Until they get there! A little “real talk.” One thing that people ask me about constantly is “what do you eat? How do you stay motivated? Have you always been super healthy?” Well truth be told I have always led a very active lifestyle growing up. I think I had so much energy as a toddler (yes payback is a bi**** with my toddlers, SORRY MOM! - karma). Sports, dancing and activities were always a part of my life. It’s natural, it’s comfortable and yes I always feel my best when I am moving! .
However, did I always eat this way? NO! As a child I was very fortunate as we were always fed healthy and nutritious food. My mother cooked 80% of our meals and it was always a balanced diet, but there was definitely pizza, ice cream, pasta, cake, you name it! I am Italian and SUNDAY PASTA DAY at Grandmas was a staple in my life! However, when I went to college there was a shift due to the minimal eating choices of dorm room life. Let’s just say while I was dancing 8 hours a day my nutrition was not the best. However, I was expending so much that it didn’t matter as far as the “scale” went. Then a shift started to happen come junior/senior year and I never really paid much attention to it until after I moved to NYC and became a personal trainer. I think it was the combination of stress, hormone shifts and undiagnosed food allergies. I started to suffer digestively and my body started reacting in a negative way. Long story short, after years of testing and doctor appts, I finally found a doctor who pointed me in the right direction and it forced me to change my diet completely. While this was overwhelming and frustrating in the beginning I can’t imagine eating any other way now. .
Moral of the story, having gone through this made me realize how good I can feel. I had to experience both to understand, and I never want to go back. My mind has shifted completely and I look at food as FUEL! Do I get tired at times? YES! I am a wife, mom of 2 and running a full time business. However, I can still run circles around people and I attribute that to my eating and lifestyle choices. You have one body and one life treat it well and it will be kind to you.