Kathryn's FOODFit Testimony

I have always struggled with emotional eating and dieting. 10 years ago I said enough was enough and started Weight Watchers. I was very successful and lost 35 pounds in a short amount of time. I started running and working out and completely changed my lifestyle. It was great until I hit a "bump in the road" 3 years later that caused me to emotionally eat and gain every bit of it back in ONE month. Ever since then I've yo-yo'd with eating healthy and being active on my own and through diet and exercise programs.
Most people probably don't know but I am quite the weekend; I've completed a full Ironman, several marathons and half marathons, century bike rides and other triathlons. But I've always depended on processed foods to get me through life and sports. I thought all my "paleo" athlete friends were crazy for eating like cave men and just couldn't understand how they could survive without carbs.
After having my first child last year I just couldn't get the extra baby weight off and get back to normal with my eating. I felt like my hormones were ruling my body and the "pregnancy" cravings wouldn't go away. I knew enough that I needed to eat cleaner, more protein, less carbs and drink my water but I couldn't keep it up consistently. I just wanted my hormones to be back to normal.
Also over the last few years I've had more awareness of what's going on in America with the food industry. I worked for the third largest grocery store chain for almost 10 years and other food manufacturers after that and saw a lot of things you wouldn't want to know about your food. When my husband and I traveled to the UK a few summers ago we were shocked that McDonald's had free range organic eggs advertised on their trucks. Why couldn't we have better food here? And then on top of that a lot of my friends were starting to go gluten free because of digestion issues and I noticed that people in Europe didn't have these same problems. It really got me wondering what was going on here in America and why are we so unhealthy even when we're being active and watching what we eat?
So I attended the Foodfit intro meeting curious to hear more about the process and what was involved. Still skeptical, but very determined to 1) lose my baby weight and 2) break this horrible American food cycle in my home, I started my Foodfit journey. It was quite overwhelming at first. I spent a full day (literally over 8 hours) prepping for the first week, after having shopped at several stores and farmers markets. And on top of that I had cleaned out our entire kitchen to get rid of any temptation. The grocery bill freaked out my husband at first with all the organic and natural foods for the four of us. But I pushed on for our family of four. It wasn't easy at first, since everything was from scratch but I figured out how to make it work for us. There were definitely moans and groans along the way but I persevered. We didn't eat out for 6 weeks between the 30 days and the reintroduction period.
The first week was rough, I'm not going to lie but the food was amazing. Everything tasted great. We went through herbs and seasonings faster than I ever had before. I think we used an entire jar of garlic powder in less than 2 weeks. I'm pretty sure the non-organic one that had been in our cupboard had been there for years. I was amazed at how all the fresh ingredients were so satisfying and filling. There were times both my husband and I couldn't finish our food because we were so full.
I struggled to get through the 4 weeks as I was still nursing my 8 month old, trying to work out when I could, the baby got sick, I got sick and of course the monthly hormone swing but I made it. One day at a time I made good choices, drank my water, ate fantastic food, tried new recipes and changed the habits we had in our family. Even though I did get sick and I mean full out fever in bed sick I stayed on track and have never felt better in my life. My stomach was cooperating with me, my energy levels were up, milk production was up and overall I just felt like I finally had gotten control over my hormones. Honestly though I didn't really notice how great I felt and what a change it was for my body until we started reintroduction. As excited as I was to have cheese, milk, ice cream, tortilla chips and peanut butter I was still very nervous and anxious to see the impact it would have on my body.
Reintroduction was rough, I learned quickly which things are "worth it" and which things I would not touch again. And months later I still avoid some things. Granted more things have become "worth it" but when I'm truly honest with myself the list of things that are truly "worth it" is really not as big as I thought it would be. I actually crave my greens at breakfast now and I like runny poached eggs which used to disgust me, and if I don't have at least one salad a day I feel like crap at the end of the day.
It's not easy to maintain this as a lifestyle but what is easy is reading ingredients and being more aware of what comes into our household. 90% of the food we have in our house now is Foodfit compliant. I allow things like tortilla chips, peanut butter and milk again but the quality of what we have is a million times better. It's still not easy to eat out because I know the food isn't the quality I would make for myself so we have cut back tremendously on that. What's amazing is that we saved over $500 in our budget during Foodfit because we weren't eating out. So while it was more expensive to buy everything organic it still was cheaper than eating out and we all felt a million times better.
My favorite part now is watching my 11 year old daughter pick up something at the grocery store and practically gag when she starts to read the ingredients. "Ugh there's citric acid or soy in this". It makes me so happy to know that she is more aware and notices the difference in what we eat now. She gets excited about organic produce and loves the wild tuna we buy now. My 13 year old son still wants Taco Bell and pizza but he's slowly learning that when he does have those and has too much he doesn't feel so good after. He never complains about the amazing beef, bison, salmon or shrimp we have being the true carnivore that he is. And it makes my heart melt when I hear them get excited about having a clean meal with no "worth its". It's not easy to change a whole family's habits in 30 days but I think for the most part we're doing pretty well living life post Foodfit. I made it back to my pre-baby weight and then some and am back to training for another half marathon with a whole new approach. I have no regrets and I never imagined I would love food in a healthy way.
Foodfit offers great teaching and support. You could easily do a Whole 30 on your own and save the money but to know you have a coach and you're taking away real lessons on how food can impact your life is priceless. Heather has built an amazing program and done serious amounts of leg work to make sure we are all educated and prepared to be successful in our 30 days and beyond. The coaches are there for you and will keep you in check.
I keep my Foodfit binder on the kitchen counter and refer to it frequently. The community of alumni is also a great support when I need a kick in the butt or ideas on how to keep it up. That's what great about Get Fit in general. The community that walks through the doors is there for each other not just to work out but to help each other be successful in life. I know that the Foodfit coaches and overall Get Fit staff will be there for me when I'm struggling and will always continue to encourage me to keep moving forward even when I'm kicking and screaming (and sometimes even cursing them) along the way. You're not a number or a monthly payment, you are family!

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