Three years ago my wellbeing was simply not a priority. I was totally disconnected to my bodies murmurs keeping up with the demands of hectic city life along with friends, family and work being my first concerns, not my wellbeing. I worked long hours in a job that left me unfulfilled, and although it was an experience I would never change because it brought me where I am today, I felt as though something was missing.
I woke each day pretty exhausted and jumped back on the hamster wheel, getting through the week on borrowed highs of sugar and caffeine never pausing to listen to my body. I was stressed and prone to mood swings, with sluggish digestion, bloating and rosacea. I was in a constant battle with my body, and my inner critic was running the show. Negative self-talk and self-doubt affected my confidence. Pretty common symptoms for the average person, wouldn’t you say?
I had to start putting my wellbeing first
Something had to change. It was a long process which began with the realisation that I needed some time off to slow down and check in with myself to see what I really wanted to do with my life. I was able to take a month off work and travel around California, where I immersed myself in sun, positive people and real, natural wholefoods. I returned inspired, happy, revitalized and determined to carry on feeling great. After America I knew I needed support to keep me inspired, so I signed up with Madeleine Shaw as my health coach for 6 weeks.
Finally, my health and wellbeing improved
With Madeleine’s support, I discovered that what you eat actually changes everything and I experienced amazing shifts in my life. My digestion improved and bloating disappeared. I began to control my rosacea and felt so much more in control of my feelings. Afternoon slumps became a thing of the past and I was bursting with energy until bedtime.
Food IS mood
Finally, I learned to control my moods with food. They say 'you are what you eat' but it's true. It’s an incredibly powerful thing to be able to use food as medicine not just entertainment. Still, I knew there was more work to be done in areas of my life that real food wouldn’t fix.
Although I had conquered my eating habits, something still wasn’t serving me – my career. A year later I made the decision to leave my job and work instead as a private PA. This gave me the flexibility to be able to take my health into my own hands and make it my number one priority.
I threw myself into my new healthy lifestyle and enrolled in a course at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, the biggest nutritional school in the world. I fell in love with their philosophy of teaching Primary Nutrition – healthy relationships, physical activity, a fulfilling career and a spiritual practice – before Secondary Nutrition – the foods we put into our bodies.
Secondary foods don't come close to giving us the joy, meaning, and fulfilment primary food provides – Joshua Rosenthal
Through exploring daily practices of meditation, journaling my gratitude, clearing blockages in my life, tapping into my spiritual side, returning back to basics when it comes to eating natural real food and listening to my body, I have at last become in tune with my needs and what works for me. Now my dream is to help others on their journey to better health.