This photo was taken June 28, 1986, the day Tim and I got married.
Finally! I get to speak my heart and mind, this time on a blog! I’ve been reflecting a great deal in thinking about actually doing this. I will be putting up a history of food trends in my lifetime and showing you the food trend effects on me personally and other members of our family. I have been scouring old boxes of photos and photo albums from the era before digital photography. Here’s a photo to put all of this in perspective. This is the day when I realized that I loved who I was. I felt and believed I was beautiful, strong and fit. As I have been reflecting, I realized that this was the very first season in my life where I felt that way and it lasted until I delivered my first baby, about 2 years in all. To my own dismay, it has been 26 years since that season and I am once again feeling that I have finally come to a place that I will be able to enjoy feeling beautiful, strong and fit for the rest of my life. We will be posting a picture of us right now, and I’m still 15 pounds overweight, but I have my strength back from when I was 20 after riding nearly 1,500 miles in the last 5 months. I feel good about me again. By writing about what we are doing now for food and fitness and by bringing my food and nutrition history to life here, I hope that you will find encouragement, strength and hope that you too can and will see positive changes in the way you feel about yourself whether you are male or female. I honestly think that this photo was the start of something that I had never known before and it is almost prophetic in nature. I’ve tried many times to return to this place, only to be thwarted by too many issues and circumstances to list here (you’ll have to read/see my history). Our most recent journey has a very deep background as I have struggled to find health answers over the years. Health answers that were true answers rather than a fad or passing food trend.
After moving to Redding, California, I became a massage therapist. This new venture catapulted me into the health community and fired my interest to see myself fully well again in mind, spirit and body. While completing my National Certification in Massage Therapy and Bodywork I found myself deciding that I needed to be a teacher to help others learn how their body worked and how to tune in and listen to their body. That was a 7 year journey. During my second semester of college, I decided that any opportunity I had to do research on health I would. One of my English research papers was on the American flu season which proposed why our flu season is 2-2.5 times longer than the rest of the world. If you would like to read it, you can find it here. This is where our sugar war began. Are you ready to wage war on sugar? Go ahead! Take the challenge!