I’m sharing a personal win with you today. I share it not to toot my own horn, but in hopes that I can encourage and inspire you that what you eat really does matter, not just for your health but in your ability to thrive through life.
If you have been following me for awhile, you know that three years ago my physical health suffered greatly as a result of the stress I was under and the way I was eating.
I always thought I was eating pretty health. Of course, it could have been better, but I did a great job of paying attention to the amount of calories I consumed.
How I got those calories, I didn’t care.
Calories Are Not Created Equal
To give you an idea of how I used to eat, I would have cereal or malt-o-meal for breakfast. By the time 9:00am rolled around I was starving and grabbed for a low-calorie granola bar and a Coke. I always told myself one can a day is okay for me.
By 11am I was more than ready for lunch where I typically would eat a sandwich, pretzels, and a minimal amount of fruits and vegetables. This cycle continued again at 3pm where I would grab another quick, 100 calorie food snack, before heading home and cooking up a convenient meal that came out of a box.
This “healthy” way of eating was based on empty calories and processed foods. Most of my diet consisted of carbohydrates, made from processed foods. As you can see I consumed very little fruits and vegetables.
I lived like this for years. I didn’t know any different or any better.
Until of course, I started getting sick. It was then that I learned how to eat better and healthier for me.
Since this time, I have devoured the research on proper ways to eat food. What I found astounded me. I quickly learned the “experts” don’t even agree on what to eat (although this is slowly changing, thank goodness!).
I realized that not all calories are made alike and that rather than eating 100 calorie snack-packs laid in highly processed carbohydrates, to choose plant-based and high fat foods, like nuts and avocado’s.
And, I finally embraced the truth that vegetables and fruits do matter in your diet.
Slowly, I started changing what I ate. I first got rid of eating gluten after I found out my body could not process this protein. This of course meant cutting out almost all carbohydrates.
This change was a big one and meant I needed to revamp everything! The biggest change was in my snacks and my dinners. I have now learned to cook from scratch using real foods with minimal ingredients.
Once I felt like I mastered this step, I then started adding in more fruits and vegetables into my day by drinking a green smoothie every morning for breakfast. These smoothies are filled with nothing but fuel for your body.
These small but consistent changes have made all the difference to my health.
The Proof Is In the Numbers
You don’t have to look much further than my cholesterol numbers to see how making small but consistent (which is key) changes in my diet has significantly affected my overall health. Take a look for yourself.
Total Cholesterol – Ideal range is 100-199 mg/dL
HDL (Good) Cholesterol – Ideal range is >40 mg/dL
LDL (Bad) Cholesterol – Ideal range is < or equal to 130 mg/dL
Triglycerides – Ideal range <150 mg/dL
“The cherry on top” was when my doctor wrote ”excellent” next to my Lipid panel at my last physical.
This excellence was not achieved by desire alone. It required work, dedication, and a commitment to want to change.
And, to be honest, it also required me to endure plenty of looks, questions, and doubts from others.
Those looks and doubts didn’t matter to me. I was dedicated to feeling better and living a thriving life where I was healthy for me and my family.
Saying Yes to Change
The message I want you to hear today, is that it is do-able! If I can do it, then so can you!
The key is to start small. Pick one area of your eating that you can improve on and work to make it better.
Create a bullet journal and start tracking the days that you succeed in making those small changes a part of your day.
As you record your changes, remember, you are aiming for progress, not perfection.
If, along the way, you get stuck, or need direction on how to get started, friend, email me! I’m here to help you!
I want nothing more than for you to feel better and to be healthier.
Praying you through,