You are more.

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So, I’m a pretty big believer in the idea that thoughts are things.

So it’s no wonder that I feel like a failure in life when I *believe* the thought that “I should be better, richer, wealthier, more successful.”

And the honest truth is that I am already those things.

Those qualities are already within me:

I am rich – in love and compassion.

I am wealthy – in abundance of life and energy and health. I have shelter and food to sustain me.

I am successful – I’m growing. And isn’t that one of the main purposes in this life anyway?

Now, I may not have all the money I desire, and I may not be where I “think” I should be yet, but the truth is this: I am where I am now because I’m supposed to be here.

And I don’t have to know the reasons why.

I just have to show up in life. Like I know I’m able.

If my purpose really is to love and connect and inspire, I should be feeling like a success each and every day that I’m alive!

So as I sit here and take another deep breath I start to let go. Letting go of all the pressure I put on myself to be something “great” in the eyes of others. Letting go of defining who I am based on the number in my bank account.

Because ultimately we are all in this together. We are all seeking purpose. And drive. A reason for breathing.

So maybe the answer is to simply let go. To find compassion within. For not only others, but for ourselves as well. Because that’s what really matters in this lifetime.

On our death beds, we won’t remember everything, every moment. We’ll only remember the ones that truly meant something.

So my challenge to you is this:

#1: Decide on your purpose. It could be anything. You get to choose.

#2. Let go of the false expectations and beliefs you have for yourself.

#3. Give the gift of compassion. To others, and most importantly, yourself.

Life is too short to live it anxious, depressed, let down, disappointed, discouraged, scared, sad, and lonely.

It’s time to rise up and truly live!

And it all starts right here.

Right now.

With our thoughts. Our beliefs.


I love you. Thank you so much for reading! I hope this message inspires you to greatness.

Take care, and remember – you are more than your bank account. You are more than the things you own, and the stuff you buy.

You are you. So rock it out!

Go out now and live the best life you could ever imagine – the life of your dreams! (It is possible..) πŸ˜‰

 

How to Get Started (How I got started on my health journey)

Hi friend,

Today’s post isn’t about how my way is the only way. Or the “right” way. I won’t even tell you it’s the best way. No, today’s post will be bringing you insight to how I found my personal freedom in food and possible ways for you to find yours. These are the changes I made to create lasting and ongoing health for myself, and I’d be more than happy to share them with you! So without further ado:

    How I got started on my journey to vibrant health

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1. I quit processed food.

Nearly everything that comes in a box, a can, or a package is a processed food. And the processed foods I’ll be talking about more specifically, are the ones with ingredient lists a mile long. (I exaggerate a bit, but there are some crazy big lists out there friends, take a look for yourself!)

The main reason I avoid processed foods is because they aren’t nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient dense foods will be higher in nutrients, and relatively lower in calories (eg: “foods containing vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fats.” –NIH Senior Health) .

If a packaged food item has well over 10-15 ingredients, and you can’t pronounce most of them, it’s safe to say that it most likely isn’t the best thing to put in your body.

Processed foods contain really high amounts of sodium, sugar and fat, all which contribute to the calorie content. They’re also low in vitamins & nutrients, and high in calories. So avoiding them can only be better for your health in the long run.

I try and shop for ~90% of my food on the ailes near the outer perimeter of the grocery store. This is where the fresh veggies and fruits are going to be stored, and your dairy-free milks will be located too.

I do shop on the inner aisles of the store, but only to buy bags of beans, rice, spices, (and the occasional dark chocolate bars. πŸ˜‰ ) Now sometimes I will peruse down the chip aisle looking for “healthier chips,” but I can’t allow myself to get too comfortable on that aisle, or else I get cravings. I start losing focus on my goals. That’s when I just walk away. Very quickly.

I used to eat a lot of the pre-made frozen meals and boxed “Just add water!” meals, but they tend to have WAY more sodium than I would ever DREAM of putting in my own food at home, so I just don’t go there anymore. It’s a convenient way to get food, but I’d rather cook a bulk pot of stew, rice & beans, or soup and have my convenient left-overs throughout the week πŸ™‚

If I ever do buy something, I make sure it’s an organic, low-sodium, low-sugar or unsweetened, plant-based item. These days, I mainly just prepare all of my food at home. I tend to trust myself more than a restaurant, or processing plant for the food I put into my body.

