Over the next 10 years, I devoured every bit of information I could find about nutrition for women, health, exercise, and weight loss. I was constantly trying new diets, workouts, and supplements.
My career choices were inspired by my health struggles and desire to find answers. During my undergraduate studies, I worked part-time for a chiropractor who introduced me to a holistic approach to wellness. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English, I switched paths and chose to pursue a Master’s in Health Education and Promotion.
Even as an adult, I continued to experiment with my own nutrition. In early 2013, I found CrossFit and the Paleo diet. Cutting problematic inflammatory foods and adding more nourishing, whole ones started to solve so many of the personal health challenged I’d faced for years.
Yet in some ways, Paleo was still too restrictive. Eventually, my energy tanked and my hormonal issues resurfaced. So I tried “tightening up,” weighing and measuring my food, logging everything into an app, and moving further away from my intuition. I was obsessing over how much food I was eating, once again.
As before, these forms of restriction left me overwhelmed and exhausted. They also didn’t do much to help me tune into what my body actually needed.
When I decided to pursue training as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2014, the pieces finally snapped into place. Through the Nutritional Therapy Association’s programming, I learned:
To listen to and trust my body.
That I already had the ability to heal myself.
That diet was a means of nourishment and fuel, not a set of rules
To focus on adding in foods, rather than just eliminating them.
How nutrition for women is connected to gut health, hormones, stress, and self-care.
And, most of all…
...that nutrition is never black and white.