Can you believe it’s already that time of year?! I spent Thanksgiving with my family in Aptos, California at a resort on the beach. This is a tradition we’ve been doing for years and always one that I look forward to. One thing that I especially loved was sharing all of our 2017 highlights. Each person took a turn, and I wanted to share mine with you. I stood up and said: “The biggest highlight for me this year was being able to heal my body through food, get off all medication, and reverse my symptoms of acid reflux and Barrett’s Esophagus.” It’s true, this has been a huge accomplishment for me.
Often times I get asked how I was able to do this. My answer is always the same: through food. Once I realized that food is medicine, my life forever changed. Module 13 was all about clean eating. This is not dieting or restricting. It’s not cutting calories. So what is it then? It’s eating real, whole foods, that are rich in nutrients and ones that provide fuel for your body. It’s eating fresh and organic if possible, with very limited processed foods or refined carbohydrates. It’s being mindful of what you’re putting in your body without obsessing over it. It’s balancing your plate with proper macronutrients (protein, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates) with lots of greens and fiber. Over the past year I’ve followed this approach and can honestly say I’ve never felt better. There’s no more drama around food. I’m able to live and enjoy meals without the guilt. Another perk is that since incorporating these changes, I no longer want the sugary, carb-loaded things I used to live off of. It’s amazing what the body can do. IIN has taught me that our bodies are designed to heal themselves by themselves if given the proper nutrients. I remind myself (and my clients) that every time we eat, we are either feeding disease or fighting it.
I believe that a major trigger for my SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth), acid reflux, and Barrett’s Esophagus was my addiction to sugar. If you want to read more about sugar and its effects, please refer to this blog post. I’m human and I’d be lying if I said I never eat sugar. That would actually be impossible unless I made every single thing I put in my body from scratch and didn’t allow myself to live a little. Sugar is in so much of what we eat. If you eat anything that comes in a box or use condiments or salad dressings, then you’re most likely consuming sugar. Part of clean eating is limiting sugar. I’m excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with two friends (head on over to Instagram and follow @fitfabwellbychanel and @bringyourownkombucha!) and starting Monday, 11/27, we’re hosting a 5-day sugar cleanse. If you are interested in joining us, let me know and I’ll add your e-mail to the list. We are sending out recipes, tips, and doing a huge giveaway! I’ve attached my fivefructosefree MEAL PLAN for all of my blog followers in case you want an idea of what I’ll be eating.
Another highlight of 2017 was becoming a consultant for Beautycounter. This is a nontoxic makeup and skincare company that is on a mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone. I’ve worked so much to clean out my insides, that I felt it was necessary to do the same on the outside. Our skin is our largest organ. What we put on it directly enters into our bloodstream. I never thought twice about the products I was using until doing research through Beautycounter. 1938 was the last year that the U.S. passed a major federal law regulating the safety of the personal skincare industry. I also learned that 80% of the cosmetic ingredients used in convenience store products have never been tested for safety. We can’t control our genetics, but we can control the products we use. I felt compelled to join this movement and have fully transitioned to using #klean and safe products on my skin. If you want to learn more about Beautycounter please reach out. Or if you’re ready to start shopping click here!
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2017 has been an #iincredible year for me in terms of improving my health and making better lifestyle choices. If you’re interested in learning more or seeking help for any health-related issues please contact me. I would love to send you a health history form to fill out and then we can discuss how to best meet your needs. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and wish you nothing but health and happiness as we close out the year!
Food for thought: I am SO thankful for YOU! It means the world to me that you take the time to read these posts.
Thankful for this guy too of course!