Hi! I’m Tasha Pavlovich.
I help women create healthy habits around eating and living so they can experience a life that is free of negative self talk, deprivation, and extremes!
THIS IS MY STORY
I remember when I first discovered the notion of “dieting.” I was in middle school and my mom was doing the Master Cleanse. This was when I started to believe that women had to STARVE in order to be skinny and have the bodies they wanted.
This sent me down a rabbit hole of self-discovery where I wondered if I also needed to diet. I was an athlete and an over-achiever in school and I always put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well in everything I did.
Eventually my perfectionist mentality translated to my eating habits, which I decided to crack down on.
"I BECAME OBSESSED WITH FOOD..."
By the time I started high school, I made straight A’s, was a Tri-Varsity sport athlete, and suffered from multiple eating disorders. I became obsessed with food, yet I barely ate anything.
I LABELLED FOOD AS "GOOD" OR "BAD,” AND I WOULD FORBID MYSELF FROM EATING ANYTHING “BAD.”
When the deprivation got too hard, I would end up binging on something until I didn’t feel well and then punish myself after by purging or exercising for hours.
I never allowed myself to enjoy my favorite foods, even on holidays or special occasions, which caused me so much pain. My toxic, drill sergeant like eating and lifestyle habits were exhausting to maintain and a lonely burden to carry.
What I didn’t realize at the time, was that my desire to achieve perfection and to be thin was driving me into a territory of unhealthy extremes.
My lifestyle of extremes followed me through most of my college years and impacted all aspects of my life, including my mental well-being. I wasn’t enjoying my life, despite all the amazing opportunities I had.
NEEDED TO CHANGE..."
By the time I had my second hip surgery from collegiate cross-country running, I started to realize that something needed to change.
I always wanted to be a role model for healthy living, but I was going about it all backwards. While recovering from surgery, I started to do a lot of thinking about my habits, and how they were not conducive to the balanced life that I wanted. Once I was able to determine what was holding me back from the lifestyle I desired, everything started to change.
I learned to be gentle with myself and to loosen the reigns on what I ate. I stopped running competitively and started to enjoy other forms of movement that did not feel like a chore. I surrounded myself with people who appreciated food and had a healthy mindset around it. For the first time in a long time, I no longer felt like a prisoner in my own mind.
There was no longer intense guilt from eating something that was “off plan,” shame for binging and purging, or sadness from depriving myself of the things I loved. While this journey was tough, and there were many times that I fell off course, I am proud of the person that I’ve become as a result of my commitment to changing my habits into healthier ones.
MY IMMERSION INTO HEALTH STYLES
For the past 10 years, I have became completely immersed in learning about health and wellness from all angles. I started Health Styles with the intention of helping women who struggle with challenges around eating and self-acceptance. Whether it’s under-eating, emotional eating, or anything in between, I help women learn how to let go so they can experience how amazing it is to live in harmony with themselves.
B.S. Public Health, College of Charleston
MS Public Health, UC Davis
Certified Personal Trainer, NAFC
Certified Health & Life Coach, Health Coach Institute