5 Tips to Overcome Binge Eating

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My philosophy about nutrition has radically changed since I first lost weight back in 2009. I lost it by counting calories, but ate a lot of processed foods that I thought were healthy back then. I learned about clean eating a couple years ago and it has radically changed how I eat.

I honestly just recently stopped counting calories because it was taking over my whole life and became an obsession. It was not a healthy obsession either. I fully believe that we should not eat more food than we need (although I often want to because I LOVE food haha), but the calorie thing just drove me crazy.

All calories are not created equally. I could eat 5 chicken breasts for about 500 calories (I would throw up if I ate that much and could not do it, this is just an example) or I could eat 2 big cupcakes 500 calories. Which one is going to keep me fuller for longer and which has more nutritional and health benefits? I think you know the answer. icon smile 5 Tips to Overcome Binge Eating

So, my philosophy is to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Eat foods that make you feel good and be mindful of how each thing you eat makes you feel. If it makes you feel sluggish or sick, listen to that. It’s your body’s way of telling you what it needs to thrive. I eat clean 98% of the time, but believe in a cheat meal or a couple of treats throughout the week. Otherwise you will go insane. And like I said, I do not count calories.

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I have struggled with binge eating over the last couple of years because I tried to follow too strict of diets that eliminated like everything known to mankind. So my tips to overcome binge eating would be:

  1. Don’t restrict anything from your diet unless you have a severe allergy or medical reason for you to do so
  2. Practice everything in moderation
  3. Treat YO SELF!
  4. Find a healthy replacement for when you’re craving (I love to have a coffee or drink La Croix flavored sparkling waters when I want to binge)
  5. Keep yourself busy and keep your body moving and you won’t have time to think of everything you’re craving

Hope this helps my friends! I know the struggle, and the struggle is REAL! Nutrition is the hardest battle, but if I can overcome it anyone can! icon smile 5 Tips to Overcome Binge Eating

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman

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I never knew what the Bible said about health and could care less about following what it said or about losing weight (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

I spent most of my life being overweight and unhappy. I didn’t workout or exercise and I had no idea about getting in shape or anything related to fitness. I struggled with a body image disorder even after losing weight. So I want you to know that we all struggle from time to time. Let me share my journey with you on how I lost weight and how God transformed my entire life.

I have always believed in God my entire life, but I never had a relationship with Him or even knew what that meant.

I was forced to go to church when I was younger and I did not understand anything about it. My parents finally stopped making us go once I got to high school and I never went back to church until I was 21 years old.

When I was in college, I was very far away from God and my lifestyle reflected that (1 Corinthians 10:31).

I actually started dating someone who was in the military when I was 18 years old and we were engaged within 6 months of dating.

I got married at 19 years old and divorced by the time I was 20 years old.

Once we got married and moved in together, it completely tore us apart.

We did not know each other well enough and we rushed in to something that should be taken very seriously. I was in to partying back then, and my ex husband had a drinking problem. We tried to go to marriage counseling to mend our relationship because we continuously argued.

The counseling did not help us and I could not handle the emotional abuse anymore (2 Peter 1:5-6). 

I consulted with my mom because I knew that God was against divorce. But, there were times when my ex husband and I got in to arguments and it almost turned in to physical abuse. With the help of my parents, I decided that it would be best to go through with the divorce.

After my divorce was finalized, I started dating someone quickly after.

We met in college. Dating this person helped me become more confident in myself because he treated me completely different than my ex husband. That confidence helped me to quit smoking cigarettes (I smoked a pack a day) and made me want to take care of my body. I lost 60 lbs by starting to eat healthier and doing home workouts. Even though I lost weight, I was still not confident and had a body image disorder because I still felt like I was fat.

This was the first stage of becoming a Proverbs 31 woman.

Things started to become very serious with my boyfriend. I moved to another state after graduating college, but we decided to stay together. We only saw each other on the weekends, but we grew closer and closer.

We talked about getting engaged and married some day.

However, our relationship didn’t really seem to be moving forward. We were living in two different cities and that caused us to argue because we were so unhappy with not being able to see each other often.

My unhealthy relationship affected every other area of my life (1 Corinthians 3:17). 

I couldn’t see my life without him, so I decided to keep trying for a while. One day I decided that after three and a half years together, I could not go on being so unhappy. I loved him a lot and didn’t think I could survive by myself being single because I had never really done that before. We had many differences and I had recently started going to church again and wanted to get more involved, but we didn’t see eye to eye on that.

I decided to end things with him, which was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done emotionally, even harder than my divorce.

We continued talking back and forth for a few months after the break up, which wasn’t helping me move on. I still also had a body image disorder and struggled with my self-esteem. But, I had started going to church more often after our break up. Then I ended up recommitting my life to Christ again and got baptized.  Once I made this decision, God literally helped me change everything about my life.

