|Posted by benproko on July 4, 2015 at 9:55 PM|
If you have a heartbeat, you have struggled with making healthy choices- especially concerning food. Dietary “guidelines” have drastically shifted in a short amount of time, food labels are now more deceiving than ever, and the internet is flooded with conflicting health information. Holy Poo Poo! What the heck IS a healthy diet???
I have been searching for that answer for at least 8 years now. I was forced into caring about what I ate when my heart started beating erratically one morning at the age of 25. It lasted for days and I thought I was going to die- haha (I can laugh now, because I didn’t). But it scared the bajeebeez out of me and I knew something, obviously, was not right. Many of you have probably been discouraged after visiting a specialist only to come home with a bottle of pills and no solution for the source- that was me. I refused to be on pills for the rest of my life- surely there was a better solution and that is when I turned to nutrition.
I began researching nutrition data related to cardiovascular health on the internet. This led me to subscribing to articles and medical news. Before long, books on nutrition became my Amazon consumer staple. I enrolled in the Digestive Intensive course from Holistic Nutrition Lab and got certified in Sports Nutrition through ISSN. Now, for fun, I listen to nutrition podcast while I work out and read as much as I can on anything pertaining to the topic.
*Scrunching up the nose while pushing up the nerd glasses and adjusting the suspenders.
Obsessed- NO! Passionate- VERY! Why? Because I personally have experienced a tremendous difference in wellbeing and have witnessed others do the same by making sustainable lifestyle changes. Does my pea-pickin’ heart beat perfectly all the time- no, but through my journey, I have learned what sets it off of its harmonious rhythm. I have also learned which foods make my heart happy. In addition, I’ve discovered which foods can be mood altering and what kind of meals make me feel lethargic- mentally and physically. I have learned how to dial in Ironman and other endurance race nutrition perfectly. Knowing how to fuel properly during a competition has allowed me to fulfill my potential and pump out the numbers I am physically capable and still finish with a smile!
I have discovered healthy living is all about the journey and discovering what is right for you! And that is what I want to share with others. I want to help others embark on a sustainable, healthy lifestyle transformation by:
• Learning about food (whole vs processed, ingredients to avoid, etc)
• Discovering how your body reacts and processes food (physiological & psychological responses)
• Exploring your individual nutrition needs (assessing symptoms and moods after meals)
• Developing healthy habits (learning the power of consistency & self-control)
• Learning how to enjoy meal planning and allow a healthy dose of flexibility. (“Let good enough, be good enough” –Sohee Lee)
Despite the existence of confusing, misleading nutrition information out there- I believe that it is possible to overcome the dark cloud that hangs over our heads about choosing the right foods. Meal planning should be enjoyable. Being flexible within reason is absolutely necessary. If you are willing to make the change, commit, and be as consistent as possible- while still enjoying life, you will experience transformation and be able to stick with it!
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