Buddha Bloggers With Love & Coconuts- Justine’s Health Journey
We are constantly striving to look and feel our very best and will do anything to get there. At least that’s how I felt for a long period of time. My teenage years were stressful. I felt pressured to look a certain way. In today’s evolving society, there is no denying that popular culture and media has a significant influence on us. Often times, I found myself picking myself apart and comparing myself to others.
I started dieting which was traumatic for my mind and body. I lost a lot of weight enough to make me extremely underweight and unhealthy. The number on the scale was what I let define me. I was over exercising and under eating. My hormones were out of whack, my body was out of balance. I was trapped in a downward spiral. I began to isolate myself from everyone. My anxiety with food increased and it carried into my social life. I had a severe lack of self-confidence.
It was imperative for me to seek out help and start learning about ways to restore my health. I started to make small changes. I started including more healthy fats and more whole foods into my diet and started working on the whole mind-body aspect to healing. Reading about good health and nutrition allowed me to apply this knowledge into my day-to-day life. I became inspired and a new passion was born. I wanted to learn everything I could to bring my body back into balance. My knowledge increased so much about the female body, about hormones, the importance of having a good amount of body fat, about different foods and how they affect us. I learned ultimately how one could prosper and maintain good health in all aspects. I learned how to heal myself naturally. And that’s exactly what I did.
Fast-forward 4 years later.
I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Health and wellness has become a huge part of my life. It took me over 3 years to balance my hormones, gain weight, and get in a good mental state, it took a lot more than just diet and exercise to get into a healthy state. This is why holistic nutrition interests me so much. We need to look at all aspects of the individual to achieve ultimate vitality. By this I mean we need to look at our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects to well being. There are so many more components to good health than you’d think.
“Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy.” ~ Deepak Chopra
I am sharing my story to give hope to other girls who may be fighting something similar. I wanted to explain where I was and where I am now. These experiences have me wanting to help others on their path to finding lasting good and maintainable health.
I am a graduate with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, will be graduated as a teacher by April 2019. I have a strong interest in helping those with nutritional, hormonal and mental health issues. It is also a goal of mine to incorporate more health-based teachings into the school systems. This experience has taught me so much about myself and has guided me in so many ways. I hope to help others who have undergone similar struggles and to teach those to prevent issues arising in the first place.
“It is interesting to note that a quick scan of the internet will reveal that most Holistic Nutritional Consultants entered that field of education and practice, because, like you, they were struggling with their own health at some point in the past. They were not finding answers in conventional healthcare, and intuitively knew that they needed to seek out more helpful answers. They were engaged and committed to finding a path to enhanced wellness.” – Bonnie Wisener, R.H.N.
I have an Instagram page called “paleogut” where I share many recipes, travel, and the things I enjoy doing to maintain both good mental and physical health. Buddha Brands recruited me as a Brand Ambassador for over a year now and can honestly say that their products are one of my most used items in my household! I am so grateful to be working with such a wonderful company that creates such great products that fit into my diet and lifestyle. My favourite are the coconut chips, I add them to everything from smoothies, açai bowls, and parfaits. Buddha Brands products are vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly!
Forever thankful to be a part of the Buddha Brands team ❤️
Follow along to learn more about me and see where I plan to take my education and experiences on my blog.