I adore meeting up with my girlfriends to enjoy a delicious meal and some good girl talk. Sitting down for a good conversation with those closest to my heart makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and nothing puts a smile on my face like getting dressed up for a night on the town with my ladies. I love me some good, hot, sweaty yoga sessions (among other good, hot, sweaty things!), and although there are plenty of women whose dance skills would put mine to shame, I still love to shake my booty on the dance floor. All in all, I see life as an exciting adventure, and I can truly say I feel fulfilled.
However, things were not always this way. There was a point in my life where just the thought of getting dressed up in tight, sexy clothes or going out on the town with my girlfriends made me want to burst into tears. You see, I used to struggle with a very painful relationship with food and my body. When I wasn’t compulsively overeating and bingeing, I was depriving myself of food completely. I obsessed about my body and even the thought of food made me anxious.
Because of my low self-esteem and bad body image, I never felt good enough. I endured a constant stream of negative self-talk which led me to believe that I was essentially flawed. Because of this belief, I isolated myself from others in an attempt to keep them from figuring out how flawed I was. Although I yearned to, I just didn’t know how to chase away that dark cloud of sadness and find happiness.
Lying in bed at night, I would dream of a life where clothes hung from my body in a sexy, sassy way. I envisioned raucous laughter with a group of caring and supportive girlfriends and a handsome prince who would sweep me off my feet. In my dreams, I was beautiful, I was thin, and most of all, I was happy.
When I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I found the key that changed everything.
When we keep eating food long after we’re full, we’re feeding the wrong hunger. Our bodies aren’t starving, our souls are. They crave pleasure and joy the way most of us think our tastebuds crave chocolate. By feeding our souls with love and laughter, fulfilling work, joy, and so much more, we are able to satisfy our formerly insatiable hunger at its root.
When you start nourishing your soul with adventure, pleasure, and joy, you no longer need to fill that starving, empty feeling with food. When your life is exciting and fulfilling, you no longer need food to feel satisfied.
I thought all I wanted in life was to be thin. I thought that if only I were skinnier, my life would be perfect. But I realized that’s not the case at all. I’ve been sad, lonely and unhappy at a size 12, and I’ve been sad, lonely and unhappy at a size 2. It was only once I started listening to my heart and nourishing my spirit that I was able to find my happiness.
From that moment forward, I have made it my mission to help other women who are struggling with food and body obsession to break free from body hatred jail forever. I’ve helped countless women let go of emotional eating habits and excess weight once and for all even if they think they’ve tried it all and nothing can help.
I’ve encouraged them to take an honest, heart-driven approach to weight loss which allows them to have a more tangible, messy, and free relationship with their body and their life. I’ve helped them to let down their hair, muss up their worlds (just a little bit), and revel in the novelty of life. I’ve helped them find pleasure through avenues other than food.
Most of all, I’ve helped them to get in touch with the wisdom of their bodies, nourish their spirits, and learn how to lose weight without dieting. By teaching them how to listen to their hearts and excite their spirits, I’ve helped them to effortlessly release extra weight and begin living more pleasure-powered, joy-centered lives.
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Shamra Byrne, founder of Natural Nutrition, is a health + lifestyle coach with a passion for teaching women how to take a soul-centered approach to slimming down. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, Shamra is the lead nutrition consultant and chef at Eat, Play, Love, a Sturgis Yoga retreat, as well as a public speaker at premier wellness hot spots including Kalani retreat center and various Whole Foods Markets. She is the creator of the innovative Compassionate Cleanse 10-day detox program.
Shamra studied as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a BA in Biology and a Business Certificate from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She received her nutrition training and certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, accredited by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
Shamra’s education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and knowledge from her own healing journey, Shamra works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
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