For years, I definitely couldn’t.
I decided one day that I would only eat whole, plant-based foods. I had found THE way to eat. I never looked back. I did juice detoxes and food resets to banish inflammation and consumed only nutrient-dense foods.
I was scared of foods I hadn’t personally cooked, for fear of lesser-quality ingredients that would (in my mind) cause inflammation and could lead to cancer. (My mom got cancer out of the blue when I was in college.) My fears were rooted in health … but ultimately, they became anything but healthy.
But I found myself to be out of control around certain foods. For example, I “allowed” myself to have almond butter as a “treat.” And then I would eat the entire jar in a single sitting. I had no idea why food had so much power over me.
I thought of myself as healthy. I thought I was eating perfectly and doing everything “right.” But I had no energy. I developed cystic acne, I felt depressed, and I lost my period for 5 years. I was so frustrated and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong.
So I started going inward.
I wrote this book, Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto, to share my journey into true health and freedom around food, and to inspire you to take your own journey.
In my case, I realized that I had an eating disorder. This is certainly not true for all women who restrict certain foods in the name of health, but it was true for me.
I started yoga teacher training. I worked with a health coach. And slowly, I began to discover a sense of ease around food that I’d never experienced before.
In this book, I’ll teach you what I learned on my journey.
There are a lot of health gurus in the world today.
My aim is not to become one of them.
My aim is to teach you to become your own guru.
I want you to move from following a health guru’s food rules into the freedom of becoming your own guru and deciding what’s right for your body.
Pleasure is the #1 indicator of alignment with your purpose on the planet.
What’s your pleasure? Pleasure is not the same as stress-eating a box of cookies. Pleasure is savoring a beautiful experience with all five senses.
In this book, I’ll teach you how to find pleasure in your food without consuming that entire jar of almond butter in one sitting.
“Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto contains everything you need to explore the depths of your true self. It presents the perfect path of imperfection, and allows you to make mistakes. There are plenty of projects to work on throughout the book which makes it so interactive and personable.
Brittany uses amazing personal comparisons to let you know that you are never alone on your journey to being the best you.
Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto (I am obsessed with the title!) is helping me through my eating disorder and body image issues, allowing me to honor where I am without guilt or shame, and giving me hope and freedom to my future.”
Erica Del Mastro, Yoga Teacher RYT-200
“Brittany’s insight and way of connecting with and describing her journey has been extremely helpful to me. Her story resonated very deeply as I have struggled with disordered eating and still have days that are challenging.
“I’m not crazy. I’m not broken. And since I’m not dead yet, I’m succeeding.” -Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Manifesto
These words are gold – the raw honesty and humor strikes right to my core and makes me laugh out loud and look for the sun.
Working through the steps and accessing my inner Glowing Goddess Guru Beast Mode is a way to focus on who I am and get out of my head and into life. Life is grounding and gorgeous and just out there waiting for us to play for the day, even if we do forget sometimes!”
Jill Castoe, Field Application Specialist