One cancer diagnosis changed everything.
Growing up, I was always interested and invested in health. In my teen years, I danced ballet and competed in swimming events. In my early adolescent years, I tried every fad diet, workout, and trendy gym membership you can think of. But my relationship with health and wellness was not in fact as healthy as it may sound.
When I was 14 years old, I told my dad that I wanted to cut the inner fat of my thighs off.
When I was 16 years old – being influenced by behaviors around me – I secretly started popping Amphetamines-filled diet pills.
When I was 19 years old, my parents were going through a brutal divorce and the only thing I felt I could control was my body. I was border-line anorexic and unhealthily obsessed with working out. On top of that, I was a partying, binge-drinking machine.
Throughout the course of my life, I’ve struggled with irregular periods (estrogen dominance), persistent yeast infections (leaky gut and bacterial overgrowth), uncontrollable burping (yes, I thought it was a very strange thing), body dysmorphia, self-hate, and a whole host of other things.
It wasn’t until 29 years old that I believe my true health and wellness journey truly began. On a warm afternoon is Los Angeles, as I was sitting in traffic on La Brea Boulevard, I received a call from my dermatologist’s office.
“You have melanoma. It’s severely close to entering your blood stream and spreading to your lymph nodes. You need an emergency surgery immediately.”
You know what the next thing I did was? I laughed. I scheduled the surgery, hung up the phone and, as I replayed the words and they began to sink in, I started to freak out.
What’s melanoma? What does that mean? Do I have cancer? Or is the surgery precautionary to avoid developing cancer? My mind went into a tailspin and I sought answers to my questions in the worst place anyone could ever go: Google.
I’ve spent the entirety of my adult life knowing something was wrong but honestly beg too lazy to deal with it… until it was completely taking over my life. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from you. Growing up with eating disorders started my habits off on a bad path, and I still have a long way to go, but you make me believe that I can one day have a truly peaceful relationship with food and my body.
Yesterday I woke up and I was like, 'Holy crap. I feel good!' I'm so sure I was annoying about it. I've woken up refreshed and haven't felt anxious in a couple days. I have more energy and I've been super happy. I'm also very sure people are annoyed with me talking about guts... I'm feeling less bloated and I don't have epilepsy twitches as much as I used to. My skin is also A LOT clearer."
Your posts & podcast have changed my life for the better. Ever since I started following your advice about ingredients & how to make better food choices, I have seen an improvement in my gut health & mood!
— Vasiliki K.
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