About Liliz

Hi there! Welcome to Liliz’ Healthy Choices! My blog is all about clean eating, (slow) juicing, recipes, and nutrition! And also a bit of mindfulness, because what’s a healthy body without a healthy mind?

First of all, you must know that I’m not a dietician or a health professional (yet) – and certainly don’t claim to be one. I’m a nutrition enthusiast, a home cook, a clean foodie, a yogi and an athlete. I’ve developed a real passion for what nature has to offer us to live a better life, to be healthier and feel merrier. I’ve done a lot of research and have been experiencing this new clean lifestyle for a few years now.

I’m now studying to be a Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and also on a yoga teacher training course.

I’ll give you a bit of background so you understand where this all comes from. I was an ugly (at least that’s what they used to call me), very chubby and hung-up teenager. I would stuff my face with naughty food at all times, then go on a diet for a couple of months to lose weight; and once I’d lost weight, I’d eat like a piggy again, put on more weight, go on another diet, and so on – you get the idea. I didn’t do any exercise either. Total disaster. At the age of 18, just starting out at university and living alone in my student room, I went on a humongous food detox: I cut all the naughtiness – all of it! – and only ate fruit and vegetable for about a year (with absolutely no idea of what I was doing). I lost between 15 and 20 kg. Then, once my body stopped craving for the bad stuff, I started to gradually reincorporate more regular food (but no meat at all). I’m not going to lie to you, I have always been so scared to put the weight back on that food has often caused me stress and frustration. It still does, to a much smaller extend. Being on a plant-based diet has really helped me out find my balance.

I’m also very fit now though; I need my endorphin fix every day, whether it’s swimming, running or doing Crossfit. Sports is incredible; once you get started, you can’t stop! It gives you so much energy and self-esteem; totally addictive!

Since I took up Crossfit 4 years ago, I’ve been more aware of my body, of what it needs to perform and recover well. I’ve started researching proteins, good fats and healthy alternatives to refined and processed food. I made the choice to nourish my body rather than just feed it. Your body is the only place you have to live in so you might as well take good care of it.

So here I am, genuinely willing to raise awareness about health and to help people get healthier and happier. I want to spread the word that diets don’t work and that what people need is a sustainable life change. I want to help people realise that being healthy and taking care of their body isn’t difficult, it doesn’t make you boring and it doesn’t mean you have to be a rabbit either. I find it extremely rewarding and satisfying! It took me a while to get there, but it’s totally worth it. It’s never too late!

Start small, think big!

Liliz

PS : For those around me who don’t believe I was a very chubby (and very badly-dressed) teenager, here is a piece of evidence. You see,  people can change. It does require discipline and will power, but it is possible.

 

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