End Diets Forever

How are you doing? Have you made any progress selecting a nutrition plan that aligns with your radiant future self? Did you notice I said "nutrition plan" instead of "diet"? Yes, I purposely did not use the D word. In my mind that word means a restrictive, regimented torture utilized to reach a certain weight. That's not how your future self wants to live, is it? 

I'm a diet expert. I've been on one most of my adult life. I've dabbled with calorie counting, vegetarianism, veganism, raw veganism, all diets recommended by Jillian Michaels or Shaun T. My longest lasting diet involved: 

  • six meals a day
  • a protein and a carb at every meal
  • low fat foods
  • sugar substitutes
  • a "free day"

I was riding the low fat, high carb roller coaster. I would start the day with a protein shake filled with fake sugar and chemicals. I would start feeling hungry within an hour and eagerly count down the minutes to my next meal, perhaps egg whites and a low fat tortilla. I might have a chicken breast with broccoli and a dry baked potato (NO BUTTER! The insanity.) for lunch, followed by two more equally boring meals and then a sugar filled protein bar before bed. 

Meal prep took an entire day and I was always hungry. Except for on my free day, when all hell would break loose. I would eat as much junk food as I could until I felt sick. The next day I would suffer through an epic food hangover. The crazy thing is that on Monday I would wake up thinking about sugar and eagerly looking forward to my next free day.

To be fair, I did manage to maintain my weight while eating an insane amount of junk food one day a week. But the other six days were so hard and restrictive. And I had a variety of health issues: adult acne, insomnia, constipation, gas, bloating, and a fasting glucose level that was approaching the pre-diabetes level.

There was so much fear, stress, emotion, time, obsessing, and restriction bottled up in that lifestyle. I know now that it was the obstacle that prevented me from living the life of my dreams. 

I'm telling you this because my life feels exactly the opposite now. I eat delicious, satiating food whenever I am hungry. At 43, I easily maintain my weight, my skin is clear, I sleep like a rock, my bloating and digestive issues disappeared, and I have unlimited energy. Most importantly, preparing and eating food gives me so much joy! 

If you can relate to my story at all, I want you to know that: 

You can end diets forever, release and maintain your weight, and feel more amazing than you could ever imagine was possible! 

To start, I truly believe that you need to be mentally ready. If you haven't already, I encourage you to read or listen to my "Reclaiming Your Health" series (here or here). 

Then I suggest you design a nutrition plan that aligns with your future health self, but that meets the following conditions: 

  • minimal/no processed foods
  • no hydrogenated or trans fats (vegetable and seed oils, margarine, shortening)
  • minimal sugar/sweeteners

If you really want to kick the processed foods/sugar addiction, I recommend not eating them for at least four weeks. In my experience this is how long it takes to rid the body of the desire for junk food and sugar, to experience the beauty of a life fueled by vibrant foods, to make the shift to complete food freedom. 

I'm not going to lie, the first week or two of such a transition generally sucks. But if you can make it to week three or four, you can transform your life forever! If you are interested in learning more about a four week cleanse of this nature, send me an email (katie@awakenyourglow.com), leave me a comment, or fill out the contact form. I'd love to hear from you!  

Solidify Your Belief (Reclaiming Your Health Part 3)

Solidify Your Belief (Reclaiming Your Health Part 3)

Congratulations! You have made it to Part 3 in the Reclaiming Your Health Series! (Part 1 and Part 2) I hope that you loving your food and eating mindfully, and connecting to your why and your vision of radiant health. 

This week you will solidify your belief in that healthy future self. If you can believe it you can achieve it! In the words of Buddha: “Our life is the creation of our mind.”

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Define Your Why and Your Vision (Reclaiming Your Health, Part 2)

Define Your Why and Your Vision (Reclaiming Your Health, Part 2)

I hope you had a fabulous week treating your food like a special guest! (If you missed Part 1, here it is.) The goal for last week was to pay attention to and enjoy your food; to minimize automatic, mindless eating. I hope you had fun developing an awesome relationship with food! 

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Have Fun with Your Health

Have Fun with Your Health

For so many years I took dieting and exercising way too seriously. I was fanatical, and quite often a stick in the mud. It was stressful to live in such a regimented way! 

Adopting the primal lifestyle has given me a whole new perspective on health; now being healthy feels like freedom and fun! 

Today I'd like to share some of my tips for having fun with your health. 

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A New Year, A New You

A New Year, A New You

Happy New Year, friends! Tom and I have just returned from a beautiful trip to Mexico, filled with sun, seafood, sand, nature, guacamole, and a bit of tequila. We had a fabulous time, staying fairly true to our primal roots, with a glorious exception here and there. The exceptions were fun (warm homemade corn tortillas with fried shrimp and queso fresco!) but now we are ready to get back on track.

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The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief

In my last two posts I talked about cultivating awareness and using gentle questioning to consider automatic behaviors. 

Today I want to talk about belief. 

I will start by sharing a personal story. For the past 15+ years Tom and I have gone on a tropical vacation for the winter holidays. Traditionally I spent the months before vacation exercising ferociously and severely restricting my diet so that I could be "bikini" ready. I repeated this behavior year after year.

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Holiday Treats and Gentle Questioning

Holiday Treats and Gentle Questioning

Anyone feeling a twinge of holiday anxiety? I am! 

Last week I recommended taking on the role of an observer, to pay attention to behavioral patterns and automatic responses regarding holiday treats. 

I try to practice what I preach. As a result I've noticed a steady increase in my anxiety levels and a corresponding desire to create and indulge in paleo/keto treats.

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