My wellness journey began with fitness
I’m from Santa Cruz, CA, moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA (Go Bruins!) and have always loved living an active lifestyle. I grew up as a martial artist, am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and pretty much like all fighting sports; let's be honest, punching stuff is a huge stress reliever. Working as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I love empowering people to perform to their highest ability by caring for their physical and mental health.
Then I became vegan. Yes, I am Mexican and vegan.
I love food, and I am still able to enjoy all of my favs without eating any meat or dairy. I initially became vegan for environmental purposes. Did you know that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half of someone who eats meat? Now, even though I am still all about protecting the planet, I am also a major animal lover. Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are pigs (I love pigs)- oh and goats, because goats are awesome.
Good food is one of the simplest ways to care for our bodies, minds, planet, and I believe we can do this without sacrificing flavor. I hope that sharing my journey in the kitchen as I "veganize" some of my favorite recipes (tamales anyone?) will inspire you to add more plant-based meals into your life on the regular.
I also work as a photographer
From a young age I wanted to learn to take photos. My first camera was a hand-me-down from my mom. She bought a used Nikon 35mm film camera at a garage sale for her photography class when she was in college and that I started using in high school. So now, I shoot what I cook! Food photography is my creative escape.
As I began shooting food I also began shooting cannabis. I am a supporter of both Easter and Western medicine, but when given the choice I do try to use natural medications and products. With the legalization of cannabis, more research is coming out of the healing, medicinal and potentially functional benefits that can be experienced without major psychotropic effects. This is something that I am exploring and find totally fascinating. Shooting cannabis has offered an amazing opportunity to tell the stories of and learn from some of amazing people in the industry.
Now I want to inspire people to move every day, eat more plants, live with a little less stress and a bit more beauty
There is nothing I love more than seeing people feel their best. So that's what I'm here for, to keep you inspired to move with more freedom, eat mindfully, and live a more connected life.
P.S. In case you're curious, I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR A LOOOOONNNGGGG TIME
I lived the student life for what feels like forever. It took me 10 years to get through all of these programs:
Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, Specialty in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology, University of Texas Permian Basin
Master’s in Public Health, University of California Los Angeles
Bachelors of Arts, International Development Studies, University of California Los Angeles
300 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, Mark Stephens Yoga
200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, Marianne Wells Yoga School
Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Training, studied under Arielle Kiley
NASM Personal Training Certification (National Academy of Sports Medicine)