And she glowed from the inside out…

When I started operation nutrition my skin was dull, slightly red and it didn’t look as smooth as I’d probably like it to.

Now, 11 weeks on (almost to the day) my skin has a glow about it. The redness is subsiding and it’s smoothing out. My cheeks don’t look so dull and the softness is returning.

At the start of the journey back in September

At the start of the journey back in September

After the 11 weeks!

After the 11 weeks!

It’s amazing what a difference food can make. Just by putting the right nutrients inside your body you can make a real difference to the outside appearance as well.

For example, if you are stuffing your face with fast food, processed food and bad fats, your skin will start to reflect the amount of grease and saturated fats you’re ingesting.

Similarly, foods that are good foryour body weight seem to be equally as good for your skin. So if you consume a lot of fruits, veg, lean meats, nuts, legumes, etc then your skin will reflect this freshness and radiate health! This is what I’m now starting to see!

And, appearance aside, after 11 weeks I’m really starting to FEEL a difference as well. My energy is up, I’m finding that by eating the right types of food for my body I now have more energy to do longer gym workouts or to push myself more which in turn equals fat loss (bonus!!). I am getting less tired during the day, I feel happier in general and my mood swings are not so frequent. Even my periods are becoming more regular and less painful (which any woman knows is a bloody good thing!).

Bloating was a regular thing at the start of the journey

Bloating was a regular thing at the start of the journey

At the 11 week mark, bloating is gone!

At the 11 week mark, bloating is gone!

When I started on this journey with my wonderful nutritionist Jessica Cox I had an idea of what I wanted to get out of it. I really wanted to learn what foods weren’t right for me and I wanted to learn how to replace those foods with ones that were right for me. I have certainly achieved this! I suppose in the back of my mind I wanted to be eating better so I could lose some weight, which I also achieved! Simply feeling better in general was the main purpose of seeing a nutritionist in the first place. This, I have absolutely achieved. The cramps, nausea, fatigue, headaches and bloating have pretty much stopped completely. Of course I’m still adjusting to this lifestyle so there are occasional slip ups which leave me a little bloated but these are few and far between now.

They say new habits are formed and results start to happen after 12 weeks and I think this is pretty spot on! One important thing I’ve learnt throughout this journey is that you need to be patient and you need to be kind to yourself and your body. Health is a journey and there is no quick fix. Sticking it out is the only way to prosper. And getting support, such as I did with Jess, makes the journey soooooo much smoother and soooooo much easier. I could not have made these changes without her!

So for all of those working on their 2014 resolutions, if getting your health back on track pops up, see a nutritionist. You will not regret the investment. And if you give it a bit of time and stay positive and on track, when you get to the 12 week mark you WILL be able to look back and see some stand out changes to your health, your body and your skin!

Check out www.jessicacox.com.au –make health your priority next year!

PS she has some DELICIOUS recipes on the site as well!

It’s not the end of the world after all!

I was freaking out last post, not going to lie, and of course Jess had read it before our latest session on Wednesday, but as it turned out, it was not the end of the world.

Despite throwing the nutritional guidelines out the window for a bit of indulgence when the extended family were in town, Jess actually looked at this as a good thing; a lesson learned if you will.

You see, apparently its quite normal to stuff up, especially when you are just starting to make these changes in your life and your diet. And chatting to Jess about it this week, it became very clear to me why having a nutritionist is so important.

She broke it all down for me, pointed out the pros of the situation – I discovered that eating bad made me feel bad, I took the opportunity to let my friends, family and colleagues know about my wheat and dairy cuts, and I now understand why the guidelines are in place.

The stuff ups and the subsequent discussing of said stuff ups focused me again. I remembered my goal and why I was seeing a nutritionist in the first place.

So I think it’s fair to say, I’m back on track and on a new batch of gut bacteria supplements.

I also got my indicants test results back after the first batch of supps and…. drum roll please…. my acidity levels are down 2 points (I was 5.0 now Im 6.0)! My bad bacteria didn’t budge though which means one of two things. 1. My crappy eating affected the results, 2. I’m actually intolerant to something else as well and we need to do the full test of intolerants. Either way, we find out in another 3 weeks.

acidity

So there’s the update on Operation Nutrition, stay tuned for more!