While Catarina was growing up, she didn’t even know she was sick. The whole time she could remember, she suffered from back pain, brain fog, extreme bloating, pain after eating, and depression. These terrible symptoms had become part of her normal existence. One day, when she was 19, she decided to audition to be a dancer. She’s not sure why she was chosen, but thankfully she was. As she began to dance and move, she started feeling good in her own body for the first time ever.
She could finally eat without pain, her back pain went away, and she began to thrive in her own skin. She had committed to herself that if she was going to choose to live, she would do it all out. So, she slowly began changing her diet – which included overcoming alcoholism and eating disorders. Her journey was long and she continues to find ways to sprinkle and shine a little brighter. Part of her journey now is inspiring others to move more (using Pilates, Tai Chi, and Qigong), eat well, breathe deeply, and become your own health expert.
Here’s a recap of the show:
1:23 Catarina’s story – moving past so many struggles
8:30 Deciding to live, starting with movement
16:00 How she found the exercise she enjoys, even though she hated working out
20:00 Your body composition is dependent on how much you enjoy your exercise
23:35 You are your own health expert – here’s why
27:10 Tune into your body wisdom – start by breathing
30:40 Catarina’s why for wellness
31:50 Foundations of Pilates, Qigong and Tai Chi and who can benefit from them
39:32 Living fast and sitting still, how to find balance
43:00 How to work with Catarina and get free resources
48:00 How Catarina spends 5 minutes creating better wellness
43:25 Catarina’s most powerful health habit
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