What’s in your health&wellness tool belt!?

You’ve heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet by now, I’m sure, and also have probably seen multiple think pieces or opinion articles on why it’s great for you or how it’s the worst diet of the decade (LOL personal experience really denying this one).

People are sharing their testimonies on losing 100+ pounds on keto, posting before-and-after photos that are honestly mind blowing.

Truth bomb: When I first heard of the keto diet, I didn’t think it was very sustainable. I was afraid of what would happen to my body when I stopped fueling it with what it’d been used to for YEARS, and started eating a higher fat content than ever before.

But, I kept seeing other people’s successes, and decided I wanted IN. And while I eat more of a low-carb than a true keto diet, simply because I don’t track my macros, I’ve reaped an insaaaane amount of benefits in the short months I’ve been on this path.

Left: June 2019; Right: Jan. 2020

Drinking exogenous ketones has played a huge role in my success. I truly don’t think I’d be where I am today without them, which is exactly why I’m telling the whole world allll about them!

I mean, look at my personal transformation…

Left: Nov. 2018; Right: Jan. 2020

Liiiike, 60 pounds less and feeling like a new person transformation!

Hit me with the facts, Hannah!

Pure therapeutic ketones are D-BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) isomer ketone salts that are bio-identical to what your liver produces when you’re in a state of nutritional ketosis. Typically, ketones are very hard to produce naturally in the beginning stages of the ketogenic diet and production differs for each individual. Even keto-adapted individuals may find it hard to circulate high levels of ketones in the blood.

Exogenous ketones are a powder supplement that you add to 16oz of water and drink within 15 min of mixing. They put you into a state of ketosis in under 1 hour.

*Exogenous = outside of the body, while endogenous = what your liver naturally produces*

Why would you want to be in ketosis?

D-isomer BHB has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. Less appetite = less cravings/unhealthy choices = weight loss. Ketones are neuroprotective and higher circulating ketones calm neurons in your brain.

Ketones have been shown to increase endurance in aerobic activity.

Ketones are also anti-inflammatory, leading to less bloat & better gut health.

Additionally, C-med 100 is the only peer-reviewed supplement shown to aide in DNA repair and help immune function. (Since my HS diagnosis last summer, any immune help I can give myself is huge).

Lastly, why KETO//OS Nat over other ketone products?

Prüvit holds the only multipatented exogenous ketone on the market.

NAT ketones are the only naturally fermented pure and bio-identical ketones.

Other ketones are “racemic” aka mixed isomer ketones. Those ketones are not identical to what your body produces and can actually end up damaging the ketone receptors.

Think of trying to jam a key (ketone) into a lock (receptor) that isn’t compatible.

Everyone gets to reap the benefits of ketosis, even if you don’t want to eat keto!

You don’t have to eat keto. That’s the best part. These exogenous ketones were created so that everyone can benefit from ketosis without the strictness of a true ketogenic diet.

This was actually a big reason why I finally took the leap to try them – I’m your average woman, who has had her fair share of body image issues, eating disorders, emotional attachment to food, you name it. So when I decided it was time to take my health back into my own hands, I got nervous, because putting myself in any sort of “box” aka “diet”, meant restriction. Meant deprivation. Meant sacrifice. Meant the possibility of bad eating habits and overall nutritional health.

*Remember* that these are just one tool in my health&wellness tool belt, though. I still take daily walks, drink an insane amount of water, eat whole foods, don’t eat gluten or dairy (because of my autoimmune disease), etc. But these are by FAR the MOST IMPORTANT tool I’ve yet to find, and I don’t think it gets better.

Want to join me on the pursuit to B E T T E R? Message me!

xoxo,

HB

My Road to Health & Happiness

Yikes…making this side-by-side, finally weighing myself for the first time since starting this journey, coming to terms with reality. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.

But for the first time in years, I finally am starting to see Hannah in the mirror again✨
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➖ May 2014, injured my back
➖ Dec. 2015, had back surgery
➖ Jan. 2016, started therapy
➖ July 2019, diagnosed with skin disease
➖ July 2019, decide to TAKE MY LIFE BACK
⬆️ To say my health journey is unique, especially at the ripe age of 27, is an understatement. I’ll be sharing more and more about how and why I’ve made the changes I have.

