Leah Gath 
When I was pretty young, I began to struggle with my OCD, depression, and anxiety, all of which began to manifest itself in an eating disorder. This combination particularly reared its head as I graduated middle school and went to a completely new high school. I was miserable, depressed, underweight, and very sickly. I didn't really see any reason to be alive. As cliche as it sounds, though, when I discovered running, I discovered a whole new reason to carry on. Suddenly, I had an outlet in which to channel all of my energy, that I could focus on. My OCD could be managed by the repetitive nature of training and the dependence on time and numbers to keep track of distance and speed. My depression was alleviated by the endorphin rush of exercise. My anxiety was quieted by the mind-numbing workouts that left me sprawled out on the track. Once I managed to get a better handle on my mental health, a focus on my physical health became a priority. I started taking care of my body, fueling it correctly, and eating what I wanted because I knew it would help me to become the best runner I could be. As I got older, my interest in sports nutrition became even greater as I realized how much it could actually benefit my performance. I learned that I felt and performed my best when following a vegetarian diet, and then, even better when following a vegan diet. I searched for supplements that could help me to round out my diet in areas where I felt I was lacking, and found sunwarrior among many other great brands to be particularly wonderful. Now, I am a strong, healthy athlete who loves what I do, is proud and thankful for my body and my health, and it competing at a high collegiate level. My journey for health and happiness is far from over, and there are still days where I struggle, but all it takes is looking back at the very sad kid from high school and middle school to see how far I have truly come and to recognize how much i have to be grateful for. 
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Sunwarrior 
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us Leah! You are such an inspiration and this is such a great testament to self care and what a powerful effect it has on our body, mind and spirit!
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