I was considered morbidly obese most of my life. Everyday, I wanted to lose weight, I tried to lose weight, and all I seemed to do was gain weight. It wasn’t until my fiance and I committed to a lifestyle change that I was able to see and surpass the my goals for my health.
While I would by no means consider myself skinny now (nor do I want to be), I am much healthier. Together, my fiance and I lost almost 200 lbs. We are healthier, happier, and able to do more. We achieved our goals doing the opposite of everything we’d tried in the past.
No, we didn’t starve ourselves. We didn’t take any weight loss pills. We didn’t stop eating any of our favorite foods.
What did we do?
We became #FoodEmpowered. Together, my fiance and I went on, and are still on a journey to better understand food and how it can work for you instead of against you.
I love food. I love growing food, talking about food, cooking food, and of course eating food. When I’m not doing one of these things, I’m either learning more about food or attending a food festival. I know; I’m a foodie, and I’m proud of it. However, this love of food is not often addressed well in diet plans and weight loss regimens. I want to change that.
Food has the power to heal and uplift individuals and communities. It is often the center of family gatherings and the first thing folks give during emergency support efforts. So it’s easy to fail to achieve your weight loss goals even with the best weight loss regimen. Why? Because they aren’t realistic. We don’t live in a bubble and we shouldn’t have to chose between grandma’s fried chicken or a life full of protein shakes. It is hard enough to lose weight. You shouldn’t have to be miserable as well.
I want all people to be food empowered. Whether you’re trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight, you need the right tools to help you achieve those goals. This starts with understanding food and what it can do for you.
I will be posting articles here often to help you on your food journey and becoming #foodempowered. If you find something interesting, or have questions along the way, please feel free to comment below.
What are your food journey goals?