I have always found joy in baking, cooking and the art of eating. I was definitely a child with a sweet tooth and can remember times at school when I felt too anxious to eat, so I wouldn’t. I would get home alone after school, open the pantry and engulf a packet of biscuits or chips in starvation mode. And then take one of my mum’s diet pills, because I believed I shouldn’t be hungry after being told I was fat.
A fews hours would pass and I would be feeling bloated, my stomach distended and dinner would be served. I would look down at this adult sized plate, evaluate and nervously start eating. My step father was a strict man, “You were to eat all you were given or you went to bed” “If you don’t finish, no dessert” “No elbows on the table” (or they would get forked).
The dinner table experience was stressful and I grew up believing this was normal. Years passed and I found my meal time was mostly on the run, at my desk while working, always leaving me hungry and then the 3pm slump. I was led to believe I had to be thin or I wouldn’t be liked or loved. It was challenging with PCOS to keep weight off and an undiagnosed autoimmune condition left me perplexed.
When I was 17 someone I looked up to as a child returned to my life. The same person who told me I was fat and led me to believe no one would love me if I was overweight. Traumatic childhood memories came cascading back and I felt forced into situations I had no control over and I didn’t feel safe. I found myself starting to overeat to find some form of satisfaction. I would over eat but feel the need to be numb. I recalled someone who had bulimia and this is how she kept the weight off. I began to believe I didn’t deserve to be happy because of the overwhelming experiences and the life I had witnessed. For years I struggled with an eating disorder and became more and more distant.
It wasn’t until I was living in Italy during 2007 that I experienced the wholeness of sharing a meal with housemates and their families, that I felt a shift in my relationship with food. Their natural culture of sharing in thanks giving, laughing, delicious homemade food and a true sense of welcoming, open and honest conversation, was immensely healing.
I started to reflect deeply on what holistic nutrition meant for people. It was for me such a leant fear driven behavior, which was due to the environmental factors I perceived as normal. I needed to understand this more so I felt drawn to psychology and nutrition studies. My biggest shifts were thanks to this program. IPE affirmed a deep wisdom within that I yearned for my entire life and provided insights and educated my mind, body, heart and soul.
Authentic. Holistic. Caring.
Kayla Power holds a Post Graduate degree in HRM, which included psychology and counseling studies.
She is a Psychology of Eating Coach and is completing a degree in Health Science – Nutritional Medicine and Dietetics. Kayla has previously studied theology and traveled to third world countries and volunteered in humanitarian projects and in local community programs including serving the homeless.
She is a believer in body movement and functional medicine with a passion to learn holistically and completed yoga teacher training in 2016. Kayla founded “What is Nutrition to You” (winty) which focuses on Nutritional Psychology, Holistic Health and Essential Oils, to holistically compliment people daily. Kayla’s core values are Compassion, Understanding, Recognition & Encouragement = C.U.R.E