My name is Julie and I am a wife and mom of 2 kids. My health journey started a few years ago.
I am a hairstylist and started to experience pain in my hands after trying to get out an avocado pit and stabbing my hand, I lost feeling in one finger. Then to add on doing hair every day, it became too much for my hands. I was so sad. The feeling is horrible when you use your hands for everything and they hurt. I decided to find out what was causing this. I searched and searched. After lots of searching and no answers, I had to cut back on doing hair, as I use my hands so much. I decided to look into holistic ways to help and during that search I decided to pursue another passion of mine for health and go to school for nutrition. This led me to a path of learning, researching and gathering as much information as I could. I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach.
Obesity runs in my family so going against genetics has also been an extra challenge but I have learned that rather than dwelling on calories, I believe in clean eating and cooking whole foods. I have always struggled with my weight and still do. The year of my wedding, with a lot happening, planning and house buying and fixing, I was at my lowest weight and in such great shape, with the help of p90x. After my wedding, a few pounds crept back and I realized that losing weight isn’t as easy as it used to be. Then my hands became my main focus and I became consumed with finding answers. Once I decided to go to school for nutrition, I cleaned up the food in my house and with all that knowledge I was learning, I started to make changes. I started to lose weight, my husband lost weight and my dad even got on board and dropped 100 pounds!! The ripple effect was amazing. Shortly after, I got pregnant with my son Ayden and the pounds came back, but much bigger this time. Everyone says that getting pregnant and becoming a mom changes their life in so many ways. They are absolutely correct, but it is different for each individual. Some don’t gain much or lose it very quickly. I ate very healthy and exercised daily but knew I was eating for two and I gained 63 pounds!! I was never so heavy.
I exercised throughout my pregnancy and still the weight packed on. I thought my son would be 15 pounds and when he came out at a 6lbs 5oz little peanut, I was like oh boy!! And it has been a struggle ever since to get the weight off. I am on the road to recovery and getting my body back in check again. With a combination of nursing, being able to move again and starting to feel more like myself, I have lost 50lbs. Even though the weight is slowly coming off I know that I needed to jump start my new, healthy mentality again and take a different approach. We consistently need to tweak what has worked and make it work for the situation we are in. So with my second pregnancy, I watched what I ate even more, exercised harder and was running after a toddler. I still gained 62 pounds! I think my body must just pack on the weight as protection of some sort. Who knows, but either way I was back to being at my heaviest and was also older so it has been a struggle but I strive every day to make the best choices I can make and it is melting away. I am feeling like my younger self again and I have 2 amazing blessings next to my side and an unbelievably supportive best friend as my husband. I’m on my journey back to health and to be the healthiest I can be for me and my family!
I have learned something very important from my little bundle of joys: I am proud of my body and I have all the respect in the world for it now! For once I am able to say that! So what if I have a few stretch marks and some extra skin around my mid section… I created life, twice! And most importantly, I have to stay healthy for them. I want to be a good example and teach them the importance of a balanced diet and a balanced life. Being a wife and mom has made nutrition even more important because I am cooking for my family and sharing my knowledge. Raising my kids with the best food I can give them is very important to me. I am their role model. I’m passionate about helping my kids develop a love of fresh foods. I love exercising with my family and showing them it is important to move our bodies. I also love to cook and try new recipes and whenever I can, I enjoy digital scrap booking and love being crafty, especially when my hands don’t hurt! I still love doing hair and making people feel and look beautiful but right now being a mom to them is my absolute joy!
Life is hard but people from all walks of life have struggled and you know what? It’s okay. If you see a thin, beautiful woman walking down the street and you think to yourself “If only I could look like her…”; the thing is you have no idea what she is going through. Maybe she herself is struggling with her own insecurity or is unhealthy. Thin doesn’t mean healthy. We need to embrace our own existence and be good to our bodies. After seeing how small changes can make such a big difference in myself, I wanted to help others striving to live healthier, happier lives.
Education and awareness are essential and my goal is to bring these two together to help anyone who wants the help. Today’s diet is overloaded with the word “convenience” – fast food, take out, prepackaged items. Now don’t get me wrong; as a mom I am all for convenience, especially if it makes my life easier! But understanding the good and bad of this equation is crucial. I strive for a diet based around whole foods and home-cooked meals (and, yes, home-baked goodies too). But I don’t eat “perfectly”, and neither does my family. Our eating habits are works of progress, just like we are and we will continue to work to be the best version of ourselves we can be.
I hope you will join me in eating clean food, as close to earth and nature as possible and I am happy to help anyone who would like it.
Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, AADP
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