Like many people, I was raised on the American diet and being Puerto Rican didn't make things any easier. A good majority of our traditional foods are fried, high in fat and cholesterol. I consumed high amounts of sugar, caffeine, and fatty foods. Our idea of a salad was iceburg lettuce and tomatoes. When I was 16, I was diagnosed anemic and in risk of leukemia and I learned that it ran in the family. My aunt was diagnosed with leukemia in her twenties, my cousin when she was 5, my great-aunt died from breast cancer, and I lost the closest person in my life, my grandmother, to lymphoma. I decided to take charge on my health and worked on beating my genetic code. The doctor that diagnosed me prescribed me an iron pill, ferrous sulfate, to take daily, but I knew in my heart there was much more to it than that. There is no magic pill for good health and happiness. I took things into my own hands and searched for the truth.
I started to be more adventurous with foods, trying foods from other cultures, and trying fruit and vegetables that I would normally not eat. When I was 19, I heard about the Daniel's fast, and converted to a raw food diet for 21 days. This was the beginning of my journey to better health, and a more balanced lifestyle. Through trial and error, I found out what worked best for me, and for my body. I'm now a vegan, and no longer anemic. I've supplemented myself with herbs and natural medicines to give my body the extra vitamins and minerals it needs to function. At my heaviest, I was 144 lbs which is high for someone that measures 5 feet and 3 in. I lost a total of 30lbs, and am more active than ever. I've been break-dancing for over 10 yrs, practicing Yoga for over 3 years, and I also practice other forms of physical activity including other styles of dance. You would think that all the physical activity would be enough to keep me fit but it wasn't. Yes, it kept me from being obese but I still had other underlying issues. I'm so blessed to have found such balance, and the courage to apply all of the knowledge I've aquired throughout the journey.
I've always had it in me. My grandmother raised me in her gardens, and would yell at me when I would steal the tomatoes off of her plants. I enjoy the natural things in life. It's a beautiful way to live, and I will never turn back to the "American" diet. Now 25 years old, I eat more than ever. My taste buds are extremely sensitive. My metabolism is in turbo mode, I enjoy a full range of flavors, cuisines from numerous cultures, and I still weigh 113lbs and have maintained it for over 3 years. It's a lifestlye, and no fad diet will ever give you these long term results!
After getting certified in Roots of Herbalism in Florida School of Holistic Health, graduated from Valencia college. I decided to pursue my career in Health Coaching. I'm featured in Vegan Health & Fitness magazine. I contributed to The Observer newspaper, and an ongoing writer for Weightlossforall.com
I created a Vegan Puerto Rican cuisine blog to teach other how they can eat Puerto Rican food and stay on the healthier side. You can visit at eatinglikearican.blogspot.com
I received my health coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
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