The Whole 9 Transformation
I was not always into healthy living. I didn’t think twice about eating processed foods. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I made that my excuse to have a free for all. I took the phrase, “You are eating for two!” quite literally. My husband and I made that our excuse to eat a lot! We ate and ate and ate and it showed. I gained a lot more than just baby weight. I was not choosing healthy foods whatsoever. I was satisfying my cravings with whatever I wanted. It’s not that I didn’t care about being healthy. My main focus as a 24 year old, new mom, was trying to figure out how to get out of the house with a baby in tow! I didn’t feel the need to change anything about my life because I really had no idea about processed food and the negative effects it was having on my body.
At the time, I worked as a New York City public school teacher. One of my coworkers would make comments here and there about the fact that I used plastic containers to reheat my food. She was very much into healthy living. We became friends and started running during lunch breaks. Let me rephrase that - She was running and I was dying alongside her. It was one of those I feel sorry for you so I'll "pretend to feel tired" and power walk while you jog kind of runs. It was during those times that she introduced me to the world of living/eating clean! Right before Christmas break, I brought in chocolate covered strawberries for all the teachers to share. I made a special "organic" chocolate covered strawberry platter just for her to show that I cared. *wink* We laughed about it but deep down inside, I wasn't convinced that there was a need to change anything about my life. I was literally in survival mode...A full time working mom has a lot on her plate! I was exhausted! Of course I didn't like the way I looked but I was too overwhelmed to have the desire to do anything about it & to be honest, no one was taking away my cheese and crackers!
A few years later, I made another friend who had the same healthy passion. This is when I started making healthier food choices & my pantry started looking different. Shortly after that, my cousin got married to a woman with a SEVERE, allergy to corn. She became like a sister to me from day one. Trying to cook meals that she could actually eat meant that I had to completely revamp the ingredients I used in my kitchen. It is unbelievable how much corn there is in our food! Slowly, changes were made. It is no easy task and has taken years to fine-tune it! There’s always more to learn! There was no way we could make all these changes in a day or two.
We now use non toxic cleaning products, cook with organic/local food and try hard to exercise on a regular basis. I feel best eating a combination of the Paleo/Whole30 diet with a focus on lean protein. In addition to this, I’ve chosen to avoid red meat and begin exploring a diet that’s more plant based. This is all in response to the genetic testing I had done. I do as much as I can to ensure my family eats as clean as possible. Psalm 123:3 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” It’s not always easy to think of our children as blessings, especially during mealtime with a picky eater! I’d love for you to join me as we navigate through this journey called motherhood, give you encouragement when you feel that you don’t have it all together and provide you with resources that I’ve come up with to be able to juggle motherhood and it’s many blessings and challenges! I hope you'll stick around for a while!