Hi, I'm Danijela.
I'm a nutritionist and passionate 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 to make best food and healthy lifestyle choices for them. 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 deeply 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 unremiting 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, relationship or social commitments. This all happened while I was beginning my studies in nutrition, the irony! Eventually I picked myself up and did a total revamp on how I was living my life - I improved my 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 a therapeutic activity. This blog is an extension of my instagram account, and I hope it'll provide some inspiration to you, whether in the kitchen or mind.
I am currently working as a nutritionist at a care and protection facility for children and young people in South Auckland. Within this role 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.