Intuitive Eating

intuitive eating Intuitive Eating

Happy Thursday loves! I know I have been MIA for a little while, but I recently moved to my dream apartment (blog post & pics to come soon). It’s taken a lot to get moved & settled in. But I am back now & ready to give you some more tips on healthy living icon smile Intuitive Eating

Today it is on my heart to talk about intuitive eating because this is a new concept I have recently embraced. This post will be super real & vulnerable for me to share from my heart & my weaknesses, but I want to because I just know there are others out there going through what I went through.

It’s been 5 years since I lost 60 lbs & almost every day since then I have continued to count my calories & track my macros. Over the last year, I decided to do really restrictive eating & basically followed a diet eating only egg whites, green veggies, berries, & Shakeology every day. Then that led to binge eating, which praise The Lord I have been healed from that.

Because of that experience there have been so many foods I have been afraid of. Pretty much any carb or any dairy product. So almost every day I felt completely stressed out feeling like there were all these rules I had to follow & all these guidelines I had to stay within. It caused me to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Then I found out about intuitive eating. It’s actually pretty simple.

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Seems pretty simple right? This is how we are SUPPOSED to eat as humans. But, we run to food (I know I do) when stressed or going through other things. Or because we are bored. Or because we have a sugar craving. But our society has caused us to crave foods because of the many many options out there. That is not how God intended for it to be. So we have to go back to our roots. And eat to live, not live to eat. I know I was definitely living to eat!

Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with calorie counting or watching those things. It works, that’s how I lost my weight! And I fully believe that it can help so many people as well. I advise may of my clients to follow a certain calorie guideline. But, it doesn’t work for everyone. And being healthy is all about finding what works for you. Intuitive eating is what is working for me.

It took me trying many things to get here. I did vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free, so many things!What I did learn is that our bodies operate best from eating a diet with lots of fruits & veggies. Dairy & grains (carbs) aren’t bad for you, but too much of it can make you bloated & low on energy. It’s all about moderation & balance.

It has been one week of doing intuitive eating & I feel so much peace & so free! I think I am actually eating less than I was before. Because I am not just eating to fulfill a craving or just because I feel like I’m supposed to. I’m not shoving meat (sorry I just don’t naturally crave protein) down my throat for the sake of having a certain amount of protein.

My body has been intuitively telling me what to eat. Sunday I did have 2 1/2 burgers (without buns) at a cookout, which means my body was telling me I needed more protein. But for the most part, I have been eating fruits, veggies, one grain a day (organic cereal or bread), smoothies, salads, Shakeology, burgers, & bacon. I have actually stopped craving sugar so much. I have an entire bag of dark chocolate in my freezer that I have not touched & I would usually have one small piece a day every day.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight & I don’t care. I actually threw out my scale. But, I feel better. I woke up today & looked in the mirror & felt leaner. My pants are getting looser. So I think there’s something to say about that. It’s all about how you FEEL & healthy living is about being healthy & HAPPY! No need to be in food jail. If you’ve learned how to eat in moderation, then I highly recommend intuitive eating if you are in a maintenance phase.

Hope this helps someone & if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask! icon smile Intuitive Eating <3

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Get Your Kitchen Ready for PiYo!

piyo food Get Your Kitchen Ready for PiYo!

Happy Monday lovelies! I know there are so many of you out there starting PiYo or getting ready to start later this month. So, today I wanted to share with you how to get your kitchen ready for PiYo!

Your results from any fitness program or exercise you do are 80% nutrition, 20% fitness. Mind blowing right?! I always thought if I just worked out really hard I could lose weight (before I lost 60 lbs). I would literally take diet pills, eat like crap, drink a ton of alcohol, but workout & expect it to work. After losing that weight & learning a lot more about nutrition, I still didn’t understand the importance of this until last year. So because of all my struggles I’ve been through, I want to help you get your kitchen ready for PiYo.

I know that this part can be the most overwhelming. If you’re like me, you hate to cook. I love food, but cooking I mean who enjoys that?! LOL. Plus I keep so busy that it feels there’s no time for it. BUT I have embraced meal planning & prepping even though I hate it. Because it helps keep me on track, only takes a couple hours to do, & helps me feel stress free during the week when I’m busy because I can just grab & go.

piyo kitchen Get Your Kitchen Ready for PiYo!

So you may be thinking, “well how do I make time for it? I barely have time to sleep.” Well, I will just say that it’s all about priorities. You will make time for what’s a priority to you. So if you want to lose weight, get healthy, or get those abs that are hiding (like mine do so often :P) then you’ll figure it out. Take an hour off your time watching TV or playing Facebook games & just make it happen. So here’s how to get your kitchen ready for PiYo!

1. Figure out your daily caloric needs & then pick out recipes

2. Write out in a planner your meals for the week

3. Take an hour to meal prep everything for the week

I know this seems daunting, but I promise you once you do it you will feel so much better.

