Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The One Where I Talk Food...

I've mentioned a couple time of our #branstetterlifestylechange that we've been doing.  I've actually been doing a couple of challenges along the way to help keep me accountable and be encouraged.  Sounds weird, but I have found my Instagram community to be such a wonderful group of ladies and such encouragement.  Many of them are doing the same thing, and it's great to be accountable to them and vice versa.

Just recently, I stumbled upon a blog in which she was sharing her fitness goals and rewards.  I started thinking about that, and actually started thinking about my own list.  Many people want to know what I've been up to, so I thought I'd share with you what's been going on.

I eat food.  I exercise.
That pretty much sums it up.

I'm not into taking pills or any fad diets because those are "quick fixes."  I don't want a quick fix.  I want a complete lifestyle change.  I've mentioned before that I have chronic headaches.  They started when I was in second grade.  I think my mom was a little concerned, and I don't remember all the details, but I was keeping track of when they came.  I got my first migraine in sixth grade.  It was kinda weird because I was with my mom picking my brothers up from swim lessons and all I could see was half of people's faces.  I was not prepared for what came next.

Fast forward 17 years later, and I still have headaches.  Almost every day, and occasionally I still get migraines...fuzzy stuff and all.  I have heard numerous times that processed foods can trigger migraines.  But before now, I wasn't about to give up those things.  I'm not one to freak out over what I eat because it might kill me.  At least I know where I'm going if it does. :)

In April, I was just fed up with how many headaches I was having.  I told my husband that after we got back from Disney, we were going on a "diet," meaning we were going to be changing our eating habits.  

We eat a "modified whole foods diet."  I say modified because there are some processed foods that I won't give up {i.e.  cheese}, and also occasionally, we eat a quick meal which may come from a box or a bag.  You look in our pantry, and yes, we still have packaged food in there, BUT not near as much as we used to.  I buy fresh fruit and veggies each week.  We've been eating meat based entrees with a healthy veggie to go with it.  We don't buy ice cream near as often, and I've turned to Pinterest to find some healthy recipes!

I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a loaf of bread (ah! I know!  I just love bread), and I only buy a half gallon of cow's milk because we basically only cook with it.  I do drink almond or coconut milk in my breakfast shakes each day.

Honestly, I don't miss sandwiches.  I don't miss milk.  I don't even miss peanut butter {I switched over to PB2 about 5 weeks ago}.  I feel a lot better...less tired, less headaches, more energy.  It's been a great transition so far!

Do you eat a whole foods diet?  I'd love to hear about your transition!



  1. We switched to this in January and it was wonderful! We used the Whole30 (with the additions of quinoa and beans) to help us jump start the switch but we felt so good. I had more energy, I felt strong on my long runs, and my mood was so much better. And eating whole foods to me is so much easier than a diet! I don't count calories or eat and drink diet everything, but rather nourish my body with food the way that God created it :) So happy that you have found a new way to enjoy food!

    1. So great to hear!! We are in a slow transition, but it's definitely headed in the right direction! I think sometimes it's hard to switch over 100%, and especially because I like some things way too much, but it's definitely preparing our mindset for where we want to be!

  2. This sounds awesome! I know sometimes it's frustrating to lose weight and we just want the quick fix but it's amazing what we can do if we focus on one day at a time and after a few months we feel better and are so much healthier. Good luck and I'm excited to hear more! New GFC follower!

    Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys

    1. Great to have you, Britney!! It really is a day-to-day focus! But it's been so great for us, and we are making better decisions for our body!!


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