About Tayla

Between the summer of the sixth and seventh grade years, I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. I was rushed to the emergency room for a dangerously low heart rate, then transferred to a bigger hospital for a week of impatient care.

Three years later and at the end of my rope, I entered a treatment center in Massachusetts, where I stayed for two months. It was a horrible experience, but the only thing that was able to knock some sense into me. I gained the weight and went home.

I struggled to maintain my progress, relapsed, recovered, relapsed, and recovered.

Today, I would call myself a recovering anorexic, because no one ever really recovers. The struggle will always be there. Should I eat this, or should I eat that? I could workout again today, but maybe I shouldn’t. The thoughts are ever present.

 

How did I recover?

 

Fitness + Healthy living blogs.

 

I found fitness through other healthy lifestyle bloggers. Before, I was using fitness to keep up with my eating disorder’s demands. Walking three hours a day, doing push ups and crunches at night. I never felt like I could exercise enough in order to compensate for the little amount of food I was consuming.

When I came across the blogging world, I was intrigued and fascinated by the balance these people were able to create in their lives. They seemed to enjoy eating and fitness in a way I could only dream of. I wanted to take their advice.

 

And I did.

I began thinking about food as a nourishing thing, rather than something to fear. And I saw fitness in a new light when I picked up a weightlifting routine instead of straight cardio. When I started seeing my body change, I was actually excited for once, and this was when my passion took off.

I changed my major from psychology to health + wellness, became a certified personal trainer, and got my certificate as a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

My health + fitness journey has been progressing for the past four years and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that balance is really the key to finding happiness. Sometimes people think that healthy eating is all about salads and chia seeds, but what it really is, is eating foods that make you happy. Ben + Jerry’s ice cream is just as important in a healthy diet as are vegetables!

 

More about me as a person: Most people would call my quiet. I don’t talk much, but I am a thinker.

 

This blog is about my journey through healthy eating, fitness, and finding happiness. It’s also where I will share recipes I’ve tried and places I’ve gone.

Don’t be a stranger, say hello.

 

Tayla

 

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