There was a time in my life when food and exercise were shoulders to lean on. Coping mechanisms, if you will. I felt out of touch with my entire being. My mind-body connection had vanished. I quietly yearned for freedom, though — freedom from the rigid walls and rules I’d instinctively built.
I look back on my pretentious food and exercise choices, my extremely lean physique, and I can’t help but ask myself, why? For my ego? In part. To heal my broken heart? Most definitely. To deal with the stress of my busy (read: insane) schedule? Without a doubt. Between my demanding college courses, a part-time job, a less-than-ideal breakup, and executive Greek life positions, I turned to two things I knew I could control: food and exercise.
But at a time in my life when I needed nourishment the most, I gave my body very little. I limited my carb intake. I only consumed lean proteins. I avoided fat. I did my best to ignore my dessert cravings. I satisfied my ego, yet I left my body in a state of depletion.
Now, I’d be lying if I said my mentality around food and my body changed over night. Because, it didn’t. It’s been a long and winding road of self-discovery. However, I constantly remind myself that it’s about the journey, not the destination.
And, here’s the thing. I don’t want you to forget that either. As humans, our relationship with food and our bodies is constantly evolving. Because as we get older and the seasons change, our bodies change as well. It’s a messy and beautiful and complicated relationship. It’s not perfect. But, it’s a relationship that doesn’t have to be a constant state of flux. In fact, it’s a relationship that — with the right tools — can repeatedly flourish.
Which, brings me to the here and now. To this day, I approach food and exercise from a space of mindfulness and self-care. I honor my cravings. I eat for satiety. I don’t overthink my food choices. I eat for pleasure, for nourishment, and for the health of my body. Likewise, I don’t exercise to negate what I’ve eaten. My days of daily, rigorous exercise are long behind me. I celebrate the strength of my body and its ability to carry me throughout my days. Furthermore, I’ve experienced a shift in my profession. My career now brings me more fulfillment than I ever thought possible.
So, if this is what you’re yearning for — a deep sense of fulfillment in all areas of your life — I’m here to help. Whether you’re coming from a space of deprivation, overindulgence, or somewhere in between, I’m here to teach you how to view food as nourishment and joy. I’m here to guide you in finding peace with your body. After all, you’ll never win if you’re always fighting against it.