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  • Writer's pictureNatalia. Integrative and Functional Medicine Nutritionist

I had to LOVE myself enough to make a change...

I constantly see my clients achieving amazing results: losing 30 lbs in 3 months, getting their triglycerides (blood sugar) down from 393 to 137, shaving 5 inches off their waist, getting off reflux medication, ditching the C-PAP machine, walking without pain, and experiencing other life-changing transformations.

I’ve seen the relief on their faces when they discover what’s actually going on with their bodies. They feel vindicated when they find out that what they’ve been experiencing is real, and their struggles are caused by actual, tangible reasons:

I could keep going... I have over 15 years of stories. What’s important here is to highlight the trigger or the spark that precipitated these amazing changes. What’s the key to taking back control of your health? What’s the secret recipe to becoming the person you always wanted to be?

I can sum it up in a couple of words: SELF LOVE, or as one of my clients put it: “Before I started my weight loss journey, I realized that I had to LOVE myself enough to make a change for the better.”

But make no mistake, self-love doesn’t just mean caring for yourself. It also means looking at yourself with grace and compassion. This involves taking an honest look at your whole self without judgment, letting go of the illusion of perfection, and refraining from labeling things as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Self-love is not about ignoring issues or hurting yourself with criticism, but rather acknowledging what’s going on inside you and start nurturing your growth and well-being.

Once you get to the point where you think, “I deserve to feel better and live without unnecessary pain”, you are ready to start the journey and make the changes to meet your body’s needs. This is what all my clients have in common: they have learned or are learning to love themselves. My role is to help them discover the reasons why they are not feeling right and guide them through their journey to grow and feel proud of who they are.

I firmly believe that prioritizing our health, noticing when we make efforts or progress, setting realistic expectations, giving ourselves healthy treats, making healthy choices most of the time, and remaining accountable are all marks of self-love.

It’s normal to feel uncertain about self-love, and I’m no exception. When things get difficult and avoiding them seems like the least painful choice, I remind myself that I don’t need to be perfect and do everything right. I just need to treat myself a little bit better than the day before and take one small step that will get me there: a long walk, an extra set of repetitions at the gym, a healthier choice for lunch, a longer meditation before dinner, or being extra kind to myself that day.

Every journey starts with a small step, and for most of my clients, the big journey starts by understanding how they got to a place where they are unhappy with what’s happening in their body. Once they know this, they gain the power to decide what to do next. Some take the next step right away; others need more time to weigh their options. But they all make a decision: when they find out the reasons why they struggle, a seed is planted, and they just can’t go back to feeling bad and pointless suffering.

I’m telling you this story because I’ve lived it myself. I carry in my body the memories of a young girl who suffered from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and a completely wrecked digestive system. It was self-love that saved me and pushed me to start a long journey of healing that led me to become a Functional Nutritionist, helping others achieve the same happiness I found when I started loving myself enough to do the right thing.

Let’s have a short talk, free of charge and with no strings attached, to find out how I can help you feel better. Reach out today and take the first step toward a healthier, happier you.

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