My health journey started for me in my late teens, in 1969. It was the great awakening for a lot of people as we challenged some of the old ways of doing things. I became a vegetarian and started juicing and choosing life-giving foods. I lost the extra weight I had carried around since my early adolescents.
Fast forward to meeting my husband who loved agriculture. We managed an organic farm, grew all our own fruits and vegetables and raised free-range beef, lamb and chickens with love and care. I raised my children on fresh foods and juices.
Despite all of this, I still struggled with my weight, going up and down with each of my pregnancies. I never lost all the weight after my last daughter’s birth 26 years ago.
Five years ago, I separated from my husband after a 40 marriage. I have had much healing as I went back to school and became a Life Coach and did the work myself to let go of the past. Once more I lost weight, but as the stress of life and the grief of loss pushed in on me, I once again gained weight.
I fell in love 3 years ago, sold my home and moved to North Carolina. My husband Kevin and I both love good food and celebrated a lot around food. Since falling in love I have again begun to see the scale go up.
When I moved to North Carolina I saw that most people were dependent on their doctors and medication and did not know the first thing about maintaining a healthy body and mind. I decided to take Dr. Sears’ Health Coaching, though the course had excellent information on healthy oils, super foods, exercise etc., I found the diet to be too high in carbohydrates and fruit sugar.
I found the Ketogenic Diet in January of this year. It is based on moderate protein, high healthy fats, like avocados, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, olives and natural fats found in meats and fish. The diet is low carbohydrates but high in leafy greens. As I followed this diet for the first time in years, I was able to start shedding my excess weight. Surprisingly, I did not suffer from lack of energy or become hangery; because of the healthy fats in the diet I was satiated enough to go from meal to meal without a lot of hunger. One of the things I like about Dr. Bergs approach to the Ketogenic diet is that he encourages the eating of 7-10 cups of leafy vegetables, which helps your liver to get rid of the fats and toxins. I combine this with Intermittent Fasting (IF), which is not a diet but rather a dieting pattern. By fasting and then feasting on purpose, IF generally means that you consume your calories during a specific window of the day, and choose not to eat food for a larger window of time. There are so many health benefits to IF and Keto, and I have my Certification for Coaching in both.
People used to take responsibility for their own health; most of the foods they ate were grown or caught themselves. Doctors were a day’s journey away and not so readily available, so you had to know the herbs and food that would heal a sickness or injury. In this century we depend on doctors to care for us. We don’t question them nor do we listen to our own body.
Health Coaching puts the control back in your hands and helps you tap into the wisdom of the marvelous machine that is the body God gave you.