This is the start of something great! For awhile, I’ve had some many ideas and advice that I want to share with others. To make an impact and to allow viewers to see that each one of you are different. Not only different, but special! So there will always be new steps in new directions for everyone, and I’m here to make that possible through nutrition, lifestyle, and activity.
I didn’t start out my healthy lifestyle the way others did. I haven’t competed in any bodybuilding competitions..yet. And I wasn’t a size 2 or 4 when I was in high school. I grew up a very tall girl from Silverdale, Washington. At 23, I have maintained a 6’0” height and about 165-170 weight since I left high school. But in school I never knew much about nutrition or what was right for my body. I thought it wasn’t really a big deal, just eat what you want and you should be good! I mean I’m young and active right!? And at the time eating whatever, like candy, cookies, fats, didn’t take a toll on my looks or how I woke up every morning. One thing I was doing was sports, I started playing soccer at a young age and eventually found my niche which was volleyball. Absolutely loved it and I still play and coach today! I played in junior high, high school, club teams. I knew right away I wanted to play in college and so I worked hard to achieve that.. Got a scholarship to play for a junior college in Wyoming (random right?) and then finished my degree and volleyball career at a private school in Florida. I wasn’t one to gain the freshman fifteen because of the fact I was practicing and lifting, which I loved and enjoyed seeing the results of physical activity. But there was always something that was never on track throughout college, and that was my digestion. It was awful. I would be backed up for days!! So it was a little frustrating when I’m sooo active but then my body isn’t showing it. And for those without gut issues, it really takes a toll on you. I was fatigued, felt heavy when I was playing, and just felt self-conscious over my body because of my stomach. I never looked into anything natural to solve my dilemma. Sure, I started eating healthier and thought that would be the cure, but then I added in laxatives thinking that would solve it all. That was just temporary relief. And now when I look back on it, I know I would never be able to maintain a healthy digestive tract with this chemical laxative eating up my stomach. As my last two years of college went by, I started realizing that I couldn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating and drinking the way my friends and others do. I was not the same, as is everyone. At first it was frustrating, knowing I couldn’t eat fun and fatty foods when going out to dinner. But then again, it wasn’t nourishing my body anyways. And I’d soon realize that what it was all about. Putting good foods into your body, and the result was just what I was after all this time.
I have always been a fan of cooking and making new creations. I know everyone isn’t, but pushing yourself and starting with simple recipes can bring excitement when heading into the kitchen. And I knew that was where I’d succeed, was making my own meals. I was the weird one in college with the cute lunchbox and tupperware! I was making my own, very simple, meals for the week and packing them up and taking them to school. It was my personal alternative compared to eating cafeteria food or Chick-Fil-A everyday like my friends. (EWW!) And the food I was making was good too! I’d prepared chicken breasts with a carbohydrate (rice, sweet potato, quinoa) and then some veggies (broccoli, corn, etc.) I was never one to drink soda, I stopped in junior high after seeing the sugar content, so I stick with water or the occasional black coffee. I know it’s not easy for people to just drop everything and resort to some chicken and veggies, but if you felt the way I did (which I know people do!!!!) then you’d be up for absolutely anything too!
So here I am thinking that this new plan was going to solve all my digestion problems. I was going to be fixed and could do whatever I wanted after that! YEAH RIGHT. Even eating these foods was not doing the job. and now was where the frustration grew. How am I not feeling better when I’m eating what all the other healthy eaters/nutritionists/etc. are eating!?!? I am working out almost daily, eating these foods, and I’m not better?! No wonder people give up on these diets. RIGHT?!
So I’m sure many people feel this way, I’m eating healthy, I’m doing all the right things, so why am I not getting the results that I want?! And it’s about understanding one thing. We are all different.
Yes, each one of us. The way my body will react to certain foods won’t be the same as the next. So we need to understand and accept that we are going to have our own style of eating and daily activity that will give us the best results. And YES, it is possible for each and everyone one of you to find what fits you and your lifestyle. And I want everyone to know it is. I want to motivate everyone to stop getting frustrated and be open to change! You aren’t going to look like the hottest fitness athletes out there eating the way they do. Because that food intake works for their bodies!! Boy it sure doesn’t always work for mine! And now I don’t spend useless time getting angry. Because I know what works for me, and I’m building my own regimen that produces the best results for my body. ITS POSSIBLE PEOPLE!!
Learning more and more about nutrition makes you realize what truly nourishes your body and what doesn’t. I know plenty of people who feel great while chowing on gluten and wheat on a daily basis. But I’m not one of those people. I know a lot of personal trainers and famous athletes who guzzle down Whey protein shakes and feel great. And I am absolutely 100% not one of those individuals. But that’s me. I’ve found what works and what doesn’t. And it’s up to me to guide and inspire those who want to see what works. AND DO IT! Make it a lifestyle change. I want people to see the way they view food, not as an enemy or a security blanket. But something that betters them, cures them even. And do it in a fun and positive way! Learn and experience, so others motivate others like I hope to do to you all!:)
As for now, at 23, I feel like I’m in the best shape ever, even compared to when I was competing at a collegiate level. I provide myself with an adequate “Healthstyle” (Darya Pino’s Foodist) that allows me to wake up everyday with the most energy I’ve ever had, and I get through the day easily and embrace every intense workout, knowing I’m bettering my body from the inside and out. And everyday I continue to learn and experiment the possibilities of health and nutrition. Also, I absolutely love cooking for myself and others, using fresh and healthy ingredients to all my recipes, knowing I’m putting the right things into my body without any guilt, ever. And there’s nothing wrong with a little moderation (Dark Chocolate-Covered Cashews:]) There’s always space for that in your life, c’mon! I’m absolutely grateful to learn and realize what it takes to fuel your body in the right way. I am working towards my certification in Nutrition to learn even more! And I just want to reach out to others and provide answers, and that there are always options, because you are one special person with one special style. I want to create a different experience to know what this feels like, at any age! This is the beginning of me reaching out. I’ve had many people I’ve worked with to help them better understand what they are putting into their bodies, or even what they should be putting in! I have done it before but I am so committed to making it happen I wanted to share this with ANYONE. Anyone willing to listen and learn and hopefully be inspired by my positive, vibrant, way of looking at nutrition, fitness, and self-love. I have a lot in store, from recipes to tips to motivation! Starting a new journey and I’m so excited!!
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