Hi, I’m Daina and I help busy professional women overcome the weight and health issues associated with sedentary desk jobs so that they can lose those last 5-25 pounds, feel confident in any outfit, sleep great and have tons of energy at the end of each work day!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Group Fitness Instructor and I strongly believe in the virtues of a healthy, clean diet with foods that specifically work with your body. Sure, we can all eat ‘healthy’ but many women still have health issues that irk them – this is because every woman is unique and certain ‘healthy’ foods do not actually agree with their bodies. This is where I come in!
My philosophy is to focus on the right foods for each woman so that they can live their happiest, healthiest life – whatever that means to them! Variety in your diet is key – I don’t believe in short-term, fad diets; I am a strong believer in the Mediterranean diet, one that is full of fresh produce, healthy fats, lean protein, and the occasional glass of red wine.
For years I suffered from horribly painful and embarrassing digestive problems and debilitating fatigue; I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after dozens of tests and was never told what was causing my digestive issues. Life sucked – all I wanted to do was sleep and it seemed like I had to be so careful with meals because I never knew when I’d be rolling around on the floor in pain.
It took some time, but I eventually figured out that a meal or drink with dairy, sugar and/or white refined flour triggered the digestive issues. Cutting this combination out made a huge difference but I still felt terrible. It wasn’t until I completed cut out dairy, sugar and all wheat that I started to feel pretty darn good! I love a good scientific experiment so I tested out my theory a few times by trying to eat these foods once in a while – sure enough, dairy made my stomach ache and my face breakout; wheat preventing me from sleeping for a night or two; and sugar gave me headaches, exhaustion and bloating, not to mention low energy for 2-3 days afterwards.
It’s been about 3 years now since I completely cut out all those foods and I feel so much better. I’m building my business right now while working full-time in IT security so I am quite busy and stressed – sleep still causes me grief but I’m learning how and what to eat to promote sleep (and what to avoid if I do need a good night’s rest).
Sure, a lot of people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that wheat gives me insomnia but that’s what happens to me. Every person is different and my goal in life is to help YOU figure out what foods and nutrients promote your healthiest self (and which ones you should avoid if you want to live a long, healthful life full of energy).
Inside My Life
Food is one of my favorite things and, believe me, I have not missed out on eating since cutting these 3 things out. In fact, I feel like I’ve been given the gift of opportunity because I’ve had to find dairy- and wheat-/gluten-free recipes to replace lasagna, hamburgers, and Kraft Dinner (yes, I used to eat this a LOT). My favorite foods are anything loosely based on Thai, Indian or Middle Eastern cuisine and I’ve had a blast trying new foods and cooking techniques.
My dream is to one day move to a smallish beach town in the Caribbean or Central America where I can run a little breakfast joint with health-promoting smoothies for the tourists and locals alike! I also have a strong desire to employ a few local women so that I can give them an opportunity for a career or education that they may not get otherwise.
I am the wife of an amazing man and we are parents to two of the cutest kittens in the world and one very lovable and needy Golden Retriever. I love to garden, exercise outside, read and travel. My top two travel destinations have been Italy and Belize, but I’m really looking forward to Nicaragua this year!
Work With Me
If you are a busy professional woman who is strapped to a desk all day, who struggles with weight and wants to lose 5-25 pounds, who feels blah, bloated and crappy, who eats healthy but knows she could learn more, I want to help you!
Check out my programs and services and please set up a free 60-minute transformation consultation today! I’d love to chat with you and figure out how I can help you be your absolute healthiest.