Name: Laura Licata
Occupation: Holistic Nutritionist
Tell us about yourself!: I'm a holistic nutritionist in Toronto specializing in women's health. I spent the last 4 years travelling around the world, living in France, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and visiting a handful of other amazing places while studying various topics. I'm currently learning about the ways of the wild and slowly taking step-by-step actions to connect my body back to the earth and inspire other women to do so as well.
What is your definition of what a “wild woman” is?: A wild women is a women is deeply connected to her intuition which is also in sync with the rhythms of Mother Earth. She is not bound by societal pressures to do what she is doing in one “right” way, but instead trusts herself so deeply that she dares to break away from what others are doing and clear a new path, that works for her and her unique life. This is what makes her wild.
How would you describe your life was like before starting your journey of being a wild woman?: Before my journey of becoming a wild woman, I was completely depressed. I was bullied severely as a child in school (by both students and some teachers) which led to me utterly hating my body in my teenage years. I felt trapped by knowing that there was more to life than the anguish I felt, but unable to see the proof in others, who only reflected how crappy life was. I suffered from anorexia and was mandated to go on extremely high doses of Prozac which made me feel crazy.
What were your biggest insecurities before engaging your inner wild woman?: Before engaging my inner wild woman, my biggest insecurity was fearing that “this is all there is”. I saw unhappy adults in my life who weren’t living in appreciation and seemed bored and was scared that there really was no purpose to living. I thought I was insecure about how others saw me, or what my body looked like, or how I was behaving, but looking back, the insecurity ran much deeper than those simple superficialities.
What is your life like now that you are actively engaging your inner wild woman?: Now that I have activated my inner wild woman, my life is deeply rooted in my intuition. I am completely in the flow, which translates into strange opportunistic moments that I could have never planned, total cellular nourishment, connection to nature that I didn’t realize was possible before, and utter acceptance of all of my emotions – even the uncomfortable ones. I do what I want and believe in the decisions I make regardless if it goes against anyone else’s belief system, and this always pays off in the end.
What are your five most favorite aspects of yourself as a wild woman?: My connection to my inner voice and the guidance it brings, my confidence in my choices, my strong and nourished body, knowing how food and work affect my cycle (which makes for great cycles), and finally I love my out-of-the-box lifestyle (don’t soap my body, wear deodorant, never wear a bra, etc.).
What was the biggest realization, experience, or transformation that most helped you to start unleashing and embracing your wild feminine nature?: Six years ago, when I was nineteen years old, I realized that the only way I was going to overcome my problems and feel ecstatic in my life was to 100% love who I am. There was one moment of frustration that I clearly remember, when I had this realization, put my foot down and committed to this self-love, regardless of what it would take to get there (the monetary costs, leaving school more than once, travelling the world, eating what I wanted, etc.). From that day forward, I stood up for my inner wild woman and her every desire and my life has since completely transformed in ways I never imagined possible.
What is your favorite part of expressing your wild feminine nature?: My favourite part of expressing my wild feminine nature is how I feel at the core of my being. I feel so pure and healthy without being covered in toxic compounds (like cosmetics and other chemicals) day in a day out. I feel strong and proud that I have this inner knowing or faith that I’m living my life in harmony with the way I was supposed to live my life. I feels so good…it’s hard to express this feeling in words.
When do you feel the wildest?: I feel wildest when I am facing a challenge that I believe I’m “not good enough” to overcome, when I need to pull all of my innate resources together, remember who I am, and grow as a woman and as a human being.
Why did you decide to participate in Wild Women Unveiled.: I have an incredible desire (need?) to unleash my voice at this time in my life, when my journey has never been told before, and hopefully inspire other women to stop caring so much about what others think about them.
What is your message to other women out there who are just beginning their journey as a wild woman, or haven’t started yet but feel the call of the wild woman speaking to their soul?: My message is to stop listening to everyone else. Even as a nutritionist, I tell so many women to unbookmark most of their health websites. Measure the information that is coming in, against your own inner feelings. If it doesn’t feel good then say “next!”. Do what you want to, go outside, get your feet on the ground, eat clean food, and let go.