Hi, my name is Andrea and I have struggled with food in the past.
And here is the crazy thing – so has a lot of the people I know.
From family to friends to peers to my clients – if there is one thing I have discovered it is that many of us are challenged when it comes to food.
My story begins when I was 10 years old and I became conscious of my body shape and size. Can you believe at the age of 10 I already had it in my mind that I wanted to slimmer? When I was 16 (hello vulnerable age) I decided I wanted to take intentional action to be skinnier than I already was. For the first time I went on a restricted diet – I counted calories and exercised rigorously. And would you believe it, I lost weight! But it wasn’t just my weight that I lost, I also lost my period, lost my love for food, and lost my sense of self.
When I went off to University, my relationship with food did not get better – in fact, it got more complicated. Having exercised extreme control for two years, by the end of my fourth year of university I was chronically binge eating; I resented both my body and food to a painful degree. I had gained 60 pounds and felt an extreme amount of shame.
Here is the second crazy thing – all of this happened despite the fact that I had amazing role models for parents and an absolutely unwavering support system through my family and friends. How can someone so loved and fortunate, still struggle so much with food and body?
When I graduated from school, I knew that I needed to heal. Yes, I wanted to lose weight, but I also wanted to feel alive again. It took a long time, lots of trial and error, and complete resiliency but I discovered the greatest tools I needed to live a healthy life for me; 1. Let go of control and 2. Trust myself
In 2014 I enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and became a Certified Nutritional Practitioner aka as a Holistic Nutritionist. Fueled by personal experience, my hope is to help my client’s discover health that actually works for them; to put themselves first; let go of shame; and re-build a new story about food and their body.
I look forward to getting to know you more and become your supporter, cheerleader, and educator so that you can find health in harmony.