Thanks for checking in again! In the last year I have made some personal changes that have really surprised me as well as the people closest to me. For 3 years I was vegetarian with one year being a 'Vegan Nazi' as my mother likes to call it. In the past year I struggled with the feeling that being a vegetarian wasn't working for me, and I started to crave meat, specifically a big bison burger. It took a lot of internal debate, feelings of guilt and somewhat of an identity crisis before I finally made the decision to eat meat again. I realized during this internal struggle that being vegetarian was a part of my identity and I was afraid of what people would think when they found out I wasn't veggie anymore. It was a dilemma but in the end I acknowledged the message my body gave me. I became more accepting of the circle of life and I have not looked back since. After I started eating organic, humanely raised meats I felt better almost immediately and many people have commented that my energy and the way I carry myself is more balanced.
Listening to your body is one of the best things you can do for your health. I had to learn through experience that being too regimented with one type of diet and strictly prohibiting foods that are not 'clean' can in fact be harmful to your health. While a vegetarian, I rarely ate dairy, gluten, or refined sugar. Additionally I was struggling with my weight, some minor health issues and preparing meals could at times be stressful. Planning dinner with friends or family always caused grief as I would worry whether or not the restaurant could cater to my diet restrictions. Now I really enjoy having the occasional eat ice cream with friends and I am more flexible when ordering items off a standard dinner menu.
I am more cognizant of the importance of striving to maintain a healthy balance in my eating habits and in other areas of my life. I want to have fitness and health goals but they need to be maintainable. Goals and diet restrictions that impinge on your social life will not endure in the long run. A close friend who follows my progress and blog each week recently asked me if I will be able to maintain this BLT program once my coaching sessions with Julia were finished. My answer is a 100% definitive yes! Julia's BLT program sets realistic goals. This sets her apart from many other fad diets or quick weight loss programs that do not teach healthy living and a balanced life style.