Thank you for your kind messages of support ahead of my upcoming @tedx_official talk ❤️❤️❤️ In all honesty, I’m kind of shitting myself 💩😆 but I’m excited to have been given such a terrific platform to share my message 🙏
A lot of you don’t know this (as I noticed from the messages of surprise from those who read the article in the @telegraph yesterday) but I’ve not always been the picture of health.... Fifteen years ago, I was a very confused young woman in her early twenties trying to find her way with food. I didn’t really need to lose weight but I thought the best way to stay lean & healthy was to count calories. I thought low cal foods were a godsend, that real food was so passé and that I needed protein from powders instead of getting it from real food. I thought eating healthy and staying lean required “discipline” and “hard work”. I didn’t trust my hunger because the moment I stopped following a plan, I would binge. I thought I needed to go to the gym every day to burn calories so I wouldn’t get fat. I thought fat was bad and that calories were the devil 😈 I thought there was no way I would ever be able to enjoy good food and still remain lean and healthy 😞 I thought my life would be a constant battle with food... and it was starting to take its toll on my mental health 😣
Thankfully, my screwed up relationship with food & fitness finally led me to get ill. I got diagnosed with IBS, Candida & PCOS. I was bloated, I was losing my hair, I had no energy and I was feeling depressed & deflated.
In my TEDx talk I’ll be sharing how this journey continued with you. And I’ll be explaining why I believe the dieting industry and my confusion around food is what caused my diseases (except from the PCOS) and how trusting MYSELF more and external advice less, led me to heal myself and develop a much happier, healthier relationship with food & fitness.
I’ll be sharing this message in the hope that it will inspire YOU to start trusting yourself too and to dismiss some of the myths I believed in
Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day and it’s a day that is very important to me.
1 in 4 people in the UK will be affected by a mental health disease and the statistics are similar in other countries, but how often do we speak about it?
I know because I never spoke about it when I went through it myself over 10 years ago. I hid from my friends and tried to pretend like everything was ok when actually inside of my head there was a real shit show going on.
Everything was dark and I literally felt like killing myself.
Thankfully today things are different but despite this, I know I have to be careful.
This is why I’ve put self care as my number one priority. Not just for my own sake but for the sake of those who had to put up with me when I went through those dark times ❤️ For the sake of my mum who had to constantly reassure me that all would be ok and for always trying to help me in the best possible way. And to my dad for walking into my bedroom to check in on me after I had taken way too many sleeping pills... Some people are more prone to mental health diseases than others and in my family I know we have a predisposition for it. We also have a predisposition to being sugar addicts.
Is there a correlation here?
I definitely think so.
Getting diagnosed with Candida & IBS was the best gift I could have been given for my mental health.
It forced me to clean up my diet, to overcome my sugar addiction and to start enjoying real, nutritious & delicious food, without obsessing about the calorie content.
Today I’m sharing a bit of my story in this article in the hope that it inspires others who are struggling with mental health issues to take a hard look at what they are putting inside their bodies.
It may not solve all problems but it’s been a life changer for me and for all those I’ve helped up until today too.
Follow the link in my bio for the @telegraph article 👆
A massive thank you to @al_barraclough for helping me share my story ❤️
I didn’t win (nor did I really expect to! ☺️) but it was an honor to be nominated and to meet some seriously sweet peops! Here I am with the winner of the food category, none else than the amazing @foodgod 😆🙌🥂 Thanks for organizing such a great event @lolitaabraham ❤️ @paulinedcrt @influencerawardsmonaco and congrats to the winners! @muradosmann @natalyosmann @watchanish @rowanrow @carolinereceveur @justsul @itsjustsaid @makeupbymario @momimfine @befatbehappy @foodgod @jonolsson1 @jacob @benjaminortega @tomclaeren @fuett @justsul @emirbahadir @jenselter 🎊🎉🥂#influencerawardsmonaco#monacoinfluencerawards#visitmonaco#monacolife#foodinfluencer#travelinfluencers#fashioninfluencers#influencerlife
“The patterns you’ve been used to won’t change overnight. Be gentle with yourself”
If I could only tell you about one thing that has transformed my life and made me a happier person it would be taking the time to meditate 🧘♀️ It’s made me calmer, happier, more confident, more compassionate and more mindful of doing what feels right for ME 🙋♀️ A lot of the times our inner conflicts and feelings of unease come from not acting with integrity. We all have an identity we want to show the World, and another identity we hide within ourselves.
Meditation has helped me narrow the gap between the two and showing the World who I really am, with no feelings of shame or guilt. Of course I still have times when I struggle, I get angry or I feel lost but the bitch voice who kept telling me I was a failure and “not fit enough, not skinny enough, not pretty enough, not productive enough and not smart enough” is now mostly quiet 🤫
And when she does roar her head, instead of fighting the thoughts, I just see them as clouds ☁️ passing in the sky.
