We’ve got lots of exciting plans for The Organic Place this year and one of them is offering some workshops for our wonderful community to inspire and inform you to live a happier, healthier life. We’ve engaged a wonderful, passionate, local Naturopath and Nutritionist who will be running the first of many workshops, focusing on gut health. Tonight, we introduce you to Kaelli and she shares her story with us; it’s raw, honest and inspiring. Introducing Kaelli….
Hi, I’m Kaelli, I’m a Naturopath and Nutritionist who loves outdoor adventure, healthy eating, hosting food parties, lifting weights and getting sweaty in a cross-fit or high intensity cardio class. I love being around kind + positive people, having pajama night-ins, brunching at my favourite cafes and dancing all night long to old school RnB!
At the age of 17 I was graduating from college with VCE and dux of Drama. I was highly stressed, had very poor eating habits and was exercising for 20 minutes daily (walking to and from school 5 days a week). I wasn’t happy and didn’t appreciate how I looked. I was mentally exhausted from fighting bullying, and the expectations I had of myself and education were extremely high. I was still in the middle of trying to find out who I was and where I wanted to go in life. My sights on the career I wanted to build was foggy but the one thing I knew I wanted was to be was successful, happy and in love with what I would pursue.
In 2013 (a year later) I was still insecure and confused, and I didn’t like it. Everyday I would crave for a fresh start and healthy change, but I was too lazy to do anything about it.. that was until I realized the only person who can change you, is you. So I enrolled into a business course (anything was better than nothing right?) and joined the gym for 12 months. Less than a couple months later I felt a change within myself as my confidence grew – my skin cleared up. I had unintentionally lost weight and I was happier! I felt like I was in the right mind….
Two years later I learnt that ‘right mind’ wasn’t so ‘right’. I became caught up in the craze of body image ‘perfection’ and obsession with magazine covers, social media and body comparisons to my sister and friends. I lost more weight (15kg to be exact), but at a dangerously faster pace. How? I starved my body – I quit carbohydrates, over exercised (2 hours + per day) and ate below 1000 calories per day. I started to create a restriction rule to food. No carbs. No milkshakes. No pizza. No pasta. No biscuits. No cooking sweets. No to going out for dinner with friends and family because I couldn’t control what I was eating or how something was cooked. NO to everything except salads, exercise and water.
Although I was eating healthier, my body and mind STILL went into shock and began to shut down. I lost my period. I acquired allergies and intolerances. I couldn’t get past midday without feeling tired. I became moody and impatient. I stopped socialising, I fell back into an unhappy phase with my body, food AND mind. I didn’t know what to do, and I wasn’t aware of how my obsessions would affect me in the long run, until now, when I reflect. Throughout those fears and stages and realizing hating on my body was affecting everything in my life, I explored many different thinking pathways and gradually found the road I wanted to be on: recovery!!!
I sought out help with a counsellor and psychologist who specialized in disordered eating and body image to help guide me through my feelings and emotions. Admitting I needed help was the first step I needed to take. I was terrified and anxious about doing so, but living in silence struggling and not knowing what it felt like to be a 20-year-old, was heartbreaking and not a place I wanted to be anymore.
Learning to love who I am is a major part in my recovery. So is developing a healthy relationship between my body and food. I’ve been studying Health Science: Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy for the last 3 years, which I absoulutley love because I feel like its an opportunity where I can share my experiences and lessons with others who may be going through similar thoughts or situations. I cant wait to empower and further teach the sense of love, peace, health, awareness and enjoyment to others. I cant wait to share my journey and inspire others to live a healthy life.
I’ve come a long way and don’t think I will ever stop learning. I still have days where I loose motivation and crave to lay in a bed of jam and nutella filled donuts, but that’s okay, because 1) who doesn’t dream of that? and 2) NOW I remember why I’m on this journey….To free myself from obsession, restriction and negativity for a life full of happiness, balance and love…. which I can hopefully help others achieve too.
Here’s to positive progress, falling in love, and living with health!
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