I was in Jr high and I decided to make my own meals. I've tried many approaches in a desperate attempt to lose weight and gain a positive self image. It wasn't until I started crossfit and decided to change my nutrition, for performance instead of body comp, that I began to achieve my goals. I learned to properly fuel my body for my gains and metabolic performance and in return I began to see that not only was my body image improving but everything from mood/ energy levels/ performance had improved. Whole real foods and moderation of processed foods was the ticket! It's a long and difficult road and i'm not quite where I want to be yet but consistency and diligence will take me there and you too if you work at it.
I want to show you how to make the lifestyle and achieve a healthy relationship with food. Go to parties without worrying about what foods will be there. Have that cake! Just don't be eating it everyday. Everything in moderation and nothing off limits.