For those of you who haven’t seen me around the gym, my name is Steph! I am a long time Body Confidence member and a recently accredited sports nutritionist! Just popping in today to say a quick hi & share with you why I am so passionate about nutrition!
Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE foodie. Food is my life – I love to cook & create & share food with everyone! But what a lot of people don’t know is that, much like many others I have silently struggled with my relationship with food in the past. A lot of this stemmed from un-accredited “health professionals” giving me generic, restrictive meal plans, uneducated advice & unrealistic ideas about food. I spent a lot of time focusing on what I SHOULDN’T eat, when I should have been focusing on how to nourish my body so it can continue to do all the amazing things it does!
Early last year when covid hit & changed everyone’s lives, I was stood down from my job as a travel agent. I was devastated but what I didn’t realise was that during this time I would come to understand just how unwell I was both mentally & physically.
I finally made the choice to reach out to an online nutrition coach who is very reputable, knowledgeable & well educated. I started my journey to changing my life & my relationship with food, this in turn, made me realise just how much I wanted to help people understand nutrition & better their health through this process!
Below I have shared a couple of images of my progress, but I what I really want to emphasise is that your health does not depend on physical appearances or changes alone. Your nutritional education, your relationship with food & your overall daily choices are some of the biggest factors in your long-term health. I went from being the person who wouldn’t go out to dinner with her loved ones in fear of ruining her “diet” to the person who didn’t really care much for what she was putting into her body to finally finding a happy place to exist as the person I am today – educated around nutrition (and no, I promise you don’t need to study to understand it!), being able to balance food choices, knowing what I am fueling my body with & still enjoying my life, social events, a piece of cake or a gin (just to name a few treats) regularly!
In a world where everything moves too fast & we are all busy, putting your health first can seem like a chore.
I won’t sugar coat it – it does take compromise, dedication & persistence but I can say it will arguably be one of the best choices you make. My motto has become “health is wealth” and I truly believe this!
So, let’s start by understanding that what we put into our bodies makes an impact, this way we can get the most out of our bodies for life!