Today for the motivation you may be needing, let me introduce an inspiring young woman whose ideas about health and wellness are so similar to mine I couldn’t wait to share her with you…
‘Your mind is a magnet. You don’t attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am!’ Carlos Santana
Larina, 25, owner of The Body Dietetics.
NBB: The Body Dietetics is growing rapidly, why do you think that is?
I think there is a major 180 occurring in nutrition at the moment. 1 in 100 Australians have coeliac disease, up to 1 in 5 of us have an irritable bowel (IBS) and over 62% of Australians are overweight or obese. Our food and lifestyle choices have never been more critical. People are sick of the usual advice and seeking a more natural approach to health management. That’s where I come in. As a wholefood Dietitian, my absolute passion is helping individuals with special dietary needs. I help individuals with food intolerances and those wanting to lose weight regain control of their body by educating and motivating them to nourish with real foods, putting their health as a top priority. My clients and followers find my lifestyle approach and the fact that I practice what I preach to be refreshing and effective.
NBB: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the Wellness industry?
It was about 5 years ago now. I really got into health and fitness as a hobby after moving away from my hometown. My personal trainer at the time suggested I become a personal trainer but it was researching the nutrition side of things that really ignited my passion to learn more. I enrolled in Uni shortly after to complete a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.
NBB: How does having a successful business feel?
I’ve always wanted to have my own business so it’s a dream to be able to do what I do. I love it!
NBB: Has there been any challenges along your journey?
Sure, every day I’m faced with different challenges as the business grows, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I tend to thrive on rising to the challenge so it’s always exciting.
NBB: How do you maintain balance between your career and personal health?
I live and breathe everything The Body Dietetics is about. The elusive work/life balance doesn’t exist for me as it just merges all together. I can be a bit of a workaholic though, so I always try and incorporate something social and/or active into my day to break it up. Plus I always do my best to get 8 hours sleep, otherwise I just don’t function at my best.
NBB: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?
I just do what I love, and aim to help as many people as I can. I am sincerely flattered that I may be seen as an inspiration.
NBB: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?
Without a doubt: passion, drive and ambition. Confidence and great ideas are always beneficial, but without the underlying passion, drive and ambition, you’ll forever be struggling with obstacles you’ll find too difficult to push through.
‘Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else’. Les Brown
NBB: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?
If deep down in your gut you get butterflies or a racing heart when you think of the one thing you truly desire to achieve or do with your life, then pour your heart and soul into it and do it. Live, breathe, and love your dream, and never stop working your butt off for it.
‘All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them’ Walt Disney
NBB: What can we look forward to next from you?
I’m really excited to announce that by the end of the month I will be launching my first mini cookbook ‘Wholefood Entertaining’. It features nourishing dairy, gluten and refined sugar free wholefood canapés and petit fours, plus tips and tricks to help you stay healthy over the silly season!
NBB: Share something no one knows…
I love flying – especially overseas flights! The whole process just fascinates me. Plus the view on take-off and landing is amazing and there’s nothing like the excitement of touching down in a new location!
Top 3 wellness tips:
1. Take a holistic approach to health. Your brain, your stomach, and the rest of your body are not separate entities. Food is the foundation to healthy living, but exercise further enhances the benefits of a healthy diet. Relaxation/social interaction brings it all together. Working on all aspects of your health will see you achieve a greater overall wellness.
2 . Avoid the foods that harm you. Highly processed foods do you no favours – they increase your risk of chronic disease, contribute to excessive weight gain and promote faster ageing. Eat fresh, whole, natural food sources, and organic where possible. If you have IBS, digestive issues/diseases or food sensitivities, avoiding these foods and the healthy foods that cause you trouble is even more crucial. Make the effort to educate yourself on what irritates your body, and stick to your own individual diet.
“Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings andbody wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding.” ~ Christiane Northru
3. Hydration. Keep drinking water. Jazz it up when you need to with fresh cut citrus, cucumber, mint or teas. Many of us tend to think we are hungry when we’re in fact just dehydrated. We feel tired, headachy, a bit grumpy, a little dizzy and the cravings hit. Have a drink before you dig into that snack, and keep drinking all day. That way you’ll learn your body’s actual hunger cues when it’s time to eat.
If you would like to share Larina or perhaps consult with her about any issues you may be having:
IG/ The Body Dietetics
I sincerly thank Larina for her time, and am so excited to follow and share her journey.
Love & light, Charlie x.
‘Forget all the reasons it wont work and believe the one reason it will’.