2. I quit eating animal products.

This includes animal by products, too. I stopped eating meat, cheese, cow’s milk, eggs, butter, honey, gelatin, and any processed foods containing these items. I replaced meat with beans, seeds, nuts, nut-butters, and meat alternatives like tempeh and tofu. And replaced cheese with nutritional yeast, and nut-cheeses. I replaced cow’s milk with a variety of plant-based milks like almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk and flax milk.

There are so many alternatives out there today that it’s almost too easy to make the switch from conventional animal products to cleaner, plant-based ones. And keep in mind, just because I quit eggs and milk, doesn’t mean I “miss out” on all my favorite treats! I still eat pancakes, muffins, brownies, ice cream, and biscuits & gravy. I just create them differently. And I feel much better for it too.

3. I incorporated cleaner foods into my lifestyle.

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And by clean foods, I mean simple, whole foods. More foods in their most natural state. Raw fruits and vegetables. Raw and sprouted nuts and seeds and grains. Raw fats and oils like extra-virgin coconut & olive oils, avocados, and fresh coconut meat or dried coconut. Homemade dressings, instead of highly processed, store-bought ones.

I’ve been through stages where I’ll avoid high-fat foods at all costs, because those foods have a lot more calories than other foods. But the truth is this: We all need fats in our diets. Period. And the best way to get those are through whole fats, in their natural state–uncooked, unheated. The way you know if an oil, for instance, is in it’s natural state is the label will generally have on it somewhere: “cold-pressed,” “raw,” or “extra-virgin.”

4. I learned that willpower is EVERYTHING.

It’s all in my head. In order for me to make true change a reality in my life, I realized that I must really decide, deep down, that this change is TRULY what I want. Not something that I’m being forced to do against my will. And know that it will benefit me in the end.

Change is uncomfortable. Habits are habits for a reason, we find comfort in them. For me, when I decide to bring change into my life, the ONLY way I stick with that change and achieve my goals is to keep track of what my goals even ARE. My vision.

Then, from there, each decision I make I ask myself questions like: “Is this action or decision in line with my goals? Is this action or decision helping me to get closer to my goals?”

If the answer is no, I just don’t do it. (Now this is the idea, but I’ve failed plenty at this step. I’m not perfect either!) But even when I want to do something, like really want to, and I know deep down it will not bring me closer to my goals, I have to stop myself. Sometimes tell myself out loud “NO.”

Then make a different choice. A better choice.

And keep in mind that it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. There will be those moments when you want to eat just one bite of that chocolate cake. Or greasy pizza. Or that french fry. There will be temptation. There will be others trying to get you to break your promises to yourself, & sabotage your goals. And your progress.

This is when a little determination comes in handy!

Just knowing these truths at the very beginning of your journey, will make you more prepared for it. You’ll have more lasting success by realizing up front that it will not be easy. It will take effort. It will take will-power. With knowledge, you gain power. You’re prepared for battle. You’re personal battle to achieve greatness.

And for me, it was a battle. A battle for my life! To take it back.


So that’s the basic recipe for my successes so far.

Now, I didn’t just magically make all these changes overnight. This was no “magical experience.” This wasn’t effortless on my part. I didn’t “have it easy because of X, Y, and Z.” It was a process.

A process over 2 years, (now 4 years) of constantly refining my diet. Checking in to my body and it’s signals. Taking notice when certain foods made me feel great and when certain foods made me feel terrible.

Reaching my health goals took (and still takes to this day): persistence, dedication, vision on the long-term goal, mindfulness, and purposeful action.

There’s more that has contributed to my success so far than just the food aspect of it, but I’ll get to that in another post. πŸ™‚

The food changes have been, by far, the biggest factors in my overall success. I wanted to share this information with you first, so that you might be able to gain insight and inspiration through my story and to begin your own personal success journey starting right now!


So go on and do it already! Make the changes you’ve wanted for so long.

Tell yourself “I CAN.” And believe it.

And please, let me know when you’re struggling with something. I’ll help talk you through whatever comes up for you in your journey. Let me walk with you.

I love you.

With gratitude and love,
❀ Brittany

There’s no better time than now to get started, contact me and tell me how I can help you!

That pivotal moment

In every success story, there’s always that pivotal moment when the person living in defeat realizes they need a change. Then they make it. That pivotal moment defines them. The pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change. It is in that moment that heroes are born.

