Coming from an athletic background, former gymnast and 2x National Bikini Fitness Champion 2015 and 2016, I transitioned into the functional and holistic health and wellness space after being diagnosed with an incurable illness almost 5 years ago now. That was when I decided to take my pain into purpose and realized that I wasn’t meant to live a life as the doctors said and “just learn how to live with it”. Five years later, I managed to rid myself off of medications, dug through stuck stories and past traumas that linger in the body, dove into the research and took on my specialization studies. I am now qualified and specialized in several fields as a Nutrition & Health Coach Specialist in Autoimmune Diseases, Digestive Health, Mental Health & Emotional Eating, Hormone Health – and am continuing as a Diabetes Specialist, Holistic Approach to Cancer – and more. In another year or so, I will be a graduate as a Master Health Coach with the Institute of Transformational Nutrition in the United States of America.
My mentors and programs have worked alongside Cynthia Pasquella-Garcia, Celebrity Nutritionist for Khloe Kardashian, and Revenge Body, as well as Sam Miller in the research and Nutrition Collaborative for Coaches. Her research and studies are continuous and she walks the walk when it comes to training and living the healthy lifestyle in order to inspire and impact others lives, as her goal is to reinvent the way people approach mental, physical and overall health in our country and all over the world.Read More
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Q&A with Tara
We asked all of our athletes a couple of questions to get to know them better. Check them out for yourself!
- How many days per week do you train?
I train 4-5x per week depending on my body and how I feel.
- What is your approach to dieting?
I believe that we must learn and apply the tools & knowledge in understanding our body cues - the way our body speaks to us, as well as how to adapt to all the stressors our day to day lives throw at us. These actually all impact people’s dieting choices to begin with. The old coaching methods don’t work anymore because they don’t take into consideration many factors. It’s about personalization, adaptations, balance, knowing what works for you and knowing what doesn’t. But never leaving anything off-limits. Using the language “I CHOOSE to eat healthily rather than I HAVE to”
- How many times per day do you train?
I train heavily just once per day but always aim to get in over 10,000 steps a day and stay active on my feet.
- How long is an average workout?
Depending on what I’m training, anywhere between 1 hour to 2 hours with warm ups and cool downs. People underestimate just how important warming up is – especially the stronger and more fit you are.
- Cardio or weights?
Weights hands down. But I do incorporate some HIIT 1-2x a week in very short bursts that don’t trigger my condition and when done right, have many benefits.
- Training alone or with a partner?
Honestly, I prefer zoning out with my music and training alone but I do like to train with friends from time to time too!
- If you could achieve anything you dreamt of in your sport, what would it be?
It would be publicly speaking on TV or to an audience and helping them dig deeper within themselves, their stuck stories and become the best version of themselves. Also writing my book and helping studying/researching more because I know it’s going to help others.
- What is your go-to race day / competition song?
Grateful by NEFFEX or Lose Yourself by Eminem
- If you could have dinner with one athlete / olympian (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Kobe Bryant. I always admired his work ethic, his attitude toward life, his goals, visions and family, his discipline, dedication and perseverance. Bless his soul.
- Use three words that, in your opinion, describe the charactaristics of a champion.
Resilient, disciplined and consistent.
- If you could use one short sentence to motivate someone, what would you say?
You can’t beat the person who never gives up. No matter how many times you fall, you have to remind yourself what you’re after and WHY and then, you stand up and you keep going.