Canadian Bikini champion reveals how she overcame sickness, an eating disorder and low self esteem to now
help others reach new levels of health, fitness, and self confidence!
I have been through quite the health and healing journey. From a teenagehood experience with an eating disorder to becoming a two time Canadian bikini champion in competitive bodybuilding. And now I am happy to share my experience with you as a healthy and fit
registered holistic nutritionist. There are many ways to lose weight, and with body image issues stemming from early teen
experiences, I experimented with a variety of avenues. I trained professionally for ballet at boarding school and explored the world of fashion modelling as a young teenager. I was not reaccepted into this professional ballet school one year due to the fact that my ” torso was too long”. I then got an agent for modelling and they told me ” I needed to loose 2 inches off of my hip measurement to fit into sample sizes”. This path led me spiralling into a teenage period of self loathing, anorexia and bulimia. The dance and fashion industry had taught me that your body needs to have certain proportions in order to be beautiful and, not being blessed with those specific proportions, I developed a deep insecurity about my body.
In the past I developed an incredible physical shape, eating meat six times a day, taking caffeine pills and whey protein shakes, and doing hours of cardio and weight training. Finally, what allowed me to heal from my eating disorder was developing a love for fitness. I figured this
was the way to better health and, in fact, it was a step in the right direction! I proceeded to compete in competitive bodybuilding, capturing two first place titles and being placed among the best in Canada in the bikini division. For a while it did look as if I was riding high but the truth of the matter was that I had reached an all time low. My sister had died in a car accident three months before the National Bodybuilding Championships, leaving me an emotional wreck. My sister was my best friend. We did everything together, and shared a very special
relationship. For most of our life we lived together, travelled together, worked together, and shared a bond much closer than average sisterhood. After losing her, I pondered whether I wanted to continue living.
Grief stricken, I became sick with horrible near constant allergic reactions, chronic infections, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and frequent cold and flu’s. I would break out in hives a few times a week. Outwardly, I may have looked great but I was completely
unhealthy and I felt horrible. I knew that there was something seriously wrong with my health, and that I needed change. At
this point, a friend handed me a book teaching the basic principles of natural health. This was a very thick, detailed guide discussing the basic concepts and many benefits of natural and healthy living. Reading this opened my eyes to a whole new world of health building potential.
I dove head first into learning about natural health and healing practices. I experimented with different diets, cleanses, healing protocols, consuming various herbs and supplements. I changed the water I was drinking, studied the work of different experts in the field of natural
health and explored electromagnetic frequency technology. I also explored the belief systems that can hold us back from achieving optimal health. along the way I gained a few key mentors that allowed me to experience a total paradigm shift. From authors of books, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, and healthy high performance experts that I built a relationship with, I gained transformational nuggets of wisdom. I proceeded to return to school to study natural health, finally graduating as a certified Registered Holistic Nutritionist. On this journey, I have experienced a radical transformation in my health, and a deeper
understanding of how the body operates. As a result of my journey to getting uncomfortable, experimenting with different treatments, being eager to learn, and opening myself up to the unknown, I now experience new levels of energy, health, vitality and confidence. I used to believe that you had to suffer to get fit, that you had to compromise your energy and
that it was impossible to feel good in the process. Nothing could be further from the truth. As you experience small incremental successes, the journey actually becomes empowering and enjoyable, and you look forward to each day’s progress. The reality is, I know that many people are struggling with their weight, their health, with intense cravings, and little niggling health conditions like skin issues, cellulite, boating – the list goes on. Little do they know, there are simple, easy to implement changes that can help anyone start losing weight, slow aging, even reverse fine lines, create a more youthful glow, and begin a journey to new levels of health and vitality. This journey is what causes me to be so passionate about helping others learn the skills and knowledge required to become healthy and fit, and stay that way, for life!