Like most women, I’ve struggled with body image and my relationship with food since childhood. I grew up with fears about getting fat, not achieving enough, and not being good enough in general.
Fears and worry took their toll on all areas of my life. I always thought of myself as generally healthy and strong, but really my health was up and down. I had been living with significant inflammatory conditions like eczema, thyroid disease, and IBS since elementary school.
On top of rash prone, angry skin, I struggled with poor digestion—stomach pain, bloating, and urgent needs for the bathroom were almost a daily occurrence. It never occurred to me that these were all symptoms of a greater problem.
Implementing my own knowledge, prioritizing self-care, and finding compassion for myself helped me regain my best self. Foods helped to heal, nourish, and actually increase my self worth. Changing my diet and my relationship with food made a significant difference in the way I felt about myself, and improved my skin and my digestion.
I’ve learned that there are healthy ways to deal with life’s ups and downs. It is possible to live authentically. It all starts with self-care and taking the time to show yourself loving kindness.
It took methodic steps—they might have been small, but they were steps nevertheless. It took me zoning in and committing to myself. It also meant facing fear. Bit by bit it all started to come together. Using strategies like whole foods, exercise, mindfulness and bioenergetics. It took the choice to live fully and to challenge myself, even when I felt discomfort. Slowly, I was able to love and accept myself. What everyone else saw in me, I began to see.