Why I needed to become a
Food & Body Relationship Coach
My “why” is being the person I needed when I was younger. All through adolescence, I was lost in a lack of self-acceptance and not knowing who I was. In high school and college, I became fixated on my body and believing that I needed to look a certain way in order to be “acceptable”, loved, and worthy of success.
Later, in my 20's, my interest in physical health lead me to an increasingly paralyzing fixation on healthy / “clean” eating and believing that my body needed to be a certain weight in order to qualify as “healthy”. My world was shrinking as I attempted to uphold higher & higher standards of health: I skipped family dinners, social events, and missed out on a lot of yummy food in order to eat "clean". But still, I would obsess over elaborate meals, and especially desserts - I'd try to make clean versions of them to satisfy my sweet tooth. I was chasing the end of the rainbow in the name of health, while missing out on life.
Now in my 30's, I have been able to heal my relationship with food & body, and I focus on a more holistic view of health: one that accounts for social, mental, physical and spiritual health. It has been very freeing to loosen the reigns on food and body, and ironically it's done a better job of managing my intake and my weight than micromanaging my food ever was.
I now have more time, money and mental energy to work on things that mean a lot to me. As great as it is to eat the foods I love with zero guilt or tracking, and never worrying about getting on a scale or whether clothes will fit, it is even more rewarding to accept myself exactly as I am, understand and work with my emotions, and experience moments of pure joy as a part of every day life.
Because telling people to just “eat healthier”, “exercise more” or “lose weight” is a gross misunderstanding of what makes someone healthy and does little to help them live their best life.
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