From IG to Reality; How Getting Healthy on the Internet Changed My Life For the Best

It is super rare to find a paying job helping people while also doing something that you love. As I embark on my new adventure as a certified health coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, I wanted to share with you my personal feelings behind WHY I decided to turn my passion for food and cooking into a career and how Instagram helped.

When I started using my Instagram page as a part of the #wls community after having a vertical sleeve gastrectomy over three years ago, I had absolutely NO idea that it would grow into what it has become today. Sometimes I transform, sometimes I ramble, but honestly? I’m literally just one person, behind my phone, trying to stay healthy and cooking food I love to share with anyone that wants it.

As time went on, and I went from job to job trying to find something worthwhile, I realized that I can utilize my love for cooking and my experience as a bariatric patient and formerly obese adult as a way to spread my message of mindful (tr)eating with others, both inside the weight loss surgery community and out. THIS is why I went into health coaching. Not to gain “insta-fame” or somehow trick my followers into giving me money for being “good at Instagram” or trying to push any kind of product, unrealistic diet program or workout routine.

Instagram is a tool that a lot of businesses use to communicate with people. In fact, 74% of people depend on social media when deciding what to buy and according to Forbes, Instagram is the top social media platform that all brands need to be on. Not only for product promotion but for spreading ideas, creating memories, to ignite conversation and form friendships, as corny as that sounds!

My Instagram page has birthed the creation of my blog, it has helped me find my voice as a health and nutrition advocate and it has helped me continually become the best version of myself. I have made so many friends and met so many inspirational people because of my time as kiwithetattooedlady. People who challenge my way of thinking and inspire me creatively, and think about things (ingredients, products, ideas or ways of life) in a light I may never have thought of before. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. That’s the kind of community I’m trying to foster.

Our journey to wellness is a lifelong one; as soon as we think we’ve got it figured out, our bodies grow, change (-achem- get older… hello. I’m 30) but the most important thing is to never, never EVER give up.