Kale? YUCK!

Kale.  Ever try it?  Disgusting, isn’t it?  I’ve tried it baked in the oven to make “chips”, in smoothies, and by itself.  It’s gross.  It gets stuck in your teeth and it’s hard to swallow.

I know it’s good for you, It’s in the cabbage family, and it’s very high in vitamins A, B6, C and K. And it’s high in iron. But I just don’t like it.  Sorry kale.

But then my entire world was rocked!!!!

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One day I was walking through the new “healthy” section of my local grocery store and on the very bottom shelf I saw a nice, clear package with leafy green things inside.  Kale.  Raw kale.  Brads Raw Leafy Kale.  With vegan cheese?  What in the name of all that is holy is vegan cheese?  Well, this is apparently made with cashews.  I have heard about cashew cheese since changing my diet to a more primal one, but we do still eat dairy and I’ve never tried cashew cheese.  Anyway…

I was very intrigued.  My husband told me I was insane for spending over $7 on a small box of my most hated leafy vegetable.  But I bought a box of the “Naked” ones, came home, and tried it.  10 minutes later, I had finished the entire box!  There’s quite a bit in here too.  (I’m munching on some now).  I felt like I had just eaten something naughty, but instead it was as if I had eaten a big salad.

This stuff isn’t limp and floppy like raw kale.  It’s dehydrated at a low temperature to achieve a wonderful crispy texture, while still holding all of it’s super powers.  I will never try to make kale chips again, unless I try it in my dehydrator.

I have tried EVERY flavor Brad’s has to offer.  The one I expected to hate has become my second favorite… their “Pina-Kale-Ada”.  Something about sweet pineapple, banana an coconut on a kale leaf just didn’t sit right with me.  I carefully opened the package and tried one, expecting to want to spit it out.  Once again… 10 minutes later… empty container with no regrets!  The “Naked” is still my favorite, but they’re all REALLY good!!!!  And now I see they are coming out with Onion Rings!  OMG I will have to get my hands on some of those!!!!!  I hope my store carries it.  I’m not patient enough to wait for shipping.

Since my first container, I have gone back to buy at least 5 more, and I just got a box of another 5 I ordered online.  I think i’m addicted!  But hey, there are worse things I could be addicted to.

How Being Overweight Helped Me Get Healthy

If I were a naturally thin person, would I have ever found my way to living healthy?  I’d like to think so, but I just don’t know.

I have been overweight almost my whole life.  I have been on diet after diet after diet.  Weight Watchers, Atkins, Slim Fast, Sadkhin, home delivery diets, diets where you ate nothing but 7 bananas a day… you name it, I tried it!  I’ve counted points, calories and carbs… NOTHING worked!  I was beyond frustrated!

Right before New Years I decided to look more into my “healthy” diet.  Because I was eating what I believed to be healthy foods.  I got them all at a health food store.  Shouldn’t they be healthy?  I wasn’t going over my points either.  But I wasn’t losing weight.

I found a book called “Never Be Fat Again”.  That led me on a whole food journey.  I eventually adopted a Paleo lifestyle after reading “The Paleo Solution” where I gave up sugar, wheat and grains and I have never felt better!  Not to mention processed foods and GMOs!  For breakfast, I have bulletproof coffee (coffee with grass fed butter and organic virgin coconut oil) organic, uncured bacon and pastured eggs.  I’ve never felt less restricted.  I have more energy, feel less stressed, and I don’t get those pesky sugar cravings.  My skin is completely clear and glowing.  I’m much more regular, and I’m soooo much happier!  My “dark cloud” that I used to feel followed me is now gone.  I feel fantastic.  And the heel spur that had me limping terribly is finally starting to go away.

People think i’m crazy for giving all that up.  They don’t believe they can do it.  But I don’t miss it much, if at all.  And i’ve never felt better!  And even more convincing…. i’m losing weight!!!!  In 6 weeks I’ve lost 14 pounds!  Without counting, weighing, or feeling guilty about what i’ve eaten.

I refused to weigh myself when we started on New Years Day.  It was almost a full month before I would weigh myself.  I just didn’t want to face the scale.  But I noticed pretty quickly that my clothes were fitting so much better.  And I have to admit, the ONLY exercise I’ve gotten in is just housework and grocery shopping.

My goal right now is to educate others about health.  Next month I will be starting my journey to become a Health Coach in the Dr. Sears LEAN program.  I’m hoping to educate others on reading nutrition labels, how to avoid GMOs, and why our bodies need to eat whole foods.  Let me help you get healthy.