I’ve always been intrigued by food. As a little girl, I was already playing and pretending to make food for people. I was also having tea parties with my friends and pretending to have cookies and “tea.” When I got a little older, I really enjoyed helping my mom cooking delicious, homemade food. I loved the smell in the house and how the food always turned out so beautiful. It was very nourishing. When I was 16 years old, I had my first job in a restaurant and since then, I’ve always worked in big restaurants and hotels as a waitress or bartender. I really enjoyed it.
Everything started to change when I became a teenager. Not only I had a difficult childhood, but my parents divorced, I moved, changed school and left my friends to start all over again. I was going through a lot in my life and I was in a lot of emotional pain. I started to develop eating disorders. I think it was a way to control my life so that I can be accepted and loved, but it quickly became a nightmare. I knew something was wrong but I felt stuck, stuck in a pattern that I thought I had lost control. I was really struggling.
When I became really sick, I knew that I had to do something so I chose to educate myself. I thought that by educating myself, not only I would be able to understand how my body works, but also how to nourish my body and mind to be healthy from the inside out. I also became very interested in self-development. I wanted to understand how my mind was working, and I also knew that deep inside of me, I had work to do on myself to be able to heal and grow. And this is how my journey in food and healing began.
I first started to educate myself by reading a lot of books about nutrition and health, and then I started college in Dietetic. I quickly realized that this way of thinking and teaching wasn’t aligned with my believes. So I quit college, worked, and started to study holistic health. I knew it was my field. Since then, I have never stop educating myself. I love to learn.
During my studies and what I have experimented for myself, I learned how a healthy and varied diet could not only change the way we feel, but the way we think and behave as well. I learned about bio-individuality and I understood that it doesn’t mean a food or a way of eating is good for someone that is good for us. I became aware of how the body, mind, and spirit were all connected and that it was important to nourish all these aspects in order to be truly happy and healthy. And most importantly, I realized that eating healthy is very important but life is not only about food and that we have to live and enjoy too. Having fun, being happy, enjoy the little things of life, practicing love and gratitude, and be surrounded by the people we love is just as important to remain healthy.
During my studies, not only did I learn about health and nutrition, but I also learned about love, forgiveness and compassion. I learned how important self-love is, and I understood that beauty and happiness starts from within. I understood how forgiveness and compassion was important. I realized that our past doesn’t define who we are and what we will become. We are in charge of our life and we can get whatever we want if we truly want it and if we work for it. We have to learn to let go the stories and fears we have, and learn to follow our heart and embrace the unknown.
Life is a journey, and I believe that every situation has something to teach us. Sometimes, it just takes time, or some openness, to be able to see it. Life is beautiful, but is not always easy, but it’s because it’s not always easy that it makes it so beautiful.