Change is uncomfortable. I don’t like it. Being uncomfortable? Forget it. If I have a choice between pain and comfort, I will instinctually choose comfort over pain any day. It’s in my nature. It’s in all our nature.
But sometimes the pain of staying the same actually outweighs the pain of change. It is only until the pain of change outweighs the pain of staying the same that I make the choice to change (go through pain, be uncomfortable.) Because at that moment, I know –deep down– that I will see immediate and positive benefits in my life by doing so.
Here’s how my life has completely transformed since I made the decision to invite positive change into my life:
1. Weight Loss & Weight Stability
I lost over 60 pounds of unwanted fat over the course of 2 years. The first 20 pounds being in the first few months! I was pumped. I not only felt more amazing on the inside, but felt better about my appearance on the outside. I had more energy, and could fit into my clothes. I was a new person.
Now my weight is stable. (Well, apart from my random binges on chocolate, rice chips, or blueberry muffins!) I’m not perfect. I’m human. I still struggle with choosing healthy food over comfort junk food more than I’d like to admit. But for the most part, I’m to the point where I can recognize when my overconsumption on less clean foods is getting out of hand, and make the conscious decision to eat less of them. This is how I keep on track. It’s a constant struggle, but it’s worth it.
2. Skin Transformation
I used to have the worst acne. My cheeks, chin, forehead, (even my eyebrows!) had bumps and blemishes. They would be the deep, painful, blistery ones too. They hurt. They pained me when I looked in the mirror. I felt ugly. And I was uncomfortable! I would just sit and cry, asking “Why me?” ALL THE TIME.
I’m pretty sure I became ugly to others too, stemming from all my self-hate and pain that I was feeling and believing about myself on the inside. What you believe about yourself truly shows on the outside. Start believing positive and empowering thoughts about yourself and you’ll change your life. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. 🙂
Now, my skin is clear. I still get the occasional blemish or two around ‘that time of the month,’ or if I eat too much chocolate, (I just freaking love chocolate!) But never again have I had the excessive problem with my skin since I changed what I put in and on my body.
3. Mind Reparation
I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I can remember. As a young child, I would be so extremely terrified to go to school that I would cry every morning. My mom would have to feed me Mylanta, a medicine to calm the stomach, most mornings because my anxiety was that bad. I don’t know what I feared so much, but I just knew I feared something.
My depression started when I was 17. This is when I fell in love for the first time. Boys break hearts, and I got mine broken plenty. I didn’t know who I was or what my values were. I was in a constant search for approval. I started eating emotionally. I became a binge eater. I’d literally eat almost an entire 1/2 gallon container of ice cream in one sitting. Then I’d throw it up and eat more. I was a sad person. I was a scared person. I was confused and lonely and looking for answers. I was put on anti-depressants to help. And they did. Sometimes. I needed to change something at the root of the problem.
I now can say that I’m free from that anxiety. I’m free from that depression. Although I still struggle with both from time to time in an effort to be perfect, to not make mistakes, and to be better than everyone else. But when I’m real with myself, and feed myself empowering thoughts and life-giving food, I become balanced. My mind is repaired. It is in balance once again. And how freeing that feels!
4. Saving Animals & Compassion
I’ve always loved animals. Not just enjoyed or liked animals, but LOVED animals. Like, animals feed my soul kind of love. I’ve always felt very connected with them in some way. I see a part of me in them. The part of me that is scared, timid, territorial, kind, full of unconditional love.
But I never put two and two together. I ate meat and thought nothing of it. I consumed dairy products without thinking about how they got from the animal to the grocery store shelves.
I was asked once by Nathan, my once friend now husband-
Nathan: “So, do you like animals?”
Me: “Yes! I LOOOOVVVVE animals!!”
Nathan: “Oh, so are you a vegetarian?”
Me: “(blank look) Uhh..no. (*feelings of guilt)”
He didn’t mean to make me feel that way, it was just a logical thought pattern. If I truly loved and cared about animals, why would I kill them (pay others kill them for me) and eat them? Valid question. It would make logical sense that I would be vegetarian since I LOOOOOVED animals so much.
I look back and laugh. I did NOT change that day. In fact, I didn’t change until over 2 YEARS after that. I believed I couldn’t quit meat. It was my main source of food. My thoughts went something like this: “Why would I become vegetarian? That would be ridiculous!”
That was me then. Oh how the times have changed. How my life has changed. I keep going on my clean eating journey because I can now eat with a clear conscience. My dinner plate is full of compassion. It makes me feel good that I can save animals. Save the planet. All from the food choices I make each day.
I feel that now that I don’t eat animals, nor their by-products, I am now proving my word. Proving what I believe in. Doing what I believe in. Serving a higher purpose. Feeling good about where my food comes from and how it got to my plate. No animals harmed. And that’s the way I like it. ❤
5. Lasting energy
Now that I eat clean, I have the lasting energy I need to get through the day, even that 2:00pm slump! (and it’s not with the help from my old favorite energy drinks.) No. It doesn’t stem from the wings from RedBull or the “heart attack waiting to happen” from Redline. It’s honestly all from the food I fuel my body with.
I believe that if we stop looking at food as our friend, and start looking at food as our source of fuel to get us from Point A to Point B, we would have a completely changed perspective and a different motivation/drive in the foods we choose to eat.
I still have a problem with eating emotionally. I have ever since I was a teenager. I also just REALLY LOVE FOOD so I’ll keep eating when food tastes really good. I’ve gotten better at this, but still struggle with portion sizes. I’ve found my own tricks that work for me. For instance, sometimes I literally just have to walk out of the kitchen because I lack the self-control to stop eating. It’s crazy!
Now I’m not saying that all of these exact benefits will happen for everyone if they make the same lifestyle changes I did. This is just my personal experience. My story. This is what happened when I started eating clean. When I stopped telling myself that I can’t, and replaced those warped thoughts that don’t serve me with the belief that I can.
Our minds are more powerful than we think. Try turning around some of your disempowering thoughts and feed your mind positivity and empowerment. Just try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!
I’ve healed myself & found freedom in food. Join me today on your journey to vibrant and transformational health. Make a few changes in your day, and see how much your life could change and improve starting now!
Thank you so much for reading!
I am so grateful for you. I love you so much!
Remember: I’m here for you. If anything I mentioned in this post resonates with you, let me know! Share in the comments what comes up for you when reading this, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
And as always, feel free to contact me. I can help you. Let’s set up a 15 minute call and get you started on your journey to true health and vibrancy.
With as much gratefulness a heart can hold,