**FROS UP! This is a long, picture heavy, detailed post. I’ve had a TON of emails about my new healthy eating lifestyle and this is the first of two blog posts where I will address everything I’ve been asked!**
At your request Curlies, this is an update on my previous posts here on NapturalNicole.com where I mentioned that I was actively working to improve my eating habits, learning how to make healthy choices, and hopefully losing weight and strengthening my hair/nails in the process.
I blogged about how I’d begun living a Weekday Vegetarian lifestyle, where I only consume vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and limited eggs/dairy on Monday through Friday (monitoring portions, and being calorie conscious). I eliminated all meats, sodas, processed foods, fast food, excess oils and additives from every meal.
Well. 3.5 months into this healthy new life- I am pleased to report I have lost
I know!!!! CRAZY, right?! All without stepping foot in a gym, or strapping on sneakers (though, to be fair, I intend on beginning a regular work out regimen soon, to improve my heart health and muscle tone). Here’s the required before and after pics!:
Can you believe it?!! Even the hubbin has lost 28lbs! and that’s while still eating turkey sandwiches for lunch everyday (he loves his carne!)-
Big Difference, huh? And I’m only posting pic of the physical difference- I can’t photograph the extra energy, better sleep, brighter/clearer skin, and confidence that we both are experiencing. We’ve experienced so many benefits!
Must say- Thank you to all the ladies on facebook, instagram, this blog- and twitter, for your motivational, encouraging, enthusiastic support! I am thankful to have made the progress that I have (47 lbs in 3.5 months! Holy Cow!) But you know what’s most rewarding?the ladies who say that my story has encouraged them to examine their eating habits, and make changes (big or small!). Its for you that I keep working, sharing, posting, and cheering! Thank you!
For those of you curious about Weekday Vegetarianism- check out my unofficial food blog, where I post my favorite vegetarian meals, recipes, pics and random ideas. I also post regular weight loss pics there too-
Napturally Thin, a NapturalNicole.com tumblr page
I’ve posted a few updates about the changes I’ve made and what’s great about it is that in about a month, it didn’t even seem like I was’trying’ to lose weight, or that I only eat certain foods on certain days. It became second nature to reach for the ‘good for you’ things first! And good for you doesn’t have to mean, boring, tasteless salads. Our dinners have been yummier than ever-
Grilled Veggies and Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella fresh pasta, with pineapple:
Before I knew it- this became just ‘How I eat’- my perspective on food shifted, and junk food is just something I ‘don’t eat that much,’- and honestly doesn’t even taste that great, when I do have it (studies have shown that 30 days of a vegan/vegetarian diet seems to ‘reset’ the taste palate making foods more flavorful and artificial additives/low quality items taste worse) it doesn’t even appeal or seem worth it.
I’m at a point now where I don’t even think about what day it is, or get on the scale much- and I don’t go crazy and run out and bite a cow because its Saturday. I just eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and beans 90% of the time- and only when I’m hungry- which isn’t often- since smaller portions of healthier, nutritional, whole foods made my stomach shrink, and taught my body to regulate itself.
(my veggiefull fridge- with room for leftovers after cooking!)
I’ve found that what we often mistake for hunger, is our body requesting either water, or more nutrients. That’s why after eating a fast food combo- all you want is more fast food. The salt dehydrated you, and the fat left you starved for vitamins. I have yet to eat a vegetarian, well balanced meal, and been hungry an hour later.
(and I still have my treats and sweets twice a week!)
This has just been incredible and life changing- finally taking control over my health. Just like the big chop and ‘going natural’ I feel liberated from what society has told me is ‘okay to eat/buy/serve.’ It was another ‘Big Chop’ but instead of scissors to my hair, it was my chef knife through veggies! Haha! (booo, lame!)
And as we have all learned from relaxers/perms, just because everyone does it, doesn’t mean it’s right/healthy or should be a lifelong behavior!
Good luck to everyone who gives healthy eating a shot, and way to go on those who have started their newest’natural (eating!)’ journey!
Since ‘going natural,’ how many of you have looked at other aspects of your life and worked to make them better (health, family, relationships, career)?
(Because my husband is an attorney I have to say this! Disclaimer: Nicole is just a regular, real life, reformed, chunky girl. These comments are based on personal opinion, experience, and thoughts. They have not been evaluated by a health professional. Before beginning any weight loss plan, or altering your dietary intake- please consult a health professional. Thanks!