photo 2My name is Emily Star. I’m a freelance writer and editor with a Master’s degree in English literature. I also teach English, tutor, write, run my own shop on Etsy. I’m also going back to school for a degree in nutrition.

Why on earth am I going back to school when I already have so much to do? I sound crazy, right?

Well, I’ve lived for the last decade in a body that is riddled with health issues, from asthma to autoimmune. I sometimes feel like I’m living in a daily war, fighting every single day to make my body do things that “normal” people take for granted. And yet those “normal” people often judge me, thinking I’m lazy or milking it and that I don’t really have half the problems I say I do.

If they only knew.

A friend of my brother’s recently was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and he had a huge attack while over our house. He knew I would understand how he was feeling – and the words he chose to express himself were: “I fucking hate my body.”

I wanted to cry, because I have had that thought so many times!

I don’t want to be a doctor. I already spent a very long time in school, and plus, I hate needles and blood. But I do want to understand how my body works, and what I can do to show it some love, treat it well, and give it what it needs. Because spending my days hating my body – essentially hating myself – really isn’t getting me anywhere. And if I can channel that into a career where I can help other people, like my brother’s friend, not hate themselves too? Well, that’s just frosting on the cake (the gluten-free cake, because I have celiac disease).

So, while you’re here, spend some time with me learning about functional and integrative dietetics, how yoga can help you get in touch with your body, which herbal teas can help with migraines and stomach aches, and anything else I find out along the way. I’ll also talk about books, movies, workout DVDs, and weird words. It’ll be fun!

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