For most of my life I struggled with body, food, and mental health issues, whether it be in the form of a Binge Eating Disorder, body dysmorphia, or depression and anxiety. I found myself and my life overwhelmed and taken over by these issues and even after being in recovery from my eating disorder for a long time I still didn't believe I had the ability to truly heal.
I lost over 160 lbs. and still hated myself. I got skin removal surgery, and still thought I was disgusting. I tried every eating plan out there and still had no idea how to eat, how to not freak out around eating, or how to stop myself from ultimately ending up in a binge.
It took a long time and a lot of searching before I truly found the tools that enabled me to finally make peace with my body and food. Doing that work, and continuing to do the work, is the most rewarding gift I have ever given myself. To be able to go to the beach in a bathing suit in the summer, to be able to eat food ANY food without fear, to be able to walk out of my house with confidence and actually feel good in my body, is honestly beyond anything I ever thought possible for me and feels better than any amount of weight loss ever did.
No matter where I was at on this healing journey of mine, I always felt a deep need to share what worked for me with others. Helping people find their path to self love and acceptance is something I care so deeply about and is truly the most important thing I have felt called to do.
I have been on the healing path in some form since I was seven years old. By using all of the knowledge and tools I have gained--and continue to gain--while on my own path as a seeker, it is my mission to help others find direction and healing in their lives. I believe that by facing the hard yet beautiful truths of ourselves we begin to find our true path to health and wellness.
One of the most powerful tools that I continue to use in my own journey comes in the form of sharing my story. In March of 2013 I released a multi-media web memoir about my battle and recovery from a Binge Eating Disorder. It is available for free at bingemystory.com.
On May 9th 2016 Refinery29 featured my article about the after affects of a body lift surgery and learning to love and accept myself: Click here to read the article and view the incredible photos taken by Melody Melamed. Agreeing to do this photo shoot and face my fear of exposing my body was one of the most healing experiences I have ever had in my life.
My work has also been published on Hellogiggles, Buzzfeed, The Endangered Bodies Blog:NY, Blackbook Magazine, and The Renfrew Center Alumni Blog. I was a key speaker at the opening of The Renfrew Center's Los Angeles Chapter (an all woman comprehensive eating disorder clinic) as well as the Well Cairn wellness salon about recovery and eating disorders.
In March of 2016 I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I have also studied/worked with various healers, meditation teachers, and coaches including Christina Demarco, David Harshada Wagner, Tony Giuliano, Tiffany Han, and Sally Kempton amongst many others. In 2010 I completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Tara Glazier at Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn, NY.