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Wow, where to begin!? Live Lean Health is the result of my personal journey, a journey I feel that I want to share with everyone I meet because, as I have been proven time after time, somehow, those listening to it, can relate.
Ultimately we all face difficulties in life, whether they are emotional, physical or spiritual! We are all, uniquely, on our journey and we want to find our path to be happier and healthier as a result!
Health is really not all about eating kale and broccoli, but embracing our life and growing in it to become better humans! Kindness towards ourselves and others as well as being satisfied and grateful with what we have. Surrounding ourselves with people who understand us and creating a supportive community so we do not feel lonely, even when we need to be, or are, alone. Finding joy in the little things and going back to nature somehow.
I was not happy, nor healthy until I figured all this out. I lived most of my life, up to my early thirties, feeling unhappy and almost existing rather than living. At seventeen I became anorexic. Partly I stopped eating because I felt fat and wanted to be skinny. I was living on an Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean and I felt that I was the biggest girl in my school. Partly, as I was not popular in school and always felt like an outsider, anorexia became a way of getting attention.
I did not realize this until not long ago, my ego refused to let me acknowledge this as a possibility, but now, as I stand humble, on my path as a student, teacher, entrepreneur and human, I can accept that I was looking for care, for love and acknowledgement from others because I did not have any for myself.
Physically speaking, being anorexic and then spending over ten years on a rollercoaster of binges and starvations, really messed up my system and it meant I struggled with my weight all through my 20’s. No matter how much I learned about nutrition, nothing was changing for me!
I exercised a lot (2 hours a day) mostly cardio and weights training. I started practising Yoga and loving it, but hating my body so much in all the poses that I had to stop.
I ate well daily, I was very meticulous about food until I did not and started eating anything and everything available and then feeling guilty for it.
Emotionally, I was even more of a disaster. I felt unhappy with my body and so I blamed the food but when I felt miserable about other aspects of my life, food was my best friend and I repeated the cycle over and over again.
My health was not immune to my destructive behaviour, as my food and weight anxiety affected my digestive system, my hormones, my sleep patterns, my sex drive, my mental stability. I was a wreck!
When I turned 30, my IBS was so bad that I felt 6 months pregnant every afternoon. I was in pain and I was desperate to stop that! I also suffered from OCD, which led me to have obsessive behaviours with food but also with household cleaning or shopping. Insanity!
My career was stable but I felt unsatisfied and unhappy in my job in Finances and, in a moment of despair, I cried my eyes out and literally prayed for the first time in years, for guidance.
The day after my big break down, I went to the Om Yoga Show in London and I came across a stand with a banner saying: IIN – The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I became curious immediately and I started looking it up online.
At the same show, I met my now Yoga Guru and teacher, Alessandra Pecorella, who was showcasing her Yoga School, Aditya Yoga School and I literally knew I had found the answer to my prayers.
In a matter of two years since that day in 2013, I became a Health Coach, finished countless courses in Nutrition and became a qualified Yoga teacher.
Then I decided to take the biggest decision of my life at the time: leaving my job in banking and trying to make it on my own. In 2015 I left the safety of my paycheck and started doing it on my own!
I had planned, so of course, I had savings, but that, did not make it less scary! But one lesson from both yoga and coaching was that we are here for a reason and when the right path presents itself, things flow naturally.
I started working really hard, but I started loving my work because it no longer felt like a job. I had a purpose now. Coaching, teaching and practising yoga daily allowed me to embrace a new philosophy that was all about kindness and in that transition, in that journey, I made some big personal steps too:
I became Vegan, which I never thought I could before. Veganism transformed my relationship with food in ways I cannot even begin to explain! I no longer obsessed about what I was eating, nor I felt the need to binge. I healed my IBS, hypoglycemia and pain and aches I started having in my joints. I no longer was OCD and I felt a lot happier.
I Published a couple of books that I am very proud of and are available on Amazon. My first, The Live Lean Health Plan, won a beautiful award at the IIN conference. I started writing for magazines and online platforms other than my own, which was exciting.
I started building a strong following in my Yoga practice and classes and now manage the Yoga at a beautiful boutique studio, Heartcore, in London
And I started speaking publicly, at companies as well as events such as Vegfest.
The hard work was paying off and everything started to change for me.
The most notable change was the fact that I was finally being kind to myself and I was not trying to be someone else. That acceptance keeps on making miracles happen.
I am grateful for my life and I continue pushing to do things that matter for me! After almost 12 years of sharing this vision with my friends, I am finally opening a retreat in Northern Portugal called Eco-Dharma Village!
It is a place to heal but also a blueprint to become one with nature and learning how to be sustainable in a community!
I also opened a Vegan Chef School with my dear friend Day Ridley as we realized our ethos is aligned and our visions are the same! We want a world where good, healthy and accessible vegan food is for everyone and that means having champions who can make it happen! Food is so powerful and can bring people together. With the fabulous yoga philosophy of unity, our Vegan Chef Institute is the first to bring kindness in professional kitchens too.
I do not know what the future holds but I do know that I am here to serve a purpose and that purpose is sharing so others can also find their beautiful path!