52 Phenomenal Women- photo essays by Amy Boyle Photography benefitting Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. 2019 - pictured Aileen Baxter
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Food for thought – Meet Aileen 49 of 52 Phenomenal Women

Food for Thought:  Nutrition is a form of self-love –

Meet Aileen –

In her own words…

“My prior relationship with food may resonate with you.  I was going through life on autopilot, eating what I wanted without much thought.  I had a relatively high metabolism as a kid and grew up in the 80s so indulged in lots of sugar, particularly of the Hostess variety (Ding Dongs, anyone?).  But from the time I can remember, I always had issues with my gut.  I distinctly recall my dad having to take me to the hospital when I was 4 because of mysterious stomach pain due to something I ate.  Stomach aches were common and became a part of my life, getting worse with age (and in college, with beer).

52 Phenomenal Women- photo essays by Amy Boyle Photography benefitting Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. 2019 - pictured Aileen Baxter
©Amy Boyle Photography 2019

A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to change my relationship with food, to follow a path that allowed me to optimize my energy, clarity and overall well-being.

In 2013, I got sick.  Very sick.  Seemingly out of the blue.  I started exhibiting symptoms I’d never felt before – extreme fatigue, brain fog, depression, muscle pain, stomach pain, rashes.  The list goes on.  After a few years of misdiagnoses, and trial and error, I took my health into my own hands and uncovered a cure for my mystery symptoms – the cure was food.  I realized that certain foods were causing more pain while others seemed to heal the pain.  I studied clean eating, and noticed what foods were life-giving and energy draining for me.  I tried different ways of eating and cooking and realized that the type of food I ate had a profound effect on my overall well-being.  That in fact, food could heal me both physically and mentally.  My nutrition is not perfect, but now I know how to take care of myself to feel energized and happy most of the time.

52 Phenomenal Women- photo essays by Amy Boyle Photography benefitting Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. 2019 - pictured Aileen Baxter
©Amy Boyle Photography 2019

Because of my wellness journey, I am compelled to share the importance of nutrition with everyone I meet.  Food can cure – food heals.  Choosing to nourish yourself is an act of self-love.  And who can argue with that?”   

52 Phenomenal Women- photo essays by Amy Boyle Photography benefitting Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. 2019 - pictured Aileen Baxter
©Amy Boyle Photography 2019

*** Please follow along on instagram as well and learn more about Aileen. This year for my birthday, I am embarking on a weekly photo essay project highlighting 52 Phenomenal Women. This is week 49 of 52. Participants in this project will be supporting the efforts of Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. We are all stronger together and it is my sincere hope that we will be inspired by each other’s stories. Now is the time to celebrate as well as encourage one another. Tell your story!**

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