THE CONVERSATION: BRITTANY REID

 

 

We recently had a Skype date where you shared with me your health journey can you tell us more about that?

My health journey started to unravel about 9 years ago now. It simply started by what is known today as an elimination protocol to hopefully release a few health concerns I was experiencing. Every time I added another item to my restriction list, I felt better. Unknowingly what I was doing was setting my food psychology into a very dark place. I would go without eating if I wasn’t prepared, or I would pass up dinner because I felt better not eating at all. In all this beautiful chaos, I started to dabble in my yogic philosophies and practices. In conjunction one would think I would reach a humble balance. This unfortunately wasn’t the case. I was a teenage going through high school, this is a very vulnerable and quite stress period of life. You are experimenting in all sorts of areas and also trying to make a huge decision that will impact your adulthood; your career. It felt like a struggle to keep myself together. My whole being was in over drive. But from the outside, you may have never guessed. I was following ancient nourishing philosophies and treatments while still allowing the uncontrollable to control my entire soul. Healing was my intention, but it wasn’t the outcome. With all the uncontrollable floating, around, what I put into my mouth was the only one truly thing I felt like I could control. I created an eating disorder. I associated food as good or bad. I would go days with eating very minimal. I also spent a lot of time in the gym or at a yoga studio. In the last month before I flew over seas on my first trip as a graduated teenager, I would eat depending on how my clothes fit that morning. There were some days where I would eat if the scales number was 1 pound lower than last. I never in my entire childhood would of thought I would treat myself this way. I hope no one does. It’s mentally exhausting and hinders yourself love and worth. I was unaware and not connected to my core. I let my healing journey turn into a self-destructive path…. Until, I arrived in Australia January 16, 2011. Something shifted, I ate everything again. In the matter of a few months I was eating everything I hadn’t touched for years. My heart was smiling and I was fully embracing my body as a temple. I let go of control. Thanks to travelling across the ocean 4 years ago, I freed myself. Fast forward to now, I am back in Australia on an extended holiday treating my body, mind, and spirit with so much respect and love. I took the past four years to pay attention to my mind and its old habits. I released a lot of pain, grief, sadness, and control. I let my life unfold the way it’s supposed to, with faith. I dived deep into the depth of my soul and exploded what was there. It was hard and very uncomfortable. But today, I am proud. I am proud of my body. I am proud of my health journey. I welcome all the pain and endured with open arms. Now, I accepted and embraced every inch of myself. I am proud that today, I experienced everything I did as a child. Without those experiences I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

You also mentioned you are in the process of writing a nutrition book can you tell us what inspired you to start that and what we can expect from it?

This book came through to me in a meditation at the start of 2015. A few weeks leading up to the full moon I was transported to a very creativity space. Visions and visions were flooding my third eye center. The night of the the full moon, my altar came crashing down after my nightly meditation. This night in particular has a very unique story, but I will leave it for another time. There was a lot of meaning with my altar crashing, numerology, and what I was experiencing in the meditations. This evening, I could see myself holding a book. A book with my name written on the bottom. The book is called, The Conscious Living Cookbook- Eating Intuitively..This book is more than a cookbook. It really is a book created all around; returning to your own intuition with nutrition and health. We have so much information thrown at us every day with the newest diet, the hottest body, and so much more. I believe we have lost our connection to our own health and the food around us. We don’t need to count numbers, food is math. Food is here for us to stay alive. Food is meant to be shared with loved one; not walking with your phone and coffee in hand. So, I am writing about what I have learnt in my journey, my teachings and philosophies as a nutritionist. As I write there is so much more to this book than originally mapped out. It is constantly evolving and may end up being am encyclopaedia, haha. Only kidding, but who knows.

A bit about the content: – About: Ayurveda, meditation, mindful eating, measurements and wholesome pantry items, a community page, what to do when experiencing cravings, emotions and food, how to develop a new habit, crystals and scared geometry, nutrients, how to enhance your own intuition, regaining your own health path, mental patterns, and so much more! – 108 recipes – 8-week program – Stocking a whole food pantry – A few guest contributions – Exercise and how to create a health perception on movement – ……. – Oh yes, photos! Heaps!! 🙂

Since we are all about empowering women to feel beautiful in their own skin, when do you feel the most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when my hair is ocean washed, I am barefoot with sandy feet, essential oil lingers, and I have spent a lot of time in nature.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in life so far?

To never stop doing something that makes your heart smile. Also! if something scares you, then go and do it. (With safety and no harm of course) “We often become what we believe ourselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. When I believe, I can, I aquire the ability to do it, even if I didn’t have it in the beginning. ” Mahatma Gandhi. What is thought to be the impossible, is possible.

Advice for Women/Young girls out there?

To always live your life the way you want to live. Dress how you like, study what you can’t get enough of, talk the way you want others to talk to you, explore the depths of your being, never let anyone question yourself, be YOU! There is no right or wrong way, there is just your way. The absolutely most beautiful and unique way possible. When you lead with your heart, pure bliss and happiness awaits. Everyday wake up and be the best version of yourself you can be!

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