Nutrition – “Knowledge is power…”
I have always been active. I like sports and I like adventure. But like most Americans, I also work…a lot….I like to have cocktails and overindulge in foods that I know are not helping stay in bikini shape, and I like to watch TV. Occasionally, the active part is far overshadowed by the cocktails, food and TV. Not a good combination.
However, when I moved to Austin over 3 years ago, the city and its activities fit me. It was easy to be active and affordable to attend group classes. After 3 or 4 months of being very active daily and going gluten free, I found I was tired, was gaining weight and in general was just sluggish. That’s when I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and I was lucky enough to find Elizabete.
Today, my family would tell you I’m the “health nut” in the family, and I would tell you I have so far to go! But the truth is, I have come so far!
When I met EG, I was fed up. I didn’t have 100 pounds to loose, I had 10. I loved to cook, I just didn’t know how to cook foods to feed my body and I had no idea how complex and how simple my needs really were.
So gluten free right? I did it because the science made sense. What I didn’t know is that my body is fairly intolerant to corn! Corn is, of course, gluten free. My body is also very prone to inflammation. Gluten free is not sugar free. And finally, without help to detoxify, my body is constantly battling something inside that it doesn’t want there. Complex and simple at the same time.
I’m a pretty diligent patient. I listen, I learn and I’m honest with myself and EG. There were many things that EG knew after talking to me for 5 minutes, and there are some things we are still working out. But today, today I am stronger and healthier and my body is happier than it’s ever been. It’s not that I don’t get sick, it’s that I get well quickly. It’s not that I don’t gain weight, it’s that I understand my body. It’s not that I need to run marathons, but I’ve found the right balance and the right exercises to keep me engaged and happy.
Today, I understand and appreciate so much more about food, nutrition and supplements and what they can really do for the body – every day, short term and long term. I ran a half marathon while on a cleanse. Something all the books tell you isn’t possible. I made record time. Knowledge is power and that’s the biggest benefit of working with EG – it’s not just “take this and feel better”, or do this or don’t do that, it’s a knowledge base and information that are building blocks to real power and understanding. And even a thin crust pepperoni pizza with banana peppers isn’t as satisfying as understanding how your body works and how to get it working the way you want – although even for me today, it’s a close second…..I am human after all 🙂