I have spent most of my life obsessing over self-care, mindfulness, exercise, health, and wellness.
However it was an interesting twist of fate that played a far more significant role in my life.
After not qualifying for the Olympic team, I quit my career as a professional speed swimmer. This was the beginning of a journey that had my lose everything.
It was not long after, that I somehow was scouted to model at a restaurant in Vancouver, BC, while on vacation.
I thought I had won the lottery.
Eight years later, a full passport, and designer clothes galore–I had never been more miserable. In a world where my strongest asset was my appearance, where I was to be seen and not heard; I realized in fact I hadn’t won the lottery…
I was emotionally bankrupt.
I had sunk into some very dysfunctional behaviour. I no longer recognized myself anymore. In fact I hated myself.
I was filled with shame from poor choices… and I felt like no one understood.
So I did the only thing I could… I quit my life.
With a sponsored visa to move to England and model full-time; I walked away from the life as I knew it. I walked away from my dreams coming true.
I had watched girls eat cotton balls or pain killers, as a meal replacement. My agent told me “organic sugar” doesn’t have calories, and a blueberry diet is totally healthy, because… antioxidants.
I had spent eight years being told false information on how to “take care of myself”, and persecuted when I wasn’t looking my best.
I was furious, and I wanted to know the facts.
I embarked on a journey for answers. I also embarked on a journey to find myself.
I studied psychology, nutrition, holistic nutrition, plant-based cooking, yoga, meditation, and self-care.
I went to therapy, joined support groups, saw naturopaths, nutritionists, shamanic healers, and every person I could that might be able to help me.
I called this phase of my life, “Life-Rehab”.
What I didn’t realize was my struggles had given me the greatest gift I have ever had. I learnt how to take care of myself, my own way.
I know this suffering is not exclusive to the fashion industry. Women everywhere are hurting deeply because of the appearance in the mirror. We sabotage ourselves just to find some peace. In the process we only further our feelings of loathing, isolation, and deprecation.
An activist in my own way, I decided to take a stand for self-care. I started a business dedicating my life’s work to women’s wellness.
I took every piece of my life, and every morsel of my education and healing. I decided NO WOMAN should suffer like I did. And if she did, I would show her how to find her way back to self-care.
A journey were she writes her own rules, and empowered herself.
Let’s face it, nothing is more beautiful than a woman that feels good. A woman that asks the guy out, goes after her dream job, and embraces her life.
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