Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Blake.
Vanessa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have longed battled with mental illness and addiction up until five years ago. When I got clean, I knew right then and there I was never going back to what was. What was my addiction, lifestyle and where I was at mentally. I also knew that I did not want to medicate to heal via pharmaceuticals. That is then where my journey with health and wellness began.
I wanted to be happy and I knew that my serotonin levels were chemically off. I began to do some heavy research on this particular hormone. After learning that this hormone is produced in the gut I then began to research more and more and now I feel I have an extended amount of very helpful and useful knowledge. I’ve been on diet my entire life, I have always struggled with self-image and it took getting clean and wanting happiness that has gotten be where I am now. My passion for holistic health is not a trend yet something that is truly apart of who I am now. I no longer battle with health issues or dysmorphia or the struggle with diets. I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been. Not only has this been healing for my self however it has done a great deal for my son who has autism. Autism is a neurological processing disorder. It can not be fixed or go away however the challenges that come along with it can be assisted through food. and we have done just that! I have had the great pleasure of helping others get clean and sober, find happiness, get healthy and clear-minded and finding one’s true self all through the power of food! I believe in using what the Lord put on this earth to thrive and heal. I am a total nut about beneficial bacteria and other raw ferments.
I also have extended my research to defeating inflammation. I have been surrounded by those who have had heart attacks because of inflammation and two people who have cancers that are primarily triggered by inflammation. Because of this, I needed to know what causes it and what defeats it. With that knowledge combined with my passion for beneficial bacteria i.e., fermented foods I have beat all odds when it comes to mental health, physical health and how I look on the outside. As well as helping complete strangers and helping my son through his highs and lows that come along with his autism. Growing up, I always wanted to be “popular” so I can use my popularity for a good cause. With my social media platforms, I have been able to do just that. I have so many men and woman who have been following my journey since 2008. With that alone it speaks for itself. The proof is in the pudding. I only look to share more as I learn more!!!!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has absolutely not been a smooth road!!!! As I mentioned before, I have struggled with mental illness since I was very young. Going back as far as nine years old. I, as a teenager was a cutter. A few times, I was almost gone. God was not ready for me yet. It was not circumstantial, it was chemical. When I was 17 is when my addiction began. Went straight to meth. When I was 19, I had a baby. At first, it was beautiful then postpartum kicked in. That is when life got ugly. I fell back into my addiction. My mother had to take over and take my son. I then fell in and out of drug-addicted behavior until year 2015. During this time, I also was facing a great deal of anger and hurt and disappointment with my self. Who had I become, why did I not care enough to be a mother. That ate at me and drove my mental illness and addiction even deeper. I was able to stay clean long enough for my visits with my son but then anxiety and my mind took over and I had to leave again. During this time, I was also in two very abusive relationships that did a number on me. A number that I am sure affects me now when it comes to intimacy. What that number is I am not sure.
Let’s go ahead and jump to December 27th, 2015. I was high as usual. This time was different. I could feel my heart beating out of my chest on my right side. I felt my body slowing down and leaving almost, not quite sure how to describe that piece. I had almost no feeling on my left side. I was going to die, I was sure of it. I made it to the floor, got on my knees and I prayed! I was crying but a different cry like tears just falling but no emotion. I was scared I knew that it was it. I didn’t want it to be it. I prayed and I asked to let me live and I swore I would never touch it (meth) ever again. I don’t remember falling asleep. I just remember waking up feeling so refreshed and light and ok. In that moment, I knew God had saved me and gave another chance at life. I have been clean since. And my son and I are mother and son like that time that was missed never happened. I do co-parent with my mom because she did raise him and that is something I will never discredit. So you ask were there struggles? Heck ya there were. Won’t deny that for a second nor will I hide my story. There is no shame because I made and I’m still making it. I only pray that my vivid honesty about my fight and struggles will give someone hopes that they, too can make it and see the light.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am known for modeling on all ends of the spectrum. Because of my following from my years in the entertainment and modeling world I have been able to redirect some of that attention towards being healthy and how to live better. What is my specialty? Great question. To be honest, I do not know how to answer this question. One of the things that I am mostly proud of is the ability I have to teach. The Charismatic personality that I have to draw people in and keep their attention and create an environment where they want to learn and listen. The fact that I healed through the power of food is something tone proud of. I want others to experience this.
What I believe sets me apart from others is that I genuinely am so passionate and crazy about what I have learned and if that means I keep showing skin so people will continue to listen and learn then thats what I am going to do. I believe the Lord let me fight that fight, let me hurt and be defeated because God knew that I was gonna come through. Not only was I going to come through I was going to do a complete 360. Then I was going to share my story and all of this knowledge with the world to help others and continue to be relatable. The Lord did not bless me with all of this know-how and knowledge to not share it with anyone that is willing to listen and learn.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
A willingness to do what it takes! My determination. I have always believed in the process of things. The ability to maintain through turbulent times. What I went through made me very resilient. The road to get where I am today was tough but I knew it couldn’t be worse then what I already had gone through and it could only get better. Most of all, my faith in the Lord. I stayed prayed up and next thing you know here I am with so much healing knowledge. Three years ago, I never pictured this version of my self. So those characteristics I will continue to embrace to be even greater and to give more people hope with my story.
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