emotional eater, sugar addict
I walk the talk
I know how it feels to watch other people enjoying their life and
feel like you're standing on the sidelines.
In my early 20’s I weighed 30kgs more than I do now.
It should have been the prime time of my life: young, free and about to go overseas to start a new career as a teacher in Japan.
My friends were all celebrating at the 21st parties, shopping and having a ball. I was joining in sometimes but I most definitely wasn’t having a ball because on the inside I just wanted to cry every time I entered a changing room and had to look in the mirror.
Every time I had to squeeze into a larger-sized item I wanted to burst into tears.
Every time I tried to exercise I would get such bad chaffing between my thighs that they would bleed.
On the outside, I was always the happy, outgoing Sheryl but on the inside, I was so depressed with my weight.
I love singing but was embarrassed about my weight so I couldn’t get on stage. So, being overweight deprived me of my greatest joy in life.
Caring for others and striving to help them meant my health and wellbeing always got pushed to the back of the queue.
until the day I decided to show up for myself:
Instead of giving up
and lost 30kgs in one year!
It wasn’t until I moved overseas that I was able to put myself first. I had a wonderful group of friends, started exercising and lost 30kgs in one year.
The joy I experienced through that transformation was life-changing.
But it didn't last
I came back to New Zealand in my mid 20’s and I started slowly gaining weight. I didn’t know much about nutrition so I made the decision to get support sooner rather than later and started seeing a nutritionst. What she taught me about low carb diets and the importance of ongoing support was the foundation I needed.
And I still see a nutritionist every month.
I have now maintained my 30kg weight loss for 23 years
I gained 40kgs of pregnancy weight in my 30's and lost all of that too!
To lose weight and keep it off you need two things:
There are loads of people out there who have lost weight – lots of weight – numerous times, only to gain it all back again.
Because this is not just about food. It’s about your mindset and learning how to show up so you don’t give up.
Over the years I’ve learnt, tried and tested many tools and strategies that have enabled me to keep the weight off.
It’s been a life-changing journey that ignited a passion for nutrition and the desire to help others look and feel their best.
So, when I became a mum in my early 30’s, after a successful career in communications, I decided it was time to follow my passion, go back to University and re-train to become a nutritionist.
My weight loss journey became “WHY WEIGHT”.
These are my areas of expertise as they have been a key part of
my journey over the past 23 years:
Overcoming Sugar Addiction
Dealing with IBS
Low carb eating
My food plan is based on real food. I follow a low-carb, healthy-fat diet and this way of eating has been the key to being able to stabilise my blood sugar levels and maintain weight. Best of all, I don’t count calories and the food I eat is delicious! My journey has included issues with emotional eating and food addiction. I can happily say that I am now a recovering sugar addict and am able to share my strategies for overcoming addiction with my clients.