A born-and-raised Texas gal, University of Texas student Audrey Wright had to learn on her own how to navigate the daunting world of school, social outings and life as a teen with Celiac Disease. She loves her family and friends, writing, cooking and staying active. Now more than ever, she wishes to share her discoveries, tips and tricks about practical food allergy survival and hopes to make things just a little bit easier for others. Audrey, welcome aboard to the nutpods team!
My road to eating well, staying fit and living life with food allergies.
It’s 4:00 pm on a Friday afternoon and the last bell of the day just finished its ear-splitting ring of freedom. After a mad dash to the dance studio at the back of campus, my group of friends gather around to discuss one of the most important decisions we will make that day: where to go to eat before our dance performance at the football game that night.
Sounds like a typical Friday afternoon of your average high-schooler, right? At least it was for me until the discovery of my food allergies at the defiant age of 16. The last thing any 16 year old, or anyone for that matter, wants to be told is that the days of pizza, cookies and morning runs to the doughnut shop with friends were long over.
I fought and I fought hard.
‘Oh no, it can’t be that mom! Ice cream is –not- the cause of my bloating!’
Or how about this: ‘That makes no SENSE! Food cannot make me sick.’
It took me months to come to the slow realization that the undercover dashes to the bathroom, intense stomach pains, embarrassing acne and skin rashes, weight gain and more were all caused by what food I was allowing to enter my body.
It came down to the simple decision of wanting to feel and look my best or not that helped push me to be willing to make sacrifices for the good of my body because I never knew how bad I truly felt until I felt absolutely AMAZING! The further down the path of resetting, cleansing and healing my body I traveled, the more fascinated, intrigued and enamored I became by allergy-free cooking, fitness, nutrition and most importantly: helping others with their own food allergy and fitness journeys, obstacles and goals.
I am now a sophomore in college pursing a degree in Nutrition and am working on completing my Personal Training Certification. I have never been happier, healthier and more excited to share my journey, tips, tricks and recipes to anyone willing to take a moment and read! As we ring in 2014, I’ll leave you with my first tip! Tip #1: Set a GOAL!
Give more of your time, love, knowledge and resources to those around you. Organize your workout schedule, meals for the week, home and kitchen drawers. ;) Accept the changes, people and opportunities coming and going in your life. Love MORE. Love yourself, your loved ones and take the time to love and appreciate the struggles, achievements and small moments in your life (like a cup of coffee soon filled with a whole lotta’ nutpods love!).
Start the year off right with choosing ONE thing you want to achieve this year and pursue it with these principles and positivity. Want to cut ALL gluten from your diet? You can! Want to learn how to meal prep? You can! I will be here to help you along the way! I look forward to starting this new year and new journey with nutpods and with YOU!
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