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Candid Moment: My 'Why'


Yup. That's me. Cystic acne at its finest and that's actually a minor breakout. What's more upsetting is that I was on vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I wasn't happy ...

I was one of those lucky girls that skimmed past middle and high school without having to deal with the pain and insecurities of acne; the "issue" was my weight. Fast-forward to the latter part of college when I finally realized that if I wanted to get (and keep) the weight off, I had to make some lifestyle changes. I did it. I accomplished my weight goals but then I found myself looking in the mirror to find acne … uh? *cue millions of questions*

Wait, how did this happen?

Where was this when I was younger?

I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been so why is this happening now?

I wasn’t being completely honest with myself. Of course it wasn't intentional, I just wasn't aware. Although I was at the ideal weight, what I neglected to see was the emotional and mental stress I was enduring with school, work and relationships. They weren’t balanced. AT. ALL. Ever since then, I no longer look at acne has an enemy but an educator. I relate it to one of my favorite quotes:

“Nothing ever leaves until it teaches us what we need to know.” - Pema Chodron

My acne was telling me that I needed to go deeper than what I faced every day looking in the mirror. I needed to examine what I was putting in my body, my relationship with exercise and really learn how to balance my stress and anxiety.

"I wasn’t being completely honest with myself."

Most importantly, I was forced to reconnect and learn how to genuinely love myself past my imperfections.

As busy individuals, our intentions for taking care of ourselves are good, however, life is inevitable. We find ourselves pushing our self-care to the side in order to gain organization in the other areas in our lives: spouse, children, work, etc. and continue on this vicious cycle of trying to balance it all.

You can't be great in all other areas of your life if you aren’t at your full potential. We are some powerful individuals but we are human; we can’t do it all, all the time.

I’m here to help you remove the uncertainties of where and how to begin when taking care of your “self” by working through your relationship with, both, life and food. So whether you're a business owner, athlete, pregnant or just gave birth, I'm here to help you along the journey of discovering what makes you genuinely happy all while eliminating trying issues holding you back.

*In order to eliminate further frustration, I've decided to omit how I healed my acne because everyone is different - what works for me may not work for you. This post was solely my "why" for becoming a Health Practitioner and wanting to help others on their journey.

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Cassie Brown

Clinical Nutritionist

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