Now that I have shared a little bit about me from my bio in my first post I thought I would dig a little deeper and tell you a little more of my story.
The year is 2011. I have recently relocated to South Florida from New Jersey, I am recently married, transitioning from a career I know to the unknown and I am 50 pounds heavier than I have ever been. Behind all of that and buried deep in my subconscious, I was unhappy. Back then I'm not sure even you would have noticed. I didn't notice. I was social, I smiled, I was working, we were planning a family, and I thought I was happy. The issue that plagued me the most was my weight. I couldn't understand how I got so heavy. Commuting long distance to work was definitely one of my major excuses but there was also the fact that I was not taking care of myself with the food I put in my body, the thoughts in my head nor the motivation to move my body.
Exercise: As a very active child and athlete weight and exercise were never really an issue or a concern for me. I loved to play and work out. In fact, while working in the fitness industry I often could not relate to the people I was working with; overweight and looking for answers to total health and wellness. Of course, that eventually changed as I began to experience some of the same challenges.
Food: My entire life I was a conservative eater. As a child I ate what ever my mother prepared for our family. I was not a lover of sweets so desserts, soda and candy were never an issue. In fact, I wouldn't eat the snacks my mother purchased for my siblings and I fast enough so they would eat them. As I got older I developed a sense for healthy eating and caring for myself and my body eating little red meat, mostly poultry and lots of fruits and vegetables. So much so that people would ask me to make a veggie salad or a fruit salad to bring to a party.
As I am writing this and explaining, reasoning and making excuses I realize it is all BS. We humans do this kind of thing. We can rationalize and excuse ourselves into and out of anything.
Love: What I have learned is that it is always about Love. How much you love yourself. The photos in this post are of me over the course of at least 3 years (2008-2011). It wasn't until 2012 when I enrolled in the Health Coach program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and my life as I knew it started to crumble before me. I know that sounds very dramatic but it is true. I spare you the details but I would like for you to think about this. Ask yourself, "What is more important than me?" And consider how your thoughts, actions and food intake express love to your self.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
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Angelique Santana, a.k.a. Chef Santana, makes healthy eating simple and delicious! Chef Santana is an expert when it comes to living well and she brings her expertise right to your kitchen — transforming every meal into a healthy eating solution.
Chef Santana has always had an insatiable appetite for gourmet cooking. As a young person, she dazzled her friends and family in her home state of New Jersey with decadent meals made from scratch, successfully taking inspiration from the dishes served at her favorite local restaurants. She embraced cooking as her solace from daily pressures, an escape, as well as a hobby.
Although cooking remained her favorite pasttime, Chef Santana began her career managing some of the nation’s top fitness clubs, evolving her zeal for health and wellness. A move to South Florida in 2010, gave her the opportunity to join the food industry. She worked with up and coming industry leader, Fresh Diet, as the Vice President of Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager. She eventually took her expertise one step closer to the kitchen, managing locally-renowned, Green Bar and Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale and becoming certified as a Raw Chef and Holistic Health Coach. In 2014, Santana decided that it was time to take her act to the kitchen, combining her head for business and passion for cooking — she became Chef Santana, Personal Chef, extraordinaire.
Whether you want meals on-the-go or your favorite recipes oven-ready, Chef Santana is your go-to-girl for healthy and delicious. She will turn your kitchen into a mecca for smart food choices and make eating better so simple. As an expert in healthy eating and talented chef, Chef Santana can revolutionize your way of life. Her initial consultation includes discussing your eating goals, a fridge and pantry food makeover and review of your favorite recipes. Then, Chef Santana goes to work — grocery shopping, preparing and cooking meals, storing leftovers and even cleaning up. Who thought eating better could be so simple?
Contact Chef Santana to learn more about how she can transform your kitchen, your diet and your life for happier, healthier living. Email her at EatWithAngelique@gmail.com or call 954.789.0300.
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