Good Morning All!
Under this new moon I am feeling compelled to discuss nutrition, as lately I have been really focusing on it and the universe has been sending me many people in need of some nutritional guidance.
For those that don’t know I am also a CNC- “Certified Nutritional Consultant”. I trained with the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, but also self trained with many years of my own experience with food, diet & exercise.
Working out is fantastic, but nutrition is WAY more important. Think: 80% nutrition 20% exercise – this is truth.
For years I was performing high intensity workouts (kickboxing, martial arts, kettle bell training, etc) and while I was “solid”, I just wasn’t really shrinking or having much visible muscle definition. I was definitely gaining muscle, but I felt I was looking more solid and not really toned if that makes sense.
I completely revamped my eating (notice I won’t say diet as it’s truly a lifestyle change, a conscious decision to just overall feel better) and only then did my muscles become more visible!
By cutting out all processed foods (that means basically anything from a package!) and refined sugar, and by adding a lot of greens, I lost excess weight and the muscles started showing. But most importantly, I felt great! My mind was more sharp, I was sleeping better and I felt so clear!
My story in a nutshell if you’re interested:
So who am I? Besides being an intuitive reader/tarot reader/instructor, I am also a holistic health & wellness coach as well as a certified nutritional consultant, and a foodie.
Aside from my training at The Integrative Institute of Nutrition (IIN), I am also self trained from many years of my own curiosity and experience. I am also very passionate about food and love to cook. I am constantly tweaking recipes with all of the amazing natural herbs and spices that the culinary world has to offer.
I grew up in a large Italian household where the emphasis was always on (you guessed it ) FOOD! Food was love. I grew up chunky. It got increasingly harder for me as I got older. I always felt like the “fat girl”.
Then one day at the the age of 22, I decided to get it together and figure out why my low calorie approach and “healthy” diet just was not working. Something was wrong- Why could I not shed the weight and keep it off? I was simply eating just to eat, never thinking of the value or consequence of what I was putting into my body.
I started reading a bunch of different diet/nutrition books , used some aspects from several different sources and my intuition, and I lost 50 pounds in SIX MONTHS!
But while I looked healthier (or so I thought) I really did not feel good and even ended up in the hospital with a bit of a scare…you see, I had a little knowledge on what worked, but I applied it improperly.
Now I am in my mid thirties and have managed to keep all of that weight off (and then some!) and feel like I am in the best shape of my life physically, mentally and spiritually. And you can feel this way too! It’s all about discovery & recovery.
Food is love, yes, but only when it’s the kind of foods that are nourishing your mind, body and soul, but also, they must taste good! You just won’t feel good when you are eating anything.
I would love to share more with you and help you on your journey to eat well, live well and BE WELL!
Having said that I strongly believe in the concept of bio-individuality – meaning one persons pleasure is another persons poison and the same eating style won’t work for everyone- you need to play with it and tweak it to see what helps you & your body. But more importantly , what helps to keep your mind sharp?
I’ve always been highly intuitive but if my nutrition suffers or gets neglected for too long , guess what happens? I feel fog-brain, run down and depleted. I feel like I am not functioning properly and I am not vibrating optimally. This is not good, and I try to avoid it at all costs.
I have learned over the years to really practice intuitive eating-or as I like to say-intuition nutrition.
Eat for nourishment but also eat what you are craving within reason. That means: don’t just eat to eat. Listen to your gut more
I try to avoid dairy as much as possible. I LOVE cheese, but when I consume it, it lowers my vibration. I feel fog brain, stuffy and just overall icky. So I try to limit it as much as possible , and I certainly will not eat it right before or during the working day of seeing clients.
I don’t really have a sweet tooth (thankfully) but when the mood strikes, I go for some dark chocolate (70% 0r higher if you can tolerate is best). I’m a sucker for 80% and higher, I genuinely enjoy the taste plus there are some major health benefits to dark chocolate.
OR- I will bake a treat omitting sugar and just using a little honey or unsweetened maple syrup and that does it.
If you are craving salt your sodium levels are likely a little depleted especially if you exercise heavily and/or sweat a lot. We often don’t realize how some cravings are literally our bodies way of getting our attention- “helloooo- we are lacking and I need this”.
I promise, by just becoming more conscious of what you are putting into your mouth and why, you will start to feel just overall healthier!
If you’re interested, here is a link to the man and book that changed.my.life– literally. If you want to feel amazing , perform better at the gym and at life in general, sleep more soundly and just feel more alive- check him out and try it out.
If none of this interests you -at least try the concept of intuitive eating. If you REALLY want that donut, stop and ask yourself: “do I really crave the taste of this donut? Is this donut adding value to my life or am I addicted to the sugar high that comes with it”? If you do eat the donut, really pay attention to the hour afterwards and how you feel, and if you don’t eat the donut pay attention to how you feel- and the answer will come to you as to why you feel you need that donut. This is the place where your intuition will kick in. I get it, sometimes you just want the donut. More than likely- most of the time-it’s not about the donut.
If you would like a session strictly about your nutritional needs, contact me and we will set up a time to chat
Love & Light,