My personal story:
I loved food from an early age. Yummy, flavorful, fresh food. I was even voted “Most Likely to Become a Chef” in eighth grade. (Man, how did they predict that one?!)
I grew up on the Mediterranean diet. In my house, we always had a home-cooked dinner and a fridge stocked with fruits, veggies and of course, hummus and pita bread. My friends loved coming over to enjoy my mom’s Lebanese cooking.
We didn’t have much junk food around. (It was a “lucky night” when we were treated to Swanson’s TV dinners!)
Then, I started college. At my university was a humongous cafeteria with all the different foods anyone would want. There was pizza, tacos, BBQ chicken, french fries, hamburgers, creamy pasta, smothered pasta, mac ‘n’ cheese, coffee, coffee, and more coffee… There were even mini food stands sprinkled throughout campus.
And I. ate. ALL OF IT.
My skin started to break out, I was tired in my classes, and “the freshman 15” came about quickly. I was working full-time at a software company and attending school full-time, so I had to scarf down food when I saw it.
The weight kept creeping up and up, and then, it happened. I got called a “fat” name. Moi? Fat? I was horrified.
That’s when I discovered the gym (another extremely valuable facility at my school). Working out was hard. I knew I had to do something to make losing the weight easier. That’s when I developed an interest in nutrition.
I learned if I could just change what I was eating, my time in the gym would be a lot easier. And that’s exactly what happened.
My excess weight dropped off, my energy soared, and my skin cleared up. (Mostly. It didn’t totally clear up until I quit smoking. Blame that on living in France for a semester.)
Today, I’m a mother to two amazing children who love their smoothies and think celery is a treat. It’s important that I admit to you: I AM NOT PERFECT. Eating healthy and living healthy is absolutely a challenge in today’s world. But I make it work because it’s important to me and my family.
I’d love to help you do the same.