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21 Days to a NEW YOU in 2017!

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Join me for a 21 days and discover the answers to all of your burning questions about how and what you should actually be eating. (Hint: It’s probably not what you think.)

NO CLEANSING, NO DETOXING, NO DIETING;

JUST PLAIN GOOD-OLD-FASHION

HEALTHY EATING & GOOD NUTRITION.

 

The fun begins January 2nd, 2017!

Online. In your email inbox. In the comfort of your own home. At your own pace. Registration for this one-time live event opens November 28th and closes Dec. 12th EST.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS EVENT:

Ultimately, to teach you the core concept of bioindividuality and that no one way of eating is best for everyone. You’ll learn how to eat the best way for you—no prescribed diets here. Vegan, vegetarian, raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, carnivore, Paleo, pescatarian — the list goes on and on. No one way is best for everyone; one person’s food is another person’s poison. I’ll teach you how to figure out which way is best for you, with the underlying concepts that make every human body thrive.

To teach you about superfoods, how to take the most advantage of them, and how to turn them into delicious, unintimidating treats. (E.g. how to make kale actually taste good, and what to do with things like chia seeds. And what the heck is quinoa anyways?)

To teach you what supplements are completely necessary (and which ones aren’t), how they work in your body, and how to choose what is best for you so you’re not wasting money every month. Most people are severely deficient in the basic vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for optimum health — you’ll learn how to not be one of them.

To teach you what foods are actually poisoning you and that you should never ever eat again. (Don’t worry, it’s probably not what you think. I won’t take away your most loved foods, we might just need to find healthier ways of eating them.)

To teach you the critical importance of your digestive health and how to properly take probiotics and digestive enzymes. Your digestion affects every single system in your body — especially your immune system and skin health. Every system in your body is affected when your digestion is off. (But don’t fret, we’ll get yours running like a well-oiled machine.)

To each you how eating more can actually help you lose weight (if that’s your goal) and how no amount of gym time will get you the body you want if your nutrition is off.

To teach you how what you eat affects how you look far (far!) more than any cream, lotion or potion you can apply.

To teach you easy home cooking tips so you can whip up healthy, yummy meals at home.

To teach you the healthiest foods to choose at restaurants and parties so you can stay on the wagon.

To teach you how to stay on track when you’re traveling.

To demystify “good vs. bad” fats, carbs and proteins.

To teach you how to save money at the grocery store and how to eat healthy on a budget.

To teach you how to make easy, healthy substitutions that you’ll love; these small things can add up to huge results.

To give you recipes, recipes, and more recipes. Did I mention recipes?

To give you a very clear picture of the food-mood connection, and how our food choices affect how we feel, think and act. Every. Single. Day.

To teach you the concept of “Primary Food” (the other non-food stuff that nourishes our souls) – and the importance of seeking balance in this crazy thing we call life. How we feel greatly affects our food choices, and vice versa.

To give you an open forum to ask me anything you want — we’ll have 2 live “ask me anything” calls to get all of your questions answered on Sunday, January 8th and Sunday January 22nd.

Upon registration you’ll receive immediate access to your “Getting Started Guide” with loads of information on how to clean up your diet and life, including your suggested shopping list and resource guide to make your program a success.

Starting on February 27th, you’ll get an email from me every day for 21 days with videos, handouts, tips, action items, recipes and heart-centered vibes that will teach you everything you need to know to eat and live well. (And don’t worry, you can do everything at your own pace — you won’t be a slave to this program.) All of the content is yours to keep forever and ever.

During the 21-day event you’ll also take your AM and PM supplements and probiotics (included in the cost of your program) so you can feel the effects of what optimal levels of nutrients can do for your body.

