The Truth is, I've Battled With Food & My Body For Nearly 20 Years

I grew up on Captain Crunch cereal, was overweight as a child, and developed serious body image issues and disordered eating habits at the age of 12.

Throughout my teens and twenties, I struggled with digestive issues, yo-yo dieting, and a serious lack of self-worth. Simply put, I hated my body, and I tried everything to change it.

Eventually, my vicious cycle of restrictive dieting and binge eating, work/coffee addiction, lack of sleep, chronic stress, and toxic lifestyle finally caught up with me one morning in July 2009 when I couldn’t lift myself out of bed. I literally could not move. Specialists, scopes, and scans later, I was diagnosed with UCTD (an autoimmune disease), IBS (digestive issues), and Mono. I was 24 years old.

At that moment, I realized something significant – I have one body, one life on this earth, and I needed to start taking care of myself before it was too late!



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. 




Now, I wish I could say my life was full of rainbows and butterflies from there. But it wasn’t.

After graduating, becoming a personal trainer, getting a full-time job, and starting my first business, I found myself slipping back into old habits (working 12 hour days, staying up late, neglecting family & friends, flogging my body at the gym, and counting every morsel of food on my plate) all in the pursuit of “success” and the “perfect body.”

My physical appearance may have looked healthy, but my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors were FAR from it.

I became obsessed with fitness to the point where I was diagnosed with athletes amenorrhea (I didn’t get my period for 3 years) and adrenal fatigue. I was “fit” on the outside but still felt miserable inside. 

At this point, I had ENOUGH. I wanted to be happy and healthy - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I decided to go back to school, attending the Intstitue for Integrative Nutrition, to become a certified holistic health coach.



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. 




The most embarrasing part is that despite this profound knowledge, I still found myself bingeing on "healthy snacks". 

I also started realizing that giving my clients nutrition advice and fitness plans was NOT helping many of them break free from the restrict/binge cycle they were stuck in too. 

We know we need to eat more vegetables, move our bodies, and take care of ourselves. We know that we don’t feel good after eating an entire tub of ice cream or bag of chips, but we still do it.

WHY?!

Why do we emotionally eat?! 



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! 





My food and body struggles are why I do what I do. I'm passionate about empowering women to end the battle with food and their bodies, once and for all. 

Because the truth is, when you realize that attaining the perfect body is not your purpose in life you free up an abundance of time and energy to discover what is. 

I know that you're an ambitious woman with a beautiful heart and big dreams. You have so much potential inside of you just waiting to be unleashed!

You don't want your life to be controlled by food anymore. You want to eat and enjoy every meal & moment without guilt, shame, or fear. You want the freedom to LIVE your life. And you want to do it in a body you LOVE.
 
That’s what I'm here to help you do. 
 



Rachel's program has been an inspiring, challenging, and awesome experience. I'm stronger and healthier, both physically and mentally. Thank you just doesn't seem worthy enough. I'm beyond grateful that our paths have crossed!
 
COURTNEY D.  |  WIFE, MOTHER, ENTREPRENEUR


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