Hi, my name is Carolina Paredes and I'm originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. I've been helping folks get stronger, healthier, and feel better in their own skin since March of 2015.
Through the years, I've become more and more aware that our definition of "Healthy" is a little distorted. As I kept studying and having more experience I found that in order for someone to be truly healthy and happy a few factors need to be in alignment and must be taken into consideration. These are the following:
1. Stress Load
2. Social - Network of Support/Community
3. Nutrition - Access to good Nutritious Foods
4. Home & Work Environment
5. Sleep - Recovery
6. Physical Activity
7. Mental & Emotional Health
9. Medical History
Notice that no where on this list above is Weight, Size, Shape, BMI, or Body Type.
Here's the Lowdown
We live in a world where there are many industries making trillions of dollars from people's lack of self worth, distorted body image, misinformation and lack of factual information about what real good health actually means, and dissatisfaction with themselves and their lives in general.
Bottom line is this: Our worth and value as human beings is not determined by our size, our shape, the number on the scale, aesthetics, relationship status, kids or no kids, whether we are dealing with a medical/mental/emotional condition or not, how much money you've got in the bank, etc.
You are AMAZING just as you are, and you can accept yourself just as you are in all of your magnificence while working on yourself and having goals at the same time. You don't have to chose one or the other, you can do all of it at once. In other words: You can start taking care of yourself Today, right now, because you are worthy of your own self care.
Having said this: There is no "One Size Fits All" to anything. Diets are great for the short term and can be super helpful by giving us the opportunity to explore and experience new flavors and ways of eating that may or may not feel good and may or may not give us results. However, diets are not a long term fix and many of them can be unsustainable and even dangerous to your health and well-being.
The same thing goes for Physical Activity, Sleep and Recovery, as well as Stress Loads. Every single one of you is different. So what do you do then?
Here's what you do: You need to find what is going to work for You.
This is where I come in.