Raised by a father who was in the military and a mother who was a beauty therapist, body image was always important in my family. My sister and I had to look pretty in cute, girly clothes, so extra body fat was unacceptable. I remember feeling worthless and a total disappointment to my parents from an early age. Despite entering adolescence at a healthy weight, I still felt chubbier than other girls. Binging demons followed me through every step – turning food into an enemy. I would hide my lunch, suppress my cravings and eat an apple, or cucumber a day. Nobody knew my secret. Not even my parents and friends. Then I would binge eat on everything I could possibly find in the house. I was always feeling weak, fragile and malnourished. Sometimes I would faint in between classes at school. During my last three years of high school, I fell into a destructive pattern of starvation, compulsive overeating, unhealthy food binging and bulimia nervosa.
My true passion ignited when I started talking to people who were facing the same problems. I felt that my voice could be heard and for the first time in my life I was helping women fight their own food battles. With no support from friends, family or teachers, I would spent months learning about nutrition – which inspired me to gain my three relevant degrees. It took me some time, but my research and education helped me turn years of disastrous dieting into my vocation: guiding women towards a healthier, amazing life.
After years of unhealthy habits, distorted body images, weight loss struggles and self-disrespect, I am relieved to have finally found my life’s purpose. Teaching others how to love their bodies first and reward themselves with great food – without having to be deprived. Whether you’re recovering from an ailment or you just want to lose some weight, you always need to listen to your body. It knows best.