The Barefoot Health Coach!

I have so much to blog about, but i’ll narrow it down to just ONE topic today.  Well, maybe 2.  But mostly just one.

First…..

I AM OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR THE HEALTH COACHING COURSE!

I’m so excited!  Classes start on the 29th and 6 weeks from then I’ll be a certified health coach with the Dr. Sears L.E.A.N program!  I can’t wait!  I already feel like i’m making a difference in some peoples lives and I really look forward to reaching more people.

Also…. I’ve gone barefoot!

Barefoot you say?  What in the world does that mean???

So, even though I don’t run much (at all), I somehow stumbled on barefoot running and minimalist shoes.  It’s NOT just for runners.  It’s for people who have foot pain.  It’s a way to heal your body naturally by strengthening your feet.

So, why barefoot?  Well, I’ve suffered over the past 3 years with terrible foot pains, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs… etc.  In a few weeks we will be in Disney and i’m already dreading the foot pain!

Walking barefoot stretches your feet in a natural way. It strengthens your muscles and heals your feet naturally. After just 2 days i’m already noticing a difference. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever suffered from foot pain!  If you think about it, humans walked barefoot for hundreds of years.  Native Americans made soft moccasins for warmth, but the soles were made of leather.  You could still feel the earth under your feet.  Most modern day shoes disconnect us with the earth.

I’m all set for summer with my Xero Shoes, so now I’m starting to look ahead to winter and we haven’t even fully entered spring yet.  Regardless of what the calendar says… it’s NOT spring time yet!  I found these really cute leather boots, but they’re not waterproof.  I’m not sure how well they will work for a NY winter.  So i’m looking for something else with a true barefoot feel.  I’m open to any and all suggestions!  I also have a pair of Fila Skele-Toes that are OK, but i’m just not in love with them.  They start to bother my toes.

Have you gone barefoot yet?  One thing you really need to know before attempting it is that you pretty much have to re-learn how to walk and run.  With thick soled sneakers we tend to land on our heels first.  “heel, toe, heel, toe”.  You have to train yourself how to avoid heel strikes and land mid-foot.  I watch my daughter run around the house like a crazy baby and she does this naturally.  I am going to look for some minimalist shoes for her as well.  She’s still young enough to have strong, healthy feet for the rest of her life without having to deal with pain!  Her shoes are pretty soft, but still somewhat thick.  I’d get her some Xero Shoes too, but I don’t think she would like the strappy-ness of them.

Another site I found that looks pretty great is Soft Star Shoes.  They have some really cute kids styles too!

So think about it if you haven’t yet.  Give it a try!  The Xero Shoes are very affordable and super fun to work with!  I’ve had them for less than 24 hours and i’ve already tied them up at least 6 or 7 different ways.  My right and left feet have yet to match!

 

What I Ate Today

When I tell people i’m Paleo, I get a lot of funny looks and questions.  Once i’m done explaining the concept of the “diet”, the next question is usually “But what do you eat?”  So, I decided to make part of this blog all about what it is that I eat.  I have a background in photography and I LOVE taking pics of food.  Most pics I take for this section will be on my cell phone though, which I think takes some pretty darn good pics.  I’m not ready to take that next step in blogging yet.  I have all the equipment  but not all the time.  I envy bloggers with foodporn photographs on every post.  Maybe someday.

So, a typical breakfast for me is bacon and eggs.  3 slices of uncured Applegate bacon and 2 pastured eggs.  I did not have that today though.  I just made myself some bulletproof coffee (coffee with butter and coconut oil) and ran out to meet my aunt.  The fat from the butter and oil keept me very satisfied, so I wasn’t all that hungry.

By the time I got home, did dishes, put away groceries… it was close to 2pm.  I was overdramatically famished!  Instead of shoveling everything I had in my fridge into my mouth I took a deep breath and reminded myself how awesome I was for buying organic broccoli sprouts.  So I made myself a nice salad with organic romaine, organic tomatoes, local organic pork tenderloin I had leftover from last night’s dinner and topped it with some walnut oil and sea salt.

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I was so hungry that this is actually my second plate.  I ate the first one too fast to remember taking a picture.

Around 5pm I realized I could use a snack since I didn’t plan an early dinner.  I had made these “Lara Bars” the other day that were just amazing, so I decided to make them again.  After overheating my Vitamix with the mixture, I threw it all in my food processer.  I’m addicted to these things.  Last time I formed bars out of them with my sushi mold.  This time I just rolled them up.

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To make these I just thew in

2 cups of organic raw chashews

2 cups dates

2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)

For dinner, my husband made almond flour crusted chicken, asparagus, and a mushroom sauce using organic chicken stock and arrowroot.  Amazing!

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And right now i’m being disgusting and sitting on the couch, blogging, and eating some butter with one of my daughters spoons.  It’s grass fed Chimay butter… THE BEST butter EVER!!!!!!

So this is a pretty standard day in my life.  I will be doing this again because I really enjoy sharing my food and photos.  Hope you enjoy!

What do you eat on a typical day?

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.