TUESDAY TALKS: VALERIA REY
- vegan & fitness content creator, binge eating disorder survivor
The 3 Foods I can’t live without: All kinds of fruit, Flaxseeds, Baked Potatoes
Favorite pre-workout meal: Usually nothing or my Supferfood “Coffee”
Favorite post-workout meal: Smoothies!
My guilty pleasure: Definitely Pizza (even though it’s usually homemade, so not that guilty)
Beautiful Valeria, thank you so much for accepting my invitation into #TuesdayTalks interview. I am so glad to have you here! Could you please briefly introduce yourself?
Hi Tereza, Oh thank you, so am I. Sure, my name is Valeria and I’m originally from Switzerland but live since 3 years in the States. I run the Instagram account @Valeria.rey and also have a Youtube channel where my passion is to inspire people to live their best life's with wholesome foods and exercising.
Your content is truly inspirational as you are sharing mostly self-love & self-acceptance posts. Also, you are very open about an eating disorded you struggled with, the binge eating disorder. What it actually is?
Thank you means a lot. Yes, I do have a lot of self-love posts. Well, I actually had different kind of “eating disorders” where I would not eat at all for a long period of time and then overeat on a huge portion of food, which would make me feel horrible. The other one would be binge eating where I would restrict myself from eating something and that’s when I usually ended up eating all that terrible food and I wouldn’t be able to stop myself. And this continued happening, over and over. Until I had to say stop and change my eating habits.
During your recovery, did you ever feel like giving up and falling back again? What helped you to find the motivation to continue? Were you visiting any specialist during this time?
Yes sure, there were times I wouldn’t see results but I would not take them all to serious and just continued on improving myself physically and mentally. The best motivation was myself and to see the progress I already did. And no, I never saw any specialists during that time.
How does your typical “day on a plate” looks like at the moment? How do you deal with cravings for sweet and junk food?
I’m eating a lots of raw foods at the moment and really love how light I feel after each meal. A full day of eating would look like this: Breakfast: Smoothie, Smoothie Bowls, Green Juice or Chia Puddings Lunch: Salads, Raw Spring Rolls, Hummus with Veggies, Smoothie or just fruits like Mangoes Dinner: Curries, Baked Potatoes with Guacamole, Salads
Whenever I crave sugar, I just eat fruits or dates. They truly satisfy my cravings for sweet stuff and same goes for salty cravings, I just eat something like salted nuts or baked potatoes.
What inspired you to become vegan? Have you noticed any changes after that transition?
I went vegan overnight after watching the movie Okja. But before that I also watched other documentaries such as What The Health, Cowspiracy and Forks over Knifes. And yes I felt instantly better, not just health wise but also in my mind and heart. I felt like for the first time I was able to look at animals and don’t feel any kind of guilt. Because I wasn’t causing any harm to them anymore.
Your physique is a real definition of the #bodygoals! What’s your workout routine like at the time? How often and what do you train?
Aw haha thank you, even though I don’t like that word "body goals" all to much. We all have different physiques and genes and all of them are beautiful in there own ways. :) I workout 5 days a week, but I take it a lot easier and more chill than I used to. I still love to workout though, it’s a really good practice to take care of your body and your well being.
Do you take any rest days? If so, what’s your favourite kind of relax?
Yes, I rest during the weekend. So 2 days a week I just do whatever I feel for and that’s mostly cuddling with my boyfriend Ali or we visit the farmers market or go to the beach. And we also always have breakfast in bed like waffles or pancakes, I love it so much!
And my last question is - what would be your nr.1 advice for someone who is struggling with a binge eating disorder?
My best tip would be to listen to your body don’t look at the scale or other numbers. It will take time to heal but I encourage you to start today by making healthier choices for yourself. :)