no ONE PERFECT diet for everyone – so while the Paleo or Keto plan may be the best thing since sliced bread for your best friend – it doesn’t mean it will work for you – We all have unique biochemistry, food allergies, and sensitivities.
Rethink all of your annoying symptoms – let’s look at them as blessings in disguise – because they are telling you what your body needs
Trust Your Gut. Listen to your body.
I’ll be your interpreter. As a Certified Integrative Nutrition health coach, I’m passionate about helping women learn how to become their healthiest, happiest, most authentic selves. I believe that health is wealth and that every woman deserves to feel and look her best. My mission is to empower and inspire women by teaching them how to use food as medicine.
Why I Give A Hot Diggity Damn
No matter where you are right now, I can guarantee you I’ve got you beat. (Well, nine times out of 10, I can.) Let’s just say I wasn’t always the picture of health. Actually, we can say with 100 percent certainty I was the opposite. After three kids and a wicked case of depression, I found myself 140 pounds overweight with out of control cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic anxiety, and the uncanny ability to catch every cold, flu, and stomach bug that came along.
My main food groups were Cheez-Its, Dr. Pepper, and Taco Bell. (If you can relate, there is hope!)
Also, I’m a Southern gal – born and raised in Mississippi. We drink sweet tea, fry everything, and say things like Y’all and reckon – Healthy eating is not exactly the top priority in the type 2 diabetes capital of the US!
To be fair, the lack of options was not my excuse for my poor health. And the fact that I was so overweight I didn’t recognize myself wasn’t my wake up call. A close call with pneumonia was. One morning I woke up and couldn’t breathe. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.
It turns out I had a collapsed lung with a rare infection that required an emergency chest tube, a blood transfusion, and a few weeks in the hospital. It royally sucked.
After my close call, I knew I had to do better – for my family and myself. I committed to starting. They say taking the first step is the hardest part – I’m convinced those folks have never battled a wicked sugar craving at midnight…I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know where to turn. I realized I was on my own after the doctors and weight loss clinics didn’t offer much support.
So, thanks to Google, I discovered the concept of food as medicine. Let me tell you, I was skeptical, but I was also at the end of my rope. After amassing an arsenal of research and faith, I drastically changed my diet and watched my health problems disappear one-by-one.
I started feeling more confident and competent. I lost thirty pounds – without starving. My doctor stopped bugging me about taking cholesterol medication because I improved my numbers. My irritable bowel symptoms disappeared. The chronic gas, bloating, and digestive issues? Gone. Catching every cold, flu, and virus each winter? Nope. Not even a sniffle.
I was hooked on this healthy living thing. Since I’m a blogger and a long time proud book nerd, It felt like the natural next step to study integrative nutrition and healthy cooking.
I made it my mission to educate women on the healing power of food in hopes no one else would have to suffer from unnecessary diet-related ailments as I did.
Now, it’s your turn to discover how food heals for yourself. But don’t keep this to yourself! Once you’ve experienced their power and benefits, share them with a loved one who could benefit.
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