My glow up is a little different than most.
It began when I was first being teased about looking different than everyone in my 2nd grade class as I was the only Latino with brown skin and big hips, which was upsetting and frustrating as these issues persevered into my journey throughout my 4 years of college and 8 years of being in the corporate world in sales, marketing, and operations. I struggled with both my identity and the feeling of not fitting in.
I not only felt lost in my identity over that time period, but I suffered from severe loss in the people closest to me; more specifically, I lost my Mom in 2014 and it shook my entire being. I suffered from extreme anxiety, depression, and even attempted suicide.
All of this stress from my mental health started to culminate into numerous other health issues like leaky gut, Candida overgrowth, amenorrhea, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroid, unbalanced hormones, acne, weakening muscles, insulin sensitivity, fatigue and bloating to the point where I looked 5 months pregnant. I was also addicted to exercise because I was gaining weight which made things even worse. I felt trapped inside my own body.
Sick and tired of being sick and tired, I decided to take control of my own health. As I dove deep into the world of health, I discovered that the majority of the information out there didn’t take a larger, more holistic approach to wellness. I learned the hard way that my entire body is connected and there are a myriad of external factors that I can control to become my healthiest self. Ultimately, I conducted research on my own, became my own healer, and took a holistic approach to wellness that fit my life.
I am here to help you as I understand that wellness is tailored to each individual. To me, holistic wellness encompasses things like food and exercise but it also includes relationships, public policy that affects your health, mental health, money, spirituality, and so much more. My mission is to provide a platform for you to gain the knowledge and tools needed to live a healthy life because not only does our collective wellness matter, but your individual wellness matters. The world needs you. You need you.
- Certified Holistic Nutritionist through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition
- Certified International Health Coach through the IAHC
- The Ohio State University Class of 2012, BS in Education and Human Ecology