I am Vera...
I hated my body for over 20 years.
Let me tell you how I healed my relationship with my body and food.
I was 8 years old at summer camp, where my friend asked me why my bottom is big.
This one innocent comment left me wondering if there is something wrong with my body and if I should try to change it, to be more likable, to fit in.
For over 20 years, I was doing my best to follow every piece of advice on how to become skinnier and be better, so I can feel more accepted.
The feeling of validation and pride when someone noticed my effort reassured me I was doing the right thing. But after a few days when the nice comments started to fade out, or when I gained weight I felt depressed, trapped in my body, wanting to disappear, become invisible. Immediately thinking I must lose some more, to be liked again. I lived in a fear of changing body.
My ideal weight has become my life's purpose.
One comment started it all and our diet culture has kept me going. I didn't live. I didn't feel joy. I wasn't present. I checked out of my own body and life.
I needed to feel absolute control over my eating, I studied restaurant menus, so I could choose the right place with approved meal choices to go out with my friends. I carried food with me everywhere and when I was left unprepared I would rather go hungry, pretending I am still full former that half cup of salad I had over lunch.
As a nutritionist, I feared that somebody will see me eating the "wrong" food, so I either avoided eating in a public or made sure my choices were always healthy and always small.
When I was alone at home, I binge on everything I could find, not being able to find satisfaction.
Food and fear of becoming fat have ruled my life.
Intuitive eating and Body Image therapy have made me realise that I am more than my body. That I truly can trust myself around food. I discovered what true food freedom means and I found passion and joy in my life. I healed years of self-doubt, and trauma caused by diet culture.
And I felt ALIVE again.
And today, I have the privilege to help women like me, like you, to heal their trauma and live a full life.
With Love Vera
Vera Prazak BSc, Eating Behaviour Specialist, Registered Nutritionist & Intuitive Eating Counsellor
Helping to change the lives of people who feel trapped in a difficult relationship with food and finding it hard to love themselves.
Graduated from Masaryk University, Czech Republic in 2009 majoring in human nutrition and specialising in eating disorders.
In 2021 Vera became a certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor to help our generation to leave dieting behind and to live a healthful life.
How can Vera help you?
Intuitive Eating & Eating Behaviour Therapy - Heal your relationship with food and find true food freedom in your healthiest self.
Women's hormonal health (Hormonal balancing, Menstrual cycle, Endometriosis, Pregnancy and Postpartum, Adrenal Fatigue, Stress and Anxiety)
Raising happy and healthy eaters - nurturing a positive relationship with food and body from their first bites to puberty.
Eating Behaviour therapy for Disordered eating and Distorted body image.
Gentle Nutrition for Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol and Obesity.