Hi, my name is Rebecca. I reside in Fort Worth, Texas and I am 33 years young. I am very happily married to an amazing man who has supported me through everything, especially my journey to good health.I enjoy rock climbing, running, yoga, photography, writing, animal rescue, and gardening. I am kind, generous, positive and happy.
But this wasn’t always my life.
I used to enjoy sitting on the couch watching TV, eating fast food, complaining about anything and everything, and picking fights with my poor husband. This old Rebecca was not as kind, often negative, and rarely happy. I also suffered numerous medical problems and took more medications than folks twice my age. So, how did I go from this sad, negative, sick life to my current happy, positive, healthy life? Well, it was actually quite simple.
I changed what I put into my mouth, every single day.
When you feel this good, you want to spread the word so others can experience it, too. I had been on an unhappy, overweight roller-coaster for many years. I had tried every diet known to man. I enjoyed some success, but it was always short-lived. My new lifestyle is the only thing that has ever worked for me. And now, I don’t have to count calories or points, or follow a restrictive “plan.” I simply eat real, nutrient-dense food, which satisfies me and gives me amazing energy. Again, it is THAT simple.
BEFORE, FEBRUARY 2011
172 pounds (original starting weight was 178), size 14
AFTER, AUGUST 2011
138 pounds, size 4
In the past 10 years, I have tried Weight Watchers 7 times, as well as Fitness apps, Calorie Counting, Adkins, South Beach, The Zone and more. I would lose weight, but it didn’t stay off. I always gained the weight back. Why? Because I was too busy either counting points and calories or following a silly, restrictive plan and not getting any real nutrients. I was eating low-point or low calorie foods, so I did lose weight, but most of these foods were severely lacking in nutrients because they were mostly processed and/or artificial and had no business in my body.
So, I got thin, but I didn’t get healthy. My jean size changed, but nothing else changed. I still suffered from horrible migraines and had to take strong medication for them, which cost me $17 per pill. I also suffered from stressful PMS symptoms, mood swings, allergies, acne, back pain, depression and painful endometriosis. My menstrual cycles were unbearable, and I had to call off work each and every month as a result. Overall, I looked good, but I was still lethargic almost daily, and didn’t feel like doing much. I would get tired in the afternoons and often take day naps. I was irritable and generally not a happy person. I also had illnesses (cold/flu/bronchitis) more than anyone should. I would fall ill every 3-4 months, like clockwork. Bronchitis and Sinusitis every Christmas, what fun!
Fast-forward to February 2011. I saw this photo of myself taken at the Forth Worth Art Museum after a trip with friends. I snapped. I knew it was time for serious change.
Here is that photo:
And here I am, 7 months after “snapping.”
I was so alarmed by the museum photo, I made a promise to myself to get healthy and finally stay that way.
Thankfully, some friends introduced me to Tosca Reno and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Eating clean and nutrient-dense foods made sense to me. I stopped following the normal Weight Watcher plan, and incorporated a plant-strong, clean diet instead. Sure, I could eat Standard American Diet food, like cookies and cheeseburgers and still lose weight with Weight Watchers, but where did that get me in the past? This time had to be different, and so it was. I also liked that Weight Watchers had a bit of a makeover, by making fruits and veggies 0 points and adding the “Power Foods” green arrow.
After reading Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” book, I wanted as many nutrient-dense foods in my body as I could get. So, I bought a VitaMix blender and started making green smoothies. I felt amazing. But I was about to feel even better…
In October 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Cross, the maker of “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,” which is the documentary that inspired me to start a Reboot. This was an amazing experience that gave my already-good health an even bigger boost and, after the detox portion of the fast, I felt better than ever before. My weight dropped to a healthy 133, and I am wearing a size 2 in the photo below. My energy was off the charts, better than I can ever remember. I can work all day, sometimes over 12 hours at a demanding job, and still come home with ample energy to care for my own home. And my sleepless nights are a thing of the past. Thanks, Joe!
So, what truly made this time different was my new view on NUTRITION and the research I conducted on the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. I started choosing low-point “all-natural” snacks instead of low-point “processed and artificial” snacks. Not only did I lose weight, but I felt better than I ever did before. I ditched the 100-calorie boxed “snack packs” and picked up a small handful of raw almonds and a fresh organic apple instead. Or, even better, a freshly made juice in my new Breville juicer or a green smoothie in my beloved VitaMix blender.
We truly are what we eat, my friends, and if we care about our bodies (and we should, as it’s the only one we get, and the only place we truly have to live), then we should start treating it better. It will thank you with amazing energy, a positive attitude, and less health problems.
A Quick Benefit Recap:
I lost a total 45 pounds (178 lbs down to 133 lbs) and went from a size 14 to a size 2. I no longer suffer from migraine headaches, whereas before, I would have 3-5 migraines per month. I no longer suffer from endometriosis pain and PMS. I barely even notice my menstrual cycles. I have energy that lasts all day with no mid-day crash and need for naps. My allergies are gone. My post-nasal drip is gone. My irritable bowel syndrome is gone. I never get sick any more. I no longer suffer from depression or panic attacks. I sleep like a baby. My complexion is better. My hair is softer. My nails are stronger. My butt no longer has its own zip code. The list goes on and on…
LET THY FOOD BE THY MEDICINE,
AND THY MEDICINE BE THY FOOD.
I hope you enjoy my blogs and videos. If I can inspire just one person to get healthy and therefore change their life for the better in every way imaginable, then the time and energy I put into these blogs is well worth it. Thanks for reading.
To Your Good Health,