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It was late 2013 and I’d just paid $30 USD to receive “personalised macros and a nutrition plan.” I had 20 percent body fat. The (very good) science that got those figures classed me as optimal body composition, athlete-status and with no changes recommended. I trained hard six days a week and paid a great deal of attention to my nutrition.
So, changes I sought.
Searching online, I contacted someone offering said macro plans, an area that I’d started learning more about. Someone, if I’m honest, I consulted on my own nutrition because of how they looked. And because I wanted to look like that.
If you’ve ever read any of my disordered eating or training stories on my blog, you’ll know that I can stick to anything. I’m a master of discipline when I want something. Six weeks into this “macro program” I had to admit that it wasn’t right though.
1. Eating as little as I was and,
2. Eating with ever more obsession than in the past (who knew it was possible?!) wasn’t OK for me.
Is a caption really even needed for this? Week after week I see clients who torture themselves about what they’re eating. And sometimes what they’re not eating too. ????I hear it when I’m sitting in cafes. I read it on social media. It’s a completely evasive practice, if we allow it to be. And I have allowed it to be. ????Reclaiming that time back has been one of the most powerful decisions of my life. And it was absolutely a decision. ????Merging my university degree in the science of Nutrition, my practical skills in cooking and personal experience with disordered eating is an area of service that I’m thoroughly looking forward to offering in the coming months. ????There is a healthy life beyond diets. Can’t wait to show you.