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Lauren remembers getting out of bed every morning with a growing hate towards herself. She hated the way she looked. She hated the way she felt. She hated the person she was. Constantly comparing herself to social media influencers and models she wanted to become so badly. Wishing she was someone else. Anyone else but her. Lauren showed signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Anorexia, depression and was clinically diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS). As a repercussion, she is currently battling an undefined chronic illness. The battle she had with herself was all self-inflicted.
I had created this life for myself. I never understood why I continued to critique my body. Why I was never happy with it. Why I refused to eat and why it was so important to be ‘skinny’. It stemmed from somewhere.
We are not born with these thoughts. Along our journeys something has happened which has led to many females becoming so self-conscious and so fixated on achieving that ‘perfect body’. But guess what? That perfect body is different for everyone—That perfect body does not mean we must starve ourselves—That perfect body is not found on social media.
A Journey to Health was created to inspire and motivate females. To let them know that body issues can affect anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a model, an athlete, a professional or a student. These issues can creep up and cause a profound impact on your life. This book enables females to ignite that spark and let them know that there is a way out of this toxic cycle. Self-love is key to giving us the strength. Once you find that inner power from within, you can escape this journey before it starts controlling your life. The moment we truly accept who we are, the moment our lives change. The ease will come, and happiness will follow.
A body does not define you.