Foodie and fitness fanatic Roz Purcell has opened up about her former eating habits, and how she handles having stretch marks.
The 26-year-old has had stretch marks since she was young, as she took a growth spurt at an early age. Although they bothered her at first, the Natural Born Feeder author has learned to not care about her scars.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent Roz said, “I will never forget the moment I realised I had stretch marks. I was probably 11 or 12. Growing up, all my best friends were guys, because I went to a mixed school and I was such a tomboy.
“I was quite a small child until I was eight or nine, and then I shot up, and I got stretch marks on my sides. You’d think with all the modelling that I would have been just so fixated on them, but it got to the stage where I was like, ‘I have them, I can’t get rid of them, so just cover them up. I don’t even care.’
“There’s still times that people go, ‘What’s that?’ about all the random scars I have all over my body, and I just go, ‘This is my body, I can’t change it.’ You can change your size, or your shape, but there are certain things you can’t change without surgery, so why fixate on them?”
Despite being in the know when it comes to nutrition these days, she wasn’t always as healthy. In fact, Roz revealed that during her modelling days she was hungry, not in good shape, and would feel guilty for eating certain things.
“I wasted so much time feeling guilty because I ate that one thing… it’s just a nightmare. The whole reason I started Natural Born Feeder was to share my story of how many years I wasted feeling guilty about what I’d eaten.
“How many years you can waste feeling consumed about what you’re consuming. It’s time to go back and enjoy real food, good food. To stop thinking about all the foods you can’t have, and think about all the food you can have.
“I spent so many years being hungry and not being in great shape. When I was in the best shape of my life, I was eating huge plates of wholefoods and I never felt hungry,” she said.