Hello everyone! Jessica here and I thought I would take a moment to actually write to everyone about my personal journey into getting healthier and happier than ever!
As I posted about two months ago, I had surgery on my ovaries and my appendix removed by an awesome doctor, Dr. Neelam Dutt. Since that day my life and health made a complete turn around. Yes, I was already living a healthy lifestyle- but I got even healthier- in my opinion there is always room for improvement. I was already eating healthy for the most part and getting some exercise. I was at the most I have ever weighed, tipping the scales at 172 pounds, but I didn't really look too big. I carry my weight pretty well since I am tall. Since I was eating healthy and getting exercise I began to wonder a few weeks before my surgery: What was going on?! I wasn't feeling too attractive because I could see where the weight was going. I was also feeling pretty crappy. Part of it was hormonal due to what I had going on and the surgery helped the hormonal part, but me changing my relationship and lifestyle with food- changed everything else.
Once I started healing from the surgery, it took about 2 weeks to be back to normal again, I started eating healthier. I have never been someone who loves to eat meat, but since my surgery meat doesn't taste good and it makes me pretty sick. So the only type of meat I now eat is fish- and that is like once a week. Dr. Dutt had been bugging me for a long time to start taking more than just a multivitamin but to start taking more. At that point I had been a person to believe that if you are eating the proper foods then you shouldn't really need vitamins because you would get them from your food. So why did my views change? Well I began reading a lot more books and watched a documentary called "Food Matters". I was starting to realize that even if I was eating properly, the vitamins that should be in my food aren't always there. Even in fresh, organic produce, you can have trouble getting all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. I found out that I am magnesium deficient and that my body doesn't absorb salt properly (I knew about the salt thing for a long time now). So I began to think maybe Dr. Dutt was right on this one. So I began taking vitamins.
My husband shipped off for basics (he is in the navy) about a month after my surgery and I was down about 7 or 8 pounds at that time. The weight was coming off really fast which was a bit alarming to my doctor and myself, but I wasn't unhealthy at the time so I just went with it. I kept eating healthy- even set an alarm in my phone to eat. I began switching out things like ice cream for greek yogurt, store bought peanut butter for homemade peanut butter, sweets for fruit, whole grain bread for whole grain pita bread or naan bread, noodles for brown rice, brown rice for quinoa, and drinks for water. I made little changes- changes you wouldn't necessarily notice. I also began eating raw cacao nibs, dried gogi berries, and adding maca powder to my smoothie in the morning once my husband left for basic training. I also started going to the gym and using the elliptical for about a half hour or so 5 days a week and I practice yoga at home. I am leery of working out due to a problem that I have in my neck, but the elliptical seems to be helping.
I met up with my Dr- who is also a friend, for lunch and she took a double take and said, "Hmm you are looking even thinner than before, good job." She is a very talkative woman, but when she says "fact" she is to the point. My father in law even noticed saying "Wow, Thomas is going to be thrilled when he sees you. You've really lost some weight, you didn't look bad before but man you look great now!" I even had a close friend of mine send me a text the other day after seeing a picture of me on facebook and said "Holy crap your tiny!"
I want to stress, I wasn't really looking to lose weight. I was looking to feel healthier. Nothing scares you like a surgery. Even though my surgery wasn't really related to me not having a 100% healthy lifestyle- it really makes you think. I remember being in the ER not having a clue as to what was going on with me. I knew that my symptoms that I had in the weeks prior to the surgery were those of hormonal changes, but at the same time it easily could have been something else. As a health professional it really woke me up. I am happy to say that in about 10 months of me eating clean foods (I started the whole clean eating thing right around the time of my wedding), drinking more water, taking vitamins and supplements that my body was lacking, and getting exercise completely changed my life. I am sleeping better, the pigment in my skin is back, my skin looks healthier, I feel more alert, my anxiety levels are controlled, my ocd is controlled much better than it ever was controlled before, and my asthma has gotten better! To top it off I have lost a total of 27 pounds and I am maintaining it :) At first we were worried because the weight was coming off weekly but for the last 2 weeks I have been straight at a 145 :)
I just want to put out there that as a health coach who works with women, working on yourself is difficult- even for me! It is best to have someone holding you accountable to your goals. Plus it is good to have someone who is outside of the situation give you some insight. I specialize in helping women who struggle with weight loss, low libido, headaches, insomnia, and fatigue to fix the problems by approaching them through an alternative way: through nutrition!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
my phone: (810)449-5999
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.