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I’m here to support women’s health and fertility, here’s why…

When I was 13 I went on a “health kick”, but it was never about health. It was about control. I moved from Japan to boarding school in Sydney. I didn’t know where I fit in. I wanted to fit the country crowd, but felt I never could. I wanted to have my city friends, the group had changed. Boys from schools we had dances with heard I was “from Japan” + threw racial slur my way. In a small boarding school year, there was emotional bullying. A boarding mistress pulled me aside one eve + told me I’d never have the grace, beauty or intelligence of my 2 older sisters. It was tough. So, I looked for ways to take control of a situation where I felt greatly out of control. I decided to do a “health kick” + gave up chocolate, see how long I could go. It felt good, so the next food went, then the next, until I stripped my diet of anything deemed “unhealthy” + in my darkness, anything I thought “fattening”. Maybe, if I was very thin, then all these other things would go away. I could fit in. When I was focused on being “healthy” I felt control. So, it continued. A food eliminated here or there. No snacks. Food/weight journaling. Avoiding meal times. Drinking tea/coffee to stay “energised”. Exercise in secret. Tablets to eliminate food. Purging. Copious amounts of water. Sometimes DAYS without food. Multiple doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics. Starving + feeling I could control it, was addictive. But the reality was, what I thought I had control of, was 💯 controlling me. My “health kick”, morphed into anorexia/bulimia. It stayed with me all throughout those years + chased me into my late 20’s. I share this, because many of you may have landed here seeing beautiful food + a positive, nourishing connection with it. I work hard at this because this is my past. If my lessons + education, can help others heal sooner or lay simple foundations in health + have an impact, then that’s the ultimate motivation for me to keep learning + sharing all I can with you.

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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