“I have always had a love affair with food but it hasn’t always been a healthy one. In the past, I used it for comfort, for security, and for protection. When I quit smoking, alcohol and caffeine, I used food for just about everything. If I was bored, I ate, happy or sad, I ate, causing me to balloon up 70 lbs in less than a year .
Besides the weight, you can see in my face how sick I became. Dark circles appeared under my eyes from adrenal imbalances and food allergies. My skin became yellow and leathery and I had acne on my chin from hormonal imbalances. I suffered from acid reflux and digestive problems and my hair started falling out .
Worst of all was the crippling anxiety and agorophobia that accompanied it all, at its worst, keeping me bed ridden with dizziness and heart palpitations.
After visiting several doctors and getting no relief, I was introduced to a wonderful naturopath who was able to point me in the right direction. A few small tweaks in my diet had me feeling stronger very quickly and I really began to learn about the power of proper nutrition.
Now, my relationship with food is of love and respect. Respecting myself enough to eat only real, whole, natural foods and respecting the power of food itself. To say nutrition has saved my life is an understatement. Besides the weight loss (80lbs for me and counting), proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices have given me more energy, more confidence and a positive outlook on life.
Along the way I developed a new passion to educate others about the power of nutrition and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013.