As many people know, I competed in fitness competitions for four years. During that time I was eating only REAL, whole, natural foods (chicken, yams, oatmeal, asparagus etc…)with ZERO supplementation. I spent HOURS each week in the kitchen prepping my meals, packing my food EVERYWHERE I went (hello chicken and yam baggies!). I was also ALWAYS tired and just assumed this was from all my training.
I continued this way of eating during my competition ” off season” and when I eventually stopped competing. This was all I knew to keep myself in shape so I continued to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen. I still felt sluggish and just never had a ton of energy, even though my training wasn’t as intense. I kept thinking, “I’m eating 100% all natural foods, and not a bunch of processed food, so why am I exhausted?!” I also knew I wanted to someday help others achieve their fitness goals, however, I didn’t know how I was going to teach someone how to cook and prep 5-6 meals per day. I wanted something that was sustainable and convenient for someone wanting to achieve their fitness goals.
I was then introduced to a nutritional whole foods system. When I realized the meal replacement shakes contained all the macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) I had been eating in each of my meals and the ingredients were all natural, I thought I would give it a try. It wasn’t just a protein shake, it was a FULL meal replacement along with all the vitamins and minerals that are lacking in our regular foods. Of course, I was skeptical at first. Once I had tried the products (shakes, vitamins and antioxidants for a week, I had more energy than I had in years AND I was spending less time at the grocery store and in the kitchen. I began to substitute some of my meals for 1-2 meal replacement shakes per day, along with the other daily vitamins and products I received with my system. I wasn’t tired anymore and had energy again because I was getting back the nutrients my “whole” foods had lacked, plus I didn’t have crazy cravings anymore. Once I been incorporating the system and achieving great results, I decided it was convenient and simple enough to help coach others towards their fitness goals.
While I trained for a photoshoot, I incorporated the nutritional system to help prep me for this photoshoot and it was soooo much easier and much more convenient than using all whole foods. Plus I didnt have the crazy cravings I did when I only used a whole food only diet.