Why, you may ask? Because I can see my goals right in front of me. They’re tangible. Because I can live my days out of the box I had put myself in. I’m motivated. I’m optimistic. So I’m sharing, because I want you to feel just as empowered and fulfilled as I do.

Realizing you are the one in the way of your own success is not easy, but once you make that step, the rest of the journey is just one foot in front of the other.

Since my HS diagnosis back in July, I’ve completely cut out gluten and dairy and follow a low-carb diet. This decision was based off of my personal research about autoimmune disease and how what we put into our bodies effects EVERYTHING.

Sure, I’ve lost 55 pounds. But what I’ve gained back is my optimism, my motivation, the ability to LIVE my life fully.🙌🏼 The girl on the left was hurting, inside and out, but chose she was worth it and put in the effort. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m sure as hell celebrating my success thus far!

before and after; side by side; weight loss; weight loss tips; weight loss goals; boss babe; keto; keto diet; autoimmune

This is really hard for me to post, but part of my healing and growth is accepting my past and overcoming. I’ve struggled with my body image since I was a kid. No, seriously. I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food or my body confidence. Teetering between too restrictive and overindulgent. Never letting myself have a bite of dessert, or letting myself eat three desserts. You get the picture.

Once you’re really far in one direction or the other, finding middle ground feels impossible. So you let yourself live in the extremes, further promoting unhealthy habits on both sides of the spectrum.

Well, I realized enough was enough. Living with mental health issues since elementary school, having had knee surgery at 17 and back surgery at 23, I’m no stranger to ailment. But getting diagnosed with a skin disease that stems from an autoimmune/auto-inflammatory disorder at 26, THAT was the straw that broke the camels back. Hearing my body is attacking itself was my wake up call. How could my own body betray me? Time to fix that!

Yet through these hardships, I chose to persevere. If I can do it, you can too. I promise you it will only make life better to choose yourself. Choose her every day.

Never give up on yourselves babes. You’re always worth it.♥️

We Have to be Global Citizens and Inspire Change

Thinkers. Doers. Changemakers.

These are the people who will help make our world a safer, more educated, healthier and more inclusive space. Those who question why we do the things we do, those who take action to solve problems in their environment. Those who selflessly work together for the better of humanity.

Shiza Shahid and Hannah Barling at the Big Idea Competition at the University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management.

I had the immense pleasure of hearing from and meeting Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund, last night at an event for work. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Malala, the Taliban tried to assassinate her at just 15 years old, for speaking out about girls’ rights to education. Miraculously, she made a near full recovery after being shot in the head at point blank range. Never has she lost hope or courage to continue the journey of helping every girl in the world access education. Malala was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize back in 2014.

Shiza has a powerful story to tell, not only about her personal struggles and successes, but also of those she has helped along the way and continues to empower.

Rather than give you my own synopsis of her life, I’m linking a few videos because hearing it straight from the source is so much more powerful.

There are no Superheroes, Just us: My Journey with Malala

30 Under 30: Shiza Shahid And The Malala Fund | TIME

How the Malala Fund Created a Movement out of a Moment

In one of the videos, Shiza talks about taking control of her destiny, and deciding to change what she thinks must be changed, every. single. day.

Hearing from her, seeing her interact with our students, witnessing the genuine kindness and compassion she embodies, was beautifully empowering.

Choose to show up. Choose to make an effort. Choose to be the difference maker in the room. Every day is a new chance to make a change. Each day is a choice: you can either live it up, or let it run you over.

Regardless of your personal intentions and goals in life, choose to go all in. Choose to wake up each day and work for it. Nothing in this life worth having comes easy, and we can’t ever forget our privilege in this world.

Y’all – there are young children all over this world who don’t even get to go to SCHOOL. Think about that the next time you’re complaining about your chemistry exam.

I know this isn’t my typical blog post, but I felt compelled to write about my experience last night and share Shiza and Malala’s stories with those of you who might be unfamiliar.

Humbled. Focused. Determined.

That’s how I’m choosing to go into 2020 – what about you?

xoxo,

HB