What sparked my health journey ...
I grew up struggling with constipation and acne. Going to the bathroom once a week with much struggle was the norm for me. And acne? Well, I always heard my mom struggled with it when she was a teenager and now it was my turn. I didn’t know better than to think I didn’t have control over my body. I ate the same as everyone around me, and my lifestyle was just like my friends. I had accepted that reality and didn’t do much to try to change it.
But it was during my sophomore year in college that things changed. I was living away from home and I gained some weight to my ‘always skinny frame’. It was the first time I wanted to badly change something about my body. Experimenting with some weird / crazy diets, calorie counting, and over exercising, I came across veganism. Thats when everything I had been struggling with kinda faded away.
My constipation? Gone! My skin? Better than ever before! My “extra” weight? It just melted away!
My dietary change opened my eyes ...
Going plant-based led to much research. I didn't know how to eat without meat or cheese in my plate. At first, the dietary change was for my own help. I read about all of the amazing benefits a vegan diet would give me (and they were all true), so I decided to eat this way to keep effortlessly keep the weight off, my skin clear, and my digestion on point. But as my research went more in depth, I was exposed to documentaries like Forks over Knives, Earthlings, Food Inc., that taught me that what was on my plate not only was affecting my health, but also the wellbeing of Mother Earth and the animals that were losing their lives to satisfy my taste buds. Disturbed my the truth of factory farming, I went fully vegan in April 2013 and I haven't looked back since.
My body was healing, but my mind was lost ...
Loving to research and read about nutrition, I was able to figure out very quickly how to eat for ideal health; however, I completely neglected the wellbeing on my mind (and spirit). It was during my junior year of college that my eating disorder became very apparent to me. Body dysmorphia, orthorexia, and binge eating (just to scrape the surface) took over all areas of my life. School performance, social life, my relationships, self-love, ... it was all compromised. It was 4 years of this rollercoaster ride, and after hiding bottom a couple of times, I knew my life mission was to reconnected with my myself, regain my self-love, and help as many people I could going through the same problems.
How I am following my mission ...
I applied to study at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified holistic health coach. I have read and studied every book I could get my hands on about nutrition, vegan lifestyle, meditation, eating disorders, creating new habits, and shared everything I learned with friends and family, on instagram, youtube, and my blog.
I work one-on-one with my clients and create personalized health programs for them, along with weekly motivation and guidance. I host workshops, speak at events, create recipes, and keep pushing the envelop to reach as many people I can.
I created this website for you ...
For you to explore, learn, feel inspired, share your stories! + I'd really love to connect with you! The best places to connect with me are in the comment section on my blog, on comments on photos or private messages on instagram, or via email. It was when I finally opened up about struggles that my health began to shift for the better, so please don't hesitate to reach out!!
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And in case you want to know a little more about me...
I was born and raised in Brazil, and moved to Miami when I was 13.
I graduated summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design.
Portrait drawing is my creative outlet.
I am a morning person!
Minimalism is my new thing.
I love supporting vegan, fair trade, sustainable brands.