Hi! I'm Rosa Maria Innocent.
I help worn out moms end overwhelm and reclaim their vitality and glow. I educate and empower women to choose wholesome, traditional foods and engage in self-care so that they can be the best version of themselves, happy and energized. I aim to do it in a way that is easy, manageable and deprivation free; through stress management and a real food diet.
As a mother of two, I know motherhood is challenging and it changes everything. An unconscious shift occurs where self-care slips by the wayside as your focus shifts to your miraculous little beings. Worries, demands and drama are thrown into the mix. And slowly it happens: you feel tired and cranky, you find yourself snapping at your kids, you’ve lost connection with your significant other, you look in the mirror and it doesn’t look like you, you feel lonely and you wonder how you came to this point.
But, it doesn’t have to stay this way. Awareness is the beginning of change, if you choose it to be. Healthy Mama Wellness programs are designed to address these issues in a universal and personal context. The programs offer support and knowledge in the way you need and want it at varying levels, whether you prefer group, one-on-one or digital support. A switch to real food and a healthy, happy, balanced life CAN be done.
I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.
During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world's top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
I am also certified as a Healthy Hands Cooking Instructor through Healthy Hands Cooking. I teach children, ages 2-13 about nutrition and cooking using fun, interactive activities in classes, camps and birthday parties.
More about me and my journey
I've been on my health journey for quite some time now. My journey started out with an interest in alternative health concepts, using herbs as medicine, theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and yoga – all because I didn't like taking conventional medicine. At the time, I was thinking of how to heal and get better naturally rather than thinking about how to prevent sickness.
By the time I was in my late twenties, I was overweight, and suffered from ailments such as regular headaches and migraines, acne, irregular periods, seasonal allergies and acid reflux. I was also in a bad marriage and very unhappy. For a long time I accepted these ailments as part of “normal” life, it's just how it was for me. One day, I was out shopping for clothing when I realized I had to buy yet another size up from where I was. I literally wanted to cry. At that point, I decided, that for my own good, I just couldn't keep going down this road.
I began making some changes. I started exercising regularly. I started cooking more of my own meals. I switched to whole grains. I properly hydrated myself. I began using safer products on myself and around my home. I changed my mindset on what I was deserving of and wouldn't accept anything less. I surrounded myself with people who lifted me up and accepted me as I was.
Over the course of a few months, I lost 4 dress sizes! I soon realized that my headaches and allergies disappeared, my acne cleared up, my periods became more regular and my acid reflux was reduced. Most of all, I felt good about myself and I was happy! I made the connection to the food I was eating and the self care I provided myself.
I thought to myself, “How AWESOME is this?!” I wanted to learn more, and so, I enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Since then, I've had two amazing pregnancies (two amazing, healthy, smart and beautiful children). I've also recently healed myself of acid reflux and regular indigestion. Yes, that feels good.
Health is a journey and I am continuing on mine. I want to share what I've learned with other women, to equip them with knowledge so that hey can feel their best.
- I have two beautiful children that never cease to amaze me.
- I am certified in Integrative Nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
- I hold a BA in Psychology from the University at Stony Brook.
- I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, and a work-from-home mom. Each has its unique set of challenges.
- I love music, being in nature, learning about new cultures, travel, and Disney.
- I am a passionate advocate for real food and self-care.