Hey, I’m Jo – and I’m super excited to be working with Anna and the team at Low Carb Kitchen, helping as many people as I can to experience the benefits of Low Carb Living, as this is so close to my heart.
Anna asked me to pop together a little bio about myself, to explain why I’m so passionate about healthy Low Carb food, so you can see how exactly where I fit in!!
So, what I’m all about?
Helping people learn how to navigate through this food-crazed world by offering tips and tricks relating to low carb food and lifestyle. I believe this is the key to living a long, healthy, enjoyable life!
Personally, I know what it feels like to NOT feel my best, and how amazing life can be when you DO feel your best!
As we say here at Low Carb Kitchen “Everyone deserves to feel their best”
Where have I come from?
I have been in the health and wellness industry for 12 years – starting out as a personal trainer but finding my passion is weight loss and lifestyle coaching. I love helping people identify unhealthy habits, create new habits that result in good health and create their ‘new normal’ – while learning to take charge and manage their food environments.
What got me started?
Coming from an overweight and diabetic family, I was an obese teen/ young adult. I decided that I needed to take control of my health, so I embarked on a 3.5-year journey to lose 56kg’s and get healthy, which involved a combination of cutting out a lot of unhealthy foods, reducing carbs without getting too crazy and exercising. Educating myself on the value of nutrient-rich foods was a key factor.
Through this, I became passionate about helping as many people feel as good as they can, so they could enjoy life with those that they love.
10 years after weight loss…
I was lucky enough to feature in an article, that featured tips from people who have lost large amounts of weight and have it off for X amount of years. I was quite nervous about being featured, but then I had a moment of ‘yay me!’ – Whilst it took me about 3 years to lose 56kg, it’s been 10 years that I have maintained a healthy weight. You can check out the article here
How I keep it all in check?
A great tool that I used, and still use to keep the balance in check, is self-monitoring – I check in on how I am feeling, and where I am at. Tweaking behaviours at the time, to help get the balance right again which move me towards my health or other personal goals. Sometimes I am awesome at this, other times I’m not. Talk about balance, right? 😀
What I do to continue to feel my best, and maintain a healthy weight
- 6 out of 7 days per week I stick within 30-50g carbs per day. (Eating Veggies, Lean protein, Nuts and good fats, ALCK or PB products, cheese, and milk for COFFEE)
- 1-2 times a week I will have a meal/ a treat or alcohol that is higher in carbs. (usually on weekends/ social)
- I focus more on strength training, walking, and flexibility.
- I don’t snack in between meals.
- I stick to 2 main meals, and one small meal Mon-Fri and have 2 large meals on the weekends.
- Water, water, water 😃
- I make sure I get a minimum of 8 hrs of sleep a night. (Even if that means going to bed at 8:30 pm)
- Accept that there may be times where I won’t be perfect at this, and that is cool.
One piece of advice for anyone new to Low Carb.
Create a list of ‘Carbs you will miss’ – and see if there is a Low/Lower Carb alternative that you can make work for yourself. This will help make the switch soooo much easier, and there may be some that you are just happier to live without. Check out my ‘new to low carb’ blog for extra tips.
I found Low Carb alternatives that work for me such as, Low Carb Crackers using Anna’s Low Carb Bread Mix, and The Protein Bread Pizza Bases.
If you are new to Low Carb living or are using Low carb to help you lose weight and need some extra support, please do not hesitate to reach out via Facebook, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support and encourage our community, and help them feel their best.
Jo x 🤓