Danielle Romero is a Venezuelan-Mexican mom. She holds a Degree as Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and she is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Child Nutrition. She is writer, lecturer and founder of Jugos para el alma, a community made up of more than 450 thousand followers that has allowed her to change many people’s life. Danielle shares with us her advice for a healthy and conscious lifestyle.
Once I read “Beauty is a reflection of your inner self” … It took me some years to realize this, only after having gone through different sizes and weight fluctuations, mainly after my children were born.
The word “diet” never had great importance within my vocabulary and unhealthy lifestyle. I felt defeated: I accepted the idea that your metabolism changes after your 30s (when even water makes you feel bloated) and that I will never have the energy I used to have before… For me it was part of being “mom”.
But the fact was, my inner self didn’t feel good either and this was projected in the mirror and in front of others.
I understood that a healthy inside is not only related to a well-functioning organism and a healthy body, it also has to do with our thoughts, our attitude towards life, having a purpose, doing what we love and… happiness! A woman who smiles, an authentic, healthy and fulfilled woman, is a beautiful woman. I’m 40 and I’m mother of two but people almost always doubt my age… And when I tell them the truth, that I am 40 and I feel better than ever.
So when I hear the word diet (when it’s related to calories and food restrictions) I have an internal struggle, because actually, diets don’t work. When you’re following a diet that you cannot sustain over time, there is usually a bounce effect. Some diets are not even healthy at all. The only thing that really works is a healthy, conscious lifestyle and to follow lasting and sustainable habits. Here are some:
- Avoid refined and highly processed foods they have a toxic effect in your gut: they oxidize, acidify and age our organs and make us feel sick and depressed.
- Say goodbye to hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fats), they’re related to obesity and heart disease.
- Reduce your intake of meat and dairy. They decalcify and have oxidant and acidifying effects in the body.
- Say no to cured/cold meat, including low-fat turkey/ham. It’s supposed to be a “healthy choice” but it’s full of preservatives that have adverse effects on our health.
- Say no to sugary juices and soft drinks. Sugar acidifies the body. Besides that, they are addictive, so they affect the brain negatively, triggering our mood and behaviour. They’re also related to depression.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits… Eat many and raw! They are full of antioxidants that contribute to glowing skin and hair, they are full of life, and helps our body generate endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that are related to happiness and well-being and reduce anxiety.
- Incorporate juices and green smoothies to your daily diet. It’s an easy way to increase your raw foods intake.
- Practice night fasting. Eat your last meal at 7pm and try to east as light as possible: a smoothie, a salad or a vegetable soup. Digestion takes a lot of energy and while we sleep it’s better that the energy is used in other vital processes such as toxin elimination and cell repair.
- Drink enough water during the day and stay hydrated. More than 70% of our body is water, so this liquid is vital to keep us healthy. Dehydration increases the levels of cortisol, the hormone related to stress. It’s a great habit to drink a cup of warm water with lemon when you wake up.
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and vitamin E, choosing seeds (chia, flaxseed, hemp, sunflower), nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts), olive oil and whole grains.
Remember that eating healthy is a form of self-respect and self-love. When you have a healthy diet you improve your mental clarity, you’re more focused and have more energy… In this way you’re more conscious, and in this way it’s easier to attract what you want in life.
When you smile, you feel complete, and that’s what others see. I guarantee that it’s possible to find balance even in our busy lifestyles. It’s all about committing to what we love, doing what we’re passionate about and prioritizing our objectives.
Stay active: exercise is essential, and it has immediate positive effects on physical and mental health; it increases the production of endorphins so that you feel happier & more comfortable with your body. Sleep at least 6 hours a night, proper sleep reduces aging and stress. Use natural products for your skin: besides being good for you, they’re friendly to the environment! The skin is the largest human organ and it has an incredible capacity of absorption (60% of what we apply in our body is absorbed) and it’s also responsible for the elimination of toxins… So, eating healthy and avoiding toxic products is vital. Remember that skin reflects your health. Meditate and smile… Adversities will always exist; the difference is how you face them. And don’t forget that a smile will always be the best way to introduce yourself anywhere.
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Danielle Romero, mom, Venezuelan-Mexican, Computer Engineer, MBA, certified as Integrative Nutrition Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, certified in Child Nutrition from the C.L.E.A. University and currently studying a Master’s Degree in Child Nutrition at the Esneca University of Spain and a Degree in Orthomolecular Medicine. Writer, lecturer and founder of the Jugos para el alma, a community made up of more than 450 thousand followers that has allowed her to change many people life. She’s columnist at Corposano Magazine, the spanish world’s largest digital site on exercise, nutrition and health where she also have a live program “Food and Wellness”. She also collaborates with Dr. Mercola in Spanish, one of the most important health references in the world.