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Finger-lickin-nutrition…(Caution: Potty mouth ahead)

Fingerlickinnutrition? What in the heck is that?

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure that one out. I had big dreams of turning this blog into a meal prep, work out central, weight loss support, da-bomb-diggity-one-stop-shop for all of your health needs and so much more. And then…I disappeared for two years, no sorry, FOUR YEARS! I was in no position to try to tell anyone how to change their lives when I was struggling to change my own. I thought that if I wasn’t perfect, then no one would listen to me or care about the ideas I was trying to put out there into the world. Hey, there’s still no guarantee that anyone will read this, but I’m going to write it anyway. And I’m just gonna keep it real with you, I’m still trying to get my shit together.

I dreamed of telling all of you how the girl down there…

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August 2010. Still hovering around 200 lbs after regaining a few pounds.

Transformed to this girl…

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New Years 2012

 

To this health nut…and maintained…

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2013

But here I am now. This exhausted, anxious dreamer right here with exceptionally wild hair and a slight obsession with fringe…

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2017

I’ve been struggling with weight gain over the past three years and lost focus despite the fact that I know what I need to do to make “healthy living” a lifestyle. I repeat, ‘a lifestyle.’ My excuse? Hell, life just happened. I moved to a new city and got wooed by a lovely “boy”, moved in with that lovely “boy”, started a job and met some wonderful people. Years later I was diagnosed with anxiety and just simply shut down. I felt lost and forgot how to navigate through change, family issues, questionable friendships, doubting my career choices. I lost focus and started to put the weight back on. Now an engaged woman at the awesome age of 34 with belly bloat, Eustachian tube dysfunction (never knew such a thing existed) an achy foot, knee, back and fatigue… I feel like poop. I’m tired of being tired and feeling like poop. And I’m also so damn tired of thinking about food “all of the time.” EAT THIS, NOT THAT! FAT CAUSES CANCER, SUGAR CAUSES CANCER, DAIRY CAUSES DIABETES, FRUIT CAUSES DIABETES. I’ve heard it all and I feel trapped in this world of super saturated food facts and “Google-litis”.

It is absolutely exhausting to try to live within these rules that may or may not even work for you in particular.

So what happens when we flip the script and break the ‘food obsession’ cycle? Or a better question, ‘How’ do we do it?

What if food and exercise weren’t the main ingredients for weight loss or good health in general? What happens when we stop reaching for our iPad and plugging every ailment into a search engine, looking for that magic elixir that will make everything in the universe okay? What happens if we just…stop? If we do something different like go for a walk after a rough day at work instead of heading straight to the fridge the second we enter the door?

Or hey, how about doing nothing at all. At least for the next five minutes. Just chill. Let the madness pass, let the anxiety or whatever is bothering us just complete itself and then and only then do we focus on the real issue at hand (boss was an ass today, boyfriend was an ass today, you were a jerk today…whatever it may be.)

What if we feed our bodies and minds with more positive thoughts, positive habits to override the old, shitty ones? Do things that make us feel sexy and good about ourselves? Become honest with others, honest with ourselves, choose exploration over fear, challenging ourselves to go above and beyond the norm despite everyone’s expectations? What if those are the missing ingredients to happiness and great health and indirectly, weight loss? To look our core issues in the eye and tell them to f** off, we’ve got better shit to do. I’m not going to sit in self-pity and stuff my face with cookies today just because I made a mistake at work, I’m going to Zumba instead.

This is what Fingerlickinnutrition is all about. Positive, mental and spiritual nutrition for the body and soul! Nutrition beyond the plate. Honesty about our struggles and seeking fulfillment, not perfection. With a side of cake, of course (every once in a while)!

I want to explore these ideas and share my journey with you. And you, share your journeys with me.

So raise up your glasses of kombucha or red wine or hell, skip the extra glass of wine and take a bubble bath instead (Did I go to far, wine lovers?)…here’s to a

Healthy Journey!

 

 

 

****Disclaimer: I am not an expert by any means.  All of the information presented are based on my personal experiences and resources that I come across via online sources, word of mouth, and trial and error.  As with anything related to fitness, health, and your safety, consult your doctor before giving it a go.

Wishing you the best and a healthy journey!

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It Starts With a Hole

Holding out several packets of squash and tomato seeds to the nursery cashier, I asked.

“Is it too late to plant these?”

She then turned to the bagger and snickered.  “Ummmm, you can always try.  See what happens.”  She said in a “good luck girly” tone.

Okay, so it was no mystery that she was talking to an amateur, but would it have been too much to ask for her to have a little faith?

Armed with a bag of seeds, I then consulted with my neighbor about starting my own garden (Organic and non-GMO, of course!) in which she simply laughed, “By the time you start, gardening season will be over.”

I figured she would be the perfect source considering the fact that she’d managed to grow a jungle at her other house in the mountains.  Pineapples and lemon trees in the mountains of North Carolina?  In the middle of winter?  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  And although she’s a little tight lipped about the secret fairy dust she sprinkles over her garden,I’m beginning to believe one of the main ingredients is Miracle Growth.

I thought that perhaps with a little luck and lots of praying I could develop a green thumb or at least a fraction of it.  Were my ambitions so low that at that point in time my only wish was to have something green sprout out of the ground?  At least an inch or two or something plant-like.

So what if it was June-ish when I finally built a house for my soon-to-be garden and July-ish when I planted my first zucchini seed?  I needed that month to build the best veggie house I could on a budget and to muster up enough courage to actually build the damn thing.  If you haven’t guessed it by now, I was little worried about my adventure into gardening.  (Just a little.)  But I pushed through my concerns despite the snickers and giggles and here’s how it all went down.

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(By the way, I have to admit that if I were a vegetable, I’d want to live here too.)

Why am I imprisoning my beautiful garden you might ask?  

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There’s your answer.  Deer are a gardener’s worst enemy along with their buddies, the squirrels.  In Eastern and Central Carolina we don’t play around.  You either build a fence or forget about having food for yourself.  You’ll just be feeding the wildlife instead.

Okay, so I’m not a professional (Just yet), but I know a little somethin’ somethin’ about getting dirty.  I spent plenty of summers planting seeds along my grandfather in his garden when I was a little girl.  As a child, I may not have understood the true awesomeness of burying a seed into the ground or how that simple act had the potential to affect the rest of the world and someday possibly end world hunger, but I knew something great was about to happen.  And that greatness started with a hole.

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It took cutting through the arteries of the earth and going toe-to-toe with live snakes (Did I mention that I hate snakes?  Like run-in-the-house-with-the-rake-still-in-your-hand kind of hate?) to create this late summer miracle, but in the end it was worth the effort and next year I’ll be a little ahead of the game.

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BON APPÉTIT

Seeds Planted:

Zucchini, Patty Pan Squash (a.k.a. Spaceship Squash (the only way I could describe them as a child), crookneck squash, grape tomatoes, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, herbs: basil, chives, parsley, bay leaves, lemon balm, thyme).

Produce Harvested:

Grape tomatoes and all herbs

Healthy Journey!

(Deer: Photo courtesy) http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/whitetaileddeer.htm

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