My Journey With Food & Body (The Long Blog Version 🙂 )
I grew up as a shy, thin (I never liked the word “skinny” ) little girl who loved great food and hid behind her glasses. As a kid, I had a poor self image of myself. I felt like an ugly duckling in which I thought would never turn into a swan.
Getting contacts and ditching my glasses was when I really started feeling beautiful. However, I still found myself not as confident in my body. Most girls were a lot more curvy than I was, and I wanted to be like them. Where I lived being thin was looked down upon, you had to have a nice shape and curves. I was always told that I was too skinny that I needed to eat. There was always some negativity thrown my way.
It wasn’t that I didn’t eat, I love food. I have always been a foodie. Love trying new restaurants and new foods. It didn’t matter how much food I ate I couldn’t gain weight. I tried all of the suggestions that people gave me, all because I wasn’t happy with my body. Trying to be what people wanted me to be. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.
In addition, as a teenager I felt that I needed to overeat, that somehow maybe if I did that my body would change.
I carried these overeating habits into my adult years, which started to dwindle once I started college. I really just started to examine myself and realized that my weight gain method wasn’t working. I started experimenting in the kitchen, and being on a college budget may have saved me from overindulging in food! Fast forward to being married with 2 children at the age of 28. I was so happy to be married to my college sweetheart and have two sweet children, but there was still something missing. I still wasn’t happy with my body.
That was the least of my worries when finding out that my son had food allergies! A few years later I found out that I needed to have my gallbladder taken out. I believe the years spent researching what to feed our son prepared me for my toxic gallbladder.
I knew that I wasn’t feeding my body specifically what it needed contributed to my gallbladder and digestion challenges.
My determination kicked in to research how the body functions and how to better care for the body in general. Even with dealing with my children (later my daughter showed sensitivities ) and their food allergies, it caused me to really want to share tips and strategies to help others on their eating journey.
After lots of research, I decided to keep my gallbladder and switch to a plant based/ vegan lifestyle. From there, I was about 10% pescatarian, 80 % mainly plant based for almost 4 years. My sister started calling me “google” because I became the go to person for the latest food research and good eats.
I felt amazing! I even gained my weight back that I lost after a month of my body detoxing.
Freedom With Food
I found my foodie freedom while studying at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. As I learned how to coach clients, I noticed my own challenges. I had become so militant in my eating and it dripped onto those that were in my circle. I learned that what we eat is only half the story, the other half if who we are as eaters – Marc David.
I slowly began to see myself as more than what I was eating and more than what I looked like. That was in 2016 as I started transforming my relationship with food. When I began to slow down and really listen, I discovered that I had some lymphatic drainage challenges that caused some inflammation in by breast, I had 43 food sensitivities, and adrenal fatigue.
Talking about a trip threat! Dealing with all of that in 2018 helped me realized that as a Mind Body Eating Coach, I needed to slow down and really learn what truly nourishes my body. No more being tied to a specific way of eating. No more looking at my body as not measuring up. No more lacking confidence in building my business online. I chose to live and rewrite my nutritional lifestyle.
This is a continuous journey, but I embrace the process.
I spent 31 days of my 39th birthday month, as my inauguration of embracing my most authentic self. I spent that time working on my mindset and embodiment…tuning into who I am…finding freedom with food and body.
I am almost 40 and my body structure is pretty much the same as I was at the age of 15. I can say now though I am happy with my body and with who I am. I am beautiful just the way I am. I love to encourage people to be free to be who they are. Even though I had a poor self image growing up, I always wanted to encourage people.
I was always giving some type of advice to friends. I wanted to make them feel good about themselves, To make them feel special. Because to be honest, I too wanted to feel good about myself.
And it’s not like i didn’t have people in my life, my mom has always been my biggest cheerleader to remind me that I am beautiful just the way I am…but I had to choose to believe that. Now that I am older, I can say I love myself and I still love to encourage people. I still love food. You have to learn to love you …and find out what is going to best nourish you.
My team and I want to bring clarity and mindful, transformative, unshakable confidence to women in business. We do this by helping them learn how to transform beliefs about food and body so that they can find freedom with food, be themselves, and take their business to the next level.
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