Embracing Health with Passion & Persistence
Every so often, we cross paths with a remarkable soul who doesn't just inspire us, but also propels us to strive for the best version of ourselves. Today, we have the immense pleasure of introducing you to such an individual - Nicole Jean - a radiant lighthouse of positivity, unwavering motivation, and culinary creativity.
Nicole has lost over 60 lbs through the ketogenic diet, transforming her life and inspiring countless others in the process. She is a proud member of The Squirrel Squad, and her delicious recipe videos have become a source of joy for many. From Post-Partum Struggles to Keto Success Nicole's interest in the keto diet emerged post-partum. Despite trying multiple diets and wellness programs, she struggled to lose the weight gained during her pregnancy. That's when she discovered keto - the only diet that worked for her, and more importantly, the only one she could turn into a lifestyle.
"It was definitely a journey with ups and downs," Nicole shares. "I started keto and lost a bunch of weight. But when I tried to revert to 'regular eating habits,' I gained a bunch of weight back." Undeterred, Nicole returned to her keto lifestyle and found a balance that worked for her. Today, she follows a 90% keto diet, allowing herself some flexibility during holidays and once a month for carb loads.
Finding Balance with Hungry Squirrel Nicole's keto journey has been significantly enhanced by Hungry Squirrel's products. "They offer a wide variety of products that taste UH-MA-ZING! I even use their products to cook for my family who don't follow a ketogenic diet, and they absolutely love it!" Nicole shares.
She adds, “I use the dressings as marinades for my protein, and it makes the most perfect dinner! I love that I can still have my favorite foods like Chinese chicken salad, with the convenience of all the keto friendly ingredients in a bottle! I can always trust that their products wont kick me out of ketosis, and they taste amazing!”
With dish favorites like Italian Lamb Chops, Thai Lemongrass fajitas, and Chinese Chicken tacos, Nicole can enjoy her favorite foods without worrying about breaking her keto lifestyle.
Motivation and Inspiration Nicole's biggest motivation comes from a place of love - for her son and herself. "I want to be the best version of myself for me and for my son!" she says. "Keto allows me to feel my best."
Her biggest inspiration, interestingly enough, is her future self. Nicole aspires to be the best parent and role model for her son while being happy and confident in her skin. "A lot of times we have to be our own cheerleader. No one is going to be there every day cheering you on to move your body or to eat better, but yourself."
Harnessing the joy from hobbies can pave the way for holistic wellness. Nicole's love for baking has always been an integral part of her life. But her transformation journey with the ketogenic diet brought a creative twist to this hobby, "I love creating low-carb, sugar-free versions of my favorite sweets," Nicole's innovative dessert creations are a testament to her belief that a healthy lifestyle can still be delicious and indulgent.
Nicole has found solace in another nurturing hobby - gardening. There's something incredibly grounding about getting your hands in the dirt, nurturing plants, and watching them grow. For Nicole, gardening is more than just a hobby; it's a form of meditation, a way to connect with nature, and a source of immense joy.
Keys to Success and Advice for Beginners For those just starting their keto journey, Nicole has some sage advice. "Find swaps for your weaknesses! If you crave sweets, find or make sugar-free versions and have them ready!" she suggests. She also shares: “Also do not buy foods that you can't resist! Leave them at the store.”
To those new to cooking keto, she advises, "Keto doesn't have to be complicated! Use a free app like Carb Manager to keep track of what you're eating. And remember, you do not need to intentionally consume fat!"
In closing, Nicole encourages everyone embarking on their wellness journey to start today. "You do not have to give up your favorite foods! Brands like Hungry Squirrel really help make your journey successful and enjoyable. Don't wait to start. Start today, any day, and you can do it!"
Nicole Jean's story is a testament to the power of determination, self-love, and a well-balanced lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram @ketowizzard to join her on this inspiring journey.