My name is Bethany Logan and I am a certified nutrition and wellness counselor. For years I struggled with feeling good in my own skin. Looking back, it's hard to think of a time that I wasn't obsessed about my body. I compared my body to everyone's and my only goal was to be as thin as possible. My relationship with food was toxic. I loved food, but hated how it made me feel and especially how it made me look. The college years wreaked havoc on my body. In order to keep up with the typical social demands of drinking beer and eating garbage food while still trying to stay skinny, I developed bulimia. At the time, this was the perfect solution. I could eat junk food, drink beer, and stay thin. Perfect. This cycle went on for years unknown to anyone but myself. When I wasn't binging and purging, I ate only protein and veggies for the most part because I believed carbs and fat were evil. I was also going to the gym sometimes twice a day hitting up the treadmill and the elliptical machines to try and burn off as many calories as possible. I honestly thought that this was the only way I could have the body I wanted. Severely restrict calories, purge them when I overate, and obsess over cardiovascular workouts. Doesn't sound very fulfilling, does it?
After I got married and had my first child, I hit a crossroads. I thought...I'm a mom now. I've got to get myself together and be healthy for my kid. The bulimia had to go. Starving myself had to go. This just couldn't be my go-to diet plan anymore. So, where did that leave me? I still had baby weight to get off, so doing nothing wasn't an option. I had to take a good hard look at my diet, so I started researching and really paying attention to what was in the food I was eating. I wanted so badly to feel good in my body. The more I read, the more I started to realize that my body needed healing. I had put it through hell for years and it was begging me to nurture it. I started slow and began adding in more fresh foods and less boxed foods. I kept reading and my diet kept evolving. My obsession now was fueling my body, not depriving it. I began to fall in love with food instead of hating it. It felt so good to feel good in my own body. I felt empowered. My passion only grew from there and led me to take the leap into getting my certification in nutrition and wellness where I learned even more about how incredible our bodies are and how they long to be nourished through mindful eating. I now want so badly to scream from the rooftops, "Carbs aren't the devil!" "Stop obsessing over calories!" "Stop depriving yourself!" Well friends, this is my rooftop and I'm telling you there is a life that exists where you can love your food and it will love you back. I would love to introduce you to that life.