Sleep, we all need it! What happens when we don't get enough? Why do we need it? Well, for one, not getting enough sleep can leave us feeling run-down, irritable and even put on extra weight. We can have higher risk for illness, be more susceptible to stress and often our mental performance suffers.
Knowing we need more sleep is a no brainer. Actually getting it.. well, that can be a little harder. So, how do we accomplish this? One way to help is creating a routine. Yep. Having a routine before going to bed helps us to unwind mentally and physically to prepare for going to sleep. Our body follows a natural circadian rhythm and by keeping a schedule we can reinforce this.
We are going all day long between work, household responsibilities and activities. Continuing those activities up until right before bedtime and expecting to get some good rest is wishful thinking. Constantly going until bedtime can be a disruptor but other disruptors are: lights, exercising later, and electronics. Think about it. Sleep is a relaxing activity, so why would prepare for it doing anything else besides something relaxing? Rather than going for a late night run or sticking yourself in front of a computer screen, read a book, stretch, take a bath, pray or meditate. Find something that you can do every night to get your body ready for sleep. It will thank you.
About 15 years ago I had a tennis class that went from 8:30-10 PM. Now, you'd think after all that exercise and running around I would come home and drop into bed exhausted right? That's not what would happen. I would lay in bed and just stare into the darkness forever. Nowadays, I plan to get my exercise done during the morning or early afternoon knowing what happens if I wait until evening. I work to keep the nighttime exercise to a minimum. knowing that I will fall asleep faster if I get it done earlier.
Do I have a routine other than just getting my exercise in earlier? Why yes I do. Almost every night I take a warm bath with Epsom salts. I love the Dr. Teals salts that have a scent. I then put a little peppermint oil on my neck and hop into bed to read a chapter or two of a book or just settle in to sleep. I do notice a difference in how my body and mind settle down. I am out no later than 10 every night. (Is that nerdy to admit?)
Take a minute to think of your evening schedule. Are you preparing your mind and body to get the rest they really need? If not, take a week or two and try adding a routine to your evening routine. Maybe that's a cup of calming tea and a good book, or a nice stretching session. Find things that will relax both body and mind and then sit back and wait for those awesome benefits of rest to come your way.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Until next month.
Fall is here! It is one of my favorite seasons. I feel like each season gives a chance to start again, experience, and learn new things. I have been very excited the past few months and I wanted to share my excitement and announcements with you.
First of all, I am now a certified personal trainer. Back in August I took my exam and passed. Woot Woot! I feel the personal trainer certification goes hand in hand with my health coaching certification. I am now able to not only teach and guide you about the benefits of movement and exercise; but I am able to implement workouts and plans for you as well. Bonus!
The next items I have been excited to share with you are my programs. I have recently decided that I wanted to have more than just one choice for my clients. Not everyone is in the same place when starting a journey towards better health, so I felt it important to have some diversity. Of course, within each program, individual tailoring will take place because again....we are all individual. To read more about each program click the button below.
Enjoy this season! Enjoy life! Let's start this next season on a positive note. Until next month.
Meet my family. (Aren't they lovely?!) This post came to be because of an experience I had with them. This said experience shed some light on life, and maybe by sharing, it could help you in some way.
As a Health Coach, I work with people to help them strive to live a more balanced life. Since I teach this to others, I feel it’s important to create balance in my own home. In my mind, I was doing a pretty darn good job. Life gets going and we get in a groove. we feel comfortable in that groove. In my head, that groove was serving our family just as it should. But was it?
The week school started, I began thinking of the previous year and how our mornings would run. They were a little hectic with everyone fending for themselves at breakfast, meaning cereal, (no..not a healthy variety either ). I would get up and maybe go exercise or have some work to do. We were all running in separate directions thinking of ourselves. There would be fighting, sometimes panic over finding homework etc. I was relieved to get them all our the door. Yeah.. thinking back to that, I wasn't sure I wanted that to happen again. I laid thinking in my bed one night and decided to try something. I would get up a half hour earlier and make breakfast for my family. They could get their chores and showers done and meet at the table at 6:30 to eat as a family.
