One of the most common goals I hear from my clients is that they want to lose weight. This isn't anything new and will forever be something people want. They want to see the number on the scale go down.
And I get this. Really, I do. But when I hear how they've attempted to do this, it makes me very sad. Limiting what you're eating and how much (aka, a severe calorie deficit) is NOT the healthy way to lose weight. Just a friendly PSA - not eating is not a way to lose weight...or at least a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight.
The other side of the coin is that the number on the scale doesn't define you. I can tell you I weigh more now than I did in my 20s, but I am healthier, plus look and feel better than I did then. If I allowed the number on the scale to define me, I doubt I would be in the same boat.
Here's how I define my health...do my clothes fit? Do I feel good? Aka, am I not bloated? Am I using the bathroom efficiently? Do I like how I look in the mirror? How is my performance in the gym?
My weight has never defined me, thankfully. I've never been one to care about the number on the scale.
But I know this isn't the case for everyone. Many women live and die by that number. They obsess. They weigh themselves every day. It becomes a source of stress and often times, becomes an unhealthy disorder. And they make food evil.
I promise you, food is not evil. Food can be unhealthy, yes. But not evil. Done properly, food can be a source of health and satisfaction. Yes, I promise!
It's one of the things I help my clients with. Figuring out what food works best for them, how much they should be eating (hint: it's usually MORE than they think!), and eliminating the things that don't work for them. It's crazy how your body reacts when it's fed the right, optimal foods.
It took me years....yes, YEARS to figure out what my food sensitivities were. I did a ton of elimination diets. I was a vegetarian for 4 years, albeit a bad one. By that, I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and frozen meals. I certainly was not a healthy vegetarian. I was still having hormonal issues, including terrible break-outs and horrific menstrual cycles.
At this point, I decided to become a vegan. I literally took so many foods out of my diet. I tried a juicing routine, where all I had for three days was vegetable and fruit juice. Yes...it was as tortuous as it sounds. I was a vegan for one year. And I still suffered from hormonal issues.
I was miserable.
I called my mother one Halloween crying at how unhappy and unhealthy I looked. The acne on my face was bright red and painful. I had gotten home from work and washed my face and hated how I looked. I called my mom and said, "If I take anything else out of my diet, I will be eating dirt." I had no idea what else to do.
Fast forward a couple months and I'm prepping for knee surgery. I'd torn my ACL and meniscus and was having my last meal before surgery the next day. I made "healthy" no bake cookies and ate all of them for dinner. Yes... Every. Single. One.
Needless to say, coming out of surgery the next day was miserable. I was having a severe attack where I was hot and sweaty and starting to black out, but the nurses wouldn't give me any food because my blood sugar was so high. I finally convinced them, probably because I was so frantic, to give me something.
That was my wake-up call. I needed to change what I was doing. And it was then I realized I was 110% addicted to sugar.
After my recovery and rehab (which was awful, FYI), I decided to do a sugar detox. I found a 21-day sugar detox online and decided to follow it to a T. Within one week, YES...ONE WEEK, my skin was starting to clear up. I could not believe how much I was addicted to sugar.
Also, during this detox, I started eating meat again. Bacon was my gate-way drug. My energy levels increased. My hormones started balancing out. My acne cleared up.
Y'all. It was like night and day. And was the start of my path to becoming a health coach and wanting to help others.
It took me 6 years to figure my issues out. Six. Long. Years. Done all by myself.
I've helped clients in 6 months! Having the help, the accountability, the suggestions and guidance, makes a world of difference! I only wish I'd had the same during my journey.
During this entire time, the scale was not my defining factor. For me, it was figuring out how to balance my hormones and clear up my acne.
What is it for you? What are you looking to change? What goals are you trying to achieve?
I can help. I've been there. I've walked in your shoes. And I'd love to help you. Comment below or send me a message. Let's walk this journey together!
Heave a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,