A snippet of my story…
Even though I can remember thinking I needed to go on a diet as early as the 2nd grade and trying numerous fad methods all throughout elementary school, high school and college, my journey to health started in earnest more than 25 years ago. And here is a slice of how I remember it…
Meat Helper in a Crappy Kitchen
As a chubby housewife in the early 90’s, while living in a crappy tiny apartment in Santa Monica I slogged through meal after meal trying to live up to the 50’s housewife standards. With nothing more than a box of ‘meat helper’ in my teenie crappy kitchen and an angry husband I was determined to be the best wifey. Not a fresh vegetable in sight, I was pretty sure I could figure it all out…and look pretty doing it too. It was a struggle to say the least……and then add 2 premature children (along with the angry husband) into the mix and I was a ragged mess. I kept at it and kept cooking….and however fleeting it was I did have some mild success at the family dinner table. BUT my waistline and back side continued to grow…and the roller coaster of “dieting” began in earnest.
I’ve been on every “diet” known to modern civilization. You name it I’ve tried it, except the one where you inject pregnant horse urine….I drew the line at that one. I took cooking classes, knife skills classes, cooked numerous garbage-can-worthy meals, learned to love dishwashing (kinda), and binge watched every Martha Stewart/Rachel Ray/Sandra Lee episode. I cooked in that crappy kitchen and then I cooked some more. What came along with that was weight gain and weight loss of the same 20lbs on and off and on again. HOWEVER…..what this sparked in me was a quest to figure out why I followed all doctors orders to eat less and exercise more, but I just could not stick to “the plan”.
The Loop in My Head
The loop in my head was if you want to be thin and fit you MUST count your calories, starve yourself, beat yourself up in the gym…and I just couldn’t do that to myself anymore. The American public has never been fatter and clearly I was not the only one struggling with this problem. There had to be a better way.
I went on to earn a Certification in Holistic Health and Nutrition Counseling. I continued with my thirst for the answers to the “what’s healthy”equation. Over the next few years I toyed with veganism, macrobiotics, counting calories, taking handfuls of supplements all the while under unbelievable amounts of stress from EVERY angle……which ultimately led to having part of my colon removed from all the stress of it all. (This is another story for another time).
I had to totally re-think and re-learn what was healthy FOR ME. So here I am today with a lot less of my colon, in desperate need of a manicure, with nay an angry husband in sight, and healthier and happier than ever. At 5’9′ and 130 lbs able to do ANYTHING physically I want and looking young and vibrant while doing it…….And it all starts with REAL food, less stress and lots of gratitude. It’s been quite an experience and a long road, but I had to start somewhere….and you will learn too.
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