That first week, both of my older kids commented that they weren't starving by 10. I took that as a "way to go mom". I felt I was creating more balance in the diet area by feeding my family some whole grains, fruit and healthy fat for breakfast. The biggest a-ha was a few nights later. As a family we have family prayer each night before the kids head off to bed. We give thanks for the blessings we have and for the good things that happened that day. My oldest was giving the prayer that night and said that he was thankful that we had been able to eat breakfast and dinner together as a family each day.
WHAT?????? Even though eating a healthier breakfast was bringing some balance into their lives, what they really were craving was that extra time together. What a wake up call for me to know that there needed to be a bit more balance in our family structure as well. We weren't falling apart. In fact, we were doing well. However, there is always room for improvement. Taking those extra minutes every morning, waking up just a little earlier, and sitting together to start the day has brought a wonderful feeling to the start of our day. School is well in session and we continue to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast as a family every morning. We talk, share and grow closer during those breakfasts. I guess you could say we are being fed physically and emotionally.
The lesson I learned? Re-evaluate - I needed it! We all do. Staying in, or even finding balance can be tricky but is so good for us. Balance keeps us happier and less stressed. It can add little moments to your life that you end up being so grateful for. Take a moment and look into your own life. Think of work, movement, creativity, spirituality, diet, sleep, finances...... you get the picture. How are they all working together? Do you have one that dominates your life? Maybe a couple that do? How can you bring a little more balance to you life?
Until next time,
PS- New detailed programs on the way. Can't wait to share them with you
Am I the only one that feels this way? I always have high hopes of doing activities with my kids and enjoying each day, but before I know it summer is over. *sigh* Even though I feel a little sad summer vacation is coming to an end, the other part of me relates well to that commercial with the parent skipping down the isle buying school supplies as "Most wonderful time of the year" plays in the background. (video below) I love the schedule we have during the school year and I'll admit....the extra quiet I get at home.
This month I want to share a few favorites of mine. Some of these are fitness related because that's a big part of my life, and the rest are just some of my all time favorite things.
#1 -Why not start with the most delicious!!! I LOVE dark chocolate! The darker the better. I don't know what else to say about this one except...YUM! I can crack off a square for a little pick me up and I am good for the rest of the day. I didn't always love dark chocolate. It has been a gradual development over the past few years. Recently, I have cut out a lot of sugar from my diet so the extra dark is definitely sweet enough. Anything sweeter is just too much. I am always looking for a delicious chocolate. Let me know if you have one you love.
#2 - I am outside every day to run or bike. During the warm weather I tend to get headaches even if I drink a ton of water. Putting these little tablets in my water for electrolytes has been a life saver. The Camelbak brand has been my favorite, but are getting hard to find. My guess is they aren't making them any more. Sad day! There are other brands that work the same way. Nuun is one of the brands. The taste on the Nuun is not as good and they make the water fizzy. GU is the other I have tried and I like it better than the Nuun. Bottom line..adding some electolytes to my water is what I needed to keep my body going and my head from hurting. I purchase my electrolyte tablets and the running and biking stores in the area. Most sporting goods stores carry them as well.
#3 - Have any of you ever seen the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? In it, the dad uses Windex for everything. Any ailment you have, use windex. I kind of relate to that dad with mypeppermint oil. I love it! I mainly use it for aches and pains; but if I can't sleep at night I put a little on my neck and it completely relaxes me. I love the smell and cool feeling it leaves. I take any chance I can to think "hmmmm, I wonder if my peppermint would help."
(This really is a fun movie)
#4 - I'm a sucker for good books! It is my way to unwind before bed. The first book I read out of the three was These is my words - by Nancy E. Turner. I read it about 12 years ago and have re-read it several times. Even though I know what will happen I still get super emotional. There are two companion books that follow These is my words. Sarah's Quilt comes right after, and The Star Garden Follows. Each one I completely enjoyed!!
