Updated: Dec 11, 2022
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We all strive for a stress-free life, but without the proper self-care and nourishment, it can seem like it’s almost impossible to achieve. Having a personal nutritionist can help you find the balance you are lacking and give you the ability to finally put yourself first. It’s important to take care of your body since it’s your best tool for decluttering your environment and taking control of your thoughts.
We all know that dieting is not a healthy life choice. We all know that the Standard American Diet is full of toxin, sugar and unhealthy food that cause disease and illnesses. What we eat is a personal choice. The food that we choose is determined by many factors such as affordability, culture and childhood beliefs, flavor and taste, and food allergies.
As a nutritionist I don't tell my clients what to eat. Instead I educate them on the foods that help them feel better, give them energy, and help fuel their bodies. I do not agree with the dieting mentality. I do believe that food could serve as a tool to help support our body to function better.
Food choice can be very challenging when you are trying to achieve your own personal and professional goals as a individual, take care of loved ones and manage a household. Women tend to neglect their personal health and choose foods that are quick, cheap, and convenient. That is were I step in and help them make better decision when it comes to loving their bodies, taking care of their health, and treating themselves like they treat everyone else within their lives.
I once worked over the road in the Telecommunication field before becoming a stay at home mom, I ate the Standard American Diet full of sugar, sodium, toxins, and junk food. I didn’t drink any water, nor did I eat any vegetables. These lifestyle choices along with working 16 hour days cause my digestion system to slow down. I eliminated wasted once ever three weeks. Being so young and naive about nutrition and self care along with the busyness of life I had to undergo a anal fissure surgery at very young age. No twenty year old should ever have to have a major surgery and experience the pain I felt during that experience. Fast forward ten years living a unconventional life as a trucker wife, I began using food as comfort to deal with my loneliness and the stress I endured from mom shaming. I participated in yo-yo dieting like everyone else actually losing twenty pounds on the Atkins diet. But I developed orthorexia nervosa a condition that is not currently recognized as a clinical diagnosis in the DSM-5 but many people struggle with symptoms associated with this term. Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”
When I begin to have chronic constipation, anemia, chronic fatigue and experience unbalanced hormones caused unusual hair growth and bad acne I began to obsess over the types of food I ate. Orthorexia starts out as an innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become fixated on food quality and purity. In short I became overly consumed with what and how much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups” which cause me to fall into a binge eating disorder pattern twice in my life. I refused to eat foods at friends and family homes because I wasn’t sure if the foods were clean meaning non GMO organic products. Eventually food choices became so restrictive, in both variety and calories, that my health and self esteem toward my body suffered. Thank goodness for my experience in the mental health field as a Individual and Family Therapist. I had access to therapist and knowledge of eating disorders that helped me in my recovery to learn how to not only heal my gut, my relationship with food, but my relationship with myself.
Today my food choices are about striving for optimal health. My journey is no longer about being skinny rather stronger, accepting my body and practicing self love on all levels. My new focus has been on learning to love and accept myself, my body and to not obsess over the foods I eat. I not only rebounded my private practice from marriage and family counseling. I did a full LIFESTYLE DETOX during my shadow work and started to focus on nutrition, lifestyle management, and emotional wellness. By the grace of God who lead me to study to be a Nutritionist I’ve learned valuable principle that I now teach women that seek to transition into a healthier lifestyle some include becoming organized, intuitive eating, developing healthy habits of choosing and preparing real whole clean plant based foods and overcoming anxiety, depression, stress and emotional issues that cause emotional eating by practicing shadow work, which is a fancy name for learning how to process, accept, understand and deal with stress and pain past and present in ones life. I alway stress the point of emotional wellness because my inability to cope as a trucker wife, abandonment issues and mom shaming experience had a lot to do with my chronic constipation. Not being able to trust, process and digest life.
After learning the value of eating a nutrient rich, whole food diet that does not eliminate a entire food group I reverse my chronic constipation, anemia, chronic fatigue, unbalanced hormones that cause unwanted hair growth and bad acne I was experiencing due to the high processed, chemical -laden Standard American Diet I was consuming. Now I teach other women what I wish I had known before all of the previous experiences that could have been prevented. If you are ready to transition into a fresh whole food lifestyle and eliminate the sugar and processed food in your life schedule a appointment today to start your journey of healthy eating!
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Help Developing A Plan For Self Care
Do you want help developing a self care plan that works for your own busy schedule? Do you want accountability implementing a self care plan? If you or someone you love is struggling to maintain optimal mental and emotional health, consider reaching out to Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. We are a Metro Atlanta, Conyers Georgia area. We are a coaching and counseling practice with empathetic, skilled counselors and recovery coaches who can help you set goals, develop a self care routine and move forward to build a more fulfilling life. Our team would be happy to work with you either just for a couple of sessions to develop and implement a Self Care plan or longer term to work toward overall better mental health within our membership site or other programs.
About The Author:
Dr. Nikki LeToya White MSEd-TL, Ph.D. RHN is the founder, director and a full time board certified trauma-informed nutritionist, folk herbalist, and wellness consultant at Spiced Life Conversation Art Wellness Studio and Botanica. She created Spiced Life Conversation, LLC
Art Wellness Studio and Botanica to provide the Metro Atlanta area with a counseling and coaching services where clients are carefully matched with the right program for healing abandonment and childhood emotional neglect trauma that cause codependency, emotional eating, financial stress, and imposter syndrome as it relates to fear of success and being abandon. We help you begin your emotional healing journey with ease. Recently, we have expanded to include online membership site so we now provide support to people living all over the world. All of our recovery coaches provide at least one evidence based treatment to assist in your recovery. Dr. White is a big proponent of self care and helping people live a fulfilling life! She has been in full remission with both codependency and emotional binge eating disorder since 2016. In live a life in recovery from sugar addiction. Loving her low sugar balance lifestyle.