WHAT YOU GET:

  • 21-days worth of content (as described above), delivered straight to your email inbox each morning, in the form of downloadable handouts, worksheets, audios and private, easy-to-access videos on my website. ($2,100 retail value if we did this in one-on-one coaching.)
  • Full month’s supply of customized AM & PM multivitamin + supplement packs that include my basic recommendations for vibrant health. The entire pack is pharmaceutical-grade (which is an even higher standard than organic), scientifically tested for safety of upper-limit dosages, and manufactured in an FDA-registered facility. They’re also rated #1 in North America by 3rd party studies, tested by Consumer Labs, and come in convenient AM and PM packs—no bottles to hassle with. ($199 retail value.)
  • Your packs include:
    • A complete, super-charged multivitamin to fill in the gaps of vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you might be deficient in or lacking. We carefully chose a comprehensive spectrum of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support long-term health and well-being. This exclusive formula is among the most powerful and complete vitamin and antioxidant formulas available on the market
    • A double distilled, mercury-free fish oil/omega-3 supplement for cardiovascular health (and shiney hair, pretty skin and strong nails).
    • An extra-potent anti-inflammatory grape seed extract + vitamin C supplement for immune health and anti-aging effects (on both the inside and outside of your body)
    • A resveratrol antioxidant supplement provides an extra dimension of antioxidant protection. This science-based formula contains resveratrol, alpha lipoic acid, and grape seed extract—potent antioxidants that work together synergistically. This tiny supplement contains the equivalent amount of resveratrol found in five bottles of red wine—without the hangover
    • Full month’s supply of a pharmaceutical-grade, milk-free probiotic supplement to support your digestive health ($30 retail value.)
    • 1 bag (9 servings) of a super-healthy, super-yummy meal replacement shake that you can use if you’re ever in a time crunch or on the go. This nutritious, plant-based meal replacement shake is right for just about everyone. It’s a clean, pure, vegan formula, unique for what it doesn’t contain — this shake is free of fructose, gluten, dairy, and soy. It’s packed with protein to give you sustained energy, and it has plenty of fiber to support healthy digestion ($30 retail value)
    • 1 water bottle/blender bottle to track your water consumption and shake up your shakes on the go when you need them ($9 retail value)

Your box of goodies will be delivered straight to your doorstep at no extra charge.

Optional:

You’ll also have the opportunity to continue on with your supplements at a discounted price post-program. (Yay for discounts!)

February 27th – March 20th. Online. In your email inbox. In the comfort of your own home. At your own pace.

Registration opens Monday January 23rd at 9am EST and closes Monday February 6th at 9pm EST. I truly hope you’ll join us for this life-changing event.

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To help you get the most out of your calories and food try these foods!

I struggle to feel full during the day. To help curb my appetite I always make sure to have some carbs and protein.  This combination helps slow down the absorption of food so I feel fuller longer and am less likely to snack between meals.

My “go-to” food is Greek yogurt or 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese (both packed with protein) with 1/2 cup high fiber cereal mixed in.  It is very satisfying! Try these other foods to help fill you up for less calories:

  • Eggs (about 70 calories each) : Eggs are packed with high quality protein and healthy fat to help you feel full so you eat less
    • Greek Yogurt (about 100- 140calories each): Greek yogurt is high in protein, low in fat and added sugar and is a great mid-morning snack ii. To make it healthier get 0% fat plain Greek yogurt and add your own fruit
    • Go for Dark Chocolate (about 160 calories per 1 ounce):We all need something sweet now and again. Dark chocolate helps slow digestion to help you feel fuller longer and generally 1 piece (about 1 ounce) is satisfying so you won’t overdo on calories
    • Cottage cheese (about 80 calories per serving). Opt for low fat and fat free to help you feel full and get some additional protein and calcium
    • Skim Milk (about 80 calories per 8oz serving) i. Skim milk will help you meet your calcium and protein needs without the fat and calories of whole milk
    • Fruits and Veggies: Choose fruits and veggies that have the peel/skin intact. This is where the fiber is, you need the fiber to help you feel full (and fiber helps you manage a healthy weight). Fruits and veggies are also a lower calorie food so you can enjoy it without feeling any guilt!

Remember to eat every 3 hours to curb sugar cravings!

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Trying to lose weight and feel like your food options are bland?

Food does not have to be tasteless; you can still enjoy the foods you love especially if you make them yourself!