Edenbrooke- by Julianne Donaldson is another goody. A Regency romance that had our entire book club swooning for the main character Philip. We even brought pictures of what we thought he looked like and voted on the best one. I'm happy to report that my Philip was the winner. This was a good clean romance that I will let my teen read as well.
Attachments - by Rainbow Rowell is one I read a few summers back and immediately told all my friends about it. I was skeptical if I would like this book or not. Having read and started a few books by this author that I ended up not caring for, I wasn't sure if it was a mistake checking it out of the library. What a pleasant surprise to find out I loved it. I laughed out loud at some parts. It had romance, humor, and was an upbeat for me. I didn't want to put it down.)
(Each title is a link to the overview of the book if you want to read more about it)
Every time I upload another picture I am amazed by my photography skills. Ha!! Anyway, onto #5. These are the speed shorts from LuLu Lemon. I love these shorts for a few reasons. 1) I don't chaffe 2) They are super lightweight and 3) They fit great!! (This is the main reason I love them) I consider myself to have more of an athletic build with larger upper thighs and buns. (muscle of course - wink). I usually worry when I buy shorts. Are they are going to crawl funny on my legs or be too tight across the back? With these babies you get a 4 way stretch to fit everything. I never worry. They really are the best short I have ever run in. I also love the waist band being stretchy, yet not elastic. It's just a nice comfy fit. LuLu's Run Time shorts are the same great fit with the added length in the legs if you prefer a bit more coverage.
#6 - Dr. Teal's, oh how i love your salts. I don't even care what kind. They are all delicious. Part of my nightly routine, or after a harder workout, I like to soak in a nice hot bath with some of these salts. I usually keep 2-3 bags of different kinds underneath my sink so I have options. You get the healing powers of epsom salts with aromatherapy wrapped in one. It's magic. I have bought from several places but have foundWalmart to have the best prices. This is the first time any of the salts have said "for men". Not sure why so specific, but they have still worked great for me. I have never been disappointed with any of the Dr. Teals salts. Maybe a little bored when I went with the pure salts, but not disappointed.
#7 - Huge Shout out to Cuddl Duds!!! WOOT! These saved me last winter. I grew up in the 80s and 90s and my mom would get me these for Christmas. I didn't even know they still existed until last year. I happen to be walking through JC Penney with my husband and saw them displayed. Immediately I was excited and had to see what they had. I came across the flexfit and bought a bottom and top. They were wonderful for my winter activities. I wore them sledding with my kids, I wore them running underneath my running tights, I wore them on walks. You get the picture. They fit perfectly under everything. I love the thumb holes in the sleeves to keep them in place so they don't bunch. I loved them so much I went back and got a second pair.
#8 - Final favorite. White Crow T-shirts from the Buckle. I tried my first white crow shirt this year and haven't looked back. I am always looking for a t-shirt that I don't have to layer because the material is too thin, or the length is too short. It gets hot in the spring and summer - nobody wants to layer. I love that these can be super casual or dressed up a bit for date night. The material is soft and light weight making for a very comfortable shirt. I go in every so often to see the new colors and snag me one. I dub it the perfect slouchy, comfy t-shirt.
I am still on the search for a few favorites. I would love to find the perfect sports bra. One that supports, but isn't too supportive making it heavy. I would also love to find the perfect foundation for my face. Not only the perfect color to even out my skin tone (why did I cook myself in the 90's???) , but foundation that is made from healthier ingredients. If there are suggestions out there I would love to hear them!
Here's to those favorites we have that bring a little excitement to our day!
The above photo is of a guest we sometimes have at our home. Her name is Momzilla. I'm not proud of this. Yes, Momzilla is me. She doesn't show her ferocious face very often, but when she does it is NOT pretty. I'll summarize: raised voice, irritation at absolutely everything and everyone, a bit of crying and feeling like I can't do anything right. Things that bring Momzilla out of hiding: waiting to long to eat and then stuffing my face with unhealthy choices, not scheduling so I end up spending all my time on work or study. I need down time. Not getting enough sleep, skipping exercise and SUGAR.
