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Hello! I’m Lesya Holzapfel, the face behind eatbefitexplore.com. I am a Holistic Nutritionist and Mom of two little girls.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and have always had a passion for nutrition and health.
One of my favorite things in life is cooking and (eating) a lot. Unfortunately, my food choices usually sucked, which leads me to the story behind how this blog got started.
During my first pregnancy, I gained 50 lbs. I had intense cravings for carbs and sugar during my pregnancy, and even though I was still pretty active, I couldn’t avoid all the weight gain.
I have been a long-distance runner since I was in my early 20s and I knew what it took to be healthy, but I made too many bad food choices.
After I gave birth I started “dieting” right away. I cut calories, ate low-fat foods, avoided meat, ran 5 miles a day, and was only losing a few pounds here and there.
The weight would not come off.
My friend suggested the Ketogenic diet and how it helped her lose weight, but with my nutritional background, I thought what she was doing was crazy.
How can it be healthy to eat fat, meat, and cheese? How can anyone cut carbohydrates when we are taught 5 servings of grain a day is essential?
I didn’t understand the difference between what I learned growing up and what I have learned over the last 3 years.
I had tried everything to this point except Keto so I decided to give it a shot.
After a few weeks of following the Ketogenic way of eating, I lost all my baby weight and a few months later I weighed the same as I did when I got married in 2014.
I thought I found the golden ticket….. and I was set, little did I know that the journey can have many HIGHS and lows.
Fast forward roughly a year, I was playing with Keto, going on and off whenever there was an event, party, traveling, or Holiday. I gained some weight back and got pregnant the second time.
I tried following Keto during my second pregnancy. Sounded great…..did not work.
After a few months, I wanted carbs and sugar so badly that I started binging. At least once a week I would binge on chips, candy, chocolate, dare I say it, fast food.
It was bad.
In 9 months I gained 60 lbs. I weighed over 200 lbs when admitted for labor & delivery.
I was very ashamed and embarrassed by myself. How could I let myself go like that? How could I, as the person who claimed to know “nutrition and fitness” gain that much weight during pregnancy? I knew as soon as I gave birth that I had to make Keto my lifestyle.
It took me 8 months to lose the 60 lbs by following the Ketogenic lifestyle, working out, and fasting. I was determined to lose this weight and successfully lost my pregnancy weight so much faster than with my first child… Then, the light bulb turned on and eatbefitexplore.com was born.
I started getting a lot of inquiries from family and friends on how I was losing weight so quickly and what is this “Keto” thing I kept talking about.
Soon after, I decided to start an Instagram page to help people who are struggling with weight loss or just want to better their health. After 6 years of doing and studying keto, I’ve learned a thing or two and I share it all with my audience and private clients.
I work with high-achieving, professional women that are ready to lose weight, regain confidence, and feel sexy in their skin again.
Health is Wealth,