Buffalo Chicken Tender Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 pieces whole grain chicken tenders made with white meat
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • 2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
  • ½ cup low-sodium pasta sauce (I recommend a garlic or herb blend)
  • ½ cup sliced or diced white onion
  • ½ cup thinly diced celery
  • 1 Tomato sliced or diced
  • ¾ cup (3 ounces) pre-shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese or try an Italian blend
  • 2 Tbsp. each of: Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 450°
  • While oven is heating, making the buffalo sauce:
  • Add 1 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce with ¼ cup butter or margarine on low heat. Dice the chicken tenders and add to the hot sauce. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and heat until boiling (taste for flavor-if too sweet, add more spice. Using a spoon, gently mix the chicken in the sauce-just coating it
    • Get the dough ready:
    • Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray; let dough stand, covered, for 15 minutes.Sprinkle a baking sheet with a little flour. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on prepared baking sheet (use a rolling pin and press on the outside edges of the dough- starting from the middle may cause you to get a thin center and thick edges)
    • Add toppings:
    • Spread sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border
    • Top the sauce with your onion, tomato, and celery
    • Next add the Buffalo Chicken Tenders to the top of the pizza
    • Sprinkle cheese over the pizza
    • Lastly, sprinkle the pepper, onion powder and garlic powder over the top
    • Bake at 450° on bottom oven rack for 15 minutes or until crust is golden.
    • Allow a few minutes to cool, slice up and enjoy!

Tip: Add broccoli, spinach, or peppers (or any other favorite veggies) to get more nutrition!

Add a salad packed with veggies as a side dish and you have a great healthy, low fat, low calorie meal, that takes about 20 minutes to make and costs less on your waist line and wallet than store bought pizza!

Let us know how you like it!

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Eat breakfast to keep off extra weight this holiday season!

If you do nothing else this holiday season, eat breakfast. If you can eat breakfast and then eat every 3 hours you can curb hunger, stabilize blood sugar, and decrease your sugar cravings and overeating. You don’t have to eat large meals, just try to have a carbohydrate and a protein source at each meal and snack to help you feel full and satisfied. If you know you will be eating a big lunch, make your breakfast and morning snack smaller but don’t skip them! 

Don’t feel like eating first thing in the morning?

Have something small and light! You can have a glass of 100% orange juice, skim milk, a piece of fruit, left over pizza, a granola bar, a handful of nuts or cereal, or a Greek yogurt. Any of these foods will jumpstart your metabolism.

Get into a routine of eating every 3 hours. Your daily meal times could look like this:

  • 7 am: Breakfast
  • 10 am: Snack
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 3:00 pm: Snack
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm Snack

Eat carbs and protein at all meals and snacks. Some ideas can include:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (protein) with 1 cup of high fiber cereal (carbs)  *Tip: Mix 1/2 cup high fiber cereal with 1/2 cup cheerios or other cereal to make it tastier
  • 2 slices of whole wheat toast (carbs) with egg whites (protein) and veggie sausage (protein)
  • 2 Tbsp Hummus (protein) with carrot, cucumber, or celery sticks (carbs)
  • 8 oz Greek Yogurt (protein) with berries (carbs) or cereal (carbs) mixed in

 

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Food Addiction Journal Entry

I can see it on the floor as I sit at my desk. One Hershey hug-someone must have dropped it. For a moment I forget that I don’t “do that anymore” I think-are there more? Would I eat that off the floor? Its wrapped…but still.

I have this two second flash of when seeing that candy and denying myself it would have led to me buying $20 worth of hugs and chewing and spitting the whole bag out, never swallowing it. I would probably have picked up that hug and chewed it and spat it out right there.  That one instant may have caused me to spiral out of control with food into the all too familiar negative cycle but not anymore!

I do not take the candy. I do not even think about it for more than that mere momentary flash. Instead I recognize the thought, have a yogurt, and get back to work. I do not give it another thought until I am enjoying my daily treat- some m&m candies- when I get home. If you had asked me ten years ago if I could react the way I did today I would have said NO! I had NO self control. I was so unaware of my mind body connection, and unable to listen to what my body actually needs that I would have had no self control and no chance at not having a binge. Now when I start to crave sugary foods, I recognize that I am hungry and then I do something amazing…I eat!

