Friday, January 16, 2015

Health and Fitness Series Introduction

I hope everyone had a rest-filled, peace-filled holiday. I am back, to hopefully a more routine-for-me blogging schedule. If not I know the world won't end ;)

I wanted to start the New Year off with a health and fitness series. Since so many of us make diet resolutions this information may be useful for some.

And, since there are many people whom have no idea what eating clean is, I thought I would do a series devoted to the topic of Health and Wellness. Sharing some of the things I've learned along the way, such as my favorite food/health websites and beauty secrets.

If you've been around here long, you know that a series, other than doing the 31 days with Nester last year, just isn't my thing. Since health is something I am passionate about I think I can stick with it! :)

Once a week for the next month (on Fridays) we will cover a different topic and I'll challenge you with a "action step", I hope you learn some new things and come away from this with a new perspective about your health.

At the end of the series I have some exciting news I want to share with you. Something I've been contemplating for a while but really feel God nudging me forward to (I think it's because it's out of my comfort zone, and He LOVES to make me uncomfortable ;)). 

So in the spirit of living brave in 2015 I'm going for it! But I'll save it for the end :)

I started my healthy eating journey five years ago. I was gaining weight despite working out hard every day and counting calories. I was desperate to figure out what was going on.

I had learned a little about eating clean and starting taking a closer look at where my food came from and what was in it after watching, Food Inc, a very enlightening documentary. You should watch it.

I wondered if eating clean was the answer I was looking for, so while wandering through the local library in Iowa, I picked up Eat Clean Diet, by Tosca Reno and took it with me on our annual beach trip.

Our eating habits haven't been the same since. I was so intrigued and horrified by the information I read and by what I'd been eating and how it could be effecting my body.

I came home and got rid of everything that was boxed aka processed. If I didn't know what an ingredient was or couldn't make it myself we didn't eat it. This is actually when I truly learned to cook. I had to start making our favorite foods from scratch. Which wasn't as hard as I thought it would be and tasted just as good-even better! Fresh is always better.

I've learned a lot over the years. There were many days of begging and crying to God to make me well, but now I know I needed this journey to teach me, show me what it really looks like to live well, the way He intended.

We aren't made to be overweight, tired, diseased, we are made to live well, full lives. Taking care of ourselves is the only way we can run the race He's given us, why are we wasting time?

In this series we will cover:
  • Eating Clean Part 1
  • Eating Clean Part 2-Whole Foods 
  • Eating Clean Part 3-What the Heck is GMO's and Is Organic Really Best?
  • Eating Clean Part 4-Understanding Fat and Carbs
  • Health and Freedom with Essential Oils (Guest Post-Mandy Mianecki)
  • Counting Fat and Calories is so 1990's
  • Exercise-Move Your Bootay
  • Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget
  • Adrenal Fatigue. Are You Flat Burned Out?
  • Choosing The Right Doctor
  • You Do What? Oil Pulling and Detoxing
  • Healthy and Beauty Tips From An Expert...Ok, fine,me
  • Conclusion-My Announcement!!

**All opinions are mine. I'm not a doctor! These are things I've learned and tried out myself along the way. It's always best to not take someone's word or opinion when it comes to your health. Do your own research, and ask your doctor.

Photo Credit: Jeanette Goodrich

Joining for the first time: Fitness Friday, FYI Friday, and Friday Five


  1. Jen Rawson @ Pretty Little GruJanuary 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Looks like a great series you have planned. As a Dietitian, I am always interested in hearing about others experiences in nutrition. Look forward to seeing what you have to say.

  2. Great idea for a series. Clean eating was the starting point for being the healthiest happiest me.

  3. what a well planned series!

  4. 'living brave.' that inspires me, Alecia! and living healthy is right up there ... especially during this time of year when there's alot of couch potato activity going on at this end.
    you go, girl! and I'll be following along!

  5. Great intro. Sounds like an awesome series.


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