My name is Priscilla, I’m 22 years old and I’m a certified Health Coach, advanced detox and plant-based lifestyle coach. I live in Victoria, BC, where I go to college and I’m currently a Holistic Nutrition student. My interest in veganism, health and fitness started almost 6 years ago, when I decided to follow a plant-based diet at age 17 after struggling with an eating disorder.
Though I was born and raised in a Christian family, I never really knew what having a relationship with God was. I would go to church every Sunday, pray everyday before meals, before sleeping, you know, the “routine”. But it wasn’t until I found myself powerless and helpless when I finally reached out to God, lying in an hospital bed because of severe anemia and dehydration, that I prayed with all my heart, for forgiveness and a miracle that was almost impossible to happen. I had messed it up, abusing of myself, my body and my health for the last couple of years, but it happened. The unbelievable, the miracle, whatever you want to call it. I left the hospital with a second chance to start from zero. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here”. 2 Corinthians 5:17
So I made a promise to God that if He helped me to leave the hospital that night and give me a second chance, I would do anything to change my life. And that’s how it all started. I began reading about healing your body naturally, I was already interested in vegetarianism and all things health, but had no idea where to start. I was raised in a home with really good eating habits compared to traditional SAD diets, we rarely ate red meats, mostly fish, lots of vegetables and fruits, but of course, many SAD diet junk food here and there. Happily, everyone now is more conscious about good food choices and aware of things we used to ignore.
I became passionate about health, veganism and fitness! My life changed completely, and even though life always has ups and downs, I realized no matter what, life is beautiful. I’ve learned from my mistakes and like I always say: “There are no mistakes in life, only lessons learned”. If you’ve been suffering from an ED I have something to tell you, life is short, life is beautiful and you are too! Don’t let it fool you and play with your mind, we can be healthy and still enjoy beautiful foods that will not just be good for our bodies, but good for our soul! Having a good diet is not enough, we need spiritual and emotional balance to be complete, so I invite you to start a new day TODAY!
Here I will not try to convince people to go vegan, raw, or whatever there is in between. I will just share my experience, my knowledge, recipes and what has worked for me, with the hope that my story and my life can give you the little push we need sometimes to make the right changes and improve your quality of life. It’s not about following a diet, it’s about lifestyle choices.
My diet has changed a lot since I became vegan at the end of year 2009. After almost 5 years of veganism and the first 2 eating all raw, I noticed how certain communities are very dogmatic and at one point, you lose sense of what this is all about. I don’t like to call myself anything anymore just because I don’t feel the need to do so.
I eat a wide variety of real, whole, plant-based foods, and I don’t push myself into eating things I simply don’t feel like, or I know are harmful for my body, specially all processed foods. Let’s say I eat super healthy foods but indulge here and there. Why not?
I work with people all over the world, both in my own practice and online, helping them achieve their health goals, detoxify their bodies the natural way and learn how to successfully follow a plant-based diet. I write for different magazines in my area and health related websites too, promoting healthy habits and plant-based living. I love what I do and I feel so blessed for waking up everyday and be able to help so many with the tools God has given me.
I hope you all enjoy the blog and that I can be a little bit of inspiration for you to pursue happiness and health as I do, with healthy living tips, and delicious, super simple recipes to share!