Learning to listen to your body and your hunger cues is essential for overcoming food addiction. Having regular meals and snacks will help keep blood sugar stable so that when you get a craving or an urge for sugar/binge you can stop the cycle. Learning to take care of yourself, including eating well, being mindful, and managing stress will go a long way to you being free of your addiction.

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Egg Sandwich-To Go!

Short on time in the morning? Trying to follow a healthy diet and get good nutrition despite your busy schedule? Try this delicious, and quick breakfast idea:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg (or egg substitute)
  • 1 slice fat-free or low fat cheese
  • 1 whole wheat English muffin

Directions:

  • 1. In microwave safe bowl add egg or egg substitute, cover with a sheet of wax paper. Heat for 1 minute (note: you may need to stop and stir egg with a fork). Egg is done when it has formed a solid patty.
  • 2. Toast English muffin in toaster oven while egg is cooking
  • 3. Once the English muffin is toasted, add the egg patty, and slice of cheese (add a little mustard or butter the toast for flavor), add a dash of pepper
  • Grab a piece of fruit (banana, grapes, berries, apple, peach) and Go!

This is a great low calorie breakfast idea that will give you great protein, fiber, and energy to fuel your morning. No excuses, you can make this in 5 minutes!

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12 week weight loss challenge 2014 Starts January 3rd

  • “Do you struggle to maintain a healthy weight?”

  • “Are you tired of quick fixes and fad diets?”

  • “Don’t have the time to lose weight?”                                      

 This program is for you!

12 weeks + individual attention + group support = success!

Taught by a former food addict, she knows the challenges you face. You can lose weight, live healthier and enjoy the foods you love while doing it! Program includes:

  • Individual Nutrition and Health Consultation including goal setting ($100 value)
  • Weekly weigh-in & follow up w/ Nutrition Specialist ($900 value for 12 weeks)
  • Weekly education and support  ($900 value for 12 weeks)
    • Topics include:  Basics of healthy eating, eating for energy, snacks vs. treats, reading and understanding food labels, mindful eating, balancing a busy schedule, exercise, dining out, sweets and treats, budgeting and shopping, and how to keep weight off!

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Take control of your life, change your future! Sign up today! 

Call 401.529.7925 or email: info@restorativenutritionri.com

Make the Commitment to a happier, healthier you in 2014 before December 15th for this discounted rate ($275 for 12 weeks-a $1,900 value)!

*Ask about a private group session for you and your 4 friends!

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Healthy Holiday Tips

The holiday season is fast approaching, and for many its become a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can lead a one to two pound gain every year…multiply that times 5 and that is 5 to 10 extra pounds. Don’t let this holiday season undo all the hard work you have done the last year. Learn how to enjoy the holidays with a balance of food, friends and family, and fun. Try these tips to stay healthy and keep added weight off!

  • Have realistic goals- don’t try to lose weight over the holidays, try to maintain your weight instead
  • Never go to a party hungry- always eat regular meals and snacks so that you don’t over eat at a party and consume extra calories
  • Before going to a party, have a small snack such as a salad, vegetables and low fat cheese, or a handful of nuts
  • Move! Aim to exercise most days of the week, if you are traveling and can’t get to the gym get outside! Go for a walk or jog in the morning for 30 minutes, or break it up into three 10 minute walks or two 15 minute walks a day. (Ask a friend of family member to come and it will be a great chance to reconnect)
  • Make time to stay active and exercise- exercise not only helps prevent weight gain but it can help with the stress that happens around the holidays
  • Look before you eat. Buffets can be a quick way to overeat. Look at all the options available on the table, and then fill your plate with mostly vegetables and fruit, and then start with small servings of the less healthy options. You can always go back for more but start out small. When deciding between what food to eat, opt for the ones that you don’t get to have all year
  • Enjoy your food. Eat it slowly and mindfully. Pause between bites and talk during meals so you are less likely to overeat
  • Choose drinks carefully-eggnogs and alcoholic beverages can add extra calories very quickly
        • Opt for diet sodas, light beers, and/or wine
      • Have a glass of water between each drink to help fill you up
      • If you overeat at a meal, don’t skip the next meal but eat a smaller portion
      • When you go to a party or event, always bring a healthy dish that you can  have without feeling guilty (i.e. salad, vegetable sticks, fruit bites, and so forth)
      • If there is a food you really want, let yourself have it! If you deny yourself foods you will likely end up overeating later so its better to just enjoy it (start out with a small piece to start and see if you can be satisfied with that!)
      • Lastly, make the holidays about being together and not all about eating. Plan active activities such as ice skating, walks, and shopping to spend time together
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Food Addiction Journal Entry

