Remember the time when eating was joyful, you couldn’t wait to dive into your favorite pasta dish with a glass of Chianti and enjoy some delicious desert after?
What happened to the days of eating what you desired guilt free without a second thought of how this mouthwatering meal in front of you will affect your waistline, raise your cholesterol or insulin levels and elevate your blood pressure.
And where have the days gone when you didn’t have to worry about GMO’s, pesticides, antibiotics and viruses infested produce and groceries causing you to gain weight, heart disease and diabetes?
Everybody has a food story. Whether you belief that eating nutritious and wholesome is depriving yourself of the foods you love to be fit and healthy or counting calories is your thing. If you have been following me for some time you know that I am not sugar-free, gluten-free or fun-free when it comes to my food and body.
………..but it was not always like that.
When I moved to the USA in the 80’s I was fascinated with the abundance of supermarkets, restaurants and fast food chain’s. There was not one Mc Donald’s, Burger King and the like where I came from. I was in awe with the size of the supermarkets here, everything you could ever want and need under one roof available 24/7 to you.
Naturally the foodie in me had try anything that looked delicious and tasty.
So for the first year of living here I ate myself through the aisles of my local supermarket, donut shop, restaurants and drive through’s.
It did not take long until my clothe started to be snug around the waist, I felt tired and exhausted most days, exercising became a chore and I had a difficulties keeping up with my studies. I partied hard and enjoyed life to its fullest, food and drinks all inclusive.
Until I meet my husband….
He had the chutzpah to tell me that if I wanted to lose weight and be healthier I should do xyz on our first date! Any other woman would have run, I staid. What he had said to me had been heard down to the deepest cellular level within me.
For the first time that year I actually took a real good look at myself when I got home. I made a list of all that had changed since moving here, what I missed most from my own country and family and listed all my desires and goals I had set out to accomplish before I got sidetracked. I journaled the night away, filling page after page with my thoughts, feelings, fears and dreams.
The next morning I got back in the driver seat of my health, body and mind.
But it was not what you think………..
My solution to losing the extra pounds fast (after all I had fallen madly in love) was counting calories and starving myself by drinking and eating fat-free, sugar-free prepackaged shakes and meals. “Diet food” alas Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Dr. Atkins. It became a 24/7 obsession of mine and only got worse as time went on. I would allow myself two shakes and one pre-made meal a day, no snacks, fresh fruit or anything else but water, some days it was one shake only, the less I ate the less I wanted.
Yes, I was back in no time at my ideal weight and even less soon after, but overall I felt awful, depressed and exhausted. Add on the stress of my studies, dating a man seventeen years older than I, hiding the relationship from my family, my eating habits from him and my friends became a full-time job.
My turning point ………
I passed out working out, exhausted, malnourished and dehydrated. Thankfully my intuition kicked in as soon as I gained consciousness and I knew then and there that the way I was treating myself was inexcusable.
I got back in the drivers seat again…..this time for good.
I rediscovered and got back in touch with shopping for fresh produce and groceries, cooking delicious meals and enjoying my food, just like we do in Austria. I hired a coach and worked on my mindset, cleared old beliefs and family stories that unconsciously held me back and kept me stuck. It was challenging at first, but I had the love of my life on my side every step of the way and supporting me any which way he could.
Through my ongoing studies, experiments and research over many years I slowly fell head over heals in love with women’s health and wellness and in 2011 turned my passion into a successful coaching career.
Every day I get to help women optimize their lives by taking utmost care of their health while they go after their divine personal and professional desires, goals and dreams.
I invite you this week to take some time and pay attention to where you might be unconsciously creating drama around your nutrition, health, life style, self care or weight. There is no need to pretend that nothing is happening, that all is good with you and your world.
When you open up your heart and soul to experience what you have been avoiding, you will be amazed at the release you are feeling. Even when you think all will fall apart, trust me, what’s waiting for you on the other side is true power.
“Your health is your biggest asset, live and work in ways that honor you and you will receive dividends of a lifetime filled with divine health, wellness and success.”
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