You may know Jen Widerstrom as a trainer from The Biggest Loser. She's a constant source of inspiration on her Instagram when it comes to healthy eating, working out, and living a balanced lifestyle. Today, Jen reposted a picture from Dr. Oz's Instagram account that proves she wasn't always the beacon of health you see today.
"For a long time, I was completely unaware of how unhealthy my eating habits and routine were," Jen shared. "Even though I was active, the sheer volume that I was consuming was out of control and I put no thought behind the foods I was eating." After she graduated from college and was no longer involved in sports, Jen found herself overeating and drinking a lot of alcohol, and she "just felt detached."
Jen "finally snapped out of it" and realized that she had to take control of her own health and happiness. "I chose workouts that I enjoyed vs. ones that I felt were like punishment," she shared. "By far my favorite is interval based weight training. Moderate weight moved efficiently under shorter time cap."
"The biggest transformation happened when I finally stopped working out just for my waistline and really began to make these decisions because I felt at my best when I did so," she said. "I own my health now because I love who I am when I am connected to it. That's what makes it stick for me, it's never about fitting in a dress."
And when it came to eating, Jen cleaned up her diet as well. "There are foods that I knew were healthy that I hated so I just avoided those," she wrote. "But I did focus on eating more vegetables, higher quality proteins and less food on the go/eating out." As an added bonus, Jen shared what she eats every day to stay lean, healthy, and superstrong:
"Wake up water chug! (8-12oz) *try to hit over 75oz daily💧
Meal 1: Algae (chlorella/spirulina), 1/3 cup blueberries, unsweetened almond latte w/ collagen peptides
Meal 2: 3 eggs, avocado, roasted tomatoes, butter
Meal 3: 1 serving cashews and 1-2oz jerky
Meal 4: Shake (collagen protein powder, vanilla protein powder, spinach, cacao powder, unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds)
Meal 5: 6-8oz roasted salmon, 2-3 cups roasted cauliflower, medium baked sweet potato"