Welcome to Nourished Sweetly! I’m Sheelagh — a Toronto-based Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I’m also a whole foods-lover, anti-diet crusader and self-love advocate.
Do you ever get upset with yourself for your food or fitness choices? Do you berate yourself for not choosing the “right” foods or not making it to the gym enough? Do you criticize your body and live in fear of how your eating choices will make it look?
I once lived in a world where I would have answered yes to all these questions. And not just on an occasional basis, but on a daily, almost minute-to-minute basis. In a world that values certain body ideals so greatly, and with so much information swirling around about how to achieve those ideals, it’s pretty hard not to get swept up in how you feel you must look and what you “should” be doing to be healthy.
To try to achieve those ideals of beauty and health, I did what I was told I needed to. I counted calories and macronutrients, I avoided high-fat foods and foods that were deemed “bad”. And although I lost weight, something that is often seen as synonymous with becoming healthier, my mind wasn’t healthy.
Trying to make my body look a certain way, avoiding foods I enjoyed because they weren’t “healthy enough” – it was exhausting. It was also ultimately counter-productive because white-knuckling-it trying to avoid the foods my body needed only made me want them more.
I spent years in a war against my body. Cutting down calories, cutting out food groups – doing everything in pursuit of thinness and a distorted view of health. But health comes in many forms. It comes in all shapes and sizes.
It took me a long while to discover that there’s a lot of great information out there on health and nutrition, but it isn’t all going to apply to every person. What works for me might not work for you and what works for you won’t necessarily work for your best friend.
I believe health is about doing what we can – not putting pressure on ourselves to obey every new health fad and getting down on ourselves when we aren’t “perfect”. It’s about looking at the information and research available to us, testing it out and seeing if it feels right and doable for us.
Health isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. And there’s no “right” way to make that journey and we aren’t “good” or “bad” based on where we are along the way. I believe in finding your own path and the healthy changes for your mind and body that work for your unique needs.
If you would like help with your health and wellness, please don’t hesitate to contact me or to book your FREE 20-minute consultation. I would love nothing more than to help you say goodbye to all the guilt and “shoulds” and to start finding the healthy changes that make your mind and body feel their best.