Yup, that's right. It's not a typo. I meant UNhealthy. Let me explain.
My business began with six families taking my "Hand-on Health" class that was actually teaching the preschoolers about health! As fun as that was, I was clear that it was the moms and dads asking the questions that I wanted to serve... and that my own two kids were plenty for me.
So I began focusing on the struggles that families faced in eating healthy every day. From that endeavor were born my Picky Kids into Healthy Eaters and Beyond Meal Planning programs, both of which I'm super proud of!
My programs have touched many moms as well! For example, Natalie and Rachel right here in San Diego with me said:
Your email today made me smile and feel appreciated!
You know how it is... somedays you feel like you didn't accomplish anything even though you made 4+ meals, cleaned, did 4 loads of laundry, gave baths, put out fires, went grocery shopping...need I go on. So thank you for giving me a moment to realize I do accomplish a whole lot even I don't think I do. And reminding me that all of us stay at home moms are Awesome!!! You are awesome Alegra!!!
- Natalie in San Diego
Meal Planning for Healthy Family Harmony inspired me not to give up on meal planning and to find ways to outsource many of the tedious parts I usually get hung up on. I love that Alegra's program breaks it down so even a busy mama can reap the rewards of a well planned kitchen.
Definitely had an "aha" moment realizing that even a non-type A can do meal planning without having to always be on Pinterest or do it all by yourself. There are ways to tailor it to your unique lifestyle.
And as I've started taking one on one clients, I've been working in a more intimate way, helping women take baby steps for their health.
The real work of nutritional health...
...is not in a cleanse that you do for 3 or 7 days...
...it's not in a bar or shake that you eat...
...it's not in telling yourself you can never eat sugar again (and then chastising yourself when you inevitable do)...
...it's not in dieting until you reach a number on the scale...
...it's not in anything except EATING FOOD EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
And in helping other brave women who have had the courage to be vulnerable with me and share with me the negative relationship they have wit food based on doing all those things that can't ever work because they are actually unhealthy and unrealistic... I've rediscovered something.
I've rediscovered the negative relationship that I had with food 15 years ago.
Don't worry, I don't HAVE a negative relationship with food... I have just REMEMBERED that I USED to have one.
I've re-read books I read years ago.
I've had TWO books returned to me, which I read 15 years ago to help me with that relationship, and loaned out 5+ years ago.
Because 15 years ago I struggled with recurring throat and lung infections. The doctors prescribed antibiotics even though I tested negative for strep every time and they could not tell me what was causing them.
So I found an MD who practiced alternative health. He gave me better solutions for dealing with the infections... but had no advice on how to prevent them.
So I found an acupuncturist who was an amazing overall healer... and she told me to STOP EATING SUGAR.
(But in a really nice way, because she was such a nice lady.)
And at the time that SHOCKED ME. And to be honest, I did not do it. Because I was, actually, pretty addicted to sugar.
But I started working towards it. I started coming up with sugar alternatives, to do when I wanted sugar instead of sugar.
And it took a long time, and in the beginning it was a real struggle.
But slowly, with a lot of self work on what the heck that love of sugar was really about (beside the fact that dessert is delicious), I transformed that relationship with sugar to one that is really healthy.
Do I still eat sugar? Hell yes! I'd never tell anyone to stop eating anything they enjoy.
Can I get an Amen to that???
And yet, I had to shift that dynamic. It wasn't serving. It was contributing to recurring INFECTIONS! Those did slowly fade away with time as well.
And I still get to eat sugar!
Best part is that I now know when I actually want sugar because it tastes good or it's a celebration... and when I think I want it but I don't really want it.
And that freedom helps me to feel great everyday and eat exactly what I want while still taking great care of my health!
Do you want to feel great every day eating exactly what you want?
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I help busy, ambitious leaders to step off the emotional eating roller coaster, so they can lose weight and keep it off, still eat all the foods they love, and finally find the work life balance they crave.