Hi, I'm Danijela.
I'm a nutritionist and foodie. I'm hugely fascinated by food and the power it has on our health. This naturally sparked a career in nutrition where I love educating and motivating others around making positive dietary and lifestyle changes. When it comes to food and health my philosophy is quite simple - eat a diet based around whole foods, minimise processed foods, and prepare/cook from scratch wherever you can.
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 which is characterised by an unremitting 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 of life, whether that be my university 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, practiced stress management, and started focusing more on the good, rather than the bad. Slowly over time my condition improved - it felt like a magic of some sort, but really this is how it should of always been. 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 healthy recipes from my culinary endeavours. It became quite therapeutic.
This blog is an extension of this - I create my own recipes, write my own words and shoot most of my own content. I hope it'll provide some inspiration to you, whether in the kitchen or mind.
I am 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.