Thank you for taking the time and reading my post about the Whole30. Next time I do it (yes, there will definitely be a next time!) I want to try and take some pictures and write out some meal plans.
Today I want to start talking to you about macronutrients. This will be a four part series and today we will address the first one (and arguably the most important one): Water. Calling something a macronutrient really is just another way of saying that these substances are found in large quantity in our body. The 4 macronutrients are:
About two weeks ago I finished my first Whole30, and I wanted to give a recap of the program and some of the benefits you can experience while it’s still fresh in my mind.
To start, what exactly is the Whole30 and why should you be interested? The Whole30 is a 30 day program that focuses on real, nutrient dense, whole foods and eliminates a lot of the common “problem foods” for most people. It was developed by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig and you can find more information in their book: The Whole30: The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom or on their website: whole30.com
Welcome to Wellness Within Holistic Nutrition. My name is Alli Lekstrom, and I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and I am so excited to help you on your journey to a healthier life.
A little bit about me:
I love cooking healthy (yet simple) food for my family
I love yoga, hiking and being outdoors in general
I have an adorable German shepherd puppy
I consider grocery shopping a hobby
Wellness Within Holistic Nutrition aims to help you discover your own path to optimal health. I chose this name because I believe that within each of us we have the capability to be healthy, but sometimes we need extra support and guidance to understand how to get there. My goal is to help you remove the barriers that are blocking you from your own true wellness.
I believe in bio-individuality which means that each person’s nutritional requirements are going to be slightly different from one another, and together we will build a customized plan that fits your unique needs.
My own pathway to health wasn’t super simple; it was long and windy and sometimes went backwards instead of forwards before I got to where I am today. This journey has allowed me to understand how many factors are involved in health besides “just eating”. After years of low fat dieting and under-eating, something finally clicked and I realized that I needed a complete dietary and mental overhaul. I threw out the obsessive calorie counting, the excessive exercise, the low fat foods, and instead focused on nourishing my body. My journey wasn’t all smooth sailing from there, but I finally got to a place where I found peace with food and discovered what makes my body (and my mind) happy.
As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I want to help you on your unique journey towards finding health and wellness. There will be no fad diets, just real, wholesome, nourishing foods that give your body the support it needs to make you feel great from the inside out.
What is “Wellness Within Holistic Nutrition”?
It took me quite a long time to finally bite the bullet and decide to start a blog. There are so many blogs out there related to food, fitness, cooking, etc. that I wondered if I still had unique material to provide. But when I enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program suddenly I was learning so much new and enlightening information that I had never before heard or seen on a blog post, at least out of the blogs I followed, that I knew it was time. While my family does a great job of patiently listening to me ramble on about everything from acid reflux to grass fed meat, I wanted to share the knowledge that I’m learning with a broader audience. Also, as I’ve started to work with my practice clients I’ve seen the same questions repeatedly coming up. I am hopeful that as this blog grows over time, the resources and information compiled within will be a great reference for my clients to turn to.
I have a ton of topics lined up including educational posts on the foundations of health, shopping lists, my favorite healthy recipes, quick healthy tips, etc. My blog will be focused on real food, which means unprocessed, whole foods that are properly prepared. I’m almost 100% gluten free, and stick to a primarily Paleo/ Primal diet, but I strongly believe in bio-individuality which means that each person is unique and has their own optimal diet (with some similar fundamental rules of course).
I’m so excited to share my own health journey along with some fantastic information from the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program. I also hope that at some point I can work with many of you one on one as you seek to optimize your own health.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me, and I am certainly looking forward to sharing information on health and well-being with you!