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How I lost 100+ pounds with healthy eating

All my life I lived an unhealthy lifestyle and struggled with excess weight. After my child’s birth, I started to gain weight even faster. In summer 2014 my stressful job, unhealthy lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits led me to the edge of collapse. At that point, I weight 264 pounds, and I started to feel physically sick. My knees and back began to hurt. I got shortness of breath and trouble with walking. My blood pressure was high and my heart beat was unnormal. I had zero energy. I was terribly depressed and very unhappy with my life.

THE CHANGE

That summer I knew that I need to change my life, but I didn’t know exactly how to start. I’ve already gone through the agony of various diets. None of them worked. Tasteless diet food, rigorous plans which I had to follow and then disappointment. I didn’t want to go through that again. Diets are the temporary solution, and this time, I wanted a permanent change of my lifestyle. I wanted to get my life back, to enjoy it healthy and happy – now but also when I get older. And that’s what got me started. From the beginning, I had amazing support from my husband. We were both actually on the same boat – overweight and unhealthy, so he joined me. I started to learn about healthy eating. Every day I discovered some new healthy food and the way to prepare it. I began to create new recipes and cook healthy at home. We were delighted with new healthy food.

We didn’t know healthy food can be so delicious! And the best part was, from eating all that healthy food, we started to feel better and better.

THE RESULT

Healthy eating led us to the fact that we both lost weight – to this day I have lost 103 pounds πŸ™‚ I still can’t believe that I lost that much weight – without starvation, without some magic pill – just with healthy eating. But most important is that because of that lifestyle change, my husband and I, we both feel much healthier now. We have more energy, and we can now enjoy our lives with our son.

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Left: 11/2014. Right: 11/2015
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Right: 8/2016.

Healthy eating is not just some short term diet – it’s a lifestyle. Ther’s no particular diet plan you have to stick with. No boring, tasteless food.

Healthy eating means eating natural fresh food, foods that are nutritionally rich and feeds your body, giving the body necessary energy. It also means eating food that cleanses the body and protects it. Healthy eating also implies to eat in moderation with intention – mindful.

If you take care of your body and keep it healthy, it will surely give you great things in return. I like to say that the “side effect” of a healthy lifestyle is losing weight and overall feeling better, so watch out πŸ˜‰ Soon you may find yourself feeling great and good about yourself, feeling full of energy and look stunning πŸ˜‰

My weight loss transformation has aroused interest. People I meet are interested in healthy eating that improved my life. Since I know how difficult it is to start, especially when you don’t know how, I started to write this blog. I want to share with you everything I have learned on my weight loss journey towards healthier and happier me. This is not just another blog with recipes. On this blog I will also share with you my experience, tips and guidelines on how to eat healthy and feel awesome.

I hope my story has motivated and encouraged some of you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Love to hear from you in comments too.

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Feel like you need some motivation? Check out my MOTIVATION posts

Looking for some TASTY healthy eats? Get inspired with my healthy RECIPES

Need to change your lifestyle but not sure where to start? Read on 5 Simple Diet Tweaks That Will Improve Your Health and How To Start Walking For Weight Loss

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7 Comments

  1. Amazing! I am trying to lose weight myself and I have been struggling a lot lately. Eating healthy is not the problem for me, I do eat healthy meals and I love them. The problem is not eating the bad foods as well… How did you manage to stay away from those? I mean, as much as I love a good healthy meal, I still have my chocolate cravings!

    • Thank you Tanya πŸ™‚
      Well, the first three months were the hardest. I was like an addict going trough cold-turkey phase. In that time, when I had cravings for certain food, like chocolate, I just prepared myself some healthy replacement – – a healthy food swap – like the chocolate avocado mousse with unsweetened defatted cocoa with a bit of honey. I satisfied my craving for chocolate, and I give my body a healthy stuff too – like healthy fats from avo, honey for immunity… πŸ˜‰ That worked for me.
      After 3 months, addiction has passed. Now I don’t even notice chocolate in the store anymore πŸ˜€ If I eat some unhealthy stuff, I get physically sick (I spend like a half day in the bathroom :/ ) so I say “thank you but no thanks” to unhealthy processed full of refined sugar food.
      Just stick to healthy food, be persistent and do healthy replacement – healthy food swap. And yes, try to be moderate πŸ˜‰ I’ll write more about that in my future posts πŸ™‚

  2. Im currently 254 pounds after having my second child. I am not used to being this big and I really want to lose this weight and eat better. Can you give me an example of some healthy meals because im not sure where to start.. Also did you work out at all?

    • Hi Alexis,

      I’ll tell you few things I’ve changed that helped me with my weight loss. Today:
      I eat minimally processed foods – I don’t eat store bought stuff like dips, dressings, microwave dinners, cake mixes, etc. I make everything I can HOMEMADE. That way I control ingredients I use.
      I eat lots of fruits (1-2 portions daily) and vegetables (minimum 2 portions daily), I eat seasonally and I shop locally grown food as much as I can.
      I consume only healthy fats – extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, etc.
      I don’t eat processed meats (salami, store bought sausages, pΓ’tΓ©, etc.).
      I don’t consume refined sugars and white flour produce (EVER).
      I eat high-quality lean protein (chicken, turkey meat, tuna, etc.) and watch the intake of unnecessary fats (for example, I drink low-fat cow’s milk, I eat cottage cheese, I remove chicken skin etc.).
      I eat whole wheat produce that is full of fibers and enriched with other nutrients (whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta…)
      I prepare my own meals. That way I control what I put in my body.
      I use a lot of spices that contribute to my health – ginger, turmeric, ceylon cinnamon, etc.
      I don’t drink store bought soda drinks and juices (EVER).
      I eat healthy homemade snacks (energy balls, trail mixes..).
      I prepare my own desserts made from healthy ingredients (whole wheat flour, healthy coconut oil instead of margarine or butter, honey or syrup instead of white refined sugar). You can check DESSERTS section on my blog HERE >> http://www.natalieshealth.com/category/recipes/desserts/
      I eat several smaller but well-balanced meals a day.
      I eat mindfully.
      I’m more active. I do a lot of walking. I practice yoga and I run.

      Just remember, it’s a process. It takes time. Following this healthy lifestyle is pretty easy you just need to make all this a HABIT.

      It’s VERY important that you incorporate ONE healthy change at the time, not trying to do all at once. Start with replacing refined all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour in everyday cooking. Try drinking water, unsweetened teas and coffee instead sodas. Try using honey and healthier sugar alternatives instead refined white sugar. Try with 5-6 smaller meals during the day and fill your plate with veggies in every meal.

      And most important DON’T give up when time gets hard. Be persistent. Set a goal – to be HEALTHIER, to FEEL BETTER!

      If you have any health problems or condition, PLEASE consider talking to your doctor first πŸ™‚

      Hope this helps.

  3. Hello!!
    I read through each of your comments and your long one about different things you do as far as eating. I have lost some weight, but I’d like to lose some more. About how long did it take you to lose at least 30-40 pounds?
    Also, your story is absolutely amazing!!

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