When one thinks about getting fit and adopting a healthier lifestyle, the image that immediately comes to mind involves going to the gym, eating salad, and drinking tea. But for a certain percentage of the population, health and wellness is an uphill struggle that takes more than just watching what one eats. In the case of Andrea Montoya, it involved addressing mental wellness concerns that had her at war with her own body.
Over the course of six years, Andrea persevered to earn her degree in holistic nutrition. She sought help from psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, and was even on anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants. To prove to herself that she could stick to a diet, Andrea competed in bikini competitions, worked on to become a health coach, and served as a personal trainer. All were in the hopes that she will stumble upon a solution to what seemed like an endless, vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and binge eating.
Like millions of people around the world, Andrea thought that the numbers she sees on the scale would determine the love and support that she can get from others. It was irrational, but it is a belief that has plagued countless people who have turned to the conduct of starving themselves, fad dieting, binging, emotional eating, purging, and more, to gain a sense of belonging and feel appreciated.
After exhausting so many ways to wellness, it was only when Andrea confronted her distorted thoughts and began to do the internal work that her life truly changed. By focusing on psychology, emotions, and self-love, her mind opened up to a lot of facts about her situation. Moreover, once she gave acknowledgment to her propensity toward emotional eating and adopted coping strategies and self-soothing tools, she finally found the control she has always wanted over her life. This time, it was no longer the number on the scale nor tubs of ice cream that ran her life.
With her body image and self-love coaching certifications, this personal development enthusiast is now involved in helping others address their detrimental way of thinking about themselves. After learning the science behind exercise, the psychology of nutrition, and evidence-based tools for promoting wellness from Tony Robbins’ personal trainer, Billy Beck III, Andrea capitalized on her knowledge and privilege to coach amazing women through her Ditch the Scale Academy.
Ditch the Scale Academy is a 12-week program that encapsulates everything that took Andrea 14 years of struggling with food to figure out. It serves as an avenue for people to learn how to let go of their past stories of grief, as well as their beliefs about food and health.
As a self-love coach, Andrea incorporates various tools and frameworks into her lessons about reconnecting with one’s body. And the journey she will take her students through will hopefully not only allow them to get to the bottom of their emotional eating but will also enable them to look at health from a place of love instead of hatred and fear. Learn more about Andrea Montoya by visiting her website or following her on Instagram and Facebook.