“Eat whole foods instead of processed foods whenever possible” …is a popular term you hear amongst those with the slightest bit of interest in nutrition.

Clients, friends and family often ask me a diet I can recommend, or they want my opinion of the latest diets out there. If you know me, you know that I don’t believe in fads that promote rapid weight loss. I have always recommended whole foods that are nutritionally balanced.

What is a “whole food” exactly? And what do you mean by “processed” foods?

A PROCESSED FOOD is a food that has been removed from its natural state as a result of a chemical, biological or mechanical manipulation to change or preserve it. Some foods are processed to make it easier for storage or slow down spoilage with additives and preservatives. Processing food diminishes the nutritional value. They are usually high in sugar, fat, salt, and have very little fiber, vitamins and minerals. People who consume more ultra-processed foods have greater risks of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. The convenience of processed foods is costing us our health!

Some examples of processed foods: potato chips, pastries, candy, soft drinks, processed meats, white bread, margarine, packaged soups, hotdogs, canned beans and sugary cereals to name a few!

Components to avoid in processed foods: artificial coloring, trans fat, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrate or any foods in a box, can or package.

WHOLE FOODS are foods that are in their natural state, have not been altered and are unprocessed. These foods have not been genetically modified (GMO-free) and are unrefined. Whole foods are loaded with important nutrients, low in sugar, heart healthy, good for your skin, high in healthy fats, contains antioxidants, and good for your gut!

Some examples of whole foods: fresh fruits and vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, berries, apples, etc.), beans or legumes, omega 3 foods, nuts, seeds, free range chicken, grass fed beef or wild fish to name a few.

Tips to eating whole foods over processed foods?

  • Don’t let yourself think you can’t eat clean because you are too busy!
  • Be care with prepared and ‘ready-to-eat’ goods.
  • Look for added sugars and avoid the refined carbohydrates.
  • Shop around the perimeter of the grocery store and check out the natural food aisle.

You are what you eat!

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You are in your current situation because you have decided to be there. We all make individual choices and decisions that have gotten us to our current place in life. If you want to go somewhere else or be someone else, its up to you to make those choices today that will get you there tomorrow.

If you want your life to change, you have to change the quality of your thinking. Your thoughts are a direct reflection of where you are.

The starting point to our dreams are always the same. 10 years ago I wrote out several dreams that I wanted to achieve in a journal that I still have to this day.

  • to get married
  • to have kids
  • to open my own gym

My husband, Cliff, and I have been married for over 7 years. We have 3 beautiful children- Elijah, Emersyn and Sanders. I have been a personal trainer since 2006 and have worked in a variety of different places doing a combination of personal training and group fitness classes. Some of my clients to this day have become friends and some even like family.

Personal training and fitness is much more than the physical appearance. Often times our emotional state has altered our physical state and as a trainer, you have to get personal with individuals to truly find the root of the problem. And I love to love on them where I find them. I’m a firm believer that being “healthy” is not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

After many years of walking clients through transformation and being confident in my ability, I knew it was time to pursue my dream. A place of my own where any individual could walk in our doors and feel loved and cherished for where they are in their journey. A sense of security that they are safe and we can be trusted to help them reach goals. A place where the presence of grace would overwhelm them. I want them to experience a sense of security in our Creator rather than social media and comparison. I want a staff that exudes kindness and would build relationships like family for accountability. But most important, for our clients to find purpose in this life they lead.

I honestly feel like God has out done himself. Dreaming isn’t easy and the journey is not smooth, but we serve a Creator that is full of grace and has created us for purpose. In the midst of the chaos and details of pursuing the gym, I woke up one morning from a literal dream… and clear as day Endurance Fitness was born. Through the tears, the hurt, the guilt, the disappointments, and the many times I was told I could never do it, God’s plan was worth it. It’s my purpose. This is my vessel for His kingdom.

Endurance: “the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way. A state of surviving; remaining alive. The power to withstand hardship or stress.”

Hebrews 12 says to throw off everything that hinders us and let us run with ENDURANCE the race that is marked out for us [our purpose], fixing our eyes on Jesus [pursuing Him].

What purpose were you created for? Push the lies aside, confront your insecurity, and wait on the Lord to speak to you and when He does- MOVE! You must be intentional on growth and your dreams! Everything worth while is uphill. So don’t let the hard things throw you off and make the best use of today!

MOVE- and we will see you at Endurance!