Eat to Live Six Week Challenge: Meet Jacqueline

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Hi everyone, I’m Jacqueline; a married 34 year old mom of three young boys. I am taking my entire family along on this journey with me to clean up our diets and focus on health.

I used to be fit and healthy; I’ve always been interested in learning about health and wellness and how to better myself. I’ve read all of the books, watched the documentaries, followed the specialists and would consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable on what a healthy diet is. I just don’t follow one.

Between busy jobs, busy children and overall “adulting” we got tired, and lazy, and things changed. More often than not we choose what’s quickest and easiest over the smarter option. Despite having a fridge full of fresh fruits and vegetables we rely too heavily on drive-thrus more often than I’d like to admit.

That of course has led us to some pretty intense food addictions. I crave all things junk food – salty, sweet, salty & sweet; I’ll take it! I’ve been on maternity leave for the past year and I’ve basically fuelled myself with nothing but refined carbs and caffeine. And again, despite having a stocked fridge, I can say most days would go by and I didn’t eat a single thing that was considered actual food, just processed junk and sugar.

What has this led to? I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, I lack energy and patience, and I’m far from my best. I’m disappointing myself and this is not the partner or mother I want to be for my family.

It’s time for a change. I’ve been talking and talking about going plant based for a long time now, and it’s time to begin. I’m determined to succeed and know that I can; although I’m terrified at the same time. I’m terrified that I’ll fail, that I’ll let my cravings and mindless eating take over, and that I’ll give in to old habits. But I’m going to do my absolute best to push through all of that, to learn from this experience, stay positive and not judge myself along the way.

Things I hope to change:

  1. Lose weight. Ditch the extra pounds, wear the clothes in my closet and not have my son ask if I’m pregnant again.
  2. Increased energy. To keep up with my boys and go through my day feeling invigorated instead of sluggish.
  3. No more eczema. I have had terrible dry skin on my hands for two years now that cracks by day and itches incessantly by night. I’ve had enough and want it gone!
  4. To fall in love with health again. To treat my body with the respect it deserves instead of like a garbage disposal.

Do I think this will be tough? Absolutely! Organization is not my strong suit so I’ve got to learn to meal prep and give myself time to cook and eat mindfully. I also know I’ve got a tough week ahead kicking the food cravings which won’t be fun or easy. But I’m in this journey for a reason. No one said it would be easy, but everyone says it will be rewarding; so here I go!

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 65k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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