For a solid four years, food controlled my entire life. I was obsessed with dieting in order to look a certain way and I never truly accepted by body. I thought if I stuck to "clean eating", I would achieve the "perfect" body and a happier life. Because of this, my life revolved around food and everything related.
During these years, every decision revolved around food. If I was going to a social event, I made sure to drink a protein shake beforehand. If I was going on a road trip, I stocked up on anything I thought was clean so that I would not have to cheat on whatever diet I was following at the time. Not only was food in total control but my mind was also full of body-hate. At times, I judged my legs for being too muscular. My stomach was never flat enough. The cellulite on my legs constantly bothered me.
I felt alone in these struggles and ended up (ironically) turning to food to avoid my emotions. Eventually, this turned into binge eating and I used to hide what I ate from everyone. I had never felt more horrible and my body was not thriving. My mind was being overtaken by so much food anxiety and body-hate.
This anxiety I was having around food and my body was stopping me from living my best life.
I finally started seeking help via therapy and started to educate myself at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through therapy and self-discovery, I began the healing process. Once I finally stopped thinking of my food anxiety as a will power issue, my mentality began to change. I learned how to ditch the diet mentality and began listening to my own body. I started making food choices that my body was telling me to make. I started to love my body for everything that it was instead of wanting it to be something else.
This self-love and trust in my body ultimately helped me reach a place of total food freedom and body-love.
Flash forward to now and I have never felt better about life.
It took me a while to get out of that place of obsessive dieting and body-hate but I'm forever grateful for this journey. This journey taught me a lot about myself and what I'm meant to do in the world. I wholeheartedly believe that my mission in life is to help educate and empower women who are going through similar struggles.
I hope my story inspires you. I hope my social media brings you hope and positive energy that makes you believe in yourself. That is why I am here. Learn more about my coaching here and stay up to date with current happenings via my bi-weekly newsletter.
In September 2015, I decided to go back to school to receive my health coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. My education provided me with a solid background in how food affects our bodies and also the importance of holistic living. My coaching programs are shaped in part my personal experiences and by the following course topics: intuitive eating, emotional eating, elimination diets, the causes of cravings, and self-love.