This Woman’s “Clean Eating” Diet Almost Killed Her In A Crazy Way

December 21, 2018

It’s no secret that whole foods are having a moment right now. And when you consider all the processed junk that’s out there, it’s easy to see why. People are becoming more aware about the food that they’re putting in their body, and the “clean eating” movement is alive and well. But is it possible to eat too clean? As one young woman learned, it most definitely is.

Once upon a time, Christina Rice was obsessed with healthy eating in an unhealthy way.

Christina Rice of Addicted to Lovely works as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Primal Health Coach. Her “About” page shares that she’s “dedicated to helping you find YOUR version of wellness so you can live your healthiest life.” Rice also leads an amazing wellness community that includes a podcast, e-courses, and more.

This wasn’t always the case, though. More than three years ago, Rice became a devoted “clean eater” after dealing with digestive issues.

Generally, “clean eating” means eating basic, home-cooked meals with little to no preservatives, additives, and processed ingredients. The key, however, is to have a balanced approach.

According to an article on Delish, Rice cut out all starches, sweets, and a majority of fats. In less than three months, she lost 40 pounds, and began to feel the consequences of such rapid, drastic weight loss. In a blog post on Addicted to Lovely, Rice explains that she “lost my period, was cold all the time, had no energy, was irritable and cranky, was losing hair, had thyroid problems…”

Rice was also addicted to exercise. Every day, she clocked in a 75-minute sweat sesh, no matter what.

Rice was 73 pounds at this point.

But then she got a wake-up call. A nutritionist explained to her that she could have a heart attack at any moment; her organs were stressed out. “When she said that to me, it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Rice told Delish.

And so, the road to recovery began. A psychologist helped re-mold her relationship with food. Meanwhile, a nutritionist worked with her to eat more balanced meals.

Today, Rice is open about her experience and is an inspirational voice within the online health community. As a nutrition and health professional, she offers online and in-person consultations, writes e-books and e-courses, shares recipes, and hosts a podcast called “Wellness Realness.” And with blog posts like “Coping With Gaining Weight For Your Health,” it’s clear that she’s not afraid to be real.

Needless to say, Rice is one badass of a woman. We truly admire her strength, passion, and drive to help other women lead healthy, wholesome lifestyles.