In a nutshell

 

Hi, I’m Danica, 19 years old and a major health foodie!

Hello and thanks for dropping by!

After reading all of your lovely blogs, I started my own but unfortunately stopped posting because school and life just got too crazy! But, I am ready to try again and I hope you will all read along and try out some of the crazy (delicious) food combos and recipes I post up here!

Eat to Live to Eat. 

Blessed with a love for food, an active lifestyle and healthy, homecooked meals growing up, I have always had a (very) healthy appetite. Thanks to good genes and the fact that I was a competitive gymnast, I ate like a horse but was always really tiny (read: I was under 5 feet going into high school!).

However, a couple years ago, I started struggling with disordered eating (I say that because I was never formally diagnosed) and ended up losing too much weight.  I focused entirely on calories and not enough about nourishing my body with a wholesome and balanced diet. 

Only now when I look back do I realize how much harm I was doing to my body and how pointless it was to diet this way.  I went through every day looking forward to the next time I would eat (all while trying to eat the lowest calorie diet possible – doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? but that’s ED for you) and limited myself to eating “healthy” foods like vegetables, All-Bran flakes, fruit, tofu etc. I lived to eat

These days, I thrive on a balanced diet of as many superfoods as I can fit in!  I eat to live because food nourishes you, fuels your workouts and heals you in the most natural way. I feel happy, energized and strong eating the mix of foods I choose now.  Satisfying my cravings (for all things chocolate and peanut butter-y) and eating what I want when I want is something I will always do because if there is one thing I have learned, it is that our bodies know what it needs.  Whether that means broccoli, brownies or anything in between, just trust it and go with it!  And timing of food/meals? Eat when you are hungry. It’s all pretty simple but boy, did it take awhile to get to where I am at now.

I don’t regret one minute of my journey to recovery because 

 1) I don’t believe in having regrets

2) I know everything happens for a reason

3) I have learned so much about food (through your wonderful blogs!) and even more about myself. 

Trust me, recovery is worth it because you are worth it.  I’m so happy to be able to enjoy food again – to get excited about new grocery stores finds, trips to the farmer’s market and going out to eat reallllyyy good food.  But, now my life isn’t centered around food anymore.  I’ve realized that there is so much more to life.  There are friends to go out with, family to spend time with, dogs to take hikes with, countries to travel to, beaches to tan on (!) and so. much. more. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love food – always have and always will, but I refuse to ever let it take over my thoughts and my life again.

Me with one of my pups!

So thanks again for reading and if you have any questions/comments, send an e-mail my way at dchan229 (at) uwo.ca !

13 responses to “In a nutshell

  1. Glad you are able to look at food with good thoughts. I understand what you went through- it is scary.
    Now I see food as fuel- like you said, ‘eat to live.’ 🙂

  2. Hey! Nice to meet you Danica, looks like we are going to be good bloggie friends. lol And we can totally relate to the counting calories TOO MUCH ordeal. That happened to us last summer, and was very harmful and unhealthy to our bodies putting us at an all time low weight. Anywho, we really look forward to reading more. And welcome back to the blog community!

  3. Hey Danica,
    Love your blog so far. Your approach to food seems so incredibly wholesome, I think I could take a leaf out of your book and start trusting and nourishing my body.
    Looking forward to following your blog.
    xo kate

  4. lo

    um you are adorable! i am glad u have a blog and i cant wait to read more!

    lolo

  5. I’m glad you’re on the right path now. Recovery is NOT easy for sure but you are in the right direction. You approach now is so much healthier and more enjoyable!

  6. sooo beautiful girl! i can def relate!

  7. i just discovered your blog today and as i was reading through your posts i saw that you went to the St. Lawrence market, and kensington market and i was like waiiiit… she’s in TO! i always love discovering other canadian bloggers because it feels like most of us out there are from the states haha. my sister lives in TO, kensington market actually!, but im way out here on the west coast.
    your story is amazing, and YOU sound so amazing for being able to recognize that what you were doing was unhealthy behaviour, and for being able to work through those tough times and honour your body and give it the nourishment it needs to be happy and therefore let you be happy too 🙂
    you are an inspiration!
    take care fellow canadian!
    xo

  8. Great story! Check out mine!

  9. erinsloves

    so glad i came across your page..i have and are still dealing with similar issues…keep it up girl!

  10. Just came across your blog from Katie’s (kbwood) and I’m glad I did. I love that you have such a healthy outlook on food and life now! That’s so great. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  11. Glad I found your blog and can’t wait to read more 🙂

  12. Your story is so inspirational, love it.

    I used to starve myself, eating as little as 900 calories a day. I felt thin, but I was still so unhappy with myself! Now I’m about 10 pounds fatter than I was then, but I’m much happier! Sometimes I think that I need to realize I can be happy at whatever weight I’m at and just because I’m tiny doesn’t mean I’ll be happy!

  13. I hear you on the disordered eating. I think you and I were the same way. I would try to eat more but it was hard because all I came to know were the lowest calorie foods possible. So glad you realized (like myself) that food is fuel and we need it! Your dog is adorable and you’re so pretty!! 🙂

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