My name is Tasha, AKA the Clean Eating Mama. Welcome to my clean eating and living blog. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom who has a passion for nutrition and living well. My husband Marc, son Jordan and dog Lilly, call the Seattle area our home.
The definition for clean eating differs from person to person. To me, eating clean means eating as close to Earth and nature as possible. If it's not natural then chances are we shouldn't be eating it.
My blog is important to me because nutrition is important to me. Education and awareness are my number one key of advice and my goal is to bring these two together to help today's society. Today's diet is overloaded with the word "convenience". Fast food, take out, pre-packaged items... now don't get me wrong. As a mom I am all for convenience; especially if it makes my life easier! But understanding the good and bad's of the equation is the crucial.
I would be lying to say that I have never struggled with my weight or self image. I was over weight as a child; always being made fun of at school and I remember going on my first "diet" when I was 12. At age 12 a child should not be worrying about his or her weight. They should be playing with friends, wind blowing through their hair and not have a care in the world! Come the summer of 7th grade I did something about my image. I wanted boys to like me, I wanted to wear cute clothes, I wanted to be "cool". I started to do crunches and push up's in my bedroom at night and watched what I ate. I started 7th grade a new person. I had confidence, friends and boys started to look at me! It was great!
In 10th grade I became serious with a guy and my weight started to come back on again. I guess I fell in that comfortable area and the pounds packed back on. Late night taco bell runs and not being active, I gained at least 30 pounds. I don't know the exact amount as I never had weighed myself during that time but I was pretty heavy. At the time I was fine with it but eventually I started to hate the person I was becoming. So I did what all people do when they want to lose weight: I watched what I ate and started becoming more active.
I noticed results pretty quickly and I was enjoying my new life style. Unfortunately, our relationship didn't last but I did. I was becoming very self aware and started to focus on me with no other distractions in my life. I loved my new life and my new appearance.
I ended up getting a job at my local medical center as a nutritionist and worked closely with the RD. There I learned that this was my calling as I have always wanted to help people.
But in late 2004 my self esteem and self image dropped into a very unhealthy level. I tested numerous diet pills, viewed food as the enemy and was always working out. I let it get out of hand and it started to consume my life. I couldn't enjoy myself when I would go out with Marc or my friends because it was always revolved around food. I was always striving to lose more weight and I became depressed when I couldn't.
Then something magical happened:
Everyone says that getting pregnant and become a mom changes their life in some way. They are absolutely correct, but it is different for each individual.
I knew I needed a mental break from my critical inner voice and I let loose. I had no idea what to expect nor was I about to sacrifice my unborn child's health. I ate what I wanted and what I felt like and you know what? I really couldn't help it - cravings would come on and I needed it NOW! :)
However, I did gain over 50 pounds which is more than I would have liked but I didn't look back. I had a very healthy 9 months with no complications what so ever. Delivery was the same way and a lot easier than I would have expected. You can read about my birth in detail here . But don't worry, I spared the gory details. ;)
Now I was on the road to recovery and getting my body back in check again. With a combination of nursing, being able to move again and starting to feel normal, I had lost close to 25-30 pounds at my 6 week check up. I retained A LOT of water during my pregnancy! My ankles were HUGE and I was swollen all over. Nursing helps the recovery and my ankles were back to normal in less than a week! I could finally wear shoes again! Ah, the simple things!
Even though the weight was slowly coming off I new that I needed to start going back to the gym as it had been over a year since I laced up my shoes. Not only for weight loss but for my over all health. I ended up buying 12 weeks with a personal trainer at Gold's and it was exactly what I needed to jump start my new, healthy mentality.
You see, I have learned something very important from my little bundle of joy: I am proud of my body and I have all the respect in the world for it now! For once I am able to say that! So what if I have stretch marks and some extra skin around my mid section... And I have to stay healthy for him. I want to be a good example and teach him the importance of a balanced diet and a balanced life.
This is why I created this blog - life is hard but people from all walks of life have struggled and you know what? It's ok. If you see a thin, beautiful woman walking down the street and you think to yourself "If only I could look like her..."; the thing is you have no idea what she is going through. Maybe she herself is struggling with her own insecurity or is unhealthy. We need to embrace our own existence and be good our bodies.
I love comments or questions so please feel free to say HI anytime! I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I love to write.