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Your Body is Talking to You, Are You Listening? – Lizzie Braicks-Rinker (Transcript)

Here is the full text and summary of Lizzie Braicks-Rinker’s talk titled “Your Body is Talking to You, Are You Listening?” at TEDxUofW conference.

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Today I’m excited to talk to you about wellness culture and what it actually means to be healthy. When you hear the term healthy, what comes to mind? What do you think of as health?

So for whatever reason, I have always been the kind of person who is drawn like a moth to a flame to putting my body through intense physical discomfort. I am the friend who if you tell me that you went to a workout class that made you feel like you were going to throw up, I have to try it. I have to know what it was like.

When I was in college, I was a rower and it was my entire life. Everything that I did revolved around being healthy and being an athlete. I was arguably at my physical peak. I was obviously working out all the time, but I also was a really hardcore vegan. I had this elaborate regimen of vitamins and supplements that I took every day. I carried my emotional support water bottle with me wherever I went, and I was a cliché of a healthy person.

However, the reason that I started really thinking about what it means to be well is that despite being super healthy on paper, being an athlete, I felt terrible, my friends. I was having panic attacks almost every week. I had this really weird chronic pain that no one could quite figure out, and I wasn’t getting my periods. I just felt off, but I was really healthy, right?

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