San Jose is not only a “mecca” for technology and computer geeks, but is rapidly becoming a hub for healthy living and fitness gurus. Though Sarah Sotelo of Newtritionsavvysarah would never label herself as a guru, she is continually improving her expertise in the nutrition and health field, inspiring many San Jose residents—and beyond—with her sensible approach to living a healthier life. In this article, she shares her experience and advice.
Sarah says that she was not very athletic in high school. After finishing college in Santa Barbara, she felt fat and sluggish and wanted to get better. So she began by reading Skinny Bitch, gave up meat for Lent in 2008, and the rest...is history.
By giving up meat, she not only lost weight, but also felt better and began to work out little by little. And every year it became easier while she maintained her new-found health. She remains a vegetarian to this day, explaining that it works for her.
Eventually, Sarah went to Bauman College to study nutrition in order to pursue a new goal: help people become healthy and live better lives. It was during this time that she developed an interest in public speaking about health. She also started her blog and brand, Newtritionsavvysarah, in April 2012.
“Sometimes, when you think you’re healthy, you’re not,” Sarah states. And that’s part of what drives her to help others—especially because she experienced that herself. She also says that it’s not about giving up everything, but “...making better choices when you can.” She feels that this outlook will help people make better choices for their health, rather than feel that they are going to be deprived.
On the Newtritionsavvysarah blog, Sarah shows her commitment to her talk; she practices what she preaches. And with that in place, she is definitely a prime example of her philosophy to be real with balance.
So what does she advise to stay on track and be healthy? “Write down what you eat,” she suggests.
“'Healthy’ labels don’t make food healthy. Live and be and eat real food.”
Recently, Sarah gave a public talk about childhood nutrition at a local preschool. She helped parents identify ways to become more aware of the foods they give their children. “Do what you can,” she encouraged. She was able to inform people of “bad” foods, which is something she wants to continue to do as her health and nutrition career grows.
San Jose will soon be losing this gem to The Big Apple. Sarah plans on moving to New York in October, with the intention of creating meal plans for new clients and “feeling things out.” She feels that this move will help her to create a new perspective.
Her final advice for becoming healthier? “Don’t get stuck making what your parents made.” In other words, try new foods, find different ways to get your body moving, and be real—with yourself and with others.” After all, as Sarah puts it:
“If it’s not challenging you, what does it do for you?”