During the last year I gained about 40 lbs and weigh almost 200 lbs. This is the most I have ever weighed in my life.
It's a little scary to share this and be vulnerable with you because it's not something I want you to know. But I know it's a challenge many of us deal with and think it's important to talk about...
How do we enjoy life fully and stay healthy?
Eating delicious food makes me really happy and is a huge part of feeling like I'm living a full & abundant life.
Although one of the primary reasons I gained so much weight, is that I just had a baby! While my partner was pregnant our regular exercise routines became non-existant and eating french fries & Mr Dewey's cashew ice cream (so good), while watching netflix became regular sins.
My partner and I had a healthy & beautiful baby girl on Valentine's Day. As a side note, I never thought I would be a dad. Though now that I am I can't imagine not having this amazing, heart opening experience.
Since my daughter was born I have been really committed to getting healthy again.
As of now our netflix account has been cancelled and we are back to making bi-weekly pilgramages to the farmers market. Loading up on veggies, extra virgin olive oil, avos, almond butter & salad greens.
One thing that has been immeasurably helpful in helping both of us feel better and shed fat is, not eating any sugar (even fruit) 6 days a week. *We have a cheat day on Saturday when we eat sweets.*
This may seem like a crazy share since I own a chocolate company.
Though one of our new items has actually been a lifesaver for me. I love sweets and this helped me get through all my cravings without feeling like I was missing out.
Whenever I would have a bad craving or want dessert, I would take a square of our Sugar Free dark chocolate bar
and spread a little almond butter on it. So good. The bar tastes amazing, it's 78% dark and has whole leaf stevia and birch based xylitol. The flavor kind of reminds me of eating a Hershey's Kiss ©. It's ultra low glycemic and totally satisfies my sweet cravings.
One of my highest values is sharing healthy & delicious food with the world. This bar is a great expression of that and is really great for those times when you want to cut back on sweets and still want to enjoy your life to the fullest.
I've been doing this for about a month now and have lost 15 lbs and counting. I feel stronger, clearer and more healthy than I have in a long time.
Wishing you vibrant health on your journey,
PS. Leave a comment below and let me know what big turning points you've had this year. Feel free to share any sugar free sweet tips or recipes below.