My former food story
Everyone has a relationship history with food. This is sometimes referred to as our ‘food story’.
My own food story began when I was 11 years old, the year I went on my first diet. It was the first memory of discomfort in my own skin and not feeling good enough just as I was.
After countless diets and self-abusive cycles over the next 17 years, I finally went on my last diet. At 28, I met an M.D. who uses a holistic and integrative approach to nutrition. He taught me how food can be used as medicine. Through doing cleanses and eating living foods, food became my healing potion ~ not my poison. I also learned a very critical piece to ending the emotional eating cycle. I learned to FEEL my feelings instead of eating them.
Also, because we’re women and we care about stuff like this-my intermintent bouts of eczema, which I had suffered from since the age of 8 completely disappeared and 20 pounds seemed to slip off effortlessly as I learned to eat whole foods that didn’t have a shelf life or a long list of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. I no longer needed to succumb to the “sugar blues” because I learned ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without compromising my well-being.
Working out became a joyful celebration my body’s vitality and strength, instead of a laborious chore to make amends for the “food sins” of the evening before. I embraced new ways of moving and discovered through them new ways of feeling good in my body. At last my body felt like an honored home to my spirit ~ instead of my continual adversary.
My journey was far more than an education in nutrition, cleanses, and exercise techniques. It was more than learning how to get a ‘better’ body. It was a journey of self-love. An inner, emotional and spiritual journey that involved the discovery of connecting to pleasurable ways of nourishing my well-being and femininity. So quite naturally, nurturing my clients’ self-love has become an essential part of my health coaching process with women.
Whether you desire a healthier and more beautiful body, happier relationships, fulfilling career, or a deeper spiritual connection to Life ~ all these desires are ‘calls from within’. Trust your desires ~ and allow them be catalysts for change. Now is the time to free yourself from your food story and to experience fulfilling your ‘personal best’.
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