As a child and young teen, I was incredibly active but never really thought about the food I was consuming. With a high metabolism and 6+ hours of high cardio dance classes every week, I maintained a relatively healthy appearance. Even with a slim figure , a feeling of good health was not something I felt very often. From as far back as I can remember, I have suffered from headaches and migraines. Even as a small child, I remember having to take breaks at the park because my head hurt so much. As I approached my later teens and no longer participated in my competitive dance classes, my activity level drastically changed and so did my small waistline. In addition to my lack of exercise and my increasing attendance at parties that included alcohol and cigarettes, my body was feeling and looking progressively worse. Needless to say, I was not treating my body very well. When I arrived at University with an “all you can eat” meal plan card in one hand, a pint of beer in the other and a stressful pile of assignments looming over me, my migraines brought me to a debilitating halt. It was no longer about the fact that I couldn’t get into my jeans, it was about the fact that I couldn’t get out of bed!
I saw a few different specialists, had some blood tests, got an MRI, got a pair of glasses and was lectured by a stern neurologist about not drinking pop anymore. The doctor prescribed a medication (very similar to an antidepressant) and sent me on my way. Nothing ever came from any of those tests, either. I only lasted about a week on the medication, as it made me feel even worse, and shortly came to the conclusion that migraines were just something I would have to live with … people live with them every day, right?
Fast-forward five years and there I was. University educated, a successful & demanding corporate job and my own apartment with a great guy – the picture of success, right? But I felt worse than ever! I was exhausted at all times, had a headache 24/7, my stress levels were through the roof and a positive outlook on my life was not something I had very often. I needed a change. And it hit me … I am in control of all of this. I am in control of the thoughts I have, the food I eat and the life I live. As Oprah might say, I had my “aha” moment … and I knew everything could be different.
After standing up and making the conscious decision to take control of my health, my life has significantly improved. I educated myself on food, nutrition and the effects that food can have on my body. I adjusted my diet and really started listening to my body after each meal. After a few short months and just a few simple changes … I lost weight and felt more inspired than ever to go for the life I truly want. The best part is that I am almost headache and migraine free! I still have a headache from time to time, but now I know that that is just my body telling me to smarten up and to put down the pizza!
What I Changed:
Learning to listen to my body and taking control of my health is one of the best things I could have done for myself. It truly changed my life. And I can help you take control and change your life too! We can do it together!