My story

 
 
 
 

I can be a Health Coach today, but I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food

I grew up surrounded by sugar. As did everyone from my generation, in Portugal - during the 1990’s. We had no idea. There was no information. It was just normal, and if it appeared on TV… how bad could that be?!

I had cake, soda and chocolate every day. Burger and fries pretty much every week. For years and years. As I was skinny, I had no concerns about what I ate… as I knew in advance that I wouldn’t put on a gram.

But fate changed. During my adulthood years, my sedentary lifestyle paid a toll on me: I became overweight.

I was in denial. What happened? How is this possible?

I knew deep in my heart that it was my fault and if I wanted to overcome it, I had to do something that I’ve never done before: workout and change the way I ate.

 
 
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Back then, I already knew that a diet wouldn’t be the solution. So I’ve joined a low cost gym, bought the cheapest gym wear I could find and hired a personal trainer. Less than an hour per week, as I couldn’t afford more.

Thanks to his classes and tips, I’ve started losing weight gradually. At my own pace and with some indulgences in between, I’ve lost 12 kilos.

Exercise and healthy eating became part of my identity. I’ve learned how to cook, bought books, read blogs, spent hours looking for ingredients.

And then, one day, when I was already healthy and happy… life threw curveball my way.

A burnout, followed by a massive weight loss. I was a skin and bone Wonder Woman wannabe, rushing through life, trying to please everyone.

I went to several doctors but nobody seemed to care. I’ve got tired of leaving with prescriptions of antidepressants that I wouldn’t take.

So I’ve decided to take a different direction. I’ve hired a Sports Nutritionist and if it wasn’t for her help, I don’t know how this story would have ended.

It was thanks to her guidelines and an intense workout routine that I got back on my feet.

 
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No, it wasn’t that easy. I had to eat a protein-based meal every 3 hours and workout nearly every single day. But it payed off. And by the end of that year, I was healthy again and more conscious than ever.

During my recovery process, I fell in love with nutrition and its potential. And I knew that I wanted to do something (professionally) related to that.

I didn’t knew exactly what… so I’ve created Guilt-free. A blog where I would share healthy recipes and tips.

But it wasn’t enough. I didn’t wanted to be just another blogger or health enthusiast, I wanted to really know what I was talking about.

That’s why I’ve enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in New York. To get a broader knowledge and inspire people.