Hi, i'm tara.
I’m here to talk about food and feels.
I’m passionate about and fascinated by both – especially the ways in which they intertwine.
I have experienced both sides of how we can relate to food. In my early teens, I struggled with an eating disorder. In my attempt to overcome it, I shifted my attention toward trying to eat healthfully to nourish my body. I was searching for a way to eat that would fully serve me, but I ended up feeling lost much of the time.
When I found plant-based nutrition, I knew I’d struck gold. The more I learned, the more I fell in love with the principles. The logic made sense, and it was all based on the premise that food is healing. Plant foods, I learned, work in harmony with your body. Rather than navigating foods to find the “lesser of evils,” I was learning how incredibly nourishing plants are for the body; how they hold the power to heal the body and help us return to a state of physical health.
I have witnessed hundreds of people turn their life around by switching to a whole-food plant-based diet. It is incredible and amazing and never ever stops making my heart fill up with joy. It is deeply empowering and truly life-altering to realize that you can eat in a way that both tastes amazing and supports you to live a long, energized, full, healthy life.
But as much as eating a plant-based diet was a catalyst for so much growth in my relationship with food, it wasn’t everything. Ultimately, I still had some inner work to be done. The most profound growth happened when I shifted my focus to my relationship with myself.
I started being real with myself. I started exploring my darkness. And in all honesty, it was the hardest thing I have ever done. It got a lot worse before it got better. I was anxious, depressed, and full of fear. I hit what so far in my life has been rock bottom.
But then I learned how to rise.
And that, my friends, is the beauty of falling into your well. You eventually learn how to climb out. You may sit in the dark for a long time. You might feel completely lost, not knowing how you will possibly find your way back up. But in that darkness, you will find your light.
Now, I honor and embrace the darkness. It is still uncomfortable at times, but not scary. I have learned that acknowledging the struggle and allowing ourselves to sit with our pain is absolutely necessary. There is no shortcut. The only way out is through.
So, after years of believing that I was going to be a dietitian, I started to shift my focus. I still believe wholeheartedly in the power of plant-based nutrition. But what I have come to realize is that very often, just learning “what to eat” is not enough.
What to eat for health, in fact, can be explained rather quickly and easily: eat plant foods, in their unrefined form. That is the base, and of course there are nuances, but ultimately, if you do that, you will succeed.
Understanding this, however, doesn’t always lead to you actually making lifestyle changes. The complexity and challenges that hold you back from executing what you know is best for you come from the psychological and emotional world in which you live inside your mind.
In order to be sustainable, lifestyle change must be founded in self-love. That’s what I believe through and through, and that’s what I am here to share.
When you heal your relationship with yourself, you lay the foundation for true inner peace. This is a critical part of overall health.
I am here to witness your journey. To hold space for you as you move through it. To inspire you to ask the tough questions. To be a guiding light helping you to trust that the work is worth the outcome, even when you can’t see it up ahead. To help you look at yourself with acceptance and unconditional love.
Thank you for being here.