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cup) with walnuts at the lowest end and macadamias at the highest. I obviously chose the walnuts. Berries have the lowest carb count of the fruit family and zucchini in the lower end of the vegetables.

face and do my job cause it’s not my clients problem if I’m having a self imposed rough time. Needless to say, it was a long, rough week!

I calculated the amount and went to town to see how my choices would affect me and let me tell you they did affect me.

But the lesson was well worth it to me. You see as a former anorexic and bulimic, depressed female I had been constantly messing with my energy levels and my mood was often dark and brooding. I had no idea that it was related to my food intake. Remember this was in the 60’s and we didn’t know what we know now. I just thought I was a bad person who was always in a lousy mood. Be glad you weren’t part of my family back then! What was even more interesting is that I began to crave food and was always hungry. I ended up binging on nuts, which eventually caused me to gain weight and rather than take off fat, put more on! Lesson to be learned here folks! Food effects each of us differently and if you don’t know what to look for you might miss the signs, so make sure you ask the people around you if they notice any changes in your behavior. You might be very surprised at their response.

Within a few hours I noticed that I was irritable and very tired. At first I attributed it to being out all weekend dancing and partying but as the week went on it just got worse. The carbs from the oatmeal had kept me balanced and not irritable or tired, but the carb choices of nuts, avocado or veggies didn’t have the same effect. After about 4 days it was a little better but my mood was crap! Not a good look for a person who is in the public eye and a personal trainer to boot (play on words if you’ve ever seen me train my clients in what else but my boots!) The way I look at life is this, when I’m feeling great, I go out to share my mood. When I’m feeling less than great, I stay home. But when it comes to work, I must be a professional and put on a happy

To your health! XOXO Jill




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