I finished my natural nutrition course in 2013, I began to eat better and exercise because I wanted to get my body ready for pregnancy. In 2015, I had my daughter and in 2018, I had my son. After having the kids, I found myself very motivated to get back into shape. I went to the gym daily and ate very well.
After both my maternity leaves were over and went back to work. I felt very unmotivated to eat well and I fell into a downward spiral. I would eat at my desk and did very little exercise. I began to gain a lot of weight. In the summer of 2021, my mother-in-law passed away with relapsed multiple myeloma and renal failure. Her passing hit me very hard and made me take a good look at everything around me. I was living a very unhealthy lifestyle. I was working a lot of hours and never got enough sleep. I didn't have the best diet. I began to ask myself, would I still be here for my children when they get older. This is when I put my holistic nutrition skills to good use and used them on myself.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Certified Nutrition Manager, I knew how to get myself into tip-top nutritional health. I began to drink green tea at breakfast, along with a ginger shot in the morning. I cut out processed meats, salty, sugary, and oily foods. I love the taste of diet soda, instead, I switched that out and replaced it with a Kombucha drink. My main choice for a snack would be fruits or vegetables. I began to drink a daily greens boost drink to help add extra greens into my diet. I also began to drink Bio Steel to replenish my electrolytes. I would drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I started to take my supplements again.
Here's a list of my supplements:
1. Probiotic - to help with gut health
2. Fish oil - a great source of omega-3 fatty acids
3. Vision care supplement - to maintain and help improve eyesight
4. Immunity boost - to help with keeping my immunity up, preventing colds and flu
5. Vitamin D - everyone needs vitamin D, especially in the winter months
6. Multivitamin - to fill nutritional gaps in my diet
7. Antioxidant - to help protect and fight free radical damage
After a few months, I felt much better. My skin began to clear up, my acne was gone. I used to break out like a teenager. I had more energy and started to walk daily on my own or with my kids. I would walk a minimum of 2-5 km per day. I started to document my walking progress on social media, this way I can always look back at my journey.
I found that there is always an emotional piece with eating. I began to connect the dots and understood my eating patterns. I wanted to set a good example for my children and those around me. Moderation is key to eating anything. I started to build healthier eating habits and learned how I could incorporate that into my daily life.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Tips:
Moderation is key.
Drink green tea daily to help increase antioxidants in your diet.
Avoid processed meats, salty, sugary, and oily foods.
Avoid drinking soda/diet soda. Try drinking Kombucha instead.
Increase fruit or vegetable intake daily.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
Supplement as needed.
Walk daily. Start walking 10 minutes daily and keep it simple.
Monitor your eating habits.
Seek help if you need it.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, I will focus on all aspects of a person's wellbeing and life. Send me an email at BlendaRHN@gmail.com and let me help you.
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The entire contents of this article are based upon the opinions of Blenda Chan. Please note that Blenda Chan is not a dietitian, physician, pharmacist or other licensed healthcare professional. The information in this article is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health care professional. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or licensed healthcare provider for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, for medications or medical advice as well as before changing your health care regimen.