Vast education about nutrition and fitness was sparse when I grew up. It was permissible for me to eat and drink whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Food was reliable, consistent, pleasurable, as well as, a source of emotional comfort for me. After studying a year abroad for my first year of college, I became exasperated by the additional weight I put on. I committed to losing 40 pounds, and from that point on, decided I would integrate a consistent regimen of exercise and healthful eating. Read more via Huffington Post.