Born Again Health

For some people, jogging is the most excruciating activity imaginable.  For Hahn, it is a chance to free her mind and exercise.  Since making changes to her diet, Hahn has increased her ability to run further and in 2013 she finished her second half marathon by running 13 miles.  (© Jeremy Gehler 2014)

For some people, jogging is the most excruciating activity imaginable. For Hahn, it is a chance to free her mind and exercise. Since making changes to her diet, Hahn has increased her ability to run further and in 2013 she finished her second half marathon by running 13 miles. (© Jeremy Gehler 2014)

Not all of us live in the light when it comes to how we treat our bodies after we leave the comfort of our mother’s home cooked meals, and easy access to food that we didn’t pay for. When shopping and cooking becomes too much of a burden to fit into our busy lives we reach for the fast and simple solutions to nutrition, and in most cases, those choices are not good for the body. But what happens if we take control of these choices and spend a little time thinking about our food?

Stephanie Hahn is a 24-year-old born again health devotee and hasn’t regretted the decision since. Stephanie took her health into her own hands by controlling her diet, and started exercising daily. Since making the changes, Stephanie has dropped 15 pounds and continues to work every day to keep herself on track. Not every step is excruciating, changing what you eat can get you started on the right track by giving your body the things it needs instead of dead weight.

Being aware of the choices you make when it comes to food is one of the fastest ways to losing unwanted weight and maintaining energy throughout the day. Instead of snacks with lots of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, try things like fruit or a salad to tide you over until your next meal. When it is dinnertime, consider all of the elements of the dish you hope to create. It is not necessary to compile every different type of meat you can think of into one dish and call it healthy. Try to avoid fatty meats and consider using ground turkey instead of beef and substitute the bacon for turkey bacon. These simple switches will save you from a grease bomb in your stomach and will leave you feeling more happy and less full after the meal.

A simple breakfast can be enough food for your body to function but won’t fill you up and make you tired.  This is a fruit parfait with yogurt, strawberries, raspberries, and granola.  Coffee is also a great way to start the day and without a sugary creamer or added sugar it is a perfect jumpstart for your morning.  (©  Jeremy Gehler 2014)

A simple breakfast can be enough food for your body to function but won’t fill you up and make you tired. This is a fruit parfait with yogurt, strawberries, raspberries, and granola. Coffee is also a great way to start the day and without a sugary creamer or added sugar it is a perfect jumpstart for your morning. (© Jeremy Gehler 2014)

A dish Hahn likes to call her best is a simple fruit and yogurt parfait. Using yogurt, cut up fruit, some gluten-free granola, and some honey mixed in to sweeten it up, this tasty and satisfying snack is great for any time of the day.  “I cut up the fruit as soon as I get home from the store so all of the ingredients are in the refrigerator and ready to go when I need a snack,” Hahn says.

Even more dreadful than paying bills, exercising is one activity that if neglected will impact your body rather than your credit score. Finding the willpower to fit in a routine amongst work and school schedules can seem like a waste of precious free time, but exercising regularly is going to help you tone muscle and actually boost energy and endorphins. That’s right, exercising makes you feel good, and when done properly you won’t be in too much pain afterwards. Hahn suggests finding something that works for you. “Not everyone can run several miles a day but there are many different exercise video’s available online that I do for about an hour a day.”

It is true anybody could benefit from a simple diet overhaul and some exercise; it simply takes the willpower to do it. Know why you want to make a change so that you have a strong goal to remember in those times where working out or cooking sounds like too much work. “If I don’t want to exercise I just tell myself I’m going to end up gaining weight and reversing all of the work I’ve done,” says Hahn. “Staying motivated is the hardest part, but when you see the changes you want to keep it up.”