BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time
An Inspirational Journey of Re-Invention to a Sustainable, Healthy Lifestyle.
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The only sustainable lifestyle and meal solution with attitude! "I've had the opportunity to meet and interview a lot of local authors and personalities. But rarely do I find someone as passionate and true to their cause as Toni! She is an individual who leads by example and truly cares about helping others change their lives. It is her compassion that has led her to successfully transform the lives of hundreds of people! Toni is true to her word, a follower of her own advice, and a force to be reckoned with. A contagious positive attitude and genuine passion for health and fitness make her one of the best in the industry!" Ramona Gwargis, Times Media, Inc. “This book and my determination have changed me for the better, for life. I will always incorporate style of eating in my life, and my future family's life. I've had numerous people ask me, “what are doing, what is different, you are shrinking!” All I can do is forward them the link to this book, and smile because I know what lies behind the first turned page - a change to your life forever if you are ready to take that leap of faith!” Heather Buchholz, client and 2010 recipient of the BITE ME! “Best Buns” Award In this book you will find: · An Inspirational Story of Reinvention by the Author · A Lifestyle Assessment · Tools to Make Healthy Foods your New Convenience Foods · How to Overcome Societal Expectations, Misinformation and Fast Food InFATuation · Over 50 Delicious, Nutritious and Simple Meal Solutions · 10 Quick Tips for Healthy, Clean Eating · How to Convert Your Favorite Recipe from Mean to Clean! · Complete Nutrient Breakdown for Each Recipe · How to Eat Healthy While On-the-Go · 325 Calorie Meal Template · Success Stories from Real People Like You · The Official Eight Week “BITE ME!” Challenge
INTRODUCTION In earlier years, I would lay in bed attempting to drift into a hopefully deep slumber. My body felt like it would take ten years of sleep to recover from my full day. I had reoccurring dreams that I am running; running through the streets in slow motion, struggling to round the curb. No matter how much effort I exerted, I would gain only a few inches. I could never catch up. I would never make progress. After years of these reoccurring dreams, with unsettled and slightly tortured feelings, a slow realization came into focus, like a low resolution, grainy and highly pixilated photograph, once indiscernible, now pixel by pixel creating a crisp picture I can now recognize. I would never truly feel well; never be able to figuratively run unencumbered if I didn't make some lifestyle changes, and now. This gradual confrontation of the truth is that we, as a collective of individuals are solely responsible what I call the “American de-condition”. It is a well-documented fact that nearly 70% of all Americans are either overweight or obese, one of the leading contributors to a proliferation of medical issues. We've allowed ourselves to become out of shape, nutritionally deprived and prone to disease, weight issues, hormonal imbalances, and injury. We become tired, depressed, and depleted, and in some cases become a burden on our families and a proverbial weight on the back of an already dysfunctional health care system. America's de-conditioned state is compounded by our procrastination and general lack of motivation. We all know the statistics; they don't necessarily move us to take the initiative for change. Are we expecting someone to fix the problem or waiting for some in-your-face, life-altering experience which threatens our very existence before taking action? We want an instant fix; fruit and vegetables in a pill, a miracle drink or foods mailed to our doorsteps. Must we wait until we have diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease? We all have the opportunity to be healthy, in addition to the freedom to let ourselves go. Only we are accountable for ourselves. Our personal passivity and demand for convenience are our own worst enemies. Inexcusably, we have passed down our sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits to our children. We allow them to eat the most convenient and lowest quality foods possible. They grow up thinking a tomato slice on their fast food burger is a “serving of vegetables” and nothing tastes good if it's not dripping with sugar and fat. High cholesterol, obesity, early onset diabetes and hip and joint issues are unfortunately now bestowed upon our children at alarming rates. Further confirming our lackadaisical attitude toward health, over half our dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Certainly our furry friends are not raiding the treat jar late at night by themselves. Many of us have the desire to learn how to improve our health only to be confronted by external influences providing confusing, and often conflicting, information. Everywhere I turn I am bombarded with confusing messages: From pharmaceutical companies, to food manufacturers and marketers, weight loss companies, and fast food providers; from friends offering well-meaning advice to our respected physicians who take stewardship of our collective health. I love humankind, I love my family, my neighbors and my friends, and I love the friends I have not yet met. With this in the forefront of my mind, I carry a deep sadness and disappointment as I am confronted by “misinformation” as well as an intense anger in situations when I know we are being intentionally misled. My belief is that prevention is the answer and that lies only within our self. We must change our eating habits, as well as our lifestyle, in a way that makes our newly-learned, healthy behaviors SUSTAINABLE. Become role models and our children will do as we do. We have an unprecedented opportunity here to change our lives, our family's lives, the lives within our community, and beyond. We need education, accountability, and most of all, hope. It is never too late to start to help yourself and those around you. We can accomplish this empowerment ourselves and ultimately change one life at a time. I am walking proof of that. I've been through most everything life can throw at me, and at over 50 dealing with the added complexities of aging as well. This passion to help others was born out of the loss of my best friend to Pancreatic Cancer, as well as my own serious medical issues just a few short years ago. I quite literally can say “I stake my life” on the assertion that lifestyle changes WORK, because I am a living example. My personal story is bared to all in its vulnerability, from misfortune to fulfillment and everything in between, in hopes that you may find inspiration and motivation to help shift your thinking toward a healthier lifestyle. My goal is to inspire you to raise your personal nutrition bar, so I will be sharing what I've learned as a full-time working mom of four, who has endeavored on a journey to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, as well as changed careers to a Lifestyle and Certified Nutrition Coach, Figure Competitor and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. You may have noticed I do not have a forward written by a physician to lend credibility to my words, as you may see frequently in other self-help, diet or fitness books. I did not have a staff of researchers, writers, editors, photographers and designers, nor did I have professional chefs or a test kitchen at my disposal. I am not married to a publisher or have unlimited resources. This book is boot-strapped from my heart in all authenticity, so that in your dreams, you will not have to run in slow motion around those curbs feeling frustration at not making progress toward your well being. May you find the tools and motivation you need to change your life one bite at a time!
Author Toni Julian is an accomplished professional Lifestyle Coach and owner of aabs (All About Being Sexy) Lifestyle and Fitness Coaching based in San Jose, CA. As a 51-year-old mom of four, she has experienced the gamut of stresses in her life, from blending a family, to having children with special nutritional needs, as well as striving to balance her full-time entrepreneurial career. After losing her best friend to Pancreatic Cancer, as well as surviving her own serious medical issues, she re-invented herself and has developed proven techniques to make lifestyle changes that are not only successful, but sustainable for life. As a personal goal for her own transition to a healthy lifestyle, she shed 14 pounds of fat and gained 6 pounds of muscle within eight weeks. She went on to compete in her first Natural Figure Competition at age 48 and tied for first place in the Sports Model category, taking second, as well as second overall in Figure later the same year. Toni shares her knowledge through personal coaching sessions with everyone from individuals in need of lifestyle and nutrition makeovers to assisting corporations develop and implement strategies to shift their employees' health in a sustainable direction. She has a B.A. from San Jose State University, is a VN Certified Nutrition Coach and earned her Personal Training Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She founded and manages “The aabsBootyClubTM”, a Co-Ed Personalized Training Program and is a popular motivational speaker, offering seminars and workshops to corporations and professional groups. Visit her website at www.ToniJulian.com
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