Food Freedom Forever

Food freedom means finally feeling in control of food, instead of food controlling you. It means indulging when you decide it's worth it, savoring the experience without guilt or shame, and then returning to your regularly scheduled healthy habits."

Whether you’re reading this today or a year from now, this article will still apply to you.  I want you to know why I believe Melissa Hartwig can help you live a life of food freedom forever, my reasoning for choosing to do her Whole30 program, AND I want you to understand why I believe you should do the program with me.

It’s Not About Me.

I decided I would create content centered around what others want and need instead of creating content based solely on ideas that I want to present. I’ve tried to be consistent from the beginning. That’s why when you visit my website I have nothing to sell. I give everything away for free.

So…why am I doing Whole30? I’m doing Whole30 because it’s not about me, it’s about you. For those who want help or guidance on ways to follow this program, what better way to guide you than by doing it with you? I live a life of food freedom, and I want you to have the same food freedom I experience every day.

I whole-heartedly appreciate Melissa Hartwig’s Whole30 Program and believe it has the power to change your life if you make the simple decision to try it.

“Food freedom means finally feeling in control of food, instead of food controlling you. It means indulging when you decide it’s worth it, savoring the experience without guilt or shame, and then returning to your regularly scheduled healthy habits. That’s real food freedom.”  Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig

It’s Not Hard.

Let me introduce you to my new favorite quote!

“This is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only 30 days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth-the only physical body you will have in this lifetime.” – Whole30

The Whole30 program is not hard, but it does force you to pay attention. That’s what I love about the program. Whole30 teaches you how to read food labels; you’ll begin looking at parts of the nutrition label you didn’t know existed before! You’ll start paying better attention to how you feel both physically and emotionally. 

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Planning and preparation are essential to maintaining a healthy diet. I do this for a living. As a fitness professional, when I look at Melissa’s program, I see Whole30 through a different lens than most, and this allows me to help guide you by providing some additional insight I’ve learned working with clients over the last 17 years who struggle on a daily basis.

Although I start the Whole30 today, I began preparing last week. My preparation made me more impressed with the Whole30 than my initial overview article a week ago. Why am I more impressed now than before? Because I don’t think you can appreciate the number of resources Melissa Hartwig provides until you actually prepare to do her program.

I fell in love with Melissa’s program due to her emphasis on the obstacles that pertain to healthy eating that extend way beyond knowledge or nutrition science.

Are You Held Hostage By Food?

All of us build emotional relationships with food whether we know it or not. Often, we eat as a result of a stressful situation in life that triggers us to seek immediate alleviation or pleasure. For example, you have a bad day at work, and the first thing you do when you come home is pouring a glass of red wine. Maybe that’s not you, perhaps you experience anxiety and look for comfort with one of your favorite sugary snacks. Certain foods elicit chemical responses in the body that possess the power to change our emotions and the way we feel. If you find temporary relief or refuge in food, this can become a vicious, unhealthy cycle. Food and drugs are powerful and have many similarities!

Do you find yourself eating when you’re feeling down or depressed? Maybe you eat because you’re anxious or scared. Do you eat when you are stressed? Perhaps you have a seemingly uncontrollable sweet-tooth and don’t realize a sugar addiction is controlling you. Maybe you’re stuck in a cycle of unhappiness and trying to find joy, so you turn to food. You recently lost a friend or family member and turn to food hoping it will help you escape the deep grieving pain you feel. You might feel ashamed of your appearance and you crave the very thing that is destroying your health and self-worth. Some of you may hide your eating habits because you are embarrassed and realize you’ve lost control. If you fit any of these descriptions, you may feel powerless. You may feel alone in your struggles with food.

There is good news! Melissa’s program teaches you how to develop a healthy relationship with the very thing holding you hostage. In her Whole30 Program and in her book Food Freedom Forever, Melissa Hartwig teaches you how to turn cravings and addictions with food, into a healthy, balanced relationship. Melissa’s own personal experience dealing with food and drug addiction helps provide you with the right tactics to control your eating decisions while allowing yourself the pleasure and reward of foods.

Join Me. You Can Have Food Freedom Forever!

Food freedom is not a diet; it’s a way of life. Food freedom means finally feeling in control of food, instead of food controlling you.

As a fitness professional, my primary job is to provide health and exercise guidance to my clients. My expertise is strength and performance training – but I’ve learned over the years that diet has a more significant impact on fitness and performance training results than strength training. Don’t get me wrong; you need both! But, your food choices can make or break fitness progress. This can be disheartening for exercise professionals who do everything they can to lead a client towards their fitness or performance goals and watch their clients sabotage their results with poor nutrition. Personal trainers and strength coaches can’t control what their clients choose to eat; we can’t follow clients around 24 hours 7 days a week and help them make healthy dietary decisions.

I’ve often said, “most people don’t need a dietician or a trainer for dietary guidance…they need a counselor!” This is a reality that I live every day as a personal trainer. Many of us are held hostage by deep emotional or psychological connections with food, and this hinders our ability to make healthy eating choices. The emotional power that food can have on your life is very real and you’re not alone.

How can you regain control of your health? The first step towards food freedom is recognizing that you might be held hostage by food. The second step is embracing the idea that you have the power, strength, and ability to do something about it! 

Next week I’ll provide you with an overview of each day of every week for my entire Whole30. Take control of the things that once held you, hostage, changing your diet has the power to change your life. I  encourage you to follow the program with me and find your food freedom forever.

Food freedom happened when I took the time to ask myself what I really wanted and made a conscious, deliberate decision in the moment. I wasn’t swayed by the false promises of sugar, salt, and fat; held hostage by the tradition of birthday cupcakes; or enslaved to a Sugar Dragon who started roaring the minute I told myself I could have a treat on my birthday. I just thought about it, happily made my choice, and got on with my life. Food freedom is realizing I can have anything I want, any time I want it . . . and in the moment, simply honoring whether or not I really want it. Food freedom means finally feeling in control of food, instead of food controlling you. It means indulging when you decide it’s worth it, savoring the experience without guilt or shame, and then returning to your regularly scheduled healthy habits.” – Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig

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