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A model For Health and Wellness – Olivia Arezzolo’s Story

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on December 4, 2015

The stigma attached to the modeling world is that the girls who strut the runways are under-nourished and starving. But for Australian super-model Olivia Arezzolo food is friend, not foe. As well as her thriving modeling career, this 25 year old Australian-Italian beauty is a health writer, a personal trainer and an amazing role model for all girls aspiring to be healthy.

It hasn’t always been this way though. Since before beginning her modeling career at 19, young Olivia had to learn how to love herself and nurture a harmonious relationship with food

“I’m Italian, my God, how could I not love food,” she laughs.

But her relationship with food has not always been so enlightening.

By the time she started modeling, Olivia had been on every diet and weight loss scheme possible.

“I had put on weight and I went on crazy crash diets because I just didn’t know how to handle it,” she confides.

“I was really uncomfortable around food and unhappy with myself, creating a lot of issues for myself. I was just fixated on being skinny and having the lowest calories. It wasn’t a healthy attitude at all.”

Rather than looking forward to dinner with friends, she would stress out about what she was going to eat, and worry about what would be served.

“I didn’t feel like I was living at all. This wasn’t life. I was looking around at my friends and they were all enjoying themselves, they weren’t just worrying about food. I didn’t want to fear food anymore. I wanted to feel free and empowered, and I wanted to love food and celebrate it.”

Olivia worked really hard with the support of councilors, her parents, spiritual healers and friends to change her perception of wellness. Once she began to enjoy eating, she realised that she needed to help other girls who were struggling the same way that she had.

“It was great to do it for myself, but that the end of the day I also just want to help as many people as I can,” she tells me.

Today so many girls approach Olivia, telling her that she has inspired them to love themselves and food through her blog and Instagram account.

And for anyone struggling with food and body image, Olivia’s advice would be to ask them were they want to be in 5 years.

“I would ask them whether they would want to have the same battles that they are currently having.”

“I would also make them think about food freedom, enjoying food and loving their lives. I would advise them to seek help and support because they’re not alone in how they’re feeling, despite what they might think.”

“But at the end of the day we are all such incredible beings and it has nothing to do with how we look. It is all about reaching out and connecting with other people.”

If you are struggling or would like to talk with Olivia please visit her website: http://www.oliviaarezzolo.com.au

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