I was an overweight child as far back as I can remember. I can remember going to my first Weight Watcher’s meeting in the 4th grade!
My family also struggled with weight issues and we ate a lot of processed foods. Looking back now, I can see how that contributed to my weight issues, but we didn’t know any better.
Whenever I would see a doctor, they would invariably write “obese” on my charts, which is a hard thing for a young girl. I battled my highest weight all through middle school. In high school, I tried to control my weight by drinking Diet Pepsi, eating microwaved “diet” meals, and counting calories, but it really didn’t help me. In fact, it made things worse by increasing my blood sugar and creating havoc with my digestive and immune systems – but I didn’t learn that until many years later.
In my early 20s, I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune condition affecting the thyroid. Again, because we didn’t know better, we followed the treatment prescribed by the doctor, which included radiation and total removal of my thyroid.
Unfortunately, this led me down a really long road of not-so-good-for-me diets and detoxes. I literally have bookshelves overflowing with books on all kinds of diets and programs.
I finally learned the healing power of real food and of seeking balance in all areas of my life. My Nutritional Therapist training helped me to understand that weight is a symptom of imbalances in our life and now I try to understand what is out of balance rather than the next quick fix “diet.”
Today, I can thankfully say that I am happy, healthy, and maintain a healthy weight.
Although it's been a long road, I am grateful for my journey because it is due to my own experiences that I can truly understand yours. I know how my journey has turned out, so I know how yours can turn out, too.