How do we decide what to eat when we live in a world full of toxic food? All it takes is a little planning and action. Many of you are upset about what’s happening in the food industry and I don’t blame you. Upon reading my investigations and finding out the truth, you say:
“Tell me what I can eat!”
“That’s my favorite brand – oh no!”
“I was addicted to that!?”
“I just fed that <insert product> to my child this morning – what am I suppose to do now?”
Well, I have a solution and I want to make sure you know about it!
The only person who can control your health is you. I didn’t understand this growing up. Instead, I believed what everyone else around me was telling me. I looked up to several authoritative figures, organizations and companies and blindly followed them as many people do today.
The food industry and organizations like “Weight Watchers” told me I could eat anything I wanted as long as I checked the calories or points and fat grams. I followed their advice and found myself always in a struggle to maintain my weight. The advice left me with no energy and feeling hungry all the time.
I outsourced my meals to restaurants like Subway that told me I would “eat fresh” and lose weight like Jared if I ordered their sandwiches. I believed them and so many other restaurant chains that were serving me industrial chemicals instead of real food.
For so long, I looked to everyone else for answers. I didn’t know that everything I believed for most of my life would be turned upside down once I started to investigate this for myself.
My biggest lesson learned during all of this discovery has been:
I cannot outsource my health or my food.
As a result, I started to learn how to cook and how to prepare my own food as much as possible – and this is how The Food Babe Eating Guide Membership was born.
Over the last few years I have learned that this lifestyle is not for everyone. Not everyone is ready to take back control of their food and stop outsourcing it to corporations. Some refuse to believe what’s really happening to our food supply and that’s ok. But, what inspires me most is the people courageous enough to take back control and serve as the change we all wish to be in the world! Jennifer is a perfect example of that.
Jennifer has been a Food Babe Eating Guide member for over a year now. When I learned about her amazing transformation, I asked her if it would be ok for me to share her story and letter with you. I love all that she has accomplished and she is the perfect example of what can happen when you take back control of your food. Obviously, I can’t guarantee these results for you with this program, but this really embodies what can happen if you make a commitment to yourself and stop making excuses. Not only has she clearly lost weight (66 pounds!), but she now glows from the inside out and has changed her family’s life forever.
Here’s what Jennifer has to say:
I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my story with you and to thank you for all the hard work that you have done to help encourage me and many others.
Let me start by giving you a bit of my history. I have struggled with my weight in my thoughts and self image or actually being overweight most of my life. I have never liked vegetables. My diet mostly consisted of fast food hamburgers, chicken nuggets, fries, and pizza. When I would eat at home it would be boxed foods or some other version of fried and processed foods. I drank sodas and juices and very little water. I have always been an athletic energetic type of person. I was a cheerleader and a gymnast and so I managed my weight pretty well. I can say that looking back but when I was looking in the mirror at that age I always felt fat.
When I went on to college my activities became a lot more sedentary and the weight began to stick. I gained 20 pounds in the first six months. Fast forward through the next seventeen years and I was obese. I was one hundred pounds over weight and pre diabetic. I had abnormally high white blood cell count, plantar fasciitis, and heals spurs. My white blood cell count was so high and abnormal that they thought I might have leukemia. Upon lots of testing and emotionally fears, I found out that my white blood cell count had been high going back as much as 15 years. I could hardly walk because of the pain in my feet. I also had a nursing rash that I got immediately upon the birth of my fourth child. It lasted for two years. I could not get rid of it.
After two years I went to a dermatologist who said it was staff infection and I would need to take an antibiotic for two months. I had tried every diet. I had lost fifty pounds here and there and then gained it back. It was a cycle.
I felt hopelessly addicted to food. I felt trapped in the cycle. I was always worried about the longevity of my life for the sake of my children as well as my own.
Then in September of 2013 my dad was diagnosed with cancer. My dad developed diabetes at age 36, but he seemed to totally manage that disease. However, when he got cancer I was immediately faced with my fears. My dad is in construction, which requires a lot of physical activity and he has never been as overweight as me. So as I looked at him I saw myself but worse. It was like the hand of God empowered me to change in that very moment. And that is exactly what happened to me. My life changed.
I started learning about food. I had several friends who were on this journey as well. One friend, Hillary, helped me so much. It was very important part of this journey to have encouragement and accountability. Then one day my mom, Debbie, told me about FoodBabe. I was so excited and amazed by the information that she was giving. She was making such an impact in the world. She was making a difference.
I signed up for her monthly menus. I was so excited to have the meal plans and the shopping lists. She is very creative. One of the things that I like most about FoodBabe is that she is very realistic and neutral. In this journey it has been hard to find the “heathly” road. There are so many “healthy plans” . Yet FoodBabe is very practical and teaches you how to have spice in life without the chemicals. The food is tasty and enjoyable. It is beautiful to the eyes as well as tasting great.
I have really enjoyed many of her videos of how to make things, like coconut milk. I used to buy the So Delicious thinking that was the best choice. But once again FoodBabe showed me how easily I can make my own. I have read her book as well. And it is awesome. It is captivating and encouraging. FoodBabe is spunky and stunning. She is bold and courageous. She is educated and full of wisdom. Her guidance in this journey as been invaluable. She has an amazing ability to reach in to people’s lives and change them. She is reaching into the culture and changing it. She is reaching into the world of “big food” and changing it. She is arming “we the people” to make true change in health. She is changing generations to come. She is exposing the truth. She is beyond amazing in this journey of truth. I would encourage anyone to read her articles and get her menu plans.
As for me, I have lost sixty six pounds to date. I no longer have plantar fasciitis or heal spurs. My white blood cell count is completely normal. My nursing rash went away in the first twenty one days of eating an anti inflammatory diet with no antibiotics. I feel great.
I am not at my goal weight yet but I will get there. This is not a sprint. I have learned how to travel and live life all while choosing to eat healthy. My whole family is eating this way. I have peace now knowing that my children will be empowered and educated about food and what is actually in the food. My life is forever changed. Praise the Lord for true and lasting change. September will mark two years of this journey for me. I am still going strong and for the first time have no regrets!
Let me encourage each of you to take this amazing journey. You will never look back in defeat again. It is beyond worth it. Thank you FoodBabe for all that you do. I will forever be touched by your passion. Your passion is igniting a wild fire that is burning through the world making an impact on everyone!! My sincerest thank you!
You can be brave like Jennifer too!
This is just an example of the changes you might see when you develop the habits of a Food Babe! I want you to be part of this membership program too. When you join, you’ll get my Starter Guide that provides an in depth introduction to organic, healthy living. It is an all-in-one exclusive roadmap to staying motivated, tips and techniques for life’s many eating situations, and much more. This comes along with the Food Babe Monthly Meal Plan, which is a calendar of exclusive recipes and an extensive dietary regimen (you’ll receive a new one every month as a member). You’ll also get access to live group check-in’s with me, where you can ask me anything and we can spend time getting to know each other.