This morning, we are traveling back from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Roger’s family runs trade shows down east, and we wrapped up the Fall show this past weekend. It is a team effort and we all come together and do our parts to help the event go smoothly. It was a ton of work but the event was a huge success.
This time, things were a little different for me. You see, I’ve written a book that is helping people, and so I sometimes get to meet those who are impacted by my work.
This weekend, a young lady wanted to meet me. She wanted to meet me to tell me that I had changed her mother’s life. It was a powerful moment and I was humbled that she’d made the trip for this one reason. I felt honoured and deeply grateful.
I reminded her that I didn’t change her mother’s life…her mother did the work. But as we enjoyed the exchange, what struck me was the real-ness of the moment. There was no small talk; no chit-chat. No superficial commentary. No. We got right into our stuff. Our shame stuff, and the stuff that has hurt us, and how we have overcome it, and the lessons we’ve learned. And we talked about her mother who, for the first time in a very long time, is eating well and exercising and gaining self-respect and showing herself love.
I could die tomorrow and know that I have done something in my life that has made everything I’ve gone through worthwhile. It is all worth it. It got me here.
To this girl’s mother.
It's NOT a diet
And it also got me to a man I used to work with. He has completed my 28 Day Kick The Sugar Challenge. After he did the 28 days, he continued into the Reintegration Phase, where he spent 28 more days reintroducing foods that he’d avoided throughout the Challenge. He is now in Maintenance, where he gets to spend the rest of his life eating well and nourishing his body.
I believe he has created a new lifestyle for himself during this process. I believe this because of how committed he has been to the program and how excited he is for his future. He has seen an increase in his energy, a reduction in his inflammation, a significant loss in weight, and a powerful sense of optimism.
It inspires me in ways that feel hard to describe.
He inspires me in ways that feel hard to describe.
He trusts himself. He has developed greater self-respect through the choices he has made over the last few months.
He’d say, “I don’t get it. I’m not hungry. I’m not counting calories. It’s just hard to understand how this works.”
And I would always have the same response. “Your body wants to eat. It needs food. It just needs to be nourished by food it knows what to do with.”
No More Deprivation
This man struggled with weight his entire life. He had been on “every diet in the book.” He’d done Dr. Bernstein, he’d done juice cleanses, Atkins, you name it, and he’d spent years depriving himself. He struggled and felt frustrated about his weight for as long as he could remember.
But nothing ever lasted. Each time he restricted and lost weight, he’d return to his life and put the weight back on…plus a little more.
It was a vicious cycle.
And not only would he feel frustrated by the weight gain on a physical level, but his self-esteem would suffer tremendously every time he’d lose and then gain again. It’s hard to feel like we don’t have control over something as simple as our food. But the relationship we have with ourselves, our food, our biology, food marketing, and the laws of hunger is incredibly complex.
I love this man. I love him because he decided to give the Challenge a shot. I love him because he is seeking and searching and isn’t giving up on himself even though he might consider past attempts at weight loss, “failures”. Instead, he continues to learn about his body and food and what he needs to thrive and this man has broken records for himself not only weight-wise, but mentally, as well.
He decided to trust the process. He decided to put faith into his body and the way it is designed.
We DON'T Go Hungry
Throughout his Challenge, I would jump for joy when he’d say things like, “So, roasted vegetables are like my new favourite food!” or “Raspberries taste like the best thing I’ve ever eaten after not having sugar for 14 days!” Or, “Those sweet potato fries with rosemary…WOW!!!”, and I would beam and feel such incredible pride and respect for this man who was doing the work. And the work he has done is not only for him but for his entire family. It was awe-inspiring to know that his young children will grow up knowing how good real food can taste. He is changing the world even if it doesn’t fully feel that way yet.
I am excited about this man’s future and I can’t wait to see how far he takes it.
Tell Me What To Do
I believe we can all experience this kind of self-trust, self-respect and self-love and sometimes it takes someone else developing a plan we can follow to help us get there. He would often say to me, “I’m the kind of person where I just need to be told what to do. If it is all laid out in front of me, I can do that.”
So, if you are reading this and you, too, like a well-laid out plan and you need the structure and the tools to go within and learn more about yourself and what’s going on with food and sugar…if you, too, want to change your health trajectory and become a healthier version of yourself, then I hope you’ll consider the Challenge.
If this speaks to you, then I can’t wait to support you along the way and I believe wholeheartedly that you will find freedom.
Because we DON’T go hungry.
We DON’T count calories.
We DON’T deprive ourselves.
We DON’T beat ourselves up.
We simply gain awareness around what’s going on with our food, we eat delicious meals at regular intervals and we work towards a deeper understanding of our emotions, our health and our bodies.
Plus so much more…
And like this man, like the girl’s mother, and like me…we change our lives.
We change the world.
If this resonates, then I would love for you to pick up a copy of my book. I believe it will transform your health and allow you to enjoy the freedom in your life that will help you live a fuller, healthier, happier life.
This is my hope.
And this is what’s happening.
Because I want you to love your life one bite at a time.
Before I wrote the book, I often felt hesitant to share my recipes because most of them call for only a handful of ingredients. But I quickly realized that there is so much power in being able to make easy, fast, tasty meals that make us feel healthy, happy and proud of our choices. People are responding to the recipes and they are enjoying the flavours of simple, real food using recipes that get a meal on the table in no time.
So with that in mind, I am sharing my recipe for leek soup. And, you guessed it, there is only one ingredient…leeks!!
Well, ok, we add oil or butter, salt and pepper, a little water and some almond milk but that’s it and I swear it is so easy and SO delicious and it just always seems less like a recipe and more like me putting something in a pot and calling it a dish! But everyone who tries it LOVES it, so I want you to enjoy it, too. 🙂
3-INGREDIENT LEEK SOUP
Makes 6 Servings
Why I Make This: I love a warm, flavourful soup, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time making it. This soup whips up in minutes so you can impress your guests and create an entire meal to go along with it or just serve it with a simple salad as an easy lunch.
- 3 medium to large leeks, cleaned and chopped
- 2 Tablespoons organic grass fed butter, goat butter, coconut oil or avocado oil
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
- Cracked black pepper, to taste
- 2 cups almond milk
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the butter or oil and chopped leeks.
- Sauté the leeks in the oil for several minutes, stirring occasionally as they begin to brown slightly.
- Add water and allow to simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Remove soup from the heat and allow to sit for a few minutes (to cool slightly) before adding it to a high speed blender. Blend for a minute before adding almond milk. Blend until completely puréed.
- Return to the pot and warm until it reaches desired temperature.
- Serve in bowls and enjoy!
NOTE: You can also use an immersion blender.
ADDED TO THE POT
SAUTEED IN BUTTER/OIL
READY FOR BLENDING
VOILA!! LET'S EAT!
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