So this is the one area I really don’t feel comfortable about…talking about me. I would much rather learn about someone else and see what’s going on with them than talk about me! I am really pretty much like everyone else. I want to be healthy, happy and live a long wonderful life. I mean, really, who doesn’t want that. The thing is that some of us just don’t know how to get there and need a little support.
You see, I haven’t always lived a healthy lifestyle. I have always struggled with a love/hate relationship with food. I just wanted to be “skinny”! So, I did the most logical thing to me and cut way back on eating, almost to the point of not eating. I weighed myself many times a day, exercised excessively, checked to make sure my thighs didn’t touch, and took laxatives. I did lose weight, but I felt like crap! I had no energy, and definitely no healthy glow. Even though I knew this was not the best way to go about things, I had this little voice in the back of my head cheering me on and telling me how great it was to be skinny! There was also a tremendous amount of guilt when I did eat, and that was very hard for me to overcome. This is a very exhausting way to live and much like being on a merry-go-round and can’t get off. So this is the hate part of my relationship with food.
The love part of my relationship with food is I LOVE fried food! There was a time when I would just go to the grocery store to get a piece of fried chicken. Oh my, how delicious! Fried Chicken, Okra, and Sweet Tea! I am from Texas, and this Southern girl really does like her fried food and sweet tea! I also love fried pickles, which is still a great temptation for me. Of course, as soon as I ate something like this I would feel the need to exercise excessively because I was bad…this is where the guilt comes in.
Then there is the Heart Disease demon. I come from a family with a long history of Heart Disease on both sides. In fact, my parent’s cardiologist told my brother, sister, and me that if we didn’t want to end up with the same problem we needed to be eating healthy food and exercising. Well, I didn’t want to end up having a heart attack, so I decided some changes must be made.
This is when I really started looking at my overall lifestyle: the food I eat, how much exercise I get, and the stress in my life. You see, being healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it is about your whole self: mind, body, soul. On my journey of becoming healthy, I have learned that what works for someone else doesn’t necessarily work for me. We were all created different, therefore, have different needs. But the one thing we all have in common is we only have this one body. It is our responsibility to take care of it so we can live a healthy, happy, long, wonderful life. That doesn’t mean that we are always going to be perfect. There are days I am going to eat those Fried Pickles and drink that sweet tea, but I have learned that I can do that without guilt because tomorrow I can make better choices. I don’t have to be perfect and neither do you! We just need a place to start and some encouragement and support along the way!
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