My journey to health has never been a straight path, but really is anyones? We all have our own paths to our specific version of health. What works for one doesn’t work for another and that’s okay! I am here to help you find what path works best for you because we are all bio-individually different with unique needs. Although I grew up playing sports my idea “healthy” when I was younger couldn’t be anymore skewed from my mindset today. This idea is true no matter what stage of healthy we are in. There is always room for growth and knowledge in the subject of nutrition and if you are a little lost I am here to help!
I always felt like I was on an uphill battle with food. Let me take you back to around 2011 – you see, me and food weren’t really friends. We were more like frenemies. I would eat and feel sick, then not eat then start eating again and get sick. After coughing up blood and a two week stint in my local hospital I was sent to see a gastroenterologist in Boston. Turned out I had somehow burned a hole in my stomach and ended up with an ulcers. After three colonoscopies and two endoscopies in a two year span no one would really tell me what was wrong with me aside from the fact that I was lactose-intolerant. Something that I had guessed at for years but never could get a true “diagnosis”. They thought maybe IBS, colitis, or so many other things I can’t even pronounce never mind spell. All negative. I endured test after test and blood work after blood work with no true ‘reason’ as to why I was feeling this way. After a long car ride into the city for an appointment and sitting in another specialists office I told my mom I was done. I couldn’t do it anymore. After years of trying to “figure it out” I came to a point where I needed to just start clean. In July 2015 I decided to go vegan – at the time the plant based lifestyle was newish (at least to me). I began following vegan YouTubers, reading countless books, and really understanding how my body works. I can tell you with honesty that somethings worked and some didn’t. After being completely vegan for about two years I found my body craving certain things that I had grown up eating. I am first generation Portuguese so we eat a lot of seafood. I grew up playing in my grandparents large urban garden and eating right from the soil. So I decided to listen to my body and began eating things that it wanted. Today I consider myself mainly plant-based but I do eat seafood and eggs (local pasture-raised). I tell this story to help people understand that health and what your body needs can change at any time. It is up to you to listen to it and relearn what actually works for you. I haven’t had severe digestive issues since that time and if you are also suffering through that I hope you know that there is light at the end of the tunnel you just have to be ready to help yourself.
Have you found that societies idea of health and beauty seems to be going hand-in-hand as of late? I feel as though social media has played such a significant part in this. How I see myself, in regards to body image, has changed significantly — mainly because my body has changed drastically post-baby. Becoming a mother has been the most incredible thing that ever happened to me, but like a lot of new mothers I had to relearn to love the way I look and regain my confidence.
I found myself comparing myself to those I would see online who would have a baby and somehow be on the beach three weeks later. Like how?! It took some time but I had to work through that mentally and learn to love my beautiful post-baby body. Instead of comparing I choose to work to be the healthiest and happiest version I can be of myself. That is what I want to help others with! To learn to be the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves. My goal is to help women feel great whether you are a mother or not. This can be through movement, wellness, nutrition, and overall mentality. This is NUE Health by Cortney Tayla; it is a place for you to feel renewed, refreshed, and inspired!
NUE means naked in French, to me being naked is being vulnerable, being true to ourselves, and finding our happiest. When we are honest we are naked with our feelings we find what truly makes us happy.
I also wrote /SƏLF/ – a selfceare journal as an outlet for anyone and everyone to get to the true root of their feelings and thoughts. I hope these are places and resources for you to find those things and so much more.
Maybe you are here because you are looking for 1:1 coaching, maybe you are here because you saw one of my recipes on instagram and decided to pop over, or because we share the same mindset on things. No matter your reason I hope to inspire you to love yourself a little more and share with you everything that I am loving right now that makes me happy so that hopefully it can make you happy!