So, I did just that – I started researching how to heal my body naturally and read every holistic health and nutrition book I could get my hands on. Luckily, at that time, I was entering my second year of graduate school and had access to a wide range of public health researchers and natural health experts. I quickly shifted my focus from solely studying obesity and weight loss to studying autoimmune diseases and using food as medicine.
I had no idea that what you ate had such an impact on all aspects of your health (beyond your weight).
Drink vegetable juice? Yuck! Eat berries? Does strawberries n’ cream oatmeal count? Apparently not. Reluctantly, I listened to the experts. I adopted an anti-inflammatory diet eating nothing but high-quality, nutrient-dense, whole foods. I stopped eating sugar and started drinking green smoothies. I slept more. So much more.
Within a few months, I felt like a new person. I had more energy and my digestion improved.
Within a year of swapping 100 calorie pack snacks for green smoothies, I completely reversed my symptoms and had no autoimmune disease when tested the following year.
At IIN, I quickly learned that health is SO MUCH MORE than your physical appearance or food on your plate. Health is…
....A direct reflection of your beliefs (such as “I’m beautiful”), thoughts (such as “I’m so fat”), feelings (calm vs. stressed), actions (such as what you choose to put in or on your body), and environment (such as the air you breathe and the people you surround yourself with).
…A journey, not a destination.
And then one day, it just clicked.
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE FOOD.
When I discovered WHY I was emotionally eating, my life completely changed. I stopped restricting, bingeing, and obsessing. I started eating and moving my body from a place of love instead of hatred and fear. Food became a source of nourishment instead of my coping strategy.
Even better, when I shared what I had learned with my clients, it helped them too.
I never thought I'd be where I am today, but I FINALLY achieved food & body freedom!
And I promise you that you can too!