Danie Kempf | Wisconsin nutritionist, meal plans and health coaching | Sprouting Up Health

How I went from struggling to thriving!

Do you ever look at your health and wonder how it got to this point?

Do you feel like you have tried it all: diets, supplements, exercising, etc. yet nothing is changing?

Have you gotten to the point that you just don’t even know what to do to turn it around?

I hear you 100%!

A year ago I was at my breaking point, I had gained weight, felt bloated pretty much all day, everyday, was unhappy, and my hormones were all over the place. I thought I was eating healthy, was exercising about three times a week, and taking numerous supplements yet I was seeing no change. I couldn’t go on the way I was any longer because it was not only affecting my mental well-being but my relationship with my family. 

When I really thought about it, I decided that I needed to get back to basics, which to me meant taking a closer look at how I was truly fueling my body. Once I learned how to eat FOR my body, not AGAINST it, that is when everything changed.

Here are the 5 things I focused on to turn my health around:

1. I gave up gluten.

I have to admit that I used to think the whole “gluten-free” thing was a fad and only for those who were diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I was completely wrong!

Going gluten free brought back my energy, allowed me to finally ditch the bloat, gain mental clarity and focus, and just plain feel better.

2. I gave up dairy products.

Dairy is another inflammatory food group. I realized that dairy causes me gas. Yes, I’m talking about my bodily functions. Once I ditched dairy, the awkward gas and uncomfortable bloating went away. 

3. I gave up all refined sugars.

I am a sweets person for sure! I love dessert, but all those refined sugars were just not necessary. I can still enjoy dessert, but instead I use natural sugars like honey, fruit, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.

4. I made sure to practice self-care every day.

I realized that I need to put myself first at least once a day for my mental well-being. As a mom, we give so much to our spouse and kids that if we don’t take time to recharge our emotional batteries, we are going to snap. It is not a selfish act at all. In fact, it is necessary!

5. I made exercising at least 5 days a week non-negotiable.

Feeling strong and centered is empowering to me. I need to start my day with some type of exercise to put my mind right.

Once the day gets going, there will be no time for me to exercise nor do I enjoy working out late in the day. I may, at times, do an extra yoga session at the end of my day if I need to stretch or center myself.

So, if you are where I was a year ago feeling frustrated in your current state of health, trying what seems to be everything under the sun to course correct with no avail, then I encourage you to do the following three things:

  1. Really tune into the foods you are eating and HOW they are making you FEEL.
  2. Include a loved self-care practice into your daily routine.
  3. Get moving! Incorporate some type of movement that you enjoy every single day.

If you don’t know where to start or are looking to surround yourself with a community of women to push you toward your goal and cheer you on along the journey, then I invite you to check out one of my 2 programs. I could not have made the changes I did and been successful with them without the knowledge and support that I had along the way. It is time for you to put YOU first and fast track your success!

Hi, I'm Danie!

A wife, mother and culinary nutritionist and coach living in Wisconsin. It is my passion to share the knowledge I have gained about food and healthy living with you. I want to empower you to own your health and your happiness by falling in love with real, whole food eating and self-care.

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