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How A Gorgeous Girl Beat Her Demons With Food

How A Gorgeous Girl Beat Her Demons With Food

Caz and gorgeous Angelica.  No wonder she has "angel" at the start of her name, because that is what she is. At our favourite café St Rose where Angelica works part time while studying.

Caz and gorgeous Angelica.  No wonder she has "angel" at the start of her name, because that is what she is.

At our favourite café St Rose where Angelica works part time while studying.

Throughout life we go through a journey where we find a connection with inspirational people, no matter what age.  At our local café where I write my daily blog, one of the young girls asked me to help her out with a university assignment.  From here we have found a common connection about health.

Angelica is one in a million.  She is currently in her final trimester of a Law/Arts degree at Deakin University.   Her Arts major is Journalism, and her minor is in Criminology. 

Angelica has a passion for health, especially after what happened to her a few years ago, a journey she has kindly shared with us.  Also "Gel" as we all call her has kindly put up her hand to write articles for our blog.  

So here is how Angelica had her demons with food, and chose health over diets and starvation.

I had always been an active child; I loved to dance and kept that up until I finished year 12. I got into health and fitness in 2013 to try and lose weight for a wedding. I toned up quite a bit for it but was never really happy with my body. 

I have always been self-conscious of my body. Ballet put a lot of stress on me to look a particular way, and I never seemed to have the right physique. I tried all kinds of ‘diet’ fads. I did the shakes, restricted my eating, cut out carbs, killed myself at the gym and was just never happy. I had a critical period from the end of 2015 to mid-2016 where I lost 10kg in just a couple of months. I had an unhealthy relationship with food and was so terrified of everything I ate because I thought it would make me ‘fat.’ It wasn’t until I had a bit of a scare in early 2016 that I knew I had to do something. My dad told me I looked awful and that I needed to go to the doctor. I hadn’t got my period in over eight months, and I was worried. I got some blood tests done, and it revealed the start of some severe damage to my insides. The doctor told me that if I ever want to have children, I needed to do something about my health. The thought of never being able to have kids scared me more than anything.

The doctor recommended that I could go on the pill or try and heal myself through diet and exercise. I chose the latter, to improve myself, and within just a few weeks I had gained back some weight and my period came back. 

Angelica back to full health.

Angelica back to full health.

Since then I have become passionate about helping young women in their transition from being a young girl to a young lady and the importance of developing a healthy relationship with food. Cooking and exercise can be so much fun, and I want to share that with them. I want to encourage them not to give into the fads and just find the things that bring them joy and balance. Whether their exercise of choice of exercise is yoga, a walk or high intensity doesn’t matter! It is their choosing! I hope that no one has to go through the mental battles I struggled through and that they can treat their bodies like a temple that they treat with love and care. 

Family and friends are at the centre of my life and always have been. Being Italian, I love my food and want to share the importance of sharing delicious food with loved ones and fostering positive and motivational relationships. I also want to share the importance of balance and allowing themselves to indulge in the occasional treat (gelati is my favourite) with the ones they love. 

Angelica will be a regular writer for Cazinc Blog, writing health and food articles.  Follow this amazing woman on Instagram here.

Thank you for reading.  Stay tuned for Angelica's articles.  This little pocket rocket is one awesome writer.

Women inspiring women.  Please share and keep helping us to build our community.

Here is an interesting interview from Harriet Brown, author of the brilliant book "Brave Girl Eating", the story of how her eldest daughter, Kitty, became anorexic and nearly died.  It was only though the love of her family that helped her recover.  This book is another real story about an ordinary teenage girl who fell down the rabbit hole of anorexia, and her slow, painful, and courageous climb back up to health.

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