My Wellness Journey began a few years back when out of nowhere I started suffering from dizzy spells, a constant knot of dread in the pit of my stomach and anxiety attacks daily. After many tests and visits to the doctors I was finally diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and put on prescription medication immediately. Deciding to take the meds was the only option for me at the time, so I thought, and although they did help relieve the symptoms to a certain extent, I was just covering up the problem instead of exploring the root cause of my anxiety. I strongly believe that anxiety is a symptom of an underlying emotion or dis-ease that has not been addressed.
I lived in a reality of constant fear and panic, where from the moment I lifted my head off the pillow in the mornings, I was dosed with negative thoughts and a distorted, out of touch feeling with reality. I was constantly aware of my every thought and emotion - I was afraid of me. It was difficult for me to speak to anyone about this as to others you seem fine and more often than not when trying to explain what is going on inside your head, you get the impression that they think you are overreacting. Anxiety is something that is hard to relate to and I do agree that unless you have experienced anxiety yourself, it is hard to be able to understand where an anxious person is coming from. I turned to food for comfort and started going out less and less as every social situation was a string of fearful events. I decided this couldn't go on forever, I needed to make a change! I packed up my things and decided to head for the calm waters of the Mediterranean. It was whilst working on the yachts that I was handed the documentary, Food Matters, after having an anxiety attack one evening. From here my whole perspective on how I was living life changed.
I immediately changed my diet, which I had perceived to be a relatively healthy one, but turned out to be packed with hidden sugars. I started going to yoga and taking time to connect and care for myself. I managed to wean myself off the medication, which I don't recommend you do unless supervised by a doctor, and thought my anxiety days were over. However, life has a way of repeating patterns until the lesson is learned and in 2017 my anxiety came back with a hard knock! However, this time I knew the conventional method wasn't for me and I dove into a year of self exploration and natural healing.
It was honestly the last thing I was expecting but in so many ways I look back at this growthful experience with gratitude as I managed to heal myself naturally, through food and other holistic means, whilst exploring my raw and beautiful self.
This journey of wellness through anxiety has been an adventure for me and has provided me with the opportunity to explore my inner self and what best serves me and my body. It also led me to my passion to help others heal. Eight months spent with anxiety and med free has been a big challenge yet an incredible achievement for me and even though I sometimes still get that wave of sudden anxiety, I can recognise this feeling as a message from my body to slow down, take some time out and nourish myself with good wholesome foods.
Each being is unique and therefore each journey of wellness will differ from one person to the next.
As a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist from the School of Modern Naturopathy, my focus is on all the holistic and nutrition based knowledge I have learnt thus far. My approach to nutrition is based on fueling your body with foods that work for you and nourish your body. It's about listening to your body and eating foods that leave you feeling energised, grounded and connected to your inner peaceful and happy being. I myself thrive off a wholefoods, plant-based diet but am flexible in my diet in that I will include some form of animal products occassionally when I feel that my body is craving the nutrients that these foods provide.
My aim is to help you reconnect with your body, heal your relationship with food and assist you on your Wellness Journey to become Rooted and Raw as you ground yourself and begin to discover the truly phenomenal being you are.
Feed the Mind. Nourish the Body. Connect to the Soul