I also wanted to give you some of my meal ideas:

Breakfast
Egg white & veggie omelette with a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread
Oatmeal & egg white & veggie omelette
Oatmeal with Shakeology (chocolatey & full of protein!)

Lunch
Strawberry, avocado, spinach & chicken salad
Turkey sandwich with veggies
Taco salad

Dinner
Turkey chili
Tilapia tacos
Chicken fajitas

Snacks
Almonds
Fruit
Veggies & hummus
Shakeology

Here is also a video that I made explaining things in more detail if you prefer listening. 

These are just a few tips from the beginning of my PiYo journey. Today starts week 2 & I am SO IN LOVE with this program!! So I will DEF be sharing more tips with you as I go!

Don’t forget to grab my free grocery list here to make your shopping super simple!

Memory Stones

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Think back with me. What were you doing a year ago today? Where were you on your fitness journey? Take a few minutes just to remember what kind of place you were in physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally one year ago.

Today I want to just stop and breathe and celebrate the victories that God has already won in my life. I’m often so caught up in where I want to go that I forget how far I’ve come. It’s really important to take some time to intentionally reflect on and praise God for what He’s done in our lives. Let’s do that together today.

It is such a good thing to constantly be pressing forward, to constantly be chasing after the greater and greater things God has for our lives. But we will soon tire and burn out if we never take time to remember the big victories and the little victories. What were you really struggling with a year ago that isn’t even an issue anymore? Celebrate the big victories! What small steps have you taken in the areas of your health, your fitness, your relationship with God, your relations with others, your attitude, your finances, etc this past year? Those are victories too, and should be celebrated!

How can we celebrate? Have a private little dance party! Write down all the victories and put them up all over your house! Or maybe you want to start collecting some memory stones…

In Samuel 7:12, God gave His people a great victory in battle. After the battle was won, it says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”

What if you set up a stone to remember every victory God gives you? These can be physical rocks that you collect. Or they can be markers in your memory. However you decide to do it, start setting up memory stones to say, “Thus far the Lord has helped me.”

This past year, God has given me victory in my exercising. I work-out consistently, no matter how I feel, while a year ago, the smallest excuse could keep me from my work-out. Thus far the Lord has helped me.

That is one of my stones. What are your memory stones?

Remembering God’s past faithfulness gives us renewed strength in the present, as we press on towards future victories. It helps us remember that He has given us strength through hard times and difficult challenges in the past, and He will in the future! Whenever you get discouraged, and it seems impossible that your weight could ever change or that you can ever have a break-through with your eating, you can look back on these memory stones and say, “The same God that gave me victory over that is with me now, and will give me victory over this!”

Healthy Eating Go-To Scripts

Hey loves!!! I wanted to share this with you. They’re called Healthy Eating G0-To Scripts, so they’re things you can say to yourself whenever you’re feeling tempted to blow your eating plan. It really helps me when I say these things to myself. I especially like “I can find other ways to celebrate!” and “I’m made for more than being stuck in the vicious cycle of defeat!” Which ones do you like?? Don’t be afraid to even say these things out loud. You may feel like a crazy person, but you’ll be surprised how powerful it can be to speak truth to yourself! You tell that brownie! You tell it that it doesn’t have the power to consume you anymore! icon smile Healthy Eating Go To Scripts

 Healthy Eating Go To Scripts

 

Strive for Progress Not Perfection

progress Strive for Progress Not Perfection
As I mentioned the other day on Facebook, I had  an off week last week with my eating. I had some left over snacks from a girls night at my apartment that I wouldn’t normally keep here. I had a snack attack several nights this week & missed my workout yesterday. But, it’s all about progress not perfection.But instead of beating myself up, I focused on how far I’ve come & the healing God is giving me. If this would’ve been me just a few months ago, I would’ve been on my bathroom floor crying & probably with a spoon & a jar of cookie butter (it’s like crack, don’t buy it). Again, progress not perfection!

But this week I instead accepted the fact that I was human & celebrated the fact that it was only half a jar of peanut butter I consumed (that’s a lot I know, but I’m just being real). And I got right back to eating healthy on a Saturday out of all days! Strive for progress not perfection! 

Normally I would’ve been like, “yeah I will wait till Monday it’s the weekend,” because I knew I had a lot planned with friends & stuff going on at church. But I instead made healthy choices being out the entire weekend. I feel almost back to normal!

I say all this to say that I’m not where I want to be (my abs have gone in to hiding after this week lol), but I sure as hell ain’t where I used to be! I’m not in fetal position with sweets, I’m sipping my Shakeology enjoying the sunshine instead. 

So strive for progress, not perfection peeps! No more beating yourself up because I care about you! 

Gain Confidence this Summer

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And because I have such an absolute passion to help others transform their lives, I am doing something super special for you in preparation for summer. Because God has called me to help transform as many lives as possible. 

Normally I only host one fitness group a month, but for the next 6 weeks I will be offering a fitness group EVERY week. Spots are limited & I can only accept a certain amount of clients for each week.

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