In case you missed Part 1 last week, make sure to start there. This week, I’ll pick up my story for Part 2 right where we left off.
My Story – Part 2
In Part 1, I talked about how my story, as it relates to food, nutrition, and beauty products, goes back to high school.
Dairy-Free in High School
I was experiencing stomach aches all the time but I had no idea why I was getting them. So there was a brief period of time in high school where I tried to cut out dairy, thinking that might help. My mom bought soy milk for me at the store and I used it in place of regular milk. One whole summer I focused on cutting out dairy in hopes it would help. It didn’t.
Going to College
I fully expected to go to college and struggle with eating in the dining hall. I expected to have stomach aches all the time since everyone knows dining hall food certainly isn’t always healthy. But college was a time when my stomach aches got slightly better, not worse. At least I can’t remember a time when I had as many stomach aches as I did when I was in high school. It was definitely not what I expected.
I don’t want this story to be about my weight, but throughout college, my weight fluctuated as well. I gained weight my freshman and sophomore year. I was feeling better physically but my weight crept up. Then I really focused on eating well and limiting my portions my junior year and lost weight. By senior year, it crept up again.
College was a time when I focused more and thought more about eating vs. anything related to beauty products. I blame that on the fact that I swam in college and was often in the pool two times a day. I didn’t have time to care about makeup, I just wanted and needed to eat! But at a time when I expected my stomach aches to be at their worst, they were almost non-existent.