This is a guest post written by my dear friend, Gwen Irwin. It sure inspired me, and I hope it inspires you too!

My weight loss story started back in Junior High.  Well actually I should say my weight gain story.

I was always a skinny kid.  I could eat whatever I wanted and frankly I ate a lot.  I didn’t have an issue with weight.  Then I got into Junior High…I felt awkward, was terribly shy, and never felt like I fit in.  That led me to believe there was something wrong with me.  How to remedy that?  Well what are we bombarded with day in and day out in the media, in our society, from our friends, and even some health professions?  Diets and a new better way of eating.  And from the diet industry and the media we are given such impossible standards that a good portion of our country thinks they need to lose weight—even many who don’t.  We get the message, you are not good enough the way you are.

It was easy enough for me to decide that what was wrong with me and why I didn’t fit in was because I needed to lose some weight.  I found a book called Thin Thighs in Thirty Days, remember that one?  I decided right there that YES! here was the problem—my big thighs!  Once I conquer this thigh problem then all will be right in my world.  How am I going to fit in with these giant thighs?

That book was so full of hope and promise.  I diligently did the program, bombing around my neighborhood speed walking like a crazy person and doing the other exercises.  And of course there was some sort of diet which I took to the extreme.

I lost weight—yay!!  But no, it’s not really yay because where did that get me?  Super thin and unhealthy looking until I got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore and I started to eat regularly.  Well, at this point my metabolism was already screwed up and I gained the weight back plus some—sound familiar?

I won’t bore you with all the details but suffice it to say I continued to do versions of this for about the next 30 years—yikes!  Where did that get me?  In my mid—forties and pretty much obese.  Not what I had planned originally…

I had to make a decision and that decision was to quit dieting FOR GOOD!  I was at the point where I just couldn’t take it anymore and the prospect of gaining more weight was overwhelming.  Even though it scared the hell out of me, because dieting is what we are told to do and what I believed in all these years, I did it.  And I will tell you this—it is one of the best things I have ever done in my life.  That, but more importantly making peace with food.

I let myself eat when I was hungry and I stopped when I was full.  I ate what I wanted.  I stopped with the good and bad judgments about food and about myself.  I stopped saying things like, the diet starts tomorrow or I really shouldn’t be eating this or I’m being bad today.

I also stopped saying mean things to myself and about myself to others.  I made no comments about my size.  I stopped engaging in all the dieting talk.

My weight stabilized but it stabilized at large.  It wasn’t until I shifted my focus to health rather than weight loss that I found a solution that worked for me.  I felt generally crappy so I decided to try and boost my nutrition.  After using a supplement powder to no avail I tried a three day juice cleanse.

Amazingly, I started to feel better right away!  What I didn’t realize is that my digestion was all screwed up from all the diet processed crap I ate over the years so even when eating good foods I was not assimilating many of the nutrients.  Juice requires little to no digestion so it is like a nutrient delivery system to the cells!  I was hooked, I bought a juicer and never looked back!

The great side effects of juicing?  I was able to get off stomach medication, my skin cleared up, and I was able to eventually get back to my natural size, and stay there!

For the last two years I have not shut up about green juice.  I would post pictures of my juices on Facebook, write blog posts about it, and decided to make it the main focus of my coaching practice.  I have gotten a lot of people into juicing, but none have quite had the results I had.

You know why?  Because really it’s not about the juice.

I hate to say that because I love green juice and I want to make everything about green juice.  But the reason I was able to get healthy and get back to my natural size is because first I changed my thoughts and beliefs about food, diet, and body image and I stopped being stressed over food—the law of attraction in action!  The truth is if a certain food is causing you anxiety, for whatever reason, you should not be ingesting it.  Period.

Since we have a sense of taste I’m going to guess that means that food was meant to be a pleasing sensory experience.  We, as humans, have really mucked up the food thing.  Many have come to fear food—we fear the very thing that is meant to nourish us and that we need to survive!

It is time for a food revolution, but not about what to eat, about how we FEEL about what we eat!

My motto is this:  Eat good food; feel good about what you eat!

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