Following some questionable eating instructions from her doctor when she was pregnant with her second child, Brianna Towne took her diet into her own hands and went back to school to study nutrition. Today, she is a nutritionist with certifications in Hypnotherapy and Intuitive Eating. She is dedicated to using her knowledge and experience as a mom of four to help women in all seasons of motherhood find a healthy and balanced food lifestyle.
I’ve always been a very intuitive and empathic person. I’m an Aquarius, so I go off the beaten path a lot. I’m kind of independent in that way, often thinking, “I’m going to do this and maybe people will catch on and maybe they won’t.” Also, I’m 10 years older than my siblings, so I grew up doing a lot on my own and figuring things out for myself.
That independent spirit served me well when I was around 23 and pregnant with my second child. During that pregnancy, the baby was small, so my doctor told me that I needed to start eating candy bars and milkshakes to gain weight. But something about that advice just didn’t sit right with me. I didn’t really know what healthy was at that point but eating junk food didn’t seem like it.
I grew up a dancer and I had a lot of disordered eating issues. I wasn’t clinically diagnosed, but my view of food and bodies was very skewed towards being the perfect size for a ballerina. I wasn’t used to eating candy bars and milkshakes, but I also didn’t eat very many vegetables or meat. When I was in third grade, I was eating chicken and had this vivid visual of a chicken actually flapping around inside my stomach, so I stopped eating meat entirely. I basically lived off of cereal, pizza rolls, and pasta. I have a small frame, and food never really showed up externally, which is why I never realized that how I was eating wasn’t healthy. I didn’t know anything about muscle mass or protein. As long as I had enough energy, I figured I was fine.
I graduated college a year early and moved in with my now-husband who’s a marine. I didn’t know how to cook or make dinners, so I was like, “Well, he eats meat, vegetables, and potatoes, so I guess I’ll cook that and start eating meat again.” The standard American diet.
My daughter was born at a small, but healthy 5 pounds. During her birth, the doctors discovered the source of her low weight: she was so small not because I wasn’t eating enough, but because the cord was wrapped around her head five times. But they never checked for that. Instead, they jumped to, “Oh the baby’s not growing. You need to eat candy bars and milkshakes to gain weight.”