Hi, I'm Jane...
…health researcher, author, mother, former sugar 'addict' and emotional eater.
Today I am happy, healthy and full of energy but several years ago I was in a completely different place. I was a new mother, I wasn't sleeping, I was overweight and lethargic. My energy levels had literally hit the floor.
I had been blaming my situation and inaction on a lack of sleep but now I was a year into parenthood, my daughter had started to sleep through the night so why couldn't I?
I was coming from a place where I knew my relationship with food was shaky at best, I knew my diet was lacking and I snacked on sweet treats throughout the day for energy surge I thought they would give me.
I mistakenly thought if I exercised everyday it would counter-act my bad choices and boost my energy levels. I walked and walked but I didn’t feel any better, neither did I lose any weight.
My absolute lack of ability to say NO to food, especially ‘treats’ was embarrassing to me.
It took me months of being overweight, unhappy and uncomfortable in my skin to have a light bulb moment. I must be doing it all wrong. I needed to have a drastic re-think!
I began with a diary... I looked at my food choices, how much sleep I was getting, what exercise I was doing. In doing this I began to see just how much sugar and processed food I was putting into my body without realising it.
I realised that I had two choices.
I could continue to be unhappy with myself, my weight and my energy levels, and continue to hurt my body with the wrong foods... risking my health, my family and my future happiness.
Or I could think of my future, the future of my family, and find how I could become truly comfortable with myself and my food choices, put and end to binge eating and food guilt and strive to become the person I knew I had potential to be!
It was really a no-brainer – I had to take a long hard look at myself, my lifestyle and the person and mother I wanted to be and start to make some changes.Click here for the full story