Thursday, July 13, 2017

How Intuitive Eating Has Changed My Life

It's been a while since I've written a blog post. Today I wanted to update you on what the Wolfepack has been up to, and also share how intuitive eating has helped change my (our) life! 

Eating intuitively has helped me not only with food, but with my relationship with working out and traveling. Health and wellness took on a whole new meaning to me once I got married. Before, it was all about having a certain body size and eating "perfectly". Now, wellness means that I have a healthy MIND as well as implementing healthy and fun foods with exercise that feels good. For me, that meant SCALING BACK on the intense workouts and not following any "certain meal plans" and learning to eat intuitively! I still love to eat healthy foods and create healthy recipes, but I also leave room for FUN FOOD anytime I have the craving. It's helped me and our marriage SO MUCH because we are just enjoying life together and I'm not worrying about calories, carbs, fat grams, etc. Being able to go on a date night with my husband on a spur of the moment decision is healthy. Eating pizza in bed and watching Netflix is just what we need sometimes. It works for us and I hope that it encourages you too! We also love cooking delicious and nutritious recipes at home! Most importantly, I just want to share with you that God made us all unique and wonderful in our own special way. Every single body is different and it's such a waste of time to keep comparing ourselves to others. “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭

I was a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding and it was SO nice to not have bad thoughts about my body the few weeks leading up to the wedding. I ate exactly what I wanted and never scaled back on anything. I enjoyed good food at the rehearsal dinner and reception and didn't have a single regret. It was a beautiful wedding! The only part that was unfortunate was that Jared couldn't be there with me. BUT... he was at a tournament and he WON!!!!!!!! 

It was such a crazy whirlwind of a weekend. In some of his video interviews, he gave a shoutout to me and the bride and groom saying he was so sorry to miss the big day, but that he had to make his trip worthwhile and win, and he DID! He was on FIRE, shooting -8, -8, -5, and even par to win by 1! 

Jared wanted to share his thoughts about the win:
The resort we stayed on next to the golf course was fantastic and very comfortable, which I think helped me out greatly for the week.  The golf course was a lot of fun with 5 par 5’s and a few holes out on the ocean.  After 36 holes I had a 6 shot lead, which is the largest lead after 36 holes on that tour.  There were a lot of delays we had to bounce around during the week, which made the last two rounds be played mostly on Sunday.  After the third round I only had a 2 shot lead after a guy shot -9 and I shot -5.  The last round was a lot of fun, not only because I won but because I handled a lot of ups and downs throughout.  After 9 holes of the last round I had the lead back up to 5 and felt extremely confident I could get the job done with only 9 holes left.  On my 12th hole I left my laser next to the fairway bunker I was in.  We didn’t realize that until I wanted to tee of on hole thirteen.  I sent my caddy back to grab it while I teed off.  When he came back, we questioned why he got back so quickly and found out he had taken a ride in a golf cart without me seeing it and being able to tell him not to jump in.  Well that turned into a 2 shot penalty for me and cut my lead down to 2 with 5 holes left.  Thankfully I was able to hold it together and pull of the win by 1!  I had a lot of fun after the round shaking hands and doing interviews and just really soaked in the enjoyment of winning the biggest event I have ever won.  One more of the down times came after the interviews and pictures when it came time to pay my caddie for the week.  The local caddies are required to be paid a certain amount per day and after that, it is up to us.  I gave this guy a generous amount above what was required.  He didn’t seem to think it was enough and wouldn’t give me my golf clubs back until I paid him 10% of my winning check!  I had to get a staff member involved to convey the message that this isn’t the PGA Tour and we aren’t playing for a million dollars and that we aren’t required to pay 10% but only what we deem as appropriate.  It wasn’t a fun situation to end that day on but a great reminder that life goes on despite winning a tournament. 

Kelsey again: I was SO PROUD of the way Jared handled the tough situation. He didn't get flustered or angry at the caddy. He also wrote a long explanation about the caddy situation on his social media outlets and I was more proud of his response than him actually winning the tournament. The link to that message is HERE. I am so proud of the way Jared is using his job as a professional golfer to share God's love with others. 

Onto the next topic:
I had a week off from my full time nanny job and was fortunate to spend the week with Jared on the road. I caddied for him at a Monday Qualifier. He played really well, but didn't quite make it in. Those qualifiers are not easy at all. I was proud of him regardless of the outcome! Because I had the whole week off and Jared was done with the first half of his season on the PGA Tour Latin America, we embraced the time off and took a mini vacation that was MUCH NEEDED! Spending multiple weeks at a time apart with only a few days together in between each stretch of events isn't for the faint at heart. There's no sugar coating the journey to the PGA tour, it's tough, but the moments we ARE together are so much more special. (I could write a whole blog post on that, but I'll save that for later) Jared got in contact with a host house he stayed with a couple years ago in Canada and they generously offered us a room at their Bed and Breakfast for the week! I hadn't been before, so it was super cool to see a place IN PERSON that Jared had traveled to for golf. Pictures don't do it justice! The place was gorgeous and right on Lake Erie with the Buffalo, New York skyline in perfect view. We were there over the 4th of July and it was so cool to see the sky just completely lit up with fireworks. 

The hosts are REALLY into golf as well, so they invited us to play a round with them at their home course. I rarely get to play, so it was very fun to join in with everyone. I ended up shooting the lowest round of my life, a 98! It was really cool because Jared was super proud of me for golf for a change ;)  I grew up playing softball and I'm naturally athletic, but golf is HARD. It was nice to really experience some of the ups and downs that Jared goes thru on an everyday basis. I think I'll let him stick to pro golf and I'll stick to nannying. It's a win win for everyone! 

We visited Niagara Falls (which Jared had been to before, but I hadn't, so it was nice to experience something together!) It was very neat and we soaked up quality time together and had a blast flirting and laughing the whole day away. 

The last day, we traveled a little ways to visit Toronto again. We went to the very exact spot we visited two years ago and took the exact same picture. Great memories! 


During the entire trip, I ate what I wanted and enjoyed everything! It was so freeing to enjoy a vacation with the intuitive eating mindset. Also, there was no "diet starting Monday" mentality and that was the best feeling ever! If you haven't given intuitive eating a try, please do! It just might change your life too. 

Nextrino Activated Charcoal Tea Tree Soap

I was sent some brand new soap from Nextrino to try and review! It is an activated charcoal tea tree soap that is all natural, vegan, and ...