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My old story

I used to be very overweight. I dealt with it for a while, but there was a certain moment when enough was enough. I was done with feeling depressed. Feeling anxious. Feeling self-hatred for my body and for myself. There was a very specific moment when I looked at my body. Looked at my circumstances. My health. And chose change. Right then and there. Here are some of the main reasons I chose change. Reasons I chose my freedom in food. (And believe me, there are plenty!)

1. I hated my body.

When I’d look in the mirror, I didn’t like what I saw. I knew my general face was beautiful. I loved my hair. My eyes. My smile. But the rest of me could’ve used some major improvements, and I looked upon those parts with disgust. When I looked at myself in the mirroe, it was an every day reminder that I was failing. And I HATE to fail.

2. I hated my skin.

My skin was acne ridden. I tried over-the-counter products. Proactive. and nothing cleared it up for good. My skin was not healthy. At times it would become excessively dry from all the products, and then excessively oily. I just couldn’t strike a balance.

3. I didn’t look forward to going out with friends.

I hated taking pictures. My friends were always skinnier than me. I was the overweight friend in the photos, and I didn’t like being known as the ‘bigger girl.’ I would compare my size to other people-and although I wasn’t as big as some, I was definitely bigger than the majority. I hated myself. I hated the way I looked. I wanted to be free from my mental and physical bondage.

4. I didn’t look good in my clothes.

They were tight where they shouldn’t be. I just knew I could look better in my clothes by getting thinner. My weight would fluctuate so much from fat to fatter (then back down to fat) that I had clothes in all sorts of sizes, depending on which day it was. I became exhausted. Tired of figuring out what to wear, (what I COULD wear.)

5. I had massive depression and anxiety.

The foods I ate caused my mind and body to become unbalanced. My brain chemicals were all out of whack. I was depressed because I didn’t like myself. I didn’t like my appearance. I felt like a failure for not being able to get my weight under control.

I was anxious about being seen. I was afraid of what people thought about me. I wanted boys to think I was beautiful. I wanted ME to think I was beautiful. I had a great fear of being doomed to growing bigger and bigger as time went on. I was afraid of losing control.

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If you’ve ever felt this in your own life, or are feeling it now, I feel your pain. If you’re experiencing pains in your own life and crave change, I can help.

Need someone to guide you toward your health goals? Want to lead the life of your dreams? Contact me. I’ll help you. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to go through your own personal hell. Don’t feel alone anymore- let’s talk.

It wasn’t until the pains of being overweight and unhealthy built up so much, that I finally made the decision to invite drastic change into my life. These changes led me to personal freedom. Freedom to eat without guilt. Freedom to experience the true joys of living.

Find your joy. Find your freedom.

With much gratitude and love,
❀ Brittany

P.S. (Please!) Let me know if I can help you in any way. I'm here on this earth for that exact purpose. Message me πŸ™‚ I love you.

Determination

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If you want real change-to be healthy, fit, & vibrant- you’ve got to want it bad enough that you’ll do ANYTHING for it!

If you really want vibrant health, you gotta start quitting. (Quitting’s not all bad, you know!) We’re taught all our lives that quitting is a terrible thing. Well, I’m here to tell you..it’s not. I’m here telling you to do the exact opposite. πŸ™‚

Here’s what I mean ==>

If you want to feel amazing, if you want to feel alive, here’s what you’ll do:

You’ll quitΒ your favorite sodas. You’ll quit your french fries and ice cream. You’ll quit your fried meats. You’ll quit your negative self-talk. You’ll quit your emotional eating patterns. You’ll quit lying to yourself that you’ll get healthy “later.” You’ll quit telling yourself “I can’t.”

Because you can! Being healthy is an everyday choice, stemming from actions you take every moment. Create your reality. Make your dreams come true. Start making healthier decisions, and you’ll be on your way to lasting SUCCESS!

But it all starts by quitting. πŸ˜‰

Peace & Love & Freedom in food,
❀ Brittany

UPDATE 2015-08-31: Oh! And one other thing…REPLACE what you quit with something positive! That is the 2nd most important part.

So, If you quit sugary foods, when you want that sugary food, replace it with water. Or an affirmation like “This craving will NOT beat me! I am strong. I can do this!”

Drink a hot tea. Go for a walk. Do 5 pushups every time you get the craving for something you’ve vowed to quit.

Whatever works for you, just DO IT! No more excuses, you got this. πŸ™‚