My Journey to Healthy Eating
I was underweight as a child. I was underweight as a teenager. I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. I didn't think about food constantly or always want to eat. I was definitely teased by some people for being small and the source of jealousy for others. There were times I was oblivious to how skinny I was and times I flaunted it. I was a teenager after all!
I was underweight until I was about 21-22 years old and was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) around the same time. IBS just means they don't know why your digestive system is being a jerk. IBS looks different for everyone who has it. I also became an emotional eater sometime in there.
Then the weight began to stick. Having spent my life being skinny without the effort to "get" skinny, I found myself in uncharted waters. I joined Weight Watchers when I was 24 years old at the highest weight I had personally ever been. Which wasn't a lot to some, but I needed to lose a solid 20lbs to be a healthy weight according to BMI charts. Not to mention I was feeling insecure in my own skin. Weight Watchers taught me the phrase "Eat to live, don't live to eat." I learned about portion control and had the freedom to use my points however I wanted. I didn't necessarily eat healthy. I just kept to my points. I lost that 20lbs and then 5 more on top of it. Then five more for good measure. I got really skinny again and I felt confident and insecure all at the same time! I felt pretty again, but I still struggled finding clothes that I wanted to wear.
Fast-forward 5 years, and I'm 28 years old, married, and chubby again because, like so many, I gained weight with the security of my relationship. Then I got pregnant. And the real problems began for me. I ended up with horrible morning sickness. So I turned to juice. I drank so much juice. And when I could manage to hold things down, I ate bread, rice, or pasta. Then I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD) and they took all my favorite foods away!
Here is where I admit that I’m a terribly picky eater. I don't like how cheese tastes and only eat it in small quantities when I have to be polite. Things on my "uh-uh, no way list" include, but are not limited to, anything creamy, cheese, avocados, sushi, and eggs (except in baked goods, ha!). The nutritionist I was assigned for my GD kept suggesting I eat cottage cheese, eggs, and cheese sticks. It just wasn't going to happen, folks. I did my best with the carb counting and stayed hangry the rest of my pregnancy.
A few other healthy issues occurred that led me to look for a new way to eat after my daughter was born. When she was about 15 months old, I stumbled across a program called Trim Healthy Mama. After reading about it on the internet, I drove to Barnes and Noble and bought the plan book and their first official cookbook. This program has given me a whole new way of looking at food, and a tool to be proactive in holding off the likelihood of type 2 diabetes. It also got my blood pressure back under control. It had been running a little too high ever since my pregnancy was induced due to pre-eclampsia. I was sold on this plan. I wanted to go throw the book at the nutritionist because THM showed me how to hide cottage cheese in shakes. Why didn’t she suggest that, eh? I forgive her now. Bless.
I can't wait to tell you more about it. I plan to explain my personal approach to Trim Healthy Mama, including how I maybe cheat a little by incorporating some Whole30 approved condiments, and keto desserts. Stay tuned!
Let the record show that I am not a nutritionist. I am not a health coach. I am not an expert or intending to diagnose or treat any health issue. I am simply stating my own experiences and my own opinions.