Wow…I can’t believe how fast the past 6 years have flown by! They have gone by so fast in fact that LinkedIn had to remind me I started my own business 6 years ago last month! January was also extra special for us this year because Naomi turned one—can you believe it (see pic below)!? Apparently I like to start new things in January; I started a new chapter of my life as a business owner and an even better chapter as a mother. I had all kinds of good intentions for getting a post up in January…but 12 presentations later and here it is February already!
With 2015 off and running, I’m like many of you in that I’m ready to start another chapter of my life filled with great expectations and hopes for a New Year. This is always an important time for many of my clients as they ask themselves, “Will this be the year I lose the weight and keep it off?”
As many of you know, I have struggled in the past with my weight personally. I know how it feels to live in a body that does not feel good or look healthy. To be quite honest, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I hated my body. I cursed it daily and wished I looked and felt differently. When my health hit rock bottom, I was willing to try anything to get better. Kate and I now joke that we even ate “rocks” (what was it that we were even chewing on??) to try to help our digestion. I’m sure you don’t really need to be told that they did not taste good, they did not help with digestion, and just as an FYI, they got stuck all over in our teeth. So I think we can safely conclude that tummy trouble plus chewing on rocks did not (in any way, shape or form) equal an improvement in digestion.
In all seriousness, I spent thousands of dollars over the years on supplements, testing and educational resources, and yet I still did not feel well. During this time, I felt like both my body and mind were in prison because I thought about food non-stop (which in case you’re wondering, is not actually healthy). I was literally afraid of food. Afraid if I ate something that I didn’t think I should at the time, I would never feel better or lose weight. In other words, I was living in constant FEAR! By this point I had tried EVERY diet from veganism to GAPS to very high protein. I finally stumbled onto the work of Dr. Ray Peat and began working with a nutritional consultant out in California named Dodie Anderson. The shift in diet towards eating real food—what I teach my clients today—did finally help improve some of my symptoms, but I was far from where I wanted to be.
This is where my story takes an interesting turn. Several years ago, I found out about a conference on the spiritual roots of disease near Milwaukee. So I hopped in the car with 3 of my friends that were all feeling pretty crappy (Kate being one of them), and within one week, our lives were transformed. After years of searching, we finally found the healing we had been looking for. We learned at the conference that negative thoughts like FEAR, unforgivness, anger, jealously, self-hate and many more had significantly and negatively affected our bodies and health. We learned how to recognize and overcome toxic emotions and walked in freedom for the first time in years. I understood that the fear and unforgiveness I was holding onto was preventing me from healing both my mind and body. In the midst of my research and trying every different diet and avoiding this food and that food, I had missed the mark. I finally realized why I had never fully healed. It wasn’t just that I was sick physically; I was also sick spiritually and emotionally. I had ignored the real roots of my problems and tried to fix everything with food alone.
You may be wondering at this point why I am telling you all of this. It’s not because I’m trying to work myself out of a job I really enjoy. No, instead it’s because I want you to know that for most people, the journey to better health is NOT ALL ABOUT FOOD. Yes of course I want you to eat healthy, real food that you can pronounce and feel good about eating without feeling overwhelmed or guilty. BUT I also want you to take some time to reflect: Where are you in your journey towards better health? Are you in a situation like I was (for several years) where you’re eating pretty clean but still not feeling well? Then perhaps you are like me and need to work on healing certain areas of your life beyond just the physical aspect of things. I have broken out of the prison of self-hate, unforgiveness and fear…and you can too.
At this point, it would probably be very easy for you to poo poo this post and think that this all sounds very dramatic, perhaps a little mushy or overdone even. But before you dismiss how emotions may have affected you over the years, I would strongly encourage you to take even a few seconds to evaluate the current state of your health. Because if you are keepin’ it real in the kitchen by eating well and yet you’re still feeling like junk, then let’s get real together by recognizing that the definition of the word ‘health’ extends far beyond the walls of your kitchen. Said another way: if you are easily angered or irritated, can’t seem to slow down your mind or battle anxious thoughts frequently, if you can’t stand to look in the mirror or constantly find fault with yourself, then I can assure you there is more work to be done. After all, Kate and I would know from experience as we’ve both come from those exact same places.
So because I want your lives to look differently as well, I’ve decided I want 2015 to look a little differently for Tracie Fountain, LLC too, in that I want it to be truly holistic in every possible way. If I’m blessed to work with you personally, I want to let you know ahead of time that if we’re going to get you healthy—and I mean really healthy, from the inside out—then together we’re going to keep it real by addressing the real issues in your life. Will we still talk about food and how to eat well in a way that’s actually feasible and not overwhelming, yes you bet! But if you want to get to a place of freedom so that you can actually live a healthy, balanced life and get beyond the same things you’ve always seemed to struggle with, then let’s agree right now to dig deeper. Let’s work together to get you to a place of joyfully thriving instead of merely surviving day in and day out.
Part 2 of this article will be coming in the next few weeks. It will provide you with some practical tips for addressing some of the struggles I’ve mentioned to help you start moving in the right direction. So stay tuned for much more to come so you can make 2015 your best year yet. And remember:
If you are not looking and feeling your very best,
it’s time to change your plate and your thoughts so you can change your life!