April 23, 2010

           “After my very inspiring entry on April 19th, 2010 I had another “bad” day on April 20th which I took very hard. I was extremely at peace with going to get the candy and didn’t even try to convince myself to stop. I was just like “ I want it” and it was full force. I felt very out of control and like I wasn’t the one in charge, it was scary. I told my boyfriend about it and he said the “maybe you really aren’t ready to get better” which really upset me-of course I want to get better! He is supposed to be supporting me no-matter-what and he says because I have a set back that I don’t want to get better??? Then I started thinking…could he be right? I don’t know. I don’t think he is right. I think that unless you have or are trying to recover from an addiction you really have no idea what its like. I think he thinks that it should be no problem to get over it if I really want to which makes me feel extra awful when I have a “bad” day. I accept that I will have good days and then a bad day and have to get “back on the wagon” and pick myself up until eventually the good days are easier and more numerous than the bad days. I just wish everyone else got that. Maybe I am fooling myself into thinking I am getting better but I am pretty sure I am getting better.

I look at my life at this time last year and I had just begun to be able to have “good” days during the week. The start of my recovery was really in March last year when we were in Hawaii for my sister’s 21st birthday. When we came back I was doing really well and I lost 10 to 15 lbs and looked great all summer. During the end of August, early September into October things were harder again. I found it harder to have a “good” day and easier to just cave in. I think a lot of it was that I was living with my parents and just not very happy. When I moved out in November I sort of restarted the whole recovery aspect and have been in full force ever since.  I honestly find my boyfriend to be a great source of motivation without his even knowing it. I want to get better so that we can do whatever we want whenever we want and I don’t get all weird or feel like I can’t enjoy the time because of my food addiction. I want to be well so I can enjoy life and do what I want when I want. This eating disorder holds me back from social outings, friends, family, and from being a normal well adjusted person.

Today I read a book at home and actually thought “this is what it should be like.” I was doing a normal activity and just at peace with the day/myself. I thought about buying candy, I even went to a store to buy gum and had to go to the candy aisle to do so. I left with gum, soda, and saline solution for my dog’s eye. I was so proud of myself for not caving. I can go into a store and not buy candy!! I think that is another thing that is hard, I am really all on my own for my motivation and praising myself. I have reached out to a lot of people for help and they are all willing to help however they can but ultimately it is up to me.

I have to say I am really happy that I am now able to go through a week and have more good than bad days. I feel like everyone else wants me to be well but truly has no idea how to help me and honestly I don’t know what to say in regards to that. I just need support and the hardest part is that I need the support the most when I can’t ask for it. How do I get that? How do I tell someone to help me when I need it the most but won’t ask for it?

This is definitely not an easy road to recovery and I find myself frustrated a lot but also am really trying to cut myself a lot of slack. I have my eye on the light at the end of the tunnel and I truly believe I will be well. If I can improve each month and each year then I can eventually be free of this horrible disease.

