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A ‘bit about me:
I have a BS degree in Recreation/Hospitality Management from California State University, Chico. Yes, that is a real degree. I currently live near San Francisco, California, soaking up the sun and enjoying the mass amounts of exotic foods. I love food and exercise and exploring life to the fullest.
Story of health:
As long as I can remember, I had been overweight. My heaviest was 174 lbs. This was when I was about 14 years old and only 5′4. When I entered high school, after an awkward freshman year, I decided to “reinvent” myself. Already being a part of the high school tennis team, I increased my practices and started running. At this time I began eating less and less until I was literally eating only 1 or 2 bowls of cereal a day. Needless to say, I had an eating disorder. I dropped weight fast and about 4 months later, I had lost 50 pounds and was dipping into the zone of being way too thin.
I struggled with an eating disorder for years, hating food and hating my body. I was never thin enough, never pretty enough, and food was the enemy. What a way to live… and SO many others live with this awful feeling of pain – whether or not they are conscious of it. I wasn’t until I decided to start researching foods and the optimal way of eating. And that’s when I took control of my eating disorder and found happiness in food.
I have found peace with food and have learned to enjoy and embrace it. I believe writing and blogging (about food and my trials with different diets) has been the driving force in developing a healthy relationship with food.
Today, I am the healthiest I have ever been. I exercise regularly and enjoy clean, healthy foods. I prefer to go without gluten and (most of the time) dairy. A Paleo diet has been the most freeing way of eating AND healing for my body. Not to mention I can now gain muscle!
My passion is helping and motivating others. I know what it is like to be on both sides of the fork- overweight and underweight. I know what it feels like to dislike yourself, to have a distorted body image, and to obsess about every calorie. I also know what it is like to NOT worry about any of those things and to thrive. I want every woman (and man) out there to feel powerful, beautiful, and thrive in life.