She actually hasn't been around in the past few months which is why I wanted to write about her. I want to share a few changes I have made to keep Momzilla from visiting and scaring everyone including me! These tips are so simple, but have made a huge difference in how I feel and act.
Tip #1- Exercise! I make sure I get some form of movement every day. To help with this I make sure I schedule it in. If you didn't have a chance to read last months blog post, it is all about schedule and organization. If I don't plan the night before what I want to do and when I am going to fit it in, it sometimes gets missed. I feel "too busy" and don't do it, and my mood pays for it by the end of the night. Of course, sometimes even with a plan it doesn't go as scheduled. Today for example, I planned to run right in the morning. When I woke up it was pouring rain so I looked at the weather report. It said by noon it should be cleared up. I planned to run about 1:00 when I got home from running kids around, leaving me enough time to shower and run my son to drivers ed later that day. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust your plan. Exercise for me is like getting a little shot of happiness. I love it. This loving feeling may not be during the exercise when I am tired; but afterwards I reap the benefits! Find something you love to do and get out there and move.
Tip #2 - Excess Sugar - Get rid of it!! The past few months I have cut back drastically on sugar. I have been watching not only treats, but the ingredients in what I am using to cook. It has not been easy!!! The main reason I cut back so much on sugar was my irregular, crazy mood swings. When I made the decision, Momzilla was going full force. I wanted to feel balanced and I wasn't. Even though it has been hard, I have seen some amazing benefits. The first two weeks I dropped a few pounds, even though losing weight was not even in my plan. This led me to believe that eating so much sugar makes my body retain water! The weight keeps coming off, just slower ( again, not even one of my goals, but I'll take it ), my digestion improved a ton which I attribute to healthier foods going inside including more veggies/fiber. I am better planned for meals and snacks because I am watching the sugar intake, and the best part happens to be just what I was hoping for.....my mood was balanced out! WooHoo!!!! I have been cool as a cucumber for the past few months. I haven't had any irrational blow ups and haven't cried just because I feel like crying. I feel more balanced. It has been better for everyone. I believe getting rid of excess sugars will be beneficial to anyone who tries it. Have any of you kept track of sugar intake?? (side note: If you ever decide to try kicking sugar to the curb, please don't go right for the artificial sweeteners. Not a great replacement and really won't get you anywhere. )
Tip #3 - Sleep. I make sure, no matter what is happening that I have lights out at 10. Sometimes there is a late night or two, but for the most part, lights out at 10. What has this done for me? I am able to get up at 6 and go all day without feeling super tired around 2 or 3. Because I don't get zapped in the middle of the day I am not reaching for that caffeine or sugar to give me a boost. When I am well rested I not only take care of myself better, but I am able to take care of others needs as well. I know it is tempting to watch one last show, or scroll through social media for hours on end; but getting that sleep is so important. Why not unwind with a hot bath or a chapter of a book rather than electronics? I love to take a bath at night and then put some peppermint oil on my neck. My muscles are more relaxed and I love the tingly cool feeling of the peppermint. Find a routine that settles you in for the night.
All in all, it has been a great few months to learn how I can best serve my body!
This morning I came across this quote I felt went well with my topic this month.
"Joy and temperance and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
By sticking to my guns and following these very practical ways to live, I slam the door on Momzilla by gaining the joy, temperance and repose. I also slam the door on the doctors nose, because when I live this way, I stay healthier. The stress and anxiety are lessened, my gut and body are stronger, and I am more positive. I love feeling this way. There will always be struggles, but in the end the positives outweigh the negatives by a mile.
Have a wonderful, joyful month!
Last month's newsletter was all about balance and if we can really achieve it. When I talk about balance, I'm not talking about my food or exercise. I am talking about everything else along with exercise and eating. For me, exercise has always been easy to get in each day. That's probably because I enjoy it. For me its things like taking care of the yard (I use that word lightly because my husband does most of that) and house, driving the kids, and making dinner that brings on the crazy overwhelmed mom. I want to share with you how, as a young mom, I learned to create more balance in my life. Little side note: This will not include how to be less stressed in the dinner making area. I have yet to master that one. ( Remember me talking about "fend for yourself nights" in a previous post? They really exist, much to my family's chagrin! ) I am hoping to someday improve.
