About Me - Soul Healer & Guide
Hi my name is Rosanna. Welcome to ‘It’s Not About Food’ .
I established 'It’s Not About Food' after having spent most of my life struggling with eating disorders.
My entry into this world came early, so I spent a large percentage of the first 3-years of my life in and out of hospital. This was compounded by the fact that I grew up in a toxic family environment where violence, trauma and mental illness existed, and where it wasn't safe to be seen or heard as a female.
At the age of ten I attempted suicide and was diagnosed with clinical depression and prescribed medication. It was also at this time that my eating disorder began, but it wasn’t until the age of 15 that I was hospitalised for anorexia, then in my second year of university I received hospital treatment for bulimia.
After that saw many years of my using food both as a form of self-soothing, but also self punishment. All in all I was on a path to self destruction. At the age of 32, I was diagnosed with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) which I lived with for ten years, then a few years later with severe adrenal fatigue and two autoimmune disorders – conditions where the body identifies itself as a pathogen and slowly starts destroying itself. This was apt as it was a true reflection of what I was doing to myself.
Even though I used food as a tool of both self-harm and self-soothing, it was never about food. My eating disorders arose because I felt unsafe, I had no way of processing the overwhelming emotions that I was feeling, and I had no control over my life – so I took control in the only way I knew how and used the only thing I had access to as a child.
My healing journey has taken me to the depths of my being and required me to face my fears and shadow aspects. It has truly been the heroine’s journey where I’ve been required to slay my own inner dragons to find my holy grail. It has taken courage and commitment to change the outdated belief systems that I developed as a child; to learn how to sit with my feelings, to honour my body's needs, to reclaim the lost aspects of my soul, and finally to heal both the ancestral trauma and past lives that have had an impact on my ability to self-nourish.
The journey has been raw and powerful as it forced me to become naked with my vulnerability, my fears and my shame. But it was worth the inner peace and deep well of self love that I have finally claimed. My journey showed me that what my soul was craving for, couldn't be found in food.
During my 30-years of working in the medical, health and community sectors, working with GPs and psychiatrists, in hospitals and within schools, I have worked with numerous individuals who due to their illness or life experiences have disconnected from their body, but most importantly from the essence of who they are; cancer survivors, individuals who have left domestic violence situations, individuals living with mental illness or a chronic health condition.
My goal in establishing "It’s Not About Food" is to use both my personal experience and my shamanic and spiritual healing gifts, to be your soul guide and healer. I would be truly honoured and privileged to be by your side as you undertake your own personal heroine’s journey. Together we will navigate and create a pathway from where you are to where you want to be and I will be by your side every step of the way.