"When Dana messaged me to ask me to share my story about Mindful Macros I was at a loss of words. To be quite honest I still am, where do I even begin? How do I get people to understand the history of this? Well, Mindful Macros means… everything to me. Whenever someone asks me “What is Mindful Macros?” to be honest, my answer shifts just a little every single time.
In my own journey of finding who Ana was I went through a lot of self-hate, inauthenticity, negativity and neglect of my own health and nutrition. This came completely from a place of zero knowledge that eating whatever I wanted was not going to last very long and having no desire to care for myself through healthy nutrition and activity would not get to me to goals.
I am not one to lie… or lie well for that matter. Yet, there was one lie I was extremely good at telling people. This one people always believed and never questioned. It was the “I am fine” lie. I struggled constantly with bullying, loneliness, depression, and fear of going out into the real world. I just barely got through every day without having mental breakdowns, attending every single class was a struggle and concentrating on homework was a nightmare. Yet when anyone asked what was wrong I would answer with, “I am fine.” No, I wasn’t.
During this time art was a way to calm my mind. I came home from school, ate a large meal, took a nap and when I woke up I began to fill pages and pages in my sketchbook of dark images of roses, skulls and portraits of people. The other way I found comfort was through my unhealthy attachment to food. I loved how happy it made me and the comfort I felt from it. I spent years over eating without a care, then when I looked in the mirror I wondered why I wasn’t happy with my body and thought I could never reach my goal of being fit and healthy. I constantly fantasized about what it could be like being a “gym girl” and healthy and fit.
What I really want to land with you is that mindfulness and nutrition are in correlation with each other. I was never obese or over weight. Achieving self-love and care for yourself and your body begins with your mindset. Once I started to realize I was sick and tired of hating the way I felt and looked I took action and worked my ass off for it.
I am someone who has experienced trial and error, gained and continue to gain knowledge about food, nutrition and nourishing my body. I am someone who discovers herself in the gym, body building, powerlifting, and moving my body to strive for the best me.
I made Mindful Macros so I could be a stand for the growth of people. Beginning with their mindsets, health and body. I made Mindful Macros so I could provide education about food and fitness so people can find the ability to work toward their balance and the self-love they are in discovery of. Fitness is not “one size fits all”. It does not need to look like an Instagram fitness model, mean you need to have a shredded 6 pack, or the roundest capped shoulders. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is what you decide it to be. I want to share with people that starting by becoming more mindful of your nutrition is going to bring you closer to your healthy lifestyle goals. Chicken, broccoli and rice does not need to be eaten 4 times a day for 60 days. Mindful nutrition is more than that, it is moderating all the wonderful food you love to eat and finding your healthy balance. The more education you know about nutrition and balance the more you can find your version of happy and healthy.
It is a lifestyle that drives you to your goals that may be short term, but that support you in your goal of living, breathing, the healthiest, happiest & most fit you for the rest of your life"
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