My Story – Agony to Victory!
Then I got a gift! My dog! Picking her up and holding her in my arms for the first time brought an overwhelming sense of purpose and pleasure (even though she puked all over my car on the ride home). Something came over me with Scylla. I cold turkey, and I mean COLD TURKEY stopped my eating disorder after years of trying. A dog? Well, she is truly special and I will be forever grateful to the instant therapy she provided! Having Scylla I also started pounding the pavement (aka…running). I have always been a runner, but she gave me inspiration to use it as a healthy outlet. During this time, my ambition grew and I also got the courage to start my first master’s degree (Masters of Business Administration – finance and economics)!
With each passing day I gained more confidence, continued to strengthen my relationship with my mom (who is now one of my best friends and has provided me with strength throughout the years; she is the strongest person I know), developed a healthy relationship with food, reunited with my brother (he helped develop this website even)/biological father and started to regain lost friendships. One of which was reuniting with my best college buddy. After years of being unhappy this same friend set me up with handsome, funny and carefree husband! I knew it was love at first sight when he busted out “Bust a Move” by Young MC at karaoke! I loved this song growing up and so much so that I memorized the lyrics. The best part is, since meeting Luke, I have learned to love others again and trust that there are people out there with good intentions. Now, grant it, I still approach relationships with skepticism, but each day I try to show others that I care about them! Before Luke, I just let things slide.
To make a long story short, I started my gluten free and Paleo journey three months into my pregnancy. I was having horrible stomach pains, indigestion and bloating. I couldn’t make it five minutes into my morning runs without having to dash off into the bushes to deal with other business! TMI, yep probably, but get used to it because that is who I am (a little blunt). Okay, so I made the leap and cut gluten from my diet. I then went a step further and started to remove dairy milk (I still eat yogurt and cheese). Dairy milk is a killer for me so I stay clear of the stuff! Our family is also nuts about buying from local farmers (meat that is fresh air, grass fed and free range) and getting organic vegetables/fruits whenever possible (many of which we grow in our garden in the summer). Lately, I have also experimented with Paleo cooking, which I completely love! It is light and refreshing.