I grew up on a home where “real” food was the only thing I knew. I am thankful for that foundation. My mom grew up in the South of France. She was wise beyond her years as she always prepared our meals, had a garden and never let anything “fake” into our house. She canned, she cooked, made her own broth and she made the best “whatever we have left” stew.
I wish I would have taken advantage of those growing up years and learned from her. She had the knowledge of health and I never even knew it. No wonder I got an award from the school district for not missing a single day of elementary school (grades K-8) when I was in the 8th grade!
When I got married and had children unfortunately, the lack of spending time learning from my mom caught up with me. In trying to juggle a busy schedule of a home business and young children, I felt “lost” in the kitchen. It became a race just to get the basics done every day and in so doing meals became low on the priority list. It was so much easier to just go with the American “diet” of frozen foods or boxed foods and a few carrots or apples for good measure.
After some time, this practice caught up with our family…and caught up with me!
After gaining 70 lbs with my third child I found myself unable to get the weight off.
People advised me to try Weight Watchers so I began my journey of high carb, low protein eating. Making sure to “save” my points for a treat! I really didn’t eat much “real food” and interestingly it did work, I lost 65 lbs and was back to my “normal” self. Unfortunately, I went back to eating the way that I had before I gained the weight (after all, I never had a problem before) and thus the American diet lifestyle was once again my “go to” for our busy lives.
Two years later, I found something happened. I had gained 20 pounds over the course of the two years and decided I was ready to get back onto Weight Watchers and get rid of it. I even went back into a exercise routine that was long overdue.
Strangely, the more I exercised and the less I ate the more weight I gained! I put on 20 MORE pounds within 2 months of starting my new “diet”.
I remember thinking that something just “turned off” in my body. It happened so rapidly. Should I go to the doctor? How to you tell him that you “don’t know why you gained all this weight”…I thought I’d get laughed at…everyone knows that weight gain is from eating too many calories right?
As my weight continued to climb, my fatigue became dramatic.
I felt like I had no motivation for the simplest of things. I had foggy brain and it was all I could do just to get through the day.
After much prayer, I found a detox program that helped people lose excess weight and “turn on” the glands in my brain to start working again. It involved eating “real food”, no sugar, no starches (except from vegetables) and drinking only water. I was intrigued.
Then, I ran into a friend of mine who lost some weight and she shared with me that she was going through Erin Chamerlik’s “Get Better Wellness” classes. I decided to check them out and it was indeed an answer to prayer. I got in touch with Erin, jumped feet first into her “real food” program and brought along my daughter who was struggling with her health. Erin taught us the importance of eating food that “grows in the ground and has a mother”. Funny thing is…we started cooking and making food that I ate while growing up! It all comes back around doesn’t it? Both my daughter and I found healing. My daughter’s health issues cleared up and I lost the weight I had struggled to lose for years and was feeling energetic and back to my “young” self again!!
I am amazed at how eating the food God intended can be so healing for not only me but so many people that have suffered with sickness, weight loss or even just not feeling themselves. Our health cannot be achieved with the Standard American diet or even the latest diet craze. The only way to achieve our fullest health potential which includes our weight, our mental health and our physical health is by real food. I am thankful for Erin and Get Better Wellness in helping so many people like me find answers. Eating is fun again, and I LOVE enjoying the food that God created. My body is back to getting the nutrients it was craving and I feel like I have a new lease on life. Thank you so much for bringing us the message of REAL food and how good it is!