Why did you decide to eat healthy, Mom?

“Mom, did you wake up one day and just decide to eat salads? What made you want to eat healthy?” -Mara

“Well Mara, none of my clothes fit…and I wanted to FEEL healthy again.”

This is still true today. I simply want to walk into my closet and not worry about if my clothes will fit that day. Maybe you can relate. When I was 35 pounds over weight as a new Mom, it was hard to start the day with feeling like that. And then it transfers over to every part of your life. Physically, I used to get winded going up and down stairs. I would come home exhausted from the day and have little energy to be a Mom. I figured if I was going to be tired, shouldn’t I feel that way from something like exercise? So I started to get my body moving several days a week.

Nutrition was overwhelming to me. And I don’t believe in dieting. I never have even used that language as a coach. But I do believe in nutrition plans. I needed to learn HOW to eat and WHAT…as fuel, not depriving myself. And one salad a day made sense to me and was an easy start. 7 years later, that’s how I make sure to get my veggies in. And honestly, when you start eating healthier, your body lets you know. I started to sleep better and noticed how certain foods made me feel sluggish. I had to learn day by day so it could become a lifestyle. And this is also why I love helping others with healthy recipes and finding a plan that works for them.

Lastly, I was reminded this week of what healthy FEELS like. Moving is physically challenging. Moving from a townhome is a lot of stairs and lifting boxes is not for the faint of heart. When I moved in 2015, I had just had back surgery. I had to depend on others for everything. This time around, I am able to physically do everything without getting winded or out of breath. I exercise and eat healthy (most of the time!) so I can live a functional healthy lifestyle. And to share this with others, I’m leading an online SUMMER STRONG group soon! If my story speaks to you, let’s chat!


One Comment on “Why did you decide to eat healthy, Mom?”

  1. Great post Natalie! You are an inspiration. I agree that there is a “feeling” healthy aspect to it. I feel sluggish when I eat junk and don’t workout.

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