Let me go back about 10 years and introduce you to a young mom that just had her second baby, and was feeling a bit overwhelmed. O.K., not a bit overwhelmed... I was beside myself trying to take care of my family and keep my house clean, find activities for the oldest, and well, you get the picture. I would spend one whole day cleaning and trying to make space for play time and everything else we need to do. I was exhausted and felt like I didn't have time for anything. This was a real struggle for me. I'm hoping I'm not alone in those feelings. One day, I was talking with my dad and he told me what became the key to my success of staying on top of things without feeling crazy. Wanna know the secret?? ORGANIZATION and PLANNING. Yep, that's it. Let me fill you in.
As we chatted, my dad told me of my great grandma. He said she would take one job a day and do that job and nothing else. Then the next day was something different and so on. I gave it a go and it was like magic! I no longer felt like I slaved all day and got exhausted. Plus, I realized that I am a creature of habit and schedules. Lists and planners work great for me. I also came to realize that I actually had way more time throughout the day than I thought to maybe do a scrapbook page, or sit and read. Because I was more organized, I had more time to do the extra things I never thought I could fit in. Here is the run down of how my week goes.
MONDAY - Bathrooms and Grocery Shopping
(I have even made that easier by shopping online and picking it up the next day)
TUESDAY - Kitchen and Mopping
WEDNESDAY - Vacuuming, Dusting and Business/Work items.
(I realized if I didn't keep my work to one day, it consumed my entire week)
THURSDAY - Dusting the blinds
Friday and Saturday I leave free to spend time with the family. We do a little yard work, but the house work has already been done, so we have tons of time to play, attend games and relax. Nowadays, this schedule is even better, because my kids are a lot older and help each day. They have learned what we do each day, and just get their assigned area done when they get up. We rotate every month so one person doesn't end up doing the biggest bathroom the rest of their life etc. Everyone is always jealous of the person who has the guest bathroom or back hall mopping. I appreciate the help as I work alongside my kids, and they are learning valuable skills they will need when they are on their own.
"Organization isn't about
perfection it's about efficiency,
reducing stress and clutter,
saving time and money and
improving your overall
quality of life."
So important to remember that it isn't about perfection. It is about relieving some stress and having life run a bit smoother. As always, I would love to hear from you and see what has worked in your life. We learn from one another, so sharing is good!!
See you next month,
Interested in learning how to balance your life - Or know of someone who could benefit from having a health coach? I would love to chat. Head on over to my contact page to sign up for a free consult.
Spring is here! I am loving the warmer weather (still sometimes really cool here in Utah) ,being able to get out and ride my bike (I only swallow a few of the spring bugs that have hatched. The rest end up down my shirt and in my helmet), and seeing all of the green popping up from the ground. Not to mention, we can leave our windows open most of the time. Ahhhhhhh, breathe in that fresh air. It is a very cleansing time.
My post today isn't about spring. I just wanted to let you know I am thoroughly enjoying it! Today I wanted to refer back to a post I made in September of last year titled "Inside and Out." When I made that post, I was referring to the food that goes inside our bodies. But food is not the only thing we put in our bodies. As women, we use feminine products every month. Do we know what they are made of? Is it really that important? I think YES!
About a month ago I was perusing Instagram and came across a company called Conscious Period. Interested in what they were about, I clicked on the short video. They had my attention! Conscious Period is a company that sells organic cotton tampons. Why did this get me so excited? I am always trying to find new ways to keep my body healthy and this was just one more way.
Do we really need organic tampons? Again, in my mind YES! The more we keep harmful chemicals away from our bodies, the more we benefit. I want to know that what I am using is cotton and not some synthetic blend with a tiny bit of cotton. I want to know that the tampons I use haven't been sprayed with harmful herbicides, pesticides, chlorine or bleach. It is important to me. Healthy, inside and out!
