* This post is sponsored by Plant Fusion, but as always—all opinions are my own!
Before I had kids, I thought I knew everything about how to raise a good kid. I think that’s a mistake that’s often made! Now that I have kids, I know that I have no idea what I’m doing.
I have read many articles about teens and eating disorders; weight shaming and weight obsession; and bullying; yet, it wasn’t until my kids started getting older that I really started to pay attention.
My girls are 14 and almost 12. They are both beautiful, smart, and kind. Neither one restricts food or overeats (except at Halloween, but who doesn’t!); yet, I have heard these words out of both of their mouths many times— “I’m so fat!”
“What?!” I exclaim, every single time. “You’re beautiful! I don’t want to hear the word fat in this house ever again!”
Then, two days later I will find myself struggling to find something to wear as I promptly declare myself, “too fat for all my clothes.”
Hating how we look is a problem that I think most women face at some point in their lives, but it’s not something I want to promote in my house. I’ve had to apologize to my girls many times for things I’ve said about myself and while it’s not easy, I know it’s right.
As I’ve gained weight over the past year, it’s been a struggle to appreciate my body for all the good things it can accomplish instead of focusing completely on the weight gain. I’ve stopped eating sugar for awhile, fallen on and off the healthy eating wagon numerous times, and learned more about what works for me than ever before in my life. Along this bumpy road, I’ve found a few products that I love.
When Plant Fusion asked if I would like to try their new LEAN product, I agreed, and they sent me two containers: vanilla and chocolate. Plant Fusion is a plant-based supplement company and while I am not a vegetarian or vegan, I find myself choosing plant-based protein on a consistent basis.
I could write paragraphs about how great the product tastes, but honestly, that’s not what I love the most about it! (It does taste good, though—I promise!)
My favourite thing about Plant Fusion LEAN is that while it is labeled as a weight loss product, it absolutely does not encourage you to have a shake to replace any of your meals. Plant Fusion LEAN is to be taken 30 minutes before a meal to help curb your appetite so that when it’s time to sit down for lunch, you don’t inhale everything in sight without restraint. And guess what? It actually works! LEAN is packed with protein, fibre, probiotics and nutrients that aid in filling in the nutritional holes you may have while helping you on your journey to better health.
I don’t know about you, but the companies out there that encourage shakes to replace most of your meals every day are not the ones I want my girls to hear about. Our bodies need real food to survive and I am so glad that there are companies like Plant Fusion out there striving to help us maintain a healthy balance.
I also have an EXCLUSIVE offer for my wonderful readers today! For a limited time, PlantFusion is giving away a free sample pack + shaker bottle every week for the next month. Go to this link and enter for your chance to win!