When there is judgement the areas of our brain that help us grow switch off. There is nothing that grows from judging yourself.
It’s when you start having compassion for yourself that you can truly flourish 🌸 What is your inner voice telling you?
#mindfulnessmatters#headspace#meditation#meditationinprogress#meditationretreat#mindfulnessretreat#escapetoshape#mentalhealthmatters#meditationinparadise#yogaretreat#pilatesretreat#pilatesbody#pilatesinstructor#pilatesteacher#pilatesinparadise#mindfulliving#mindfuleating ~ wearing @nikewomen leggings, boobs brought to you by @hm sports bra & sunnies 😎 by @fendi. Mindfulness brought to you by @headspace. Seated on my vegan suede #yogamat by @myga_yoga at the @fivestarhippy retreat I hosted in Ibiza last week
There seems to be a trend among fitness & nutrition « professionals » lately to promote all the sugar laden junk food they’re eating 🍴 I guess it’s a way of showing that they’re “only human” and to make themselves more relatable 🤷♀️ You might think “oh yes that person is just like me and totally normal for scoffing down on donuts” 🍩 after dinner. While I think we should all have the right to eat whatever the hell we want, whenever the hell we want without being judged, I do think as health, fitness & nutrition “professionals” we have a duty to promote behaviors that promote health. And while there is something healthy about treating yourself to something naughty from time to time, I have an issue when it’s normalized and goes something along the lines of “look, I have junk food and if you want to be fit & healthy you can too”. All bodies are different and yes, while some people can get away with eating junk and still feel/look great, does that make eating junk something that should be promoted? No! You can probably get away with it in your 20s but once you get a little older your body will make it felt/seen pretty quickly when you eat stuff that’s bad for your health. And I think we can all agree that there is absolutely nothing good that comes from eating sugar laden chemical shit bombs when it comes to your health. So no, I’m not going to tell you that I eat junk food to make myself more “relatable” because the truth is, I don’t. Last time I had McDonalds was when I went to Florida at age 16. That was nearly 20 years ago... I don’t remember the last time I had a donut 🍩 or any processed sweets 🍭 and honestly, I really don’t miss it. Does that mean that I always eat super healthy? Absolutely not! But the healthier I eat, the better I feel and the more I crave foods that are packed with nutrients and promote health. Eating healthy isn’t about discipline. It’s about WANTING to eat healthy and staying away from junk because it makes you FEEL GOOD! And once you realize how amazing your body is designed to feel when it’s given the right fuel, you won’t WANT to have it any other way! #nutritionfornaughtypeople#itsnotadietitsalifestyle#eatforhealth
It’s been a dream of mine for many years to host a retreat.
But I didn’t want it to be any kind of retreat... I wanted it to be truly special and for guests to benefit from the experience on a physical 🍑 mental 🧘♀️ but also on a spiritual level 🙏
And I wanted it all to take place in a 5 star 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 setting with 5 star 💫 💫💫💫💫 food 😋
Together with @fivestarhippy we worked hard to put all the ingredients together of “my dream retreat” combining incredibly delicious, nutritious and healthy food, butt perking 🍑 & core strengthening Pilates classes 🔥, a dash of Yoga 🧘♀️ some Meditation and a generous dose of fun 😆
Yes being healthy is important but there’s no point in doing all the right things for your health if you’re not having a bit of fun along the way.
We slept (a lot), we laughed (a lot), we relaxed, we ate, we reflected and we renourished ourselves to return home refreshed, re energized and ready to show up for others under our best possible light!
Here’s to many more retreats with incredible people in stunning locations, to many more delicious meals, to many more butt perking classes with amazing views ☀️ and to seeing guests return home feeling stronger, leaner, happier and RE energized 💫
Thank you to all those who made this week such a success! 😊💖🙏 I am so grateful to you all for showing up and for contributing to making my dream come true! 💖
Disclaimer: a lot of cocktails were consumed on this trip 🤪 but please note that they were all virgin 😊 #soberissexy
The food was mainly plant based, made with whole foods only and therefore contained no gluten, no refined sugar, no dairy (except sheep & goat cheese) and no chemical shit bombs (as in no thickeners, preservatives or artificial flavorings) #eatrealfoodfeelrealgood#realfoodreset#realfoodretreat#nutrientsovercalories#eatrealfood#plantbasedwholefood#plantbased#nutritionretreat#escapetoshape#pilatesretreat#yogaretreat#pilatesyogaretreat#pilateslovers#pilatesbody#eatsmartnotless#eatsmartlivewild