Hi, I'm Danijela.
I'm a nutritionist by trade, and hugely fascinated by food and the power it has on our health. This naturally sparked a career in nutrition, where I love educating others around the power of positive dietary and lifestyle changes.
My food philosophy - is centered around eating real foods, which means eating foods in their natural state, or close to it. Here they're brimming with nutrients that support our health. While my nutrition training makes me a little pragmatic, I’m also a total foodie and love cooking and eating, all kinds of foods - I love chocolate, so I eat it regularly. I don't like restriction, putting foods in good/bad piles, or having foods off-limits. I aim to eat to feel good, which usually means plenty of nutrient-dense foods most of the time, and then indulging in other foods that light me up when I feel like it. Life is short, eat the cake - but keep in mind, that quality of life is important too! Great health is built on consistency, not perfectionism.
Why the blog - Although health and wellness is something I'm passionate about, I didn’t always walk the talk, and was once living off a trio of convenience foods, stress and repeated late nights. Eventually my body rebelled, manifesting in an odd condition known as New Daily Persistent Headache syndrome, characterised by an ongoing tension-type headache - basically I had a headache that would never go away! As I struggled with the condition, I began to also struggle in other areas in my life, whether that be my studies, work, relationships or social commitments.
Eventually I picked myself up and did a total revamp on how I was living my life - I committed to a healthier diet, moved my body more, practised stress management, and started focusing more on the good, rather than the bad. Fortunately my health improved. During this time I created the instagram account @healthyalways , as a place to keep myself accountable to my own health, and share nutritional ideas and recipes from culinary endeavours. My blog became an extension of this, and I hope it will provide some inspiration to you too, whether in the kitchen or mind.
As for right now - I'm currently working full-time as a nutritionist across both community and clinical work. Within the community I'm based at a care and protection facility for children and young people in South Auckland. Here I manage a food eduction program, teaching gardening and healthy cooking skills to a wide age-range of youth. I also work clinically and are available for personal nutrition consultations through Feel Fresh Nutrition. Click here for more on clinical consultations.
I am a proud ambassador for SKIN by Ecostore.