Erin Romero is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach wife, mother and daughter. She is happily married to J.C. Romero, a professional baseball player of 16 years. They have a beautiful 6 year old daughter named Jazlyn. She enjoys traveling, sports, researching, eating real food, farmer’s market hopping, listening to music, reading the Bible and spending much needed time with family and friends. Erin was a three-sport athlete in high school and received a scholarship for college basketball. She was also an All-American college softball player. She earned a degree in Physical Education, but Erin knew that there was something missing. Her interest in helping others achieve their personal goals led her to Total Lifestyle.
Q. What is total lifestyle?
Total Lifestyle is a dream that I had when I realized that I could help others. It’s me, giving out any information that can help you live a better life. That information can be anything from why you shouldn’t use a microwave to why fat-free foods are dangerous to your health. I can write about your laundry detergent and I can write about your mascara. I didn’t want to limit myself on what I could write about so that’s why I chose Total Lifestyle.
Q. How do you handle eating healthy on the road during baseball season?
It’s not easy eating an ideal diet during baseball season for a number of reasons. My husband has been in the league for 12 years so I am going to give you some tips and tricks that have helped me along the way.
I was that wife and fan that loved (still somewhat love) the game. I went to 98% of home games before my daughter was school age.
Tips for home games:
*Prep before if not fully cook and prepare meals before leaving for the game. Those consistent midnight dinners seemed a breeze whenever I would do this.
*The crock-pot can be your best friend. Use it often.
*Leave before the game ends or if your hubby is a late inning player, leave as soon as the game ends to beat traffic. This will allow you to finish prepping or cooking for when he gets home. Try to convince him to eat at home as much as possible so that his body can recover with proper nutrition from the wear and tear of the game. Eating on the road for 81+ days is enough stress on their gut.
Tips for away games:
*Always shop and bring snacks with you on the airplane or in the car.
*ALWAYS ask for a fridge in the hotel room. Tell your husband you’re not high-maintenance and blame it on me, I give you permission.
*Find healthy restaurants, cafes, Whole Foods, farmers markets (yes I do that), and not only shop for clothes on the road but, shop for food! Google it, Yelp it, whatever it takes!
Here are some of the things I like to stock up on:
grass-fed beef jerky, free range turkey jerky, raw or organic grass fed cheese, full fat organic yogurt, any fruit or veggie (apples, carrots, celery,
cucumber, tomatoes, etc), raw nuts, avocados (my favorite), kombucha, sea salt and EVOO. This is just a short list of the possibilities.
Two items I always have on hand when traveling are a high quality probiotics and activated charcoal. The probiotic is to keep the good bacteria replenished while eating out and activated charcoal is for food poisoning. Everyone should keep this on hand at home and on the road.
Q. What tips do you have for teaching our children how to make healthy food choices?
I get asked this question a lot and love to answer it so thanks!
Listen up moms, it starts with us! Whatever you keep in the house, your kids indirectly have permission to eat. If they see you chomping on chips while you’re forcing them to eat their veggies, you’re sending the wrong message. Now don’t get me wrong, I eat chips but when I eat them, my daughter is allowed to eat them too. If I have sweets, she’s allowed to eat them too, unless her discipline was not up to par that day. Speaking of discipline, we need to be strong with our vision for our children and let them know. Do not let them rule the house and especially not the pantry! What if they don’t have that Coke in the fridge any longer? Are they going to cry about it, maybe, but it won’t last forever. Set the (new) rules and abide by them. This includes mom and dad!
We strive to live by the 80/20 rule. Eating ideally 80% of the time and treating our selves the other 20%. Now if you or your child are recovering from a certain illness or condition, I would say it needs to be more 90/10. I like to tell people that they can eat ‘junk’ food almost anytime they want as long as they make it from scratch with clean, nourishing ingredients.
Q.There is currently a measles outbreak in north Texas, how do you feel about vaccinations?
Love your questions Sharonda! You need your own talk show!
Aaahh, vaccines! This is a very controversial topic as it should be. I have been researching vaccines for about seven years. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my mentor and friend Dio asked me if I was going to vaccinate my daughter. Growing up in Alabama, my reply was, “Well, yes, isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?” He replied, “I just ask that you research it a little.” And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
I never knew that we could even question our doctor’s advice. It’s our children and we should be able to, right? When I saw some of the ingredients that were in vaccines, my mindset changed forever. How is it possible to allow human diploid cells from aborted fetuses in vaccines? Yes, dead babies, injected into our children?!? What about formaldehyde, thimerosal (mercury), aluminum, monkey kidney cells, detergents, egg/bovine proteins, and many more? I thought to myself, God did not intend to have these ingredients injected into our children. What is wrong with this picture?
Did you know that the peanut allergy is caused by injecting the peanut adjuvant 65 and 65-4 into babies several times. Their body builds up antibodies against peanuts thus creating the severe peanut allergy generation. This is a common result of injecting things that are meant to be eaten. There is a difference in the physiology and function between food protein sources that are digested in the gut versus from those injected into the bloodstream.
My daughter has an egg sensitivity. I trace it back to the only vaccine she has ever had, the Hep B which has the egg protein in it. Wait, why are we allowing infants to be injected with egg proteins when they are not even suppose to eat it?? Even worse, why are they being injected on the day of birth for a sexually transmitted disease? Did you know that most hospitals vaccinate babies for the Hep B even if you ask for them not to? It’s so common that nurses have been doing it automatically without permission. These are just some of the things that raised red flags for me so I began to educate myself.
Q. What services do you currently offer?
Right now I am working on getting my website launched. It has been ready for about three years (yep, that’s right) but I’m finally going to make it happen. After it is live, I can focus on local in home consultations and possible consultations online and over the phone.
Q. Any advice for busy mommas out there who want to create a healthier lifestyle?
Every person is metabolically different so you might not be able to eat what your best friend eats and you might not even be able to do the same work out. What cross-fit does to one person, yoga does to the other.
*Education. It is the best source of health you can buy. You can always give back by helping your family and friends. This is what fuels me. When I know that my teachings are reaching beyond who I taught, I know I am doing it right.
*Prepare your food and plan for the week. I have a bad habit of not planning but always keep enough food at hand that I can be creative.
*Learn to cook and learn more. When I married my husband, I could barely boil water. (not lying, burnt many pieces of toast in the toaster). I still make mistakes ten years later, often. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you don’t have to be a chef!
*Always keep food in the freezer! This is my saving grace, unless the power goes out. I keep all my meat in the freezer and have plenty of options to choose from when deciding what to make.
*Buy meat in bulk from a farm. (Ex: 1/2 grass fed cow) It’s cheaper and you stock up!
*Cook enough food to have leftovers. I try to do this every meal. It’s awesome when all you have to do is reheat (not in the microwave) your food or create a different meal with it. I often eat leftover dinner for breakfast! That’s my favorite.
*Purchase a good countertop water filter for the season.
*Hit up the farmers markets and take your kids!! www.localharvest.org is a great reference for markets.
*Become a crock pot master
ELIMINATE: processed foods, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, vegetable oils, table salt, fast food, sodas, conventional meat, plastics, non-stick pots/pans, margarine, microwave heating, cleaning chemicals, chemicals in make-up, chemicals in lawn and garden, etc, etc, etc.
INCORPORATE: organic foods as much as possible, grass fed beef, free range poultry, healthy fats, fermented drinks and foods, unprocessed sea salt, raw honey, grade B maple syrup, filtered water, bone broths, real (grass fed) butter, etc, etc, etc.
Ask your mother or grandmother about how your great-grandmother use to cook and prepare foods. That is who we should strive to be like!
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