Hey girl! My name is Raquel Barr and I am so happy that you are here!
My main goal in life is to educate and inspire others to make healthier and more informed choices about their nutrition and lifestyle. I want YOU to aspire to have the most full and beautiful life that you f*cking deserve.
As a teenager, I was always very self-conscious of my body and my appearance. It was a battle I constantly fought trying to look the way I thought other girls my age looked. I was an overweight girl who loved to hangout with friends, snack, and watch movies. I took up long distance running when I was 14 and I soon realized that I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I “ran it off later”. Oh my teenage metabolism! This was the beginning of numerous emotional and weight-related ups and downs that were to follow for the next 10 years. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when my relationship with food became unhealthy, but looking back I can see that it was many years in the making.
My weight was always fluctuating; so much so, that it seemed like each day my body would decide on a whim whether it would fit my clothes or not. I simply did not understand what was happening inside and I was very hard on myself for it. I mostly fought my body through excessive cardio and bouts of disordered/restrictive eating. As I struggled, I kept asking myself: Why is none of this working? Why did I still feel so self-critical? Was this going to be a struggle all my life?
About 4 years ago I gained about 30 extra pounds on my 5 foot 2 inch frame. I felt physically awful, unattractive, and f*cking defeated. The food had won, "willpower" didn't work, exercise wasn’t enough, and I had essentially given up trying to fight my body anymore. I looked in the mirror one day and knew that I couldn’t keep going on this way. I decided then that I had to make a serious lifestyle change.
I was going to educate myself, talk to people smarter than me, and figure out how to actually be healthy and happy in my body. I quickly realized that there was no magic pill or quick-fix diet that would fix all of my problems. Not to mention my problems ran a hell of a lot deeper than a number on the scale.
It was not an easy transition, with many ups and downs. I first became pescatarian (no meat apart from fish/seafood) and started to see my body change. People at work, in my family and my friends started to notice and comment on my weight loss. I had begun to feel immensely lighter, not only in physical weight but also somehow spiritually lighter. I then transitioned fully to a whole-food, mostly plant-based diet for over two years and it was amazing! I learned to cook and prepare new foods, I trained for half-marathons, and continued to learn what I could online.
I chose to continue my education at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. This school absolutely changed my life. CSNN showed me the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet, while also considering my mind and my spirituality. This was the missing link all along. My body size would fluctuate because my mind and spirit were stuck in the same unhealthy patterns. Once I started to break-free, everything changed. I successfully became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and I knew I had to share with the world!
For those of you who are curious about what I eat - My diet is always evolving and changing as I learn more about my own body and what feels right. I'll happily teach you to do the same!
I choose to share my story to help inspire you to take your health into your own hands. We all have the power to shape our reality and I am here to show you that if I can do it.. so can you!