My Health Journey

Hey there and welcome! This is the first of (hopefully) many blogs posts to come. I thought I’d start by introducing myself and telling you a bit about my journey with health. I’m guessing if you’ve made if this far you know that my name is Emma and I love all things health and wellness. However that hasn’t always been the case.

In my late teens and early twenties I wasn’t concerned with health but what I like to call the three ‘p’s – pasta, pesto and partying. Now don’t get me wrong I still love pasta pesto and a good party, but maybe not every night. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties I started to think about ‘health’. I put the word health in inverted commas here because actually, at this point in my life, I had health all wrong. In fact, in reflection, it was probably the unhealthiest I’ve ever been. I thought ‘healthy’ was being skinny, eating low-to-no carbs and having a six-pack. This, coupled with a bad break-up, led to the unhealthiest time of my life so far.

From not giving a f**k about health in my early twenties I did a complete 180° just a couple of years later. I became obsessed with what I though was ‘health’ – food and exercising. I calorie counted everything, felt guilty when I ate something ‘unhealthy’, and used to go to the gym almost everyday to burn calories (I used wanting to be fit as an excuse to gym but I was actually worried about accumulating fat). Weirdly at the time it felt like it was the only thing I could control but it actually started to control my life. I was unhappy, diagnosed with depression and became so skinny that my periods stopped, and they didn’t come back for another two and a half years.

It wasn’t until I started to do something for me I saw an improvement in my happiness, and consequently well-being. Having moved to London for a boy (which very quickly went tits up) I decided after a year to move to Switzerland. It may not have been the best career choice moving from the London corporate world to ski instructing but I think this choice was one of the biggest turning points in my life.

5 years on and I can now say I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been. I’ve learnt to relax, to prioritise mental health as well as physical health, and realise health is so much more than food and exercise.

Studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition has taught me that we need to nourish ourselves both on and off the plate. More often than not, our life affects our food choices and we need to nourish ourselves from the inside out, rather than the outside in. Having experienced the change in attitude towards health and the positive effect it has had on my life, I want to be able to help others to do the same. That’s why I’m studying to be a health coach.

IF you’re interested in my health coaching services and how they can help you then take a look at them here. If not, no stress, just have a great day and thanks for taking the time to read this.

Love Emma x

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