This is when the other stages of becoming a Proverbs 31 came to fruition. 

I finally started to have more confidence from losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle.

But, I was not mentally or spiritually healthy. God gave me the strength and courage to join a Bible study with a group of women I didn’t know. He also gave me the courage to start volunteering at church and in the community. This is where God truly transformed me mentally and spiritually.

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman

I began to read the Bible, pray, and learned what having a relationship with God really meant (1 Corinthians 9:27).

I stopped being so afraid to go outside of my comfort zone and meet new people. I started coming out of the depression from my break up. I met so many amazing people who impacted my life and helped me grow to where I am now healthy mentally and spiritually.

A divorce and break up from a long-term boyfriend were extremely hard situations to go through (Philippians 4:13).

But, I would not be who I am now if it weren’t for these situations. I never thought I would be able to say that I ran a half marathon, got my Master’s degree, went on a mission trip to Poland, and become a health and fitness coach to help others achieve their goals.

I am now living by myself with my two kitties, and enjoy being single.

I am healthy spiritually, mentally, and physically, and I am working on becoming the best woman I can for God and His kingdom.

 

I wanted to share this with you in hopes that it will just touch one of you and help you in some way. I still struggle sometimes, you’re not alone.

 

Comment below and share what you’re going to do to inspire or encourage others today! : )

21 Day Fix: Real Results

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I am SO pumped to share an amazing Transformation Thursday with ya’ll of my great friend Ashlee! She just completed the 21 Day Fix & had AMAZING results!

Here’s a little about what Ashlee told me regarding her 21 Day Fix journey:

“I was tired of waking up every morning, putting on outfits, and not liking what I saw and knew I had to do something.  I researched the 21 Day Fix program like crazy before purchasing the challenge pack.  I stalked my coach for weeks trying to decide if this is what I wanted to do.  I finally made the decision and purchased!  It has been the best purchase of 2014 for me.  In the beginning I thought I wouldn’t have time to workout and couldn’t even begin to eat healthy.  Boy was I wrong!  I was so fired up when I received the program, I set my alarm every morning at 5:40am, hopped out of bed, and pushed play with my eyes closed.  By the end of the workout, I felt like a million bucks.  Okay, a little sore after day 3, but nothing I couldn’t handle! ;) Eating more healthy has been so good for me.  I’ve had less stomach aches, more regularity, and a better skin complexion.  Not to mention, this program helped me lose 4.8lbs and 8.5 inches!  I loved it so much I started working on Round 2 the day after the end of Round 1!”

This is why I do what I do, hearing these amazing testimonies that are changing people’s lives! I am so proud to be a part of this & it just makes my heart smile seeing her success & new found confidence.

If you’d like to join my next group & have the same results, fill out an application here & I will be in contact with you ASAP! <3

New Years Resolutions

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed an amazing holiday week enjoying Christmas with their families. I had a wonderful time visiting mine for an entire week, it was lovely.

I got back late last night & looked at the calendar today & realized tomorrow is already New Year’s Eve! Time has flown this year!! I wrote my goals out for 2014 a few weeks ago, but I wanted to talk about New Years Resolutions today. So many of us make New Years Resolutions & then end up giving up on them by March. I want to help make 2014 YOUR year & help you achieve everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

The 10 most popular New Years Resolutions are:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Volunteer to Help Others
  3. Quit Smoking/Drink Less Alcohol
  4. Get a Better Education
  5. Get a Better Job
  6. Save Money/Manage Debt
  7. Get Fit
  8. Eat Healthy Food
  9. Manage Stress
  10. Take a Trip

I am so blessed to say that these are all things that I have been able to do through God and becoming a coach last year! My ENTIRE life has transformed & changed. If any of these are your New Years Resolutions, let me encourage you for a minute.

Just a few years ago I was a selfish, dark depressed girl at 200 lbs who drank & smoked & partied, didn’t care about others or my future, & was not responsible with money or anything else. Fast forward to today and I have now lost 60 lbs, help others for a living & LOVE it so much I would do it for free, have the BEST job I’ve ever had making the most money I’ve ever made, am paying off my debt, getting fit, living healthy, stress free, & EARNING free trips! Praise God!!

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I always knew I wanted to change (for half my life), but I didn’t know how. Then one day I woke up & realized that it’s never too late! And YOU deserve to live a life of happiness & a chance to start over. I would love to help you with your New Years Resolutions. Maybe becoming a coach is something you’re ready to do or maybe you’re ready to take a step to becoming a healthier version of you. Either way, contact me & I would LOVE to help you make 2014 YOUR best year yet!

Please RT or share with anyone this may help!

As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3