Everyone has a story – here’s a little of mine.
UPDATE: June 2014 – I completed the first phase of my studies in April 2014 and I am now a Certified Nutritional Food Coach. I will continue to further my studies as I am still so passionate about a whole foods approach to eating and I want to keep educating myself.
I have spent months writing my first program ‘Real Food Reboot’ using friends and family to try the program, the feedback I am receiving from them is wonderful, it feels so good to be able to help people change their approach to food and know they are improving their health, losing weight and feeling more energised. This is just the beginning for many people as my goal is not to offer a 21 day quick fix but to help people create a lifetime of healthy eating.
Continue reading below on where and how my story began……
My name is Jenine and I am a reformed sugar addict.
I think I have the best day job in the world, I’m a singing teacher. Students serenade me all day. I am also a singer. I perform in bands, duo’s and solo gigs but I keep that to a minimum these days as the late nights were becoming exhausting and I want to have more quality time with family and friends.
I have mostly lived what I thought to be a healthy life, not perfect (I have a penchant for red wine) but I have never been a big junk food consumer. I never baked because I didn’t want to tempt fate and eat all those delectable cakes and treats. My cooking consisted of making things out of supermarket packets and bottles, the low fat variety which I figured had to be good for me. I cooked fresh vegetables and ate a lot of salads with non-creamy low-fat dressing. I consumed a lot of healthy fruit, 6-8 serves a day and one little Freddo Frog a day to combat my afternoon slump wasn’t going to hurt me, was it? I exercised sometimes but I did (and still do) find it challenging to stay physically motivated.
In my late 30’s I started to have anxiety attacks, I was diagnosed with moderately high blood pressure and my hormones were having a party of their own. By the time I turned 40 I had less energy, more mood swings and my body wasn’t looking as petite as it once had. It was time to take action hence my healthier life journey began the year I turned 40. My exercise routine begrudgingly increased and I started cutting down on processed foods. I began scouring the internet and immersing myself in books on healthy lifestyles & recipes. I recently discovered I was a sugar addict and low fat was bad! I began modifying my diet to be rid of bad sugar and include healthy fats – no easy feat but I have done it! In less than 2 months my health has improved, my hormones are settling (breathes a sigh of relief), I have more energy, I’ve shifted a few kilos and you can’t get me out of the kitchen when I’m not working. But I still have a long way to go.
I am now on a mission to convert my family to a mostly sugar-free & healthy fat life. This has been met defiantly by Miss 16 who eats Nutella by the spoonful.
I have become so intoxicatingly passionate about this lifestyle that this year I am commencing a series of nutrition courses to better arm myself with the right knowledge on a living healthier life for my family and myself. Feel free to join me on my “Foodness for Goodness Sake” journey, I’ll be sharing tasty healthy recipes, nutritional information as I learn it myself, healthy & useful finds, fitness tips with a professional trainer, plus there are bound to be a few amusing stories along the way.
Yours in Foodness
Update October, 2013
Well it has been 7 months this I first wrote this “About Me” page. What an incredible 7 months it has been.
I have embraced a life of complete health through whole, real food organic eating free of refined sugars, gluten, minimal dairy, preservatives, additives and I have minimised almost all chemicals & toxins in my home, skincare and makeup. I now no longer drink coffee but have the occasional decaf latte. The benefits of this lifestyle have been nothing short of amazing.
My hormones have completely settled to the point where I no longer have PMT or mood swings and my cycle is regular & normal. I have healed my topical dermatitis on my hands that was getting so bad it meant I couldn’t wear any rings. I had a ganglion on my knee which has now completely gone and I have removed myself off the waiting list at the hospital to have it removed. My blood pressure is completely normal and my anxiety attacks are non-existent. I sleep better, have more energy and motivation. I lost around 3-5kg initially in but it wasn’t a dramatic weight loss (I actually don’t weigh myself) but clothes I bought last winter are now fairly loose on me however the weight didn’t continue to drop as my body seemed to find its natural healthy weight and I am not concerned with weight issues, I believe had I have been overweight the changes would have been dramatic.
I have completed Advance Nutrition Levels 1 & 2 with the Human Performance Centre and by early next year I will have completed my Nutritional Food Coaching course with the Food Coach Institute. I have been attending boot-camp classes 2-3 times a week with Health Guru Boot Camps for 16 months now and I even completed my first charity fun run of 3km, which was a big deal for me. I have started yoga and now incorporate more diaphragmatic deep breathing in my day, everyday. I have learnt to slow down and appreciate & take in all the goodness and beauty around me. My daughter tells me I am turning hippy as I no longer wear synthetic deodorant, fragrances or body products. I have minimised all my skin care and make up to natural organic, sustainable, ethical and cruelty free skincare from EVOHE and my skin has never looked better and I often receive compliments on my skin & make up which is very minimal.
I have met some amazing people along my journey, people who have inspired me, amazed me and given me the motivation to believe in this lifestyle. I am in awe that I am now inspiring others to do the same with over 1700 people following my Facebook page, people have actually signed up to my newsletter here on my blog which has blown me away. I receive emails and messages from people who thank me for inspiring them, asking my thoughts on certain issues and showing me photos of my recipes they have made, this truly makes my heart sing.
OmniBlend Australia continue to support me, this blog and everything I do even donating money to my daughters Thailand Mission Trip which she completed last month and they have been sponsoring events I have been a part of. Without them this blog would not exist, I am so thankful.
I have so much more to learn and share, thank you for taking the time to ready this update and sharing my journey with me. I look forward to what the future holds – DREAM BIG.