Today we’d like to introduce you to Shayla Crowell.
Hi Shayla, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?My Journey starts with most of my life in good health. I am so fortunate for good health, passionate about wholesome foods, and pushing everyday for an active lifestyle. Although the journey hasn’t been all smooth, the downsides are trying best to support my loved ones going through chronic illnesses & diseases. Seeing them struggle in order to grasp onto vitality & wellness later in their lives hurts and is confusing. After so much questioning why all these health effects were happening all I wanted to do is help with application of my own health literacy and knowledge. In hopes to share simple lifestyle switches to eat intentionally I created a blog to help guide chronic illness & diseases prevention that can help in long-run and short-term lifestyles. In posting about my own recipes, tips and tricks that I use on a daily basis I want to reach audiences that love to geek out over alternative health options. Something I want to make clear that I believe in is staying away from ‘the diet culture’ but allowing yourself to make intuitive decisions apon what foods your body depends on and how to feed
your optimal health. I truly believe in the old quotes “you are what you eat” and “health is wealth.”At a young age coming from a huge Italian family, the culture was to prepare meals with wholesome healthy food and always made with love. I was always in the kitchen crafting and cooking recipes for my friends and family to eat. It wasn’t until I moved out of the house at 18 got head to college in hopes of being a dietitian. The more I learned about what Americans put in their body the more I wanted to help people understand the basics of wholesome ingredients and the medicine they can bring to your life. The guidance I want to share is knowledge-based and informative, my goal is to educate people on what healthy food lifestyle changes they can add into their lives to strive for optimal long-term health and wellness. I go on to describe health literacy and nutritional tips, tricks, facts, and recipes in my Instagram blog @_thewholesomeplate
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Some major struggles that I faced along the way was my relationship with food. It happened to get in the way of pursuing a dietitian career. I realized I couldn’t preach what I practice until I made some major lifestyle changes of my own, discovering the denial that I had an eating disorder for years and needing to balance my own diet was the breaking point. Before guiding others along a nutritional path I needed to get back to my own. This was a very long process, and much easier to be said right now. I am talking about years of mental restraint, physical restraint and lack of self love complications it took to realize this problem. You don’t know the negative effects until you’re out of it and see what you put yourself through. Acknowledgement and self-love has been a huge eye-opening experience, that’s made me a stronger person today. I feel incredibly lucky to be alive.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am currently on path to graduate next semester as a 6th year student retaining my Degree in Communications from Cal State San Marcos. I really enjoy the consistency of learning because I feel like it keeps me open minded. There are so many intelligent narratives in the reality of life and meeting new people. Through spending my free time in the ocean surfing, skateboarding with my boyfriend Jared, working out, traveling and experiencing different cultural
perspectives I am able to assess the narratives away from the ethnocentrism of America. There is more fuel to the fire when we get out of our strict measurement of humans and society. I also went to school at Mira Costa College and obtained an Associates in Applied Nutrition & Health science. I geek out of nutrition and wanted to be a dietitian my whole life. I am an Entrepreneur to a small eco-friendly travelware company called ‘Shaybee’. With all this being said I don’t just do one thing, I find that the more things ‘I do’ that question gets so complex. I feel as if my purpose in this world is to create with no limits, share my passions, and carefully help others create their pathway.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Some advice I would say is get out of your comfort zone, try something new & travel when you can. Another word of advice to find a mentor is with keeping your passions in mind, say yes to things more often! I met a couple of mentors from simply saying yes to them, which opened up a new horizon to experience. This has helped me immensely to have a growth mindset and exposure to complete different perspectives in practicing cultural awareness.
- Instagram: @_thewholesomeplate