Hi! I’m Shannon! You may know me as @the_cutiefoodie on Instagram!
@the_cutiefoodie did not just spring about randomly. It began as an account that began as a type of food journal to help me track what I was eating in hopes to sort out the host of gut/digestive issues I was and am dealing with.
This Instagram account has since inspired a love for cooking, recipe, and diet testing to heal myself proactively and inspire others to do the same. I know what it feels like to fight that losing battle against the digestive system. But I’m not ready to lose.
Here’s my story:
Since my sophomore year of high school I have been obsessed with becoming an expert on my own personal health. My entire life, I have found myself in a Boomerang loop with my digestive problems. With chronic stomach pains, irregular menstrual cycles, skin problems, mood swings, symptoms associated with IBS, celiac, and hypothyroidism, and no doctor to give me a direct diagnosis, I am simply fed-up with the quick fixes and prescribed overdoses on detoxes (Miralax, Milk of Magnesia, you name it). I have decided to become proactive personally.
I’ve never experienced a state of being where I have been in complete control of my health. Although I am now better than ever, I still don’t have it all figured out. Five years ago, when I ate whatever I pleased without a thought in the world, I was in the mindset that the chronic stomach pains and severe bouts of bloating I was experiencing daily were just things I’d have to deal with for the rest of my life. Everybody has their ‘thing’, don’t they? Well, I had settled on the notion that this was mine.
It wasn’t until I was scouted by a modeling agency that my mindset changed. I could no longer wait until after school to go home, finally eat a proper meal, and suffer the consequential stomach pains in the (dis)comfort of my own home. I was now going from 11th period Chem class to the bus into New York City. I was now faced with a challenge — to simultaneously learn what it takes to be a model and how to get my stomach issues under control in order to do so.
So, what began as a necessity for the nature of my job has sprung into a passion to understand what makes me look and feel my best. I have since tried the elimination, raw vegan, raw til 4, and pescatarian diets (can’t forget the juice cleanses). I have been, and continue to be, on a constant quest to improve my gut and overall health as I travel the world as a full-time model.
What remains important to me is, no matter what diet I am experimenting with, that I continue to feed my inner foodie! While my gut health is still not in the right place, my efforts always are and always have been. Follow me as I continue my quest to discover a balanced way to fuel my jobs, workouts, and wanderlust as I explore my beloved city of New York and beyond, all while maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Join me as I continue to figure it all out and, in turn, we can figure it all out together!