Danielle Prestejohn, NASM CPT, MS Nutrition, is a devoted CrossFitter, Group Fitness Instructor, and Health Coach. Residing in Boston, MA she is the blogger behind CleanFoodCreativeFitness.com and has a passion for all things nutrition and fitness. She hopes to share this passion and enthusiasm for health with all those in the Diet.com community!

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Danielle Prestejohn

by Danielle Prestejohn, Fitness and Nutrition Expert

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I love what I do. Simply love it. So whenever I get talking to someone, most likely it will come up that I am a nutrition coach. Well it came up the other day and I received this response: "I would only take nutrition advice from someone who is like 100 pounds and 10% body fat." After the initial shock of the response, I thought about what he had just said to me. I don't think it was a personal insult but you better believe some level of self-consciousness arose and I took it as one. Ten minutes later, the ultimate comeback popped into my head (I am not quick and witty and yes it often takes me 10 minutes for a good comeback). I was 100 pounds before... in fact 95 pounds and very low body fat and you know what? I was the unhealthiest at that period in my life that I had ever been. I considered sugar free meringues a food group and peanut butter was eaten out of a teaspoon. Sound healthy to you?

Where am I going with this? Never let the fear of your body image hold you back from anything. No one should ever judge you for the way that you appear, and if they do the problem does not lie in you but rather in the person making that snap judgment.

This post takes courage to write because for the longest time the biggest thing holding me back from pursuing a career in nutrition was the concern that I wasn't "fit" enough or "thin" enough to offer nutrition advice. But here's the thing - if I was in perfect shape, fit, lean, and active for most of life, how could I help you cope with your struggles? I have been to hell and back with my nutrition, followed diet after diet, cried on the scale, in the dressing room, and in front of the mirror. I've skipped nights out because I didn't like how I looked or what I had to wear. Yep I've been there through all of it and I've gotten out on the other side and I want to help you do the same.

I want you to think about the last time you made a judgment about someone because of the way they looked or acted in your first encounter? Why did you assume that about them? Was it true?

I also want you to think, really think if there is anything about your body image that is holding you back? Are you afraid to do something because of how you look? What is it? Where is that fear coming from?

Now I want you to go out and pursue what you are afraid of. It might be scary, you might be judged, but you have all the tools you need. Don't let fear of judgment get you down!

Post your answers to my questions in the comments below. I can't wait to read them. 

Lots of Love


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