Esther Barker

THE EAT-CLEAN DIET HAS GIVEN ME A NEW LEASE ON LIFE, A RENEWED PASSION FOR LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND BECOMING MY BEST SELF, EVEN AFTER 50! IT IS MY HOPE, THAT I CAN NOW TAKE WHAT TOSCA HAS TAUGHT ME, AND INSPIRE OTHER WOMEN TO BECOME THEIR BEST SELVES, REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE!

I turned 50 in 2013. I imagine most women would not embrace such a landmark. I, however, eagerly anticipated this new era in my life!

For as long as I can remember, I always had very low self-esteem, and very little, if any, self-confidence. I always enjoyed self-help books because I felt there were many things that were wrong with me. I was married at the age of 21 and by the time I was 29, we had three amazing kids. I absolutely loved being a mom, and still do. Although, my three little ones kept me very busy, that feeling deep inside of me that I was “not good enough” never went away. By the time I was in my mid 30’s, I began to show signs of clinical depression. All I wanted to do was sleep! It was my way of escaping life. I stopped working out, ate poorly, and gained weight. In short, I could care less about taking care of myself. I lost all motivation and interest in things I used to enjoy doing. I felt weak and pitiful. To say there were days when I hated myself, sadly, would not be an understatement. I couldn’t cope with life. I became overwhelmed by the simplest tasks. I didn’t want to be around people because it just took too much effort to pretend I was okay when I really wasn’t. I was constantly on the verge of tears. I cried a lot! Many of my friends and family members were completely unaware of the private battle that was raging inside of me. I felt like such a failure at life, a complete loser! I had a husband who loved me, three beautiful children, a beautiful home on 10 acres of land in the country and the undeserved privilege of being a stay-at-home mom. Looking in from the outside, I had it all, every reason to be happy. What was my problem? What was wrong with me?

Tosca Reno and her Eat-Clean Diet changed my life! (along with the help of my MD). Tosca’s books taught me the importance of Eating Clean, being active and eliminating sugar from my diet. This was my “aha” moment since what I ate, directly affected how I felt and I was a sugar addict! Her passion, energy and positive attitude are infectious! She is a beautiful woman inside and out! She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk every day. Her Eat-Clean Diet is not a “diet”, it’s a lifestyle, and I have learned to love it!

I know that ultimately, my life is in God’s hands, however, there are choices that we are able to make every day that will either bring us closer to better health or further away from it. We need to be proactive in taking exceptionally good care of ourselves!