The Journey to Self Worth
The Journey to Self Worth
As a nutritionist, there is this looming pressure to appear perfect.
You must eat perfect, you eat organic, you never indulge, you judge people with the stink eye when you see something unhealthy cross their lips, you get judged with the stink eye if something unhealthy crosses your lips along with a “wow, you’re actually eating that?!”.
And I’ve been sort of holding out on you because for a while I was honestly scared. I was worried that you wouldn’t view me as good enough. I feared that you wouldn’t think I was healthy enough, that my beliefs weren’t healthy enough, that I wasn’t thin enough, that I wasn’t “whatever” enough to be a nutritionist. I was worried that if I honestly told you how I felt you wouldn’t want to listen because you wouldn’t believe that I could possibly be right. I was scared that you would roll your eyes and tell me that I was wrong and didn’t know what I was talking about.
For the longest time I feared that people would think I wasn’t healthy enough. I seriously feared that people would look at me and think how is she a nutritionist? I feared being judged and ridiculed.
In fact, I knew that I was healthy, but yet as soon as I had one of my favourite treats or would step on the scale and see a tiny number pop up, all of the truth that I knew disappeared and that number would take over filling my head with harsh words and cruel comments.
I think this fear has been holding me back for a while.
Now ain’t that crazy coming from me: In University I won prizes in my Nutrition class for having the top marks. I read health and nutrition books for fun. I attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition graduating top of my class, I graduated from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition with Honors, and I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. And here I am worrying that someone might think that I don’t know what I’m talking about. That someone won’t like me or that I’ll get criticized.
What the heck Nadia?! (Sometimes we all need to ask ourselves this when we’re acting self-conscious AF)
This is not intended to toot my own horn. It’s meant to help you see that we all fail to see our worth sometimes and we all get self conscious.
I realized how ironic and silly this all was because uhm HELLO that is exactly why I do what I do. I want to help other women realize that they ARE enough.
I want women to know that they are perfect exactly the way that they are. Your weight does not define you. A number on the scale does not indicate if you are healthy or not. Every single body is different and health is going to look different for each of us.
I think why I struggled so much with really putting this out there is because it’s so close to my heart. We all have insecurities and I’ve struggled with it too. My body does not look like my friends. My body does not look like the girls in magazines or movies (does anyone’s though?). I have always struggled with toning my arms, my stomach is probably my least favourite feature, and I’ve always felt a little bit “flabby”.
But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I exercise 5 times a week, sometimes more (and sometimes less!). I teach fitness classes. I eat a plant based/wholefoods diet free from refined foods. I don't drink pop, I prefer kombucha. I have a tea collection that would rival your grandmothers. My favourite foods are kale salad, blueberries and roasted sweet potatoes. I have a passion for baking and a mad sweet tooth. I like dark chocolate. I do yoga. I adore health food stores and the farmers market. For Christmas this year I asked for health food and cookbooks (I'm not joking). I go to sleep at 10pm and I love watching the show "New Girl".
That is who I am and this is my healthy and I love it.
I’m not suggesting that this is the perfect lifestyle for everyone. This is just my lifestyle and what works for me right now.
I am not fat or unhealthy and neither are you.
I am by no means perfect. I like to think of myself as a health conscious foodie being that I love food and I love when my food is healthy food. Some may say I’m a healthy food snob, but really when delicious food, healthy and wholesome are paired together I become giddy.
My point is that health looks different for all of us and by sharing my struggles and insecurities I hope it can inspire you to let go of your fear and see your worth for what it truly is because you are incredible.
THIS is my one rule though: Yes I am saying love your body whatever size and shape you are but I am not preaching that it is ok to eat whatever the heck you want and lose all sign of control. That my love, is unhealthy, but I think you already know this.
I’m saying that healthy is much more than a number. It’s not so much about your appearance, sure an appearance that you love and feel confident in is a bonus perk of leading a healthy lifestyle, but don’t get caught up in your appearance being everything.
What you eat, think, and do daily makes up your health. If you are consciously putting in the effort to live a wholesome and healthy lifestyle and making the best choices you can with what you have then that is more than enough. The effort you put into your health is what counts. You can either be thriving off of a healthy diet and vibrant lifestyle or be eating junk and treating your body like crap. Whether you are 120lbs or 160lbs. Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. It’s all about our choices.
So let’s stop spending so much time and energy on judging others and instead focus on making sure that we are nourishing each and every part of our beautiful bodies.
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"No one is you and that is your super power"
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