Sweet 16

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

Sweet 16 | Sweet 16

Sweet 16. Winter formal. Junior year of high school.

This picture is the reason why I know not to judge any book by its cover.
Sweet 16 was oh so sweet.

After at least 6 years of struggling—in and out of treatment centers, low self-esteem, feeding tubes, and countless tears and fights over my refusal to eat Oreos and Popeye’s Fried Chicken—I had a breakthrough.

And it all came in the form of a personal trainer.

A family friend suggested I meet an amazing trainer he knew, wondering if I could benefit from working with him too.

Nowhere near healthy, my parents and doctors were at a loss—trying to help me “get better,” but not understanding WHY I kept staying stuck.

To which, feeling like a prisoner in my own body still, I begged…”Give me a chance.”

The doctors conceded, with one condition: “If it doesn’t work, you’re going to go back into treatment.”

Those words alone were enough to make me decide right away: It WAS going to work.

I started meeting with the trainer 3 times per week at a private gym in town, and instantly, I came ALIVE.

FINALLY someone-a professional-saw me as a PERSON (not a patient), and he began to gradually teach me new insights and truths about my body, food and fitness. (Many of which debunked my old myths).

He gave me a meal plan to follow. And he didn’t call it an “eating disorder recovery plan” or “3000 calorie meal plan”…He called it “fuel”—and that’s EXACTLY how I began to see food.

He also owned an amazing, healthy restaurant in town connected to the gym—which later became the INSPIRATION I now have in my own business to open up a functional medicine wellness clinic + real-food restaurant + gym—all in one.

And I began eating foods I had NOT touched in years. —All made with real food ingredients.

I finally began to take my recovery into my own hands, and GRIT MY TEETH, knowing what I had been doing thus far in traditional “eating disorder treatment” had not been working.

Sweet 16 was a sweet sweet year that lasted for about 12 solid months. Until, something else happened…which I will explain next.

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