I am a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and a professional dancer living in Brooklyn, NY. I hold a BFA in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and received my Nutrition and Wellness Consultant certification through AFPA American Fitness Professionals & Associates.
My journey to becoming a nutrition and wellness coach has been a long one. I definitely wasn’t always concerned with living a balanced, healthful life. My early 20's were a blur of questionable life choices: I thought being a vegetarian meant living off a diet of faux meat products and muffins (cue a B12 deficiency and gluten sensitivity years later), alcohol could only be consumed in abundance, and I often bragged about "burning the candle at both ends" as I secretly struggled to keep up with the crazy schedules I created for myself. Even as a dancer, I still didn't really think twice about these choices I was making. Or more to the point, I didn’t know to question these choices. I thought I was invincible! I mean, I make it this far, right? So what if I had headaches all the time and my digestion was less than ideal? That was my normal.
When it all finally started to catch up to me in my late 20’s and I had to admit to myself that I was mentally and emotionally burnt out, tired of dealing with a constantly bloated belly, and unable to walk away from sugary anything, I knew I needed to make some big changes. And I felt ready to figure out what that meant. When I finally started to pay attention to my discomfort and demand something greater for myself is when I had the true awakening: if you eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink enough water, and get decent sleep, it actually makes a difference.
(Um, people knew, Dia. People knew.)
Today my personal wellness practices are constantly evolving to accommodate my super busy life (yes, I'm still very active), but generally they include making time to plan meals for the week, be it in the form of actual meal prep on a Sunday or simply taking the time to look at my week ahead and locating where my triggers will be, and then coming up with an actionable plan that keeps me on track with my nutrition goals (say for example, when that gluten-filled birthday cake my co-worker ordered is looking right at me I politely decline and then reach for the dark chocolate I have stashed in my desk drawer). I drink tons of water and herbal teas to ensure I’m well hydrated, and schedule my workouts and/or nights I want to stay home and rest in my planner so I’m reminded that those things are important to me. I also practice a lot of positive self-talk (“Your goals are important. Your health is important. You are important and worthy of care.”). And I learned how to say "no" when I start to feel like I am doing too much and my health could be at risk.
But I guess the biggest point is that I actually have a wellness practice now! And I can definitely help you find yours too if you're interested.