Hi, my name is Vanessa. I’m a wellness enthusiast, writer, and wishful thinker.
Gem Perspective is a movement dedicated to celebrating every facet of wellness — including physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Many years ago, I was in the midst of an eating disorder. My recovery taught me that the quest for wellness doesn’t begin with food or fitness. It begins with God. He dug me out of darkness, polished me up, and reminded me of my purpose. So here I am, on a treasure hunt of sorts, finding out what it means to be whole and healthy.
If you struggle with disordered eating habits or are simply looking to find balance, intuitive eating could be a gamechanger for you.
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The Latte Handbook is a caffeinated ode to one of my very favorite morning rituals. In this 15-page ebook, I include 10 recipes for delicious, healthy coffee drinks you can make at home — plus a few other tips and stories. From whipped cinnamon lattes to blended butter coffee, there’s something in this ebook for everyone to celebrate and savor.
Being able to embrace intuitive eating is a huge step. A leap of faith, if you will. And part of that leap into the unknown means learning to be OK with any junk food that’s in your house. For me, this is one of the best defense mechanisms against disordered eating. I used to say stuff like, “If I don’t keep cookies in the house, then I can’t eat them!” And then when I finally did let myself eat the cookies, I’d go overboard.
In my mind, I’d hit a temporary jackpot and needed to fit in as many cookies as I could because who knows the next time I’d let myself do something like this again?
Even as someone who does my best to eat intuitively, I still find myself doing this from time to time. It really is a tough habit to break. But more recently, I’ve adopted a different approach. And it’s working.