A Little Bit About Me

Hi! I'm glad you're here. If you’re on this page, chances are you want to find out a little bit more about me. 

Let me give you a quick run-through of my life, thus far.

My interest in health and nutrition evolved very gradually.

I was blessed to have devoted first-time parents who did everything within their power to ensure I had the best start in life (natural birth, exclusive breastfeeding, cloth nappies, no sugar until the age of 2 etc, etc., the usual stuff!). Growing up, meals were always home-cooked from scratch and my mother nurtured my love for what I now call ‘intuitive’ home cooking; no super precise recipe following; honest and delicious home-cooked meals were simply a way of life.​

'Obviously, I had no idea what damage I was setting myself up for down the line… nor did I really care, to be honest.'

 

While I had the ideal start to life, I hit a turbulent emotional period in my early teens and developed an eating disorder. Obviously, I had no idea what damage I was setting myself up for down the line… nor did I really care, to be honest. My sole purpose was to neurotically record calorie intake in a self-fashioned food journal and surrender my self-worth to a bathroom scale. I was totally obsessed... and I was getting results and compliments. What could possibly go wrong?! 

In retrospect, I recognize this behaviour as a reaction to the dissolution of my parents’ marriage and the massive societal pressure I was feeling to live up to unrealistic aesthetic expectations – this controlled eating was my desperate attempt to retain some form of control over my life and to salvage my self-worth by gaining other's approval (it took a long time for the penny to drop on that one!). The healthy relationship I had with food growing up was gone. Food was now my vice of choice to navigate emotional turbulence... and a very unsuccessful one at that!

'Next came the severe acne and excruciating period pains.'

Eventually, this unsustainable period was followed by uncontrolled re-feeding which lead to massive weight gain, diet pills, hormonal havoc and just generally feeling miserable in my own skin (sounds fun, right?! Wait, there’s more!).

Next came the severe acne and excruciating period pains. When I finally went to the doctor, I was completely dumbfounded by his 3 recommendations: (1) have a hysterectomy, (2) have a child (bear in mind I was only 16 at the time) or, (3) take prescription-strength pain killers and go on birth control.

 

While my knowledge of health and nutrition were very limited at the time, even I intuitive knew that there had to be another way to recover from this mess I had gotten myself into. Unfortunately, I lacked the tools to ‘fix’ my own health at the time, so I started taking large doses of prescription-strength pain killers and tried multiple brands of oral contraceptives (all to no avail).

'I must say, I am glad I did not have a hysterectomy as recommended...'

Fast forward to my early 20s when I moved to London for University. I gradually started to place a larger emphasis on my emotional wellbeing through the friendships and relationships I developed (Both bad and good) and noticed a slow yet unmistakable transition in my physical health.

 

Over the following years, I gradually took steps to improve my nutrition and eventually rediscovered my natural healthy weight and experienced huge improvements in my hormonal symptoms. I must say, I am glad I did not have a hysterectomy as recommended, but I must give credit where credit is due because my period pains did improve considerably after giving birth to my first child (although I still think recommending childbirth to a 16-year-old is questionable practice!).

 'I have become passionate, not obsessed, about health and nutrition over the course of my journey and for the first time in my life, I had a true purpose; it was time to empower others.'

Now, decades on since my disordered eating, I am still healing from the legacy of damage I inflicted upon myself, but my days of relying on band-aid solutions are thankfully behind me. Don't get me wrong, some symptoms still rear their ugly head from time to time, especially when I am under stress. The difference now is that I have the knowledge to recognize imbalances and the tools to mitigate these effects from the inside. I have, over the course of my journey, become passionate rather than obsessed about health and nutrition. For the first time in my life, I found my purpose; to empower others to reclaim their health. I obtained a BSc in Nutritional Therapy and the rest is history.  

 

Our bodies are innately intelligent and possess a natural propensity to heal, if only we provide it with the necessary components.

It has become my mission and passion to help reign in feelings of confusion, defeat, and loneliness which often become overwhelming when health is lost. I sincerely look forward to working with you and being your guide and partner in your journey to reclaim control over your health destiny.

  

Below is a list of principles that I have adopted over the years. If they resonate with you, chances are we will be a great match to work together!

Laugh a lot

Stop blaming other people

Admit when you make a mistake

Give clothes not worn to charity

Do something nice and try not to get caught

Listen more: talk less

Take a walk every day

Don’t take yourself too seriously

Strive for excellence, not perfection

Be humble

Be on time. Don’t make excuses

Choose your battles

Let go of resentment. It’s poison

Be kind to unkind people

Celebrate other's accomplishments

Take time to be alone

Be kind to yourself

Know when to keep your mouth shut

Never fear failure

Don’t surrender your self-worth to others

Life is happening now. Live it.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.

Here are some facts about me…

  1. I grew up in Japan, so I speak fluent Japanese and eat a variety of weird and wonderful delicacies (all while using chopsticks!). 

  2. I was a translator/interpreter as well as a project manager in a digital marketing firm in a past life.

  3. I moved to London when I was 21 and now have 1 husband, 3 kids, and 2 BSc degrees.

  4. My favourite poem is Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

  5. I have an irrational fear of snakes.

  6. I absolutely adore walking. It is integral to my physical and mental wellbeing.

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