Today’s #FeatureFriday blogger is Angelena, a mom, NASM certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist and a certified kettle bell instructor. She works with her clients to help them reach their health and fitness goals. She also is a healthy living blogger at On Fire Fitness Healthy Living. She hopes to inspire and teach others to live a healthy life!
About 2 months ago I went to see an alternative health care practitioner to find out why it was becoming so hard for me to lose stubborn belly fat that seemingly came out of nowhere when I turned 33. I thought maybe I had some hormone issue, like cortisol/DHEA. After getting my results back from all my blood work, and hearing that I had some of the healthiest results she had ever seen I was still stumped. Why was it so hard for me to get rid of that belly fat. This is when I was introduced to the Paleo lifestyle. Being in health and fitness, I had heard of Paleo, and to be honest I thought it went hand in hand with Crossfit and was a “fad” type thing. She recommended “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf. After reading what Paleo was and the reasoning behind adopting this type of lifestyle I decided to give it a go. It took me about 5 weeks to fully feel the benefits of removing all non-paleo foods: dairy, grains, sugar, processed foods, legumes (including peanut butter) and anything “white”. I focused on eating all real whole foods: organic poultry, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and nuts and seeds. I did have a few slip ups in the first few weeks, and realized the power that processed food had on my brain chemistry. I was detoxing from the foods that were highly addictive. There are studies that show that sugar is 8 times as addictive as cocaine! There is a reason you keep reaching for those cookies and candy. Once it is in your system you are going to crave it. Once you remove it from your diet, and it is out of your system the fog lifts and the cravings end.
I feel that this is what truly changed my relationship with food. Once I was able to eliminate the foods that caused cravings and focus on eating whole real foods that nourished my body and mind, I was in control of my food. I now see food as fuel. It is meant to keep us thriving and only whole real foods can do that for us. I eat a lot of food throughout the day when I am hungry. Now that I am prepping for my first bikini competition in the fall, I make sure that I have food ready at all times. My fridge is stocked with grilled chicken breasts, salads, fruits, eggs, vegetables and almond butter. I don’t feel those cravings that I once did that had me standing in front of my pantry grabbing a handful of things that were not good for my body or mind. I now have control of what I put in my body and it feels great to know that I am treating my body the way it was meant to be treated…nourishing it with WHOLE REAL FOOD.
If you have any questions about how to change your relationship with food please feel free to send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to help!
Connect with Angelena:
- Have you tried the Paleo lifestyle? If so, what do you think about it?
- What items are always stocked in your refrigerator or pantry?