What is Satya Health?
SATYA: a term in Sanskrit that directly translates to truth, honesty, or reality. In yoga, it serves as an ethical principal; a guide that reminds us to be truthful and consistent with the reality of our thoughts, words, and actions.
Hi there! Welcome to Satya Health, your guide to living whole and healthy. This space is dedicated to providing you with tools and tips on how to nourish your body and get you radiating with energy from the inside out. As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, I’ll provide you with sound advice on nutrition topics, while also sharing my yummy recipe endeavors! With my coaching background and passion for yoga, I incorporate mind-body medicine to help guide others to their most true, authentic self. I invite you to use this space as a way to cultivate your well-being and bring you one step closer to your healthiest, most fulfilled self!
My name is Alexi, and I'm so excited you're here! I created this space as a way to share my passion for holistic health and to guide others towards their own health path. I'm a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lifestyle Educator, and Certified Yoga Instructor. I recently moved from Washington, D.C. where I spent the last four years and now live alongside the beach in Connecticut with my love. The district will always have a special place in my heart but am excited to get back to my New England roots and enter into a new journey. I spent my college years attending the University of Connecticut, and earned a Bachelor's of Science within the Coordinated Dietetics Program. In 2014, I completed my 200 hour RYT yoga certification at The Studio DC.
I had always been interested in nutrition since playing sports in high school, however it wasn't until my college years that my passion for holistic health began to develop. Although I have to admit, my motives weren't always the most holistic and healthy. About half way through college, I began to develop a pattern of intense exercise and restricting my food intake. I became obsessed with 'health' food and followed a very strict diet. I remember feeling defeated each day if the number on the scale budged even the tiniest bit. Ultimately, I was being overly controlled by my made-up food rules and poor self-body image.
Why am I choosing to share this with you, you might be thinking? It's honestly to let you know that I haven't always had the best relationship to food. Because I've struggled with my own food beliefs at one point, I know what its like to be in a situation where I'm not happy with my body or what I put on my plate. I'm here for you to let you know that it is possible to re-gain your relationship with your body and your food.
So how did I get past this? Thankfully around this time in college, I was on my way to studying abroad in Florence, Italy. If it weren't for being exposed to the food and culture within this country, along with yoga, my restrictive eating and over-exercising habits would have likely spun out of control. By being surrounded by a more simple environment, I was forced to let go of my habits and learned how to appreciate the food that was presented in front of me. After being exposed to this culinary vibrancy and wholesome ingredients, I began to re-think the traditional nutrition theories and calorie-counting mechanisms that had been instilled in me from school. I began to notice that despite Italy’s consumption of known ‘indulgences’, (i.e. pizza, gelato, and pasta), the natives were still remarkably healthy, vibrant, and confident in their own skin.
My yoga journey began during this time as well. After deciding that running on cobblestone streets was somewhat frowned upon by the natives, I searched for an alternative way of connecting with my body. One day I found myself in a little yoga studio tucked away in a street below Piazza Michelangelo. Although initially perplexed by the unfamiliarity of Sanskrit and asana, I found myself crawling back for more. I was mesmerized by the expansion in both mind and body I felt after leaving the studio. Yoga taught me the deep connection present between the physical body and subtle body, and the ability to unwrap your true self with use of the practice. Yoga has taught me so much about myself and has positively impacted my way of thinking and how I value my body, which is precisely why I hope to translate that same enlightening experience to my students and clients.
"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. "-Hippocrates
Whole foods. Plant-based. Nourishing. Vibrant.
These are just a few words to describe the Satya Health way of living. It's all about getting back to basics, to your roots. The roots of your problems; the roots of your set-backs and daily life choices; the roots of what you choose to put in your mouth; your mood, and why you feel the way you feel. It's about stripping down the outer layers and delving deep into your core and finding what your body calls for in order to heal. You have the potential to be your best self. Let's come together and find your inner satya.
Although there's no denying that nutrition and exercise are staples in my work and teachings, I'd like to highlight that Satya Health is much more than just nutritional advice. It's about looking at the whole picture, and determining what we need to manifest in order to create a plan that works for you. We'll take a look at your stress levels, lifestyle habits, exercise, relationships, etc. and discover what your body needs in order to achieve your goals.
My food philosophy is based on eating mostly plants, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible, and encompassing a mindful balance of one's preferred indulgences. I don't believe in the word "diet," and promote moderation as key. I don't label myself as any strict type of eater, although I teeter mostly on the vegetarian side with the occasional cheese/cured meat board & vino if I so please. I have experience in trying out multiple "diets," and feel that if you listen to your body, you'll find what foods work best for you.
After feeling energized, lighter, and clear-minded by following this way of living, I promised myself to employ my expertise to help others achieve this same, remarkable feeling. I'm a firm believer in utilizing food as medicine, and tailoring nutrition plans based on the individual. My goal is to help others achieve their optimal health through developing positive lifestyle habits that create lasting effects.