still contemplate entering rehab and perhaps it would be for the best because I would truly have to surrender my control and would be forced to face myself when I am in addict mode and will do anything for a “fix.” Unfortunately I am not in a financial position to get that sort of help and since I currently have no health insurance there is really no way for me to seek help. I could take out a loan or ask for money from my parents but I really think I can do this on my own with the support of professionals and those closest to me. My brother still asks me weekly (though its supposed to be daily) how I am doing and he keeps a weekly tally of good vs. bad days.  My boyfriend asks me daily for 3 reasons why I want to get better and he is so supportive of me though he often doesn’t know how to help he keeps trying. I have never had someone care so much about me and genuinely want me to be better. I am actually very afraid that I will lose him over this eating disorder. I am afraid he will just pack up and leave one day because he can’t handle “it” anymore or he will get sick of my failing. I would hope he would stick by my side thru thick and thin but I couldn’t blame him if he couldn’t deal with it. It’s a lot to deal with. I wish I could be “easy” and eat whatever I want. I wish I could indulge and enjoy it. I have never been and never foresee myself being the sort of person who enjoys unbuttoning their pants because they are so full. I would rather keep my pants buttoned and eat less. I don’t think that’s about control but more that I find a person should eat for energy and not for enjoyment. I know that so many people would disagree and that is okay…

I would love to see nutrition taught in the schools so kids learn how to eat right. Its ridiculous that there is no nutrition education and it makes me crazy because I really think if someone had pulled me aside or showed me how to eat for energy not for feelings of emptiness or sadness that I would not be the product of an eating disorder…”

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Food Addiction Journal Entry

Note: “This is a journal entry when I was at a pivotal point in changing my eating habits and behaviors. Journaling has really helped me learn why I binged, and struggled with food. I encourage you to start journaling and trying to understand why you are struggling to maintain a healthy weight or struggle with food. My hope is that by sharing these types of entries, you will realize you are not alone with your food addiction or weight struggles. I struggled for 16 years. You can get better, there is hope. Do not give up!!” ~Jill

April 19, 2010

To most people a cookie represents happiness. It is something sweet that they crave and eating it fulfills the craving which then passes. To me, a cookie represents fat, calories, and “being bad.” If I ate a cookie I would be “misbehaving.” This does not apply simply to cookies but also to pancakes, cake, pastry, candy, butter, lard, oil, essentially anything with fat and sugar. I realize as I write this how most people will roll their eyes and say “get over it” or “just eat it!” but I also realize that these people would have no comprehension of what it is like to be physically afraid of food.

More and more I am really getting the whole idea that food is what we need for energy.  This simple statement seems like a no brainer but if it was so simple to just eat for energy there would not be such an epidemic of obesity or a rising number of eating disorders and food addiction. I am continually trying to train myself to eat and think more in terms of refueling my body. I am thinking of my body as a car, it won’t work if it doesn’t have fuel. For instance, if I go for a run I will think of the energy I just used and realize that I need to “refuel” in order to continue to operate. I am thinking of my body in much nicer terms. I would not be able to live if it did not support me. I must support it with healthy foods and give it enough food. I am trying to appreciate myself much more.

In many ways I really love and admire my body. I find it amazing that my body can operate on its own and it will keep me alive as long as I provide it with the tools it needs.  While high fat/ high sugar foods are what taste great, they are not the best choice for providing the body with the energy and nutrition it needs to survive. The best choices are low fat, nutrient dense foods like brown rice, vegetables, lean meats/fish/protein, and dairy products.

My whole life I have looked at my body as a means of acceptance to others.  It was like a competition, everyone needed to be the same small pant size or something was wrong with you. I have thought that if my body could look a certain way then I will be more loved by my family and more accepted by strangers and the general population. I remember when I lost weight in high school and college- I loved when people would compliment me on my figure-it made me feel “better than the rest.” Now I realize that this method of thinking is absurd. The reality is that being a certain size is not what is important but rather what you are physically putting into your body (or not putting into it) that is important.

My goal going forward is to eat for health, not happiness/comfort/guilt/etc. I want to become one of those people who changes their whole life simply by eating better and exercising. My biggest challenge is eating right. I keep eating two and three hundred calorie meals and then snacking a lot because I am still so hungry. While I almost never go over my calorie allotment, I also never really feel full. This is something I would like to work on as well.

I really wish this was not such a struggle for me. I wish I could just eat whatever I want and not care but I can’t…not yet.