What inspired you to start your wellness journey?
I actually suffered from an eating disorder for most of my young adulthood.
I was rarely content with how my body looked; as a former cheerleader and dancer, there was always room to be skinnier, fitter, and smaller.
And around the age of 21, because I wasn’t providing my body with the nutrients it needed, I began to lose hair (clumps after clumps of it would fall out after each shower) and my skin was a mess. After each binging episode, I would break out, and I sprouted these dark circles under my eyes that I became so self-conscious about. I was chronically tired, but no matter how much, I was never too exhausted to count the calories, and analyze everything I was putting into my body.
Years later, I am incredibly lucky to say that I have overcome the disorder. And though those days were some of the darkest times of my life, there is one thing I have gained from the pain that I am still thankful for, to this day. I now have an incredibly firm grasp on nutrition, and understand that what you put into you body, equals what your body looks like.
And when I got burned from a cooking fiasco, I knew that it would be an inside job when it came to healing my skin.
After weeks of researching, I discovered collagen, and the role it played our skin, hair, bones, and muscles. I always thought collagen was something that had to injected. But it turns out that it was something our own bodies produce, and something we’ve been ingesting here and there everyday.
After a few weeks of taking 20g of collagen a day (which was not pleasant—I was taking bovine collagen, which was incredibly gamey tasting), I saw incredible changes not just on my burns, but my entire skin, head to toe, and also my hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes.
Because most people are unaware of the fact that many of their most stubborn skin and hair problems start at the root of nutrition and biology (our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age, which is why we start noticing wrinkles, sagging skin and thinning hair after we hit a certain age), they, when attempting to solve their skin and hair problems, turn to unnatural, surgical, or topical methods. Consequently, these methods are often ineffective (not to add very expensive), and I knew that I had to spread the word on collagen.