By Kathy Shearer
I was the mom who made warm, homemade, organic, whole-wheat berry muffins from freshly ground wheat for my children for breakfast. I made the most wonderful organic, homemade, artisan bread too. We lived organically and I made all of our meals from scratch. I believed in whole food.
I was painstakingly aware of the degradation of the food supply in our society and I set out to feed my family differently. Yes, we were that homeschool family with the homestead in their backyard. We raised chickens for their meat and eggs. We raised goats for their wholesome, raw milk. We worked on an organic vegetable farm. I froze, canned and dried our vegetables for the winter. I learned to ferment foods and beverages. I frequented pick-your-own berry farms to pick fruit for freezing. I had a passion for nutrition and whole foods. I was raising healthy children.
But then my own health started to decline – I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
I weighed over 200 pounds, but I always attributed that to having birthed 6 children. I became depressed and needed a medication. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I was doing everything right. I was sourcing local, organic foods. I was making everything from scratch. We were raising our own meat, milk and eggs. I was sprouting local, organic wheat and grinding it. For goodness sake, I made my own cheese!
Then came my introduction to Fitlife.tv in August of 2013. As I was browsing through Facebook, Fitlife.tv was ‘liked’ by a cousin of mine. Opening that post was the best decision I made.
Fitlife introduced me to juicing, something that was missing in my holistic lifestyle. I already had a juicer and I used it for the first time in many years. I became a Juicing Animal. I lost 25 pounds and I was feeling good.
I signed up for Fitlife Small Group Coaching in March of 2014. Throughout Group Coaching, I’ve been able to find on-going health, a healthy weight and most importantly, a healthy mindset. To date, I’ve lost 53 pounds. I am in a size 8 jeans and a medium top. I sleep well and my sugar cravings are at bey. When I wake up in the morning, I no longer have joint aches and pains. I eat anti-inflammatory foods and wheat is not a part of my life anymore.
My high blood pressure is gone and I am taking ⅓ of the medication that I used to take for depression. Real, whole foods are what the body was intended to thrive on. Real food heals the body and heals the mind. There is a lot of talk these days about how much the health of the gut contributes to better psychological health. I am living proof that this is true.
As I look back, living an organic lifestyle was good. The heavy emphasis on grains in our diet was the main culprit to my weight gain and body aches. There is a greater balance now in the foods that I eat and feed my family. We still raise our own meat and eggs. I still milk my goats and make raw milk part of our on-going healthy lifestyle. I still freeze, can and dry our foods for the winter. There is an emphasis on eating more vegetables, greens and juicing. I am fermenting more foods and beverages to support our healthy gut biomes. I sold my grain mill.
Now, I am a Fitlife Certified Coach. I help people to get their health back, lose weight and help them break the chains of old food ideals and self-sabotaging behavior. I help people see food as a source for energy. I teach that the healing power of whole foods is extraordinary. The joy that I feel helping others find health through Fitlife is an amazing feeling.
I know that if I can do it, you can too! And if you’re looking for someone to guide and support you on your own journey, I would love to help. 🙂
Kathy joined Fitlife in August, 2013.Although she had a passion for nutrition and whole foods, her diet was very grain heavy.After joining Fitlife, she traded in her grains for greens.She joined Small Group Coaching in April of 2014, and to date has lost 51 pounds. Kathy's greatest desire has been achieved.Her body image now represents what she believes in:That is that health and wellness can be achieved through eating God-manufactured, whole, nutrient-dense foods.