I frequently get asked, "What do you eat?" My answer is typically, "I eat a lot of food, I love food, good healthy food." I know, that's vague but that's why I'm writing this post today, to give more detail.
I've tried "dieting" and following the latest fads all to learn that they were making me sick and some, fat! I was raised on a diet of meat and potatoes, junk, candy, fast food and soda. Bless my mom, she didn't know the importance of healthy eating, let alone what foods were actually healthy. You remember the food pyramid. It's changed a little over the years but it's still full of what not to eat. Needless to say, the odds were against me in the healthy eating department. I started getting migraines as a young girl and by the time I was 20, I was looking into natural remedies and started learning about health through diet. In my early 20's I became a vegetarian, still eating dairy and eggs. My cholesterol was pretty high and doctors said it was hereditary since I was young, vegetarian and exercised regularly.
I started eating meat again in my thirties and did the eat clean diet and was still sick and gaining weight. I woke up one day and realized I was close to 50 pounds overweight. Ouch! How did that happen? So the diet drama began. I tried the high protein, the popular measuring your food and point system diet and limiting my calories and fat. None of them worked! Sure I lost weight here and there but nothing long-term and I certainly wasn't getting healthier. So I began to do my own thing.
It took me a few years to find what works. I lost the weight and the inflammation. I've kept the weight off for several years and I'm healthier now in my 40's than I was in my early 20's. So what do I eat, you ask. It's so simple you won't believe it.
I eat a whole food plant-based diet. I eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. I eat snacks. I drink lots of purified water and some herbal tea. I eat beans, whole grains, raw seeds, raw nuts and I eat dessert. I eat as much food as I want. I love what I eat. I go out to eat without worrying about calories or fat grams or whether or not the serving size will fit in a certain part of my hand. I am choosy when eating out but I've learned that I'm worth it!
Somewhere in the process, I learned that my mindset and perception was really what needed to change. Then what I chose to put in my body began to change, my cravings changed. The weight came off and has stayed off. If I can do it, you can too.
You're Worth It!