Laurie Villarreal Wellness

The Power of Self-Compassion and Balance

Have you told that woman in the mirror recently that she’s fabulous? No? Let’s fix that!

The Struggle is Real But Self-Blame Isn’t the Answer

Hey there, radiant soul! I’m here with some uplifting news that might just be the hug you need today. Remember this: your journey to wellness isn’t a battle against your own body.

It’s tempting to harshly judge ourselves over every little misstep – to beat ourselves up because our bodies don’t feel or look the way they used to. But self-blame and criticism only lead to more frustration. The truth is, it’s completely normal for our bodies to change – we aren’t doing anything “wrong.” So how do we break the cycle once and for all

Like so many driven women, I was wired to aggressively solve problems, collecting data and taking action. But harsh judgment didn’t serve me when what I needed was nurturing. My “just push harder” approach hit a wall.

Here’s the thing – self-compassion, not judgment, is the key. Our bodies aren’t problems to be aggressively hacked – they’re partners on our life journey, leaving clues to guide us toward balance. The “just push harder” approach fails us when what we really need is nurturing and care.

Dr. Kristin Neff, a self-compassion expert, teaches us that soothing our pain with compassion activates our body’s self-healing system. This means more safety, comfort, and trust in our journey.

Choose Curiosity Over Criticism

To create true healing, I had to shift my inner dialogue from toxic to compassionate. Our bodies thrive when we feel safe, not judged. Getting curious about my chronic symptoms from a judgement free viewpoint allowed me to tune into the specific help I needed.

Armed with insight about my unique rhythms, I collected data to create a plan catered to me – not a one size fits all approach. Small customized shifts restored self-trust one step at a time through balance, not restriction.

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Embrace the change

Suppressing my symptoms with quick fixes only led me further from my health and life goals. But approaching my body with compassion put me back in the driver’s seat. No more guessing about what works – I discovered how to listen deeply instead.

The journey back to optimal health and self-care continues, but from a place of wisdom and love instead of judgment. I still have tough days, but I celebrate my body’s resilience more than criticize its changes.

Are you ready to step out of the blame game and into more self-compassion about your physical and emotional needs? You deserve to feel heard, healed and whole.

Join a group of women collecting real-time data to discover which small tweaks work best to regulate YOUR body. With customization and coaching tailored to your needs to help you make progress in weeks without restriction or added pressure.

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Let’s get you feeling back in balance!


This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, manage, or treat disease or serious conditions. Always check with your doctor before making any changes. It’s important to consult a well-informed health practitioner for personal advice about your situation before relying on general information we’re all wonderfully unique.

Laurie Villarreal, FNLP, CHWC, FNS, LMC, CPT, RYT

Hi, I'm Laurie, a functional nutritionist and board certified health coach, athlete, dog-mom, and biohacking adventure-lover. After having struggled for years to find lasting solutions for my own debilitating hormone-related symptoms, I created my online practice to begin helping other active, driven women get the support they need. I now help  women around the world elevate their health, energy, business and life by optimizing their hormones with personalized nutrition and lifestyle tweaks. Together, we discover new tools and strategies that keep you showing up at your best so you can play even bigger in your life and work.

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