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Discovering True Health

Hello! Welcome to holisticallyFed’s blog! This is Erin Finch and I am the owner of my own Nutrition and Fitness Consulting business. So what exactly does that even mean you might be asking?? My job gives me the opportunity to empower and motivate individuals and groups to take control of their health through whole foods (real food, not just edible “food-like” substances that have taken over America’s food shelves and restaurants), regular exercise of all kinds (it could be uni-cycling for all I care, just something active that you enjoy), and other healthy supportive lifestyle habits (reading, gardening, spending time with friends and family etc..). If you wish to discover more about the specific services I have to offer, please visit my website here.

My website is the more professional version of me. My blog is where I invite you to the more everyday me. My hope is to lead by example in teaching you how to take control of your health. I do not promise to be perfect, nor do I want you to think that I am. We each come from all walks of life with various struggles and successes with our health over the years. I simply want to share bits and pieces of my health journey in hopes that you will be inspired and encouraged to discover true health for yourself as well.

To find out more about my story and what led me to where I am today, you can go visit my About Me page on my website. However, if you decide to not click that link and wish to just camp out here for awhile, I’ll summarize for you. I grew up active; loved sports, and loved food of all kinds (peanut butter and chocolate mostly). I also used to be a cereal addict. The term 1 bowl of cereal did not exist for me. Who really eats only 1 bowl of cereal anyway? You always have to pour just a little more when you are done, because who wants to waste the milk sitting at the bottom of the bowl right? You might as well just fill the bowl back up to the top while your at it, thank you very much.

What’s the big deal with cereal you might be asking? More on this later, but in short cereal is simply refined carbohydrates that have been enriched with vitamins and minerals. The reason they are enriched with vitamins and minerals is because the original micro-nutrients are lost during processing. The cereal is no longer in its whole food state and the enriched micro-nutrients are not absorbed by the body as well, if at all.

So, with all that to say, my diet as a child and all through college and into my first year of marriage consisted of mostly refined, processed, nutrient depleted foods. I paid little attention to the quality of the food I purchased. This led me to being tired pretty much all the time. My fast paced, active and often stressful lifestyle was not very well supported by the foods I was eating. I struggled with anemia in high school and what felt like constant exhaustion in college.

I have always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. However, looking back, my attitude was completely different than it is now. The reason I struggled with anemia and exhaustion for a lot of my life was for two reasons..

1. I simply did not know, nor did I take the time to find out what foods best fueled and supported my body through the various demands and stress that I placed on it.

2. I cared more about what I looked like instead of my overall health

Please do not fall into this trap! I beg you! Focus on your overall health and you will feel AND look much better! I have gained 20 pounds since I got married, but I have never felt better. I also still fit into my high school jeans despite the added weight. Muscle weighs more than fat people.  I also eat way more than I used to which is the best win to me. I love to eat. I simply have discovered the right foods to eat that keep my energy and blood sugar levels stable throughout the day and prevent me from wanting to strangle someone due to what feels like starvation. This is generally the feeling that would overcome me two hours after my 2 heaping bowls of cereal every morning. It never dawned on me that it was most likely due to the fact that I was ingesting pure carbohydrates and sugar for breakfast causing my blood sugar levels to go crazy on me. DUH!!

Now, I will be sharing a wide variety of tips on healthy living and recipes for you to try on this blog, but it is your job to discover what will work and what will not work best for your body. Each one of us is unique in how we metabolize and digest food, as well as how we handle the everyday stress of life. I will not suggest “Paleo” is for everyone, nor will I ever tell you to count your calories. What I will tell you to do is be your own science experiment. What works for me, might not work for you, but how will you ever know until you try? Become more aware of your energy levels in relation to the foods you eat and when you eat them. I am a fast metabolizer so I need to eat more often throughout the day. You may not need to. Only you will be able to determine this.

We each have one body we are given to live in and it is our responsibility to take care of it. My hope is you follow me on this journey of discovering true health, for our bodies are precious and the vehicles that God gives us to breath, laugh, run, dance, hike mountains, and truly LIVE in.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my very first blog post, until next time..

Eat Well, Sweat Often, Love Always!

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