‘Body Confidence’ is Everything to Andrea Nornes

After having overcome her own struggles with anorexia, orthorexia, and binge eating in her early teens, this 23 year old Norwegian b...

After having overcome her own struggles with anorexia, orthorexia, and binge eating in her early teens, this 23 year old Norwegian beauty is today an eating disorder and intuitive eating coach.

Andrea Nornes is the name and she has in recent times been fully-immersed in a campaign to promote ‘body confidence’, it is an issue that is very close to her heart.
“I see body confidence as feeling comfortable in our own skin and being able to live our lives without a constant focus on how we look or thinking about what we can and cannot wear. When we are confident in our bodies we are able to unapologetically wear whatever we want, we can enjoy a day on the beach in a bikini and we can change in front of people in public changing rooms without hiding ourselves.
“This is something that is incredibly important to me as I used to be the girl who would never let anybody see my body. Having spent years hiding in big sweaters even on sunny days, making up excuses not to attend swim class in school, and never going to the beach, I know how much of an impact hating our bodies can have on our quality of life. My goal is to help other girls see that there is a second option and that we can learn to love our bodies at any size, shape or form”, she said.

To help her take her campaign to the next level, the Norwegian has a book out titled ‘Body Confidence Workbook’ that was released this October.
“The book was released on October 24th and focuses on exercises people can do to increase their body confidence. The book contains 5 exercises with fields for the reader to write their answers so that she can really work on her relationship to her body instead of just reading an article that goes in one ear and out the other.
“The motivation behind this project came mainly from seeing how much time and effort girls spend on trying to change their bodies when the true issue is rooted in how they perceive themselves. So many women think that if they only looked a certain way they would love themselves, but then they get there and they still find themselves hating what they see in the mirror. I believe we have to take care of the root issue first, and that is body confidence.
“I hope that by using this workbook women can learn to become more comfortable with their bodies as they are, and then if they still want to change them it can be from a place of love. I do believe that when we love something we want to treat it well, so if we start by loving our bodies we will feed them healthier and exercise in moderation and thereby become healthier all over”, said Andrea.

In a revealing chat with Urban Craft magazine, Nornes opened up about her own battle with anorexia and the toll it took on her life.
“In my early teens, I struggled a lot with binge eating and periods of severe restriction until at 16 I developed severe anorexia. In a matter of months, my weight plummeted and eventually, I was forced to be admitted to the hospital as my heart was failing.
“I spent the following year in and out of hospitals, each time being forced to gain a bunch of weight, and each time losing it all as soon as I got out. Eventually, I decided I wanted to stay out of hospitals, but that led me on a path of extreme focus on health and exercise and for many years I kept up an orthorexic lifestyle eating only ‘safe’  foods, working out 30 hours a week and skipping almost all social events”, she narrated.

Having overcome her struggles, Andrea is finally in a place --- both physically and mentally where she is comfortable with her body is focused on helping so many other girls out there who might be going through the same situation.
“It wasn't until I moved abroad that I decided enough was enough. I'd spent my entire life hating myself and my body, and I was done. I started gaining weight and doing a lot of mental work to learn to love myself. I would gain weight, freak out, lose a little weight and gain a little more. I would meditate and journal pages on pages and put post-its on the mirror with affirmations. It all helped, and I learned to become more and more confident in myself and in my body.
“Today I am about 45 lbs (20kg) heavier than at my lowest weight, and I am more confident than ever. My abs that were once sculpted are now invisible and I am far from having a thigh gap, but I have learned to accept and to love the body I have and I am far more confident in my skin than I was when I had those things. I have learned that self-worth has nothing to do with the shape of our bodies and everything to do with how we perceive them. Now I have the privilege of helping others reach the same realizations, and that is the most fulfilling thing I've ever done”, she said.



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Urban Craft Magazine: ‘Body Confidence’ is Everything to Andrea Nornes
‘Body Confidence’ is Everything to Andrea Nornes
Urban Craft Magazine
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