One of the great things that the folks at Conscious Period do, which I love, is give back. There are many women around the world that can't afford feminine products. For every box of tampons sold at Conscious Period, they donate organic pads to women in need. Why pads and not tampons? I asked the same question. On their website it states:
"We donate pads instead of tampons because:
-pads can be used for a longer period of time
-pads are more convenient to change, even if there is no bathroom available
-pads pose fewer hygiene challenges
-the women they are given to prefer pads"
It's a win/win! We are treating ourselves with love and giving back at the same time. Interested in trying some or even gifting some? I will post the link below along with a 15% discount code.
Until next month...
To your health inside and out,
Use code: RachelKendell15
Recipe time again. I won't even pretend I planned to give a recipe two months in a row. I had actually forgotten what I had shared last month soooo................second recipe it is. It is another one of my favorites - Almond flour cookies. Don't get too excited because although they're a great little snack, they really aren't a super sweet treat. They are more on the healthy cookie side of the cookie spectrum. Is anyone running yet?
Still reading?????? Good :) Before I get on with the recipe, I want to share some reasons to take advantage of the spring sunshine coming our way,
1. Better mood. I just had a friend mention to me today that she has been feeling a lot happier lately. She thinks maybe the weather being a little warmer and getting out in the sun has helped. She is right! Sunlight can trigger the release of seratonin and endorphins. Yep, the feel good hormones.
2. Vitamin D. Get out and soak some of this in. Vitamin D plays a part in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which aid in keeping those bones and teeth healthy and strong.
3. Deeper Sleep. When you are producing more serotonin, you will also have better production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The sunlight, specifically morning sunlight, helps to keep your biological clock working like....well clockwork. Not able to get the early morning light? Getting natural light during any part of the day will also benefit you in your sleep.
Get out enjoy the sun and fresh air. (Always make sure to enjoy the sun responsibly)
And now for the recipe:
Almond Flour Cookies
3 cups almond flour/meal
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. orange zest
Heat oven to 375 F
Mix flour, soda, salt and almonds.
In a separate bowl mix oil, syrup, whole egg, egg white and vanilla. ( I always melt my coconut oil just a bit for better blending)
Slowly add to dry ingredients.
Drop onto parchment paper covered baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes,
Ovens vary, so just check periodically.
If the edges start turning brown they are done.
Enjoy the weekend coming your way.
Until next time,
Today's blog post will be short and sweet. A little side story: One summer I lived with my cousins while I worked to save money for college. Best summer ever! Every night they would have family prayer. Each time it was my Aunt's turn to say the prayer, one of my cousins would cough/whisper "short and sweet." I guess my Aunt had a tendency for really long prayers??? I don't know, but it struck my funny bone every time it happened. Now, whenever I hear the phrase short and sweet - I think back to that wonderful summer and all the memories that go with it. Good times.
Anyhow, back to my "short and sweet" blog post. I'll finish going down memory lane with my family while they're stuck at the dinner table with me. ;) Today I want to share with you a favorite snack of mine. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites - Yum! The combination of the pumpkin and the pecans tastes so good to me! One of the great things about this snack is they are very easy to make. So easy, we could fit everything in a one minute video. Delicious, healthy, and easy. Triple Win! (The Phrase triple win could lead me into another story, but I'll refrain.)
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites
1 cup Medjool Dates
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
1 cup chopped and Roasted Pecans
1/4 cup Shredded Coconut
1 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
PInch of Sea Salt
Soak the dates for 10 minutes in filtered water. Drain and put into food processor with everything - reserving 1/4 cup of the roasted pecans to use later. Process. When mixed, roll into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in the reserved roasted pecans. Store in the fridge and enjoy!
Welcome to the new year!! This is always an exciting time for me as I think about all of the opportunities that are awaiting me. It is also a great time to reflect on the previous year and see what worked well in my life, where improvements can be made, and how I can best spend my time to serve others and myself.
