My Journey Back To Health
It all began when I was working on a volunteer project in the Amazon rainforest. I became very sick and lost a lot of weight. After the worst abated I continued my travels for another 8 months with a crippling fatigue which I put down to the altitude. Back in the UK I still felt very off - bloated, exhausted and generally unwell. I had various tests from the doctor but nothing was conclusive. I struggled on through my Theatre Studies and English Literature degree at university, where I developed terrible symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), characterised by daily bouts of extreme bloating - my stomach was so sore and swollen I looked pregnant. Simultaneously I began to develop severe depression and anxiety.
I nearly dropped out of the course as the anxiety meant I could no longer bare to act on stage. Luckily a kind tutor helped me change the performance modules to only theory based classes. I continued with the degree, sadly waving goodbye to my love of acting. I tried in vain to get myself better but was misinformed - I ate strange foods as I didn't really know how to cook and didn't have the energy, and I punished myself in gruelling spinning classes hoping that it would somehow snap me out of the mess I was in, but they only left me feeling exhausted and weak. I was totally at a loss of what to do and my health continued to spiral downwards. Towards the end of my course, I saw a little sign on campus advertising a weekly meditation and breath class and thought i'd give it a go.
Not expecting much initially, it developed into the part of my week I looked forward to the most. I learned to accept myself, to love my body rather than hate it, and I began to feel calmer than I had in years. The next discovery was a fantastic Nutritional Therapist, who put me on a strict health plan for 6 months. It was tough, but after the first month I felt like the black cloud was finally starting to shift and the IBS attacks were going from daily to only once every 2 weeks. I signed up to a cookery class and discovered the joy of cooking wholesome, nutritious dishes. The new found energy I had meant I also had much better stamina for exercise - so I incorporated relaxation yoga, gentle jogging, and swimming. I felt better and better - my skin was glowing, I had bundles of energy, the IBS had vanished and I felt joyful but on an even keel. 2 years after university I decided to train as a Nutritional Therapist in order to help others who are struggling with poor health. I love the work that I do, and am deeply touched when I see my clients transform and discover a world of health they never thought was possible. Food is so much more than calories, it has the power to completely turn your life around..