Laura De Sanctis is a former 9-5er turned holistic nutritionist and personal trainer! Read about her experience making the transition and how she balances her personal fitness and health with driving her career forward!
Name: Laura De Sanctis
Tell us about your job in 100 words or less: I'm a holistic nutritionist, digestive wellness coach and energy medicine practitioner. I educate people on how to heal their gut using whole foods and natural remedies. I believe healing and self-transformation starts from the the inside out.
Career accomplishment you are most proud of? Educating teenagers and young women on the importance of nourishing our bodies with healthy food, positive body image and positive self-talk.
Best piece of career advice you’ve received? Put blinders on. Don't pay attention to what other people (your competitors) may be doing. Focus on you. Build you. Grow you.
What advice would you give to other young professional women?Be gentle and kind with yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your business. Good things take time. Trust the process, trust the journey and trust yourself. Surround yourself with positive people that will support you and call you on your b.s. Continually learn and educate yourself. Put yourself out there and network.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Travelling abroad hosting health and wellness retreats, practicing yoga and meditation every day. I see myself as an educator and thought-leader on the mind-body connection and digestive healing. My plan is to raise awareness to people to pay attention to their bodies, make mindful, healthy choices and to love themselves fully.
How do you like to stay active? I go to the gym every day. If not the gym, then I start my day with a Pilates or yoga class.
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of? Becoming a personal trainer and holistic nutritionist. I used to think it was a pipe-dream when I worked a corporate job. I always loved learning about the body, food and nutrition, but I had so many self-limiting beliefs as to why I would not achieve these goals. With the support of mentors and friends, I took the plunge and went all in, pursing my dreams.
What tools and resources do you use to help you stay on track with your fitness goals (apps, journals, books, websites, gadgets etc.)? Apps: My Fitness Pal; Resources: meditations, guided meditations, gratitude journal, friends, family and my coach (who is a strength trainer and Body Builder). Pro tip: every morning I have programmed on my phone a positive reminder and affirmation. It's the first positive thing I see when I wake up, and it sets the tone for my day.
Favourite spot for healthy eats: Fresh, Freshii and Kupfert and Kim
Favourite spot for tasty treats: Kupfert and Kim - I love their smoothies!
Last book you read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
Favourite quote: "Your success will never be greater than the image you have of yourself. Your self-image is your own conception of the sort of person you are." - Bob Proctor
Do you prefer routine or spontaneity? What does a typical day look like for you? Routine. I love planning my week with mini-goals and milestones.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced pursuing both career and health and fitness goals? The biggest challenged I have faced in terms of health and fitness goals was preparing for a fitness show. Being mentally prepared is number one. The power of the mind, and having self-confidence sets the stage for anything you do in life.
Do you believe work-life balance truly exists? Yes, I believe it can if you truly love what you do. If you have a positive mindset and you love what you do, then it will not feel like work. But if you're going through the motions, and hating what you do, never feeling happy or fulfilled and that work (or the job you dislike) consumes you, then for some people it doesn't exist. To have balance you need to also set boundaries and pay attention the to the signs and signals the universe is sending you. When you are out of balance, your body will also tell you.
Why do you think committing to health and fitness is important for young professional women? Health and fitness is important for young professional women because it sets the stage for how they look on feel - both on the inside and outside. If you want to be professional you need to look and play the part. By doing this, young women really need to educate themselves on the importance of healthy eating and nourish their bodies with whole and healthy foods not because it's trendy, but because it fuels us and activates our brains. Getting enough sleep is also crucial for your professional women, so they can stay focused and alert during the day. Meditation, visualization and sleep are crucial, I believe, for all professionals.
We spend so many hours in front of a computer not realizing how bad it is for our health. I am a huge advocate of exercise and many things fitness related. Exercise helps provide endorphins, gets us out of your bubble at work or at home (if you're an entrepreneur) where we get to meet new people and strive to focus on different, but fun challenges. Fitness and good nutrition go hand and hand. We focus so much on our jobs, yet we don't take enough time to put ourselves first and give our bodies what it truly needs.