TARA DELGADO-VICEDO (How A Healthy Coach Became Healthy)
Today is World Lupus Day and the timing for featuring Tara as our next "Women Who Inspire" subject could not have come at a better day. If you've ever met Tara, you will not only feel her positive energy, but a sense that you're meeting someone who's a force to be reckoned with. She's fierce, this woman, as you'll see after reading her words below.
Haydee: When someone asks you what you do for a living, what do you say?
Tara: As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I specialize in helping people overcome autoimmune symptoms by teaching them the root cause of their condition and empowering them to live a life filled with abundant health, wealth, and purpose.
H: What, if anything, influenced you to enter this field?
T: My personal journey dealing with and overcoming an autoimmune condition lead me to the field of holistic wellness. For over a decade I had suffered from chronic symptoms before knowing I had systemic lupus. After my diagnosis in 2011, I knew I had two choices to make: I could be depressed and live in a state of constant hopelessness because my doctor said I have an “incurable” condition; or I could focus on making some positive changes and decide to get well no matter what. I chose the latter and it’s been the best decision I ever made. Not only have I recovered from autoimmunity without prescription medication, but I have achieved greater health and abundance in all areas of my life. My life’s mission now is to empower and educate those who have lost sight of hope, and to help them understand that we all possess the natural ability to heal ourselves when provided with the right restorative tools.
H: Who inspires you?
T: Many people and things inspire me. Oprah. Tony Robbins. My wife. My mom. The Universe. Nature. Powerful words that enlighten. Leaders who empower others to be the best version of themselves. Those who work on mastering a positive mindset. Those who overcome obstacles and find a way to succeed anyway. Those who believe in themselves even when no one else does. And communities that come together for the greater good of humanity.
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H: What's a daily ritual (if any) that helps you get the most out of your day?
T: I live my life by design, not by default, and daily rituals are an essential part of that process! As soon as I wake up, I read at least 30 minutes of a good personal development book. Then I cleanse my chakras using essential oils before I begin meditating, chanting, or manifesting. I also listen to podcasts on anything business related or on personal development when getting dressed or driving. I get the most out of my day when I stay consistent with these habits and surround myself with positive and supportive people.
H: Any tips on how women can live their best lives, especially those who are entering their 40s (we'll make a note that you're not 40 yet lol - but still...) and beyond?
T: I’ve been fortunate to have great mentors who have helped me grow and become the best version of myself and I’m constantly striving to be better, feel better, experience more, and receive more. Physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other. They all need to be nurtured and developed. But it begins with our mindset. Here are my top tips that you can use to create the life you desire:
· Personal development is the key to all success. It is what keeps you focused on a growth mindset and helps reprogram old thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that no longer serve you. Some of my favorite personal development books include The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, and Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. Make it a habit to read at least 10 pages of personal development per day and I guarantee you’ll experience a positive shift in both your mindset and in your life.
· Manifest what you desire using the Law of Attraction Principles. You’ve probably heard the saying “what you focus on expands” or “like attracts like.” If you want more health, love, or financial abundance, then focus more on health, love, or financial abundance. Don’t dwell on things you feel are lacking in your life. Instead, focus on what you desire. Ask the Universe or God for what you want and then let go of the outcome. Be very clear and specific about what you want and expect those desires to manifest.
· Meditate daily. Our emotions are literally chemical molecules (hormones) that are triggered by our thoughts. Anytime we experience a negative emotion for too long, it can become trapped within the body causing physical signs and symptoms. Mediation is a powerful way to reduce the mental chatter that causes stress, anxiety, worry, and other negative thought patterns. Meditation is like a muscle. The more you do it the easier it gets. If you’re new to meditation, start with just 5 minutes per day and work your way up to 20 minutes or more. There are several types of meditation exercises such as guided visualization, Qi Gong (deep breathing), and mindfulness meditation. Any one of these will help you feel more in control of your thoughts and emotions, and help you experience greater joy, love, and happiness.
· Step out of your comfort zone daily. There are many reasons why we stay stuck in our comfort zone. The most common are fear