My journey towards Wellness began 14 years ago. You see, I have always loved working out and ... eating, especially sweets. However, as I aged, I understood that exercise alone will not keep me fit and healthy in the long run.
I came to America 14 years ago, and noticed that food tasted differently than in my native country, Romania. I gained 30 pounds in my first year in America, despite my regular workouts. At that time, I didn’t know anything about genetically modified food or excitotoxins (food additives such as aspartame, MSG, food coloring, and preservatives). I soon realized that the food I was eating contributed to my weight gain. I started learning about food and made changes to my diet. My body changed, lost the weight, and soon enough, nutrition and health become a hobby.
My life journey made me pay close attention to the way I deal with stress, eat, and exercise. In 2008, I lost my mom to cancer and miscarried for the first time. In 2010, I lost my father to cancer, and miscarried the second time. In 2012, I gave birth to a healthy boy, but after 10 months I noticed that my baby's development was different than other kids his age. My son started therapies at 18 months old, and was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Although I am very grateful that my son is highly functional and doing better each day, I can't help but notice the way certain foods affect my son's brain, mood, and behavior.
For the last 14 years of my life, I have been studying and learning about nutrition, fitness, and psychology, and enjoyed sharing the information with family and friends. The most valuable learning experience for me was not just WHAT TO DO, but also WHAT NOT TO DO in order to keep healthy, energized, and recover properly after workouts and stressful seasons in life.
There are many things we can't control in life (such as the death of a loved one, accident, autism). BUT we can control the way we live, eat, and react to events. Although my background is in business (B.S. in Economics and M.B.A. in Human Resources), I have always been fascinated about health and wellness. I became a health coach, spinning instructor and personal trainer because I love working out and helping others. Today, I am living out my purpose, and using my talents, gifts, and abilities to serve others while doing what I enjoy the most – Health Coaching.