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

I grew up on processed/packaged food, was labeled "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 restrictive dieting, binge eating, and a serious lack of self-worth. Simply put, I hated my body, and I tried everything to change it.

Eventually, my destructive eating habits and 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 Raynaud's Syndrome, IBS (digestive issues), and UCTD (an autoimmune disease). 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.  I went on to live a symptom-free life for the following nine years. 




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 food and fitness to the point where I was diagnosed with athletes amenorrhea (I didn’t get my period for 3 years). 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, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. 

This led me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied 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...

...Influenced by your beliefs, thoughts, feelings, actions, and environment.

…A journey, not a destination.





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

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 dream 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


© 2021 Rachel Sunley LLC • Terms of Use • Privacy Policy • Disclaimer