- Freedom from restricting
- Freedom from counting
- Freedom from judgement
My Philosophy: I teach a non restricted, real food, sustainable lifestyle.
Mission Statement: I desire to help people find freedom in real food and use it to fuel and nourish their lifestyle.
1. Beginning Stages of My Life
I started eating healthy while I was in high school. I grew up with a family that enjoyed eating low carb (my dad has lost weight eating this way – close to The Atkin’s Diet). I ate this way for a while and realized how important healthy fat was and how our bodies uses it for energy. In fact, at rest or during light exercise, fats contribute 80-90% of our energy, carbohydrates provide 5-18% and protein provides 2-5%.
Now, I am not bashing low carbohydrate diets. I do believe there is a time and place for them, especially in dealing with diabetes and/or insulin resistance. However, eating a low carbohydrate diet was not for me. When the focus was so much on carbohydrates alone, I felt restricted. I didn’t feel free to eat the way I wanted to. I also could tell that it was affecting my hormone levels. And hormones are very important for appetite and weight regulation in your body. And I am not talking about the refined carbohydrates, like “carb-loading” on white pasta for a competition or workout. I do believe everyone should stay away from refined carbohydrates and sugar for the majority of the time. I was limiting real food carbs, like fruits and starchy vegetables. This was affecting my energy and hormone levels.
2. In Dietetic School
I have never been a fan of the dreaded calorie counting. While I was in school for dietetics, it was very focused on “calories in, calories out” in order to lose weight. While calories matter, putting the main focus on them leads to unhealthy patterns of restricting, indulging and guilt.
So, I went from viewing low carbohydrate as the best for weight loss, to a school that said calories in, calories out was what mattered most. I was confused for a while. Confused about the misinformation I had been receiving for so long.
Going through dietetic school showed me that our bodies are incredibly complex. We all have different needs and food affects all of our bodies differently.
One of the best takeaways I had was that it’s ultimately about what you’re eating (the source), not about how much (the calories). Because if it truly is calories in, calories out, your
Nourishing spinach salad (with plenty of healthy fat) = A few 100 calorie snack packs
Because, it’s the same amount of calories.
The problem is that your body will digest and absorb that spinach salad differently than those 100 calorie snack packs. It will have a different impact on your hormone levels, including your hunger hormones, which can impact how much you eat overall. When we eat too much, we do gain weight, no matter where those calories are coming from.
3. My Views Today
Losing weight is way more complex than how many calories you eat versus how many calories you are burning. There are so many factors that may be influencing you and your roadblock to the health status your desire! This may include things like sleep, supplements, stress, social relationships, hormone levels, diet, under exercise or over exercise.
Today, I don’t believe that everyone should eat a low carbohydrate diet or count every calorie they consume. I eat real food with plenty of healthy fats and I don’t have to count! I no longer stress about food or exercise. I feel free to live the life that is planned out for me.
You deserve to feel comfortable and at home in your own body. And guess what – it’s possible.
- I desire to help people find freedom from all the nutrition information out there.
- I want others to know how easy it is to live the life they truly want to.
- I want to help others discover what this lifestyle is and how to achieve it, starting today.
- I believe each of my clients will be different and need a unique, individual plan to achieve their goals.
- I hope to help people clear away all the confusion behind dieting and counting calories and make their health and fitness goals achievable and sustainable.
My Life in Pictures
Picture credit: Tim and Stacey Rygh (top) Kelsey James Photography (bottom)