I love personal training and coaching people, but nutrition seems to be taking over my life for many reasons. I dealt with many chronic health problems such as IBS and GERD and even though medication controlled some of the symptoms, the problem never went away. Until I discovered a whole foods and plant-based lifestyle, I thought I would have to deal with the pain. I have to tell you that I never thought I would ever feel comfortable again in my own body. Being able to go out and eat, enjoy the simple pleasures of food, and not stressing out over how I would have to leave someone’s house early because the food I ate was causing me so much pain. It wasn’t from their cooking technique but rather the type of food that was being cooked and served.
Now I am back in school, studying nutrition to help further educate my clients on what they are putting into their mouths is directly effecting their bodies. It’s not as simple as saying this food isn’t healthy for you but why.
I have witnessed the reversible effects of disease from obtaining a whole foods and plant-based lifestyle and I continue to see people change their lives through changing their eating habits. I’m amazed at how foods that come from the ground are put here for our sole purpose of consuming them, in their natural state without additives or preservatives. The kind of food that makes you feel good when you plant it, nurture it, and then eat it.
I’ve seen the transformation of bodies when people put whole foods into their systems from weight loss, gaining more energy, reversing disease and chronic health issues, and just a general overall feeling of appreciativeness of life. However, the flip side of people wanting to adapt a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle is finding the time to create and enjoy meals that are made from scratch. I spoke with a friend of mine the other day and she told me that she didn’t know of anyone who ate the way that my husband and I did. I had to pause for a second because to me it seems like common sense to just throw a meal together from scratch and eat it. But my husband and I are not the norm. In fact, the majority of the population doesn’t eat healthy at all. Is it because of time, lack of nutrition education, or simply people just don’t care? I guess it depends on who you are.
I do spend a fair amount of time in my kitchen but I’ve made the decision to make it my priority. I’ve had to give up other things in my life to find ways to save time to make meals made from scratch and solely from whole foods. Even when I browse the grocery store, I find whole food meals that still have oil in them, additives and preservatives. Our bodies are just not meant to consume these ‘chemicals.’ So it got me thinking. My clients that I train do have very limited time. In fact, I spend more time with them on nutrition and mindset than personal training unless they are training for something specific. So how do I get them to eat better most of the time if not all the time?
I simply cook for them. I came up with this concept as I know it’s healthier for them, it’s saves them time, and it’s also better for the planet. They get to choose from a set menu, decide on how many meals they want per day, place their order and then it’s delivered. However, it’s not a service that is free. It comes at a price but it got me thinking, how much would you pay if someone were to cook some or all of your meals every week?
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