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Why the food-health connection is so personal for me

my family - why food + health is personal to me

The connection between real food and health is a very personal topic for me.

It began when I was 15, sitting in a pastor’s office with my parents. (I was about that age in the photo above. I’m on the left.) My poor mom and dad were at their wits’ end: they couldn’t figure out why their daughter had turned into Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde. I was prone to such angry, violent outbursts that I sometimes frightened my own mom and dad. I could see it in their eyes.

After listening to our story for a bit, the pastor asked my parents a surprising, pivotal question: “Have you had her tested for hypoglycemia?” (low blood sugar).

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Wanna change? Start small and doable. (#2thingschallenge)

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I remember when I first felt a glimmer of hope that I might actually be able to lose the weight I’d gained over the course of several stressful years. I found a website for a personal trainer, and the people in the “before pics” looked a lot like me. But what was even more encouraging was their “after pics.” They looked leaner, healthier, happier — but not like they were spending two hours a day working out. Maybe this is possible, I thought. And I actually cried from relief. I hadn’t realized just how hopeless I felt until a little ray of hope shone into my gloomy heart.

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2 things you gotta change for permanent weight loss

2 things you gotta change for permanent weight loss

For years, I had only temporary success at weight loss. I’d exercise for a while, lose some fat, then stop exercising and gain it back. Or I’d cut out some foods, lose a few pounds, then gain them back. Usually the cycle ran less than a year.

I’m not alone. Nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years, according to Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania. (source)

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Success story: Annie sought relief from chronic pain, and changed her life

success story; Paleo Annie, before and after

Today, I’m sharing a success story that touches on a topic near to my heart: lupus. My dad suffered from lupus for a little more than three decades before he went home to Jesus in 2010. Before he was actually diagnosed, he was bedridden and in severe pain for weeks at a time, for more than a year. After diagnosis, he was on heavy-duty meds that kept the pain and inflammation under control for many years, enabling him to live a more-or-less normal life. Once a week, he went in for his methotrexate shot, and I think he took other medications as well. In the end, lupus + the meds + the stress of caring for my mom as she declined in Alzheimer’s did him in. If only we’d known then how much of a role food can play in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, he may have been able to take less medicine, and been with us longer.

But now, many lupus sufferers are discovering that the Paleo diet or some variation of it helps reduce their symptoms. On Instagram, I met Annie through the #paleo hashtag, and I was intrigued when she mentioned that she has lupus. She recently shared the before and after pics you see above, and I asked if I could share her story here. (You can find her on Instagram as @wholepaleoannie.)

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7 questions to define the perfect eating plan for you now

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“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.

By the second day you’re off it.”

— Jackie Gleason

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So, are you thinking about starting a new eating plan? Whole30, Paleo, 21-Day Sugar Detox, Mediterranean, or ketogenic? Good for you! But maybe you’re a little worried because of past experiences you’ve had starting — and stopping — a new diet.

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Making real food a part of your real life

Real Food for Real Life

So, imagine it’s 4:30 or so, and it’s just dawning on you that you don’t know what you’re fixing for dinner tonight. Do you figure out what recipe you’re going to use, make a list, go by the store, and cook it when you get home? Or do you choose frozen factory food, drive-through, or carryout — again?

I know that routine well! It’s how I lived from my early 20’s till, oh, about my early 50’s. But not any more.

People often ask me how/what I eat, and when they hear the words “real food,” or “veggies, protein, and healthy fat,” a typical response is, “Oh, I don’t have time for that.”

But the thing is, they probably do. You probably do.

Oh, there’s a bit of a learning curve, where you have to figure out how to tweak your shopping and your meal prep, but I’m about to give you a shortcut. And once you put some key pieces together, it’s really easy to throw a meal together in 20 minutes or less.

Every. Single. Day.

I worked it out the hard way, but now I’ve got it down to a system. I’ve scattered bits and pieces of my system through several posts on this blog, but I’ve never put them together in one place, in a systematic way that flows logically.

Until now! 🙂

I pulled several blog posts, updated them, added some new content, and organized it into a short e-book.

I worked hard at boiling everything down to easy-to-understand and easy-to-do. And I think I got it, because my first reader said,

“This book not only gave me a better understanding of nutrition, but encouraged me as well. As I read it I thought, ‘I could do this!’ Which for me is huge!

I share the what, why, and how of my real-food approach that’s helped me keep 30 pounds off for three years, and feel better than I have since my 20’s! (Which was — cough – 30 years ago – cough.)

Just shortened that learning curve for ya!

pages from e-book, real food for real life

You’ll learn:

  • why real food matters
  • what to eat and what to avoid
  • a simple real-food meal template
  • how to make it easy forever:
    – the flexible meal plan approach
    – how I stock my kitchen
    – how I stock my freezer
  • tips for healthier snacks & eating out

“If you’re looking to make a change and need a place to start, this book is it!”

– a reader

This e-book captures my most important tips and info. It includes lots of links to real-food recipes on this blog, and to other resources. Just putting in the links (rather than the whole recipe) keeps the book short and simple — and affordable.

How affordable? How does five bucks sound? (Psst — you can get it for even less if you share it on Facebook or Twitter. Look for the button that says “Share and get 40% off.”)

I’m keeping it cheap ’cause I really just want you to experience how great it feels to get really healthy, have more energy, shed the brain fog, and make it doable for your real life — forever!

Check it out here: Real Food for Real Life: what to eat and how to make it easy

 

Success story: Linda’s eating clean

Linda's eating clean - before and after - whole30 weight loss success

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my Instagram friends. We’ve never met in real life, but I was so impressed with her story when she shared it on IG, I asked to share it with you.

I love that her story includes backtracking without giving up; that she kept trying till she found what worked. And of course, that she’s discovered how great it feels when you eat real food!

Here’s her story in her own words:

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