Last month in my newsletter I talked about fat. Fat can be a scary word to some people. We tend to relate eating fat with gaining weight and other health problems. That can definately happen, especially if we are eating the wrong kinds of fat and a lot of it. But, the main focus of the newsletter was to recognize the benefits with eating the good fats such as: avacados, olives,wild salmon, oranic eggs, nuts and seeds. Some of these benefits are: body insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, protection of our organs, steady metabolism, keep hormone levels even, and nourishing our skin, hair and nails.
This month, I want to share a personal story with you all about fat. After I wrote my newsletter last month, my battle with my fear of fat from 22 years ago popped into my head. I feel it appropriate to share in hopes that it will be a benefit to someone.
During my last year of high school I was having some high school drama. You know how it is- Everything that happens is a big deal and your feelings about what is happening are over the top. That was me. Because I was so down about my life, I wasn't hungry. I would start eating breakfast and lose my appetite.
Since very young,I have been active. I loved gymnastics and played on the sports teams. I love to move, but at that time of my life, because my appetite was poor I started losing weight. I'll admit, having clothes feel looser than normal was kinda nice.
After a few of weeks, my life was back to semi-normal. The drama was not what it was, and my appetite had returned. The only problem with appetite returning was that I started gaining my weight back. If I had my adult head at the time, I would know that everything would be ok. I could have told myself that I was a nice healthy girl before I lost the weight and what was coming back was not such a big deal. Unfortunately, my brain wasn't that developed yet. I was still in my teenage thought processing and the weight coming back scared me a little.
One day, I found a little book at my house called the T-factor diet. Anyone else remember T-factor? Interested in what it was, I picked it up and and read all about fat grams, how cutting back on them is what to do etc. to be healthy. So, I started counting every fat gram I ate and tried not to go over 12. You read that right!! We all need little shoulder angels to knock us upside the head when we are teens!! I was miserable! I was hungry all the time. Because I was counting fat grams, my body was being filled up with mostly carbs. My lunches of peas, spaghetti noodles and Twizzlers were not satisfying. Twizzlers were really low in fat, so therefore they were healthy. See how my mind was working? I didn't realize what depriving your body of nutrients did. It wasn't until a good friend was talking to me after school and made a comment in passing that I didn't have as much muscle as I used to.
This comment caused me to think. I still didn't put two and two together, but did start to eat more of a "normal" teenage diet after that. Graduation came and went and I started college. Although I had come a long ways with my fear of fat, I would still pick the cheese off my pizza, avoid peanut butter and not eat after 7 pm. I also still relied a lot on carbs. I admit, I had a disorder. Not one of starving myself or purging, but it was still a disorder all the same. Worrying so much about what to eat and when to eat it was not a great way to live.
After my first year of college I moved to Connecticut to be a nanny. This is where the final realization occurred. I distinctly remember calling my dad one day telling him that I had put on x amount of pounds in the passed 6 months. (It was a very big deal in my head) I was very frustrated. I belonged to a gym, was eating what I thought to be pretty healthy (however, still a ton of carbs, very little amounts of fruits and veggies, and very little fat, meaning low protien as well). I was at a loss of what to do. Then one day, out of the blue, I decided I was going to eat peanut butter. It was heavenly!! And I was back!! As I introduced more fat into my diet and continued to exercise, my moods leveled out, I lost weight, and my muscle tone returned. I was amazed! Fat was not making me fat, it was helping me. It didn't happen over night, but it happened. I felt so happy and knew I was living a much more balanced life. Fat was no longer the enemy.
To this day, I steer clear of fad diets and work every day to get a better balance of the nutrients I need. It is not easy. We have so many choices to make each day. Do we plan accordingly to make sure our choices are ones that will benefit us? Our bodies are a gift! It's worth the effort to treat them with love. Enjoy your start to a new and exciting year.
Until next month remember....we need some fat in our lives to stay healthy and balanced. And as my son pointed out, from a scientific standpoint, if we didn't have fat, we would dissolve in water. Just a thought ;)
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)