Hey and welcome to my LYFE! I'm your integrative nutrition & holistic health coach and a certified personal trainer. For years I was stuck in the dieting and binging cycle. I counted calories and macros, exercised excessively, saw my obsessive behaviours as "healthy living", and still never got the results I wanted. Or when I did, they only lasted until my next binging rage.
I am now free from the restricting diet mentality, feeling my happiest and healthiest. Having experienced the highs of super toned abs and the lows of guilt after massive munchies, I know what it feels like to be stuck in the cycle and not being able to break free.
I now help women live their best lives by restoring their health and helping them find the happy, healthy medium - one where they look gorgeous and feel more powerful than ever before.
It’s all about finding and sustaining that healthy medium, one meal, one workout, one positive thought at a time.
I love all things real, healthy and active. It can be trying out new healthy meals at local cafes, testing new recipes at home, or moving around – yoga, hiking, going on long walks and moving my body in any other way that feels good. Besides being a bit of a health freak, I also love traveling and getting to know new faces and places, reading and meditating. I have always been known as the health junkie among my friends and family, but my healthy obsessions were not always so healthy.
Before I found my healthy medium, I was not in a happy place. My relationship with food was horrible – I was stressing out every time just thinking of what I’m going to eat next. Every calorie and every gram was planned and recorded. Having a personal trainer who advised that I eat the exact same boring steamed food every day and exercised for two hours five times a week didn’t make things better. My diet consisted of 50g of buckwheat with egg whites for breakfast, two protein shakes with water were my snacks, and 100g of plain fish with cucumber for lunch and dinner. He convinced me that adding a spoon of honey to my buckwheat porridge or eating fruit would make me fat, because of the sugars. I don't blame him though. He was the best at training bikini fitness champions, so he applied his knowledge and techniques to me too, despite the fact that I never wanted gym to become my professional sport and way of living.
Social gatherings were more stressful than enjoyable as I was dreading not being able to stick to my ridiculous regime. Not having total control of my food choices while traveling freaked me out. I always packed my protein shakes and buckwheat, which I used to boil in a kettle in my hotel room. Yup, it doesn’t get more ridiculous. I actually cannot believe I followed this diet for months and let myself believe that changing one slightest thing about it would change my body in a negative way. It’s highly amusing remembering it today, but it definitely wasn’t fun at the time.
As I learned more through research and my immense interest in nutrition, I got more relaxed about my crazy dictatorship. However, I was still stuck in an endless cycle of dieting and binging, not knowing how to get out of it. It was like my mind was totally invaded. I was on a different diet every month, then “treated” myself with a week of junk and over-exercised to make up for the calorie surplus. Every time I fell for binging, I promised myself it was the last time, but I couldn’t even keep a promise to myself. I felt completely powerless against my own mind.
My lifestyle wasn’t sustainable at all. I was rewarding myself with cheat meals but felt guilty about the reward. I deprived myself from the things I really wanted. Besides this restricting life having a terrible effect on my mentality, it also affected my relationships with the ones closest to me. I was feeling empty, angry, moody, not happy with myself and only saw the negatives in everything. No matter how bad things were, I felt like I had no power to change anything. It felt like I had no purpose, I was useless, sad, pathetic… I was always anxious or worried about something.
Everything kept going downhill until I hit rock bottom. I knew nothing about spirituality and the power of the mind, but all the books I was reading emphasised its importance in dealing anxiety. I was curious to try it out, so I started meditating, practicing gratitude, learning to think that everything happens for me and not to me. I didn’t understand what changed, but I started feeling lighter, happier, the negative mind invasions happened less and less. I began using yoga and meditation as my medicine as soon as I felt low. I realised that I cannot project love out of myself if there is no love within me, so I learned (and still in process) how to love myself truly. Not that all these practices are magic, but in my experience, the magic happens within you when you start shifting everything from bad to good. It’s all about what’s going on in our heads and our perception of situations that occur. That's why with my clients I work on the practical pieces of health and weight loss, as well as the mental obstacles that are really keeping us stuck in bodies and lives we don't love.
It took me all of my teenage years, endless trial and error, and lots of learning to find my healthy medium. The truth is that it really doesn’t have to be that hard. You don’t have to try every diet, workout plan, detox tea and fat-burning pills only to find yourself in the same, mentally draining and physically exhausting, position. I know that if I had a coach/mentor/anyone who could help me through the journey, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get out it neither would it have been so hard. Now, that I have learned to love my body and nourish my mind, I get coaching and mentoring in other areas of my life, as I truly believe that it’s the way to go further, faster.
Having experienced it all myself, I am now that coach/mentor/cheerleader for all things healthy in terms of body fuel and soul food. I’ve learned the secrets to achieving and sustaining health and happiness, and I am here to share them with you.
Love and glow,
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