I’m Emily Blasik, a Nutritional Therapy Consultant dedicated to helping women with a history of disordered eating ditch the yo-yo dieting, balance their hormones, and reclaim their health and vitality with real food.
my story: disordered eating, hormonal imbalances, & anxiety
It wasn’t long ago that I was standing right where you are: dealing with all sorts of frustrating symptoms, trying out every diet under the sun, and completely confused about what it meant to “eat right.” For years, I struggled with restrict-and-binge eating patterns, sugar addiction, acne, sluggish digestion, irregular periods, hirsutism, and fatigue without having a clue about the underlying cause or how to fix it. I hopped from doctor to doctor, only to be given an uncertain diagnosis of PCOS and prescribed band-aid “solutions” like the birth control pill, Accutane, antibiotics, and Spironolactone. Despite doing exactly as I was told, I wasn’t getting any better; in fact, these medications seemed to make most of my issues worse. But who was I to argue with a trained medical professional?
Frankly, my personal pursuit of health felt like a wild goose chase that lasted throughout my early twenties, and by the time I married my sweetheart in 2015, I was exhausted. Maybe I was just destined for a life of hormonal acne, low libido, brain fog, and anxiety. I should suck it up and move on, I told myself. (After all, things could be much worse.) But my husband and I knew we wanted to start a family eventually, and I feared that whatever was causing my symptoms—PCOS or otherwise—might also affect my fertility. So I took a leap of faith, and my first step towards truly healing my broken hormones, by joining Alisa Vitti’s FLO Living Monthly FLO program. It was through her brilliant online course that I first discovered the healing power of whole foods, the importance of stress management, and the impact that the right kind of therapeutic movement can make on our overall wellbeing. I was hooked on learning—and once I began applying the basic teachings to my own life, I immediately noticed a difference in my skin, cycles, and energy levels. (For the first time since junior high, I no longer need an afternoon nap or a cup of coffee to make it through the day.) Little did I know then that my newfound fascination for holistic health and wellness was just the beginning of a journey that would change my life for good.
The Road to Healing
Fast forward through four years of extensive personal research, experimentation, and a certification in ancestral nutrition, and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt better than I do right now. But that doesn’t mean that it’s been a cakewalk; overcoming compulsive eating behaviors is a daily effort, and chronic health conditions don’t clear up overnight. Since embarking on this journey, I’ve battled the effects of subclinical hypothyroidism, candida, leaky gut, heavy metal toxicity, and blood sugar dysregulation—and I won’t pretend that there weren’t times when I felt like throwing in the towel. But experiencing these setbacks along the way has taught me how to better help those who are going through similar challenges, and I’m here to tell you: Don’t give up! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Though I won’t ever claim to have achieved “perfect” health (because there’s simply no such thing), at 27 years old, I’m finally free of food guilt, unburdened by the worst of my pesky symptoms, and—surprise!—expecting my first baby this November.
If my story sounds at all familiar, I promise you one thing: your situation isn’t hopeless. But I know how confusing and lonely the road to wellness can seem, especially when it feels like you’re doing everything right and seeing zero results. This is why I’m devoted to providing one-on-one support for women who want to feel better without sacrificing their joy. Whether you’re tackling major health concerns or simply want to embrace a more holistic lifestyle, I’ve got you covered. (What I would have given for that kind of support four, five, or six years ago!) Together we can get to the bottom of your symptoms and get you back to feeling like your confident, snappy self again—so you can continue to take on the world like the badass babe you are.
My Wellness Philosophy
I used to think that there was one perfect way to eat/exercise/live, and that if we humans could just figure out the magic combination, we’d all see the pounds melt off and the chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders disappear. Since then, I’ve come to learn that no one diet or lifestyle could possibly be ideal for all 6 billion people on the planet, because that would be assuming that all 6 billion of us share the exact same biology and therefore need the exact same things. (If only, right?)
This is why, with me, you won’t get a one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. I don’t believe in quick fixes, nor do I subscribe to any particular “cure-all” diet. What I do subscribe to, however, is the belief that eating the right foods for YOUR biology—in combination with other lifestyle changes to support your emotional, mental, and physical health—can help erase years of “dis-ease” and dysfunction within the body. A body in balance knows how to heal itself, which is why we start with figuring out what your particular body needs to self-correct before crafting a sustainable wellness plan that is 100% unique to you.
Eating Well: What Is an “Ancestral” Diet?
In my experience, I have found that restrictive diets aren’t always the answer, especially for those with a history of disordered eating. That said, we live in a world where highly-processed convenience “foods” are readily available on every street corner—in our grocery stores, vending machines, restaurants, and even school cafeterias—making it easier than ever to justify a Happy Meal or a bag of chips in lieu of a properly prepared nutrient-dense meal. Unfortunately, these unnatural and hyper-palatable food products (made mostly of industrial seed oils and refined grains) are making it harder for our bodies to function like they were created to, and it’s only by getting back to an ancestral way of eating that we can restore our health and prevent chronic diseases for the long haul.
Think back to hundreds of years ago: What did our ancestors eat, and how did they prepare those foods for consumption? The quick and easy answer is, whatever they farmed or hunted themselves. Of course, I’m not suggesting we all boycott our local grocery stores and neighborhood eateries—convenience can be a good thing, as it allows us to worry more than just about where our next meal is coming from—but I am suggesting that we prioritize whole, unprocessed foods that we prepare ourselves 80% of the time. If that sounds like an unrealistic step for your current lifestyle, we start small and work our way up. I’m all about progress, not perfection. And health is about more than just what we eat! You could be the healthiest eater on the planet, but if you constantly feel deprived or stressed about your food choices, you’re not going to feel any better in the long run. A healthy mindset—and relationship with food—comes first.