It wasn't until my early 20's that I started to care about my body and how I looked. I was dieting, over-exercising, and allowing the number on the scale to define my worth. This obsession took a toll on my health. My hormones were out of whack, my hair was falling out, I was experiencing anxiety for the first time, and I was exhausted. It wasn't until a year later when I finally told myself enough was enough. These habits weren't contributing to the quality of my life, and they were definitely not helping me maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.
During my recovery, I would find myself on the computer researching healthy recipes and learning everything and anything I could about health and nutrition. Internet blogging was growing in popularity, and this wealth of knowledge was my outlet. I immediately started to put things into practice, and for the first time in a long time, I felt as if a fog had lifted.
After some time, I realized the health and wellness industry was something I wanted to pursue as a potential career, so I quit my 9-5 and went back to school full time to become a Holistic Nutritionist. When I look back at some of my hardest days, I can't help but feel thankful because every single struggle I've experienced has helped me become the person I am today.
I now have my own Nutrition Consulting business, Plentyfullme, where I bring individuals' health back into balance by working with them one-on-one to implement realistic and straightforward modifications to their dietary choices, lifestyle habits and emotional well-being. I also give community talks and teach cooking classes in both spoken English and American Sign Language. My journey has also led me to work with some amazing companies, like Buddha Brands, Naked Coconuts, Botanica Health, Organika and MegaFood Canada who also believe in sustainability and healthy living.
Moving forward, I made a promise to myself that I would only do the things that would bring me joy and contribute to the quality of my life.
Eating food to fuel my body, and not beat myself up for eating something that isn't necessarily considered healthy.
Playing my part to sustain our planet by switching from plastics to glass and stainless-steel containers.
Balancing work and play.
Taking the time to take care of myself through exercise and meditation.
Letting go of things that are out of my control and no longer serve me.
Surrounding myself with loved ones and those who lift me up.
I tell my story to give anyone who is suffering from an eating disorder hope and strength. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to ask for help when needed and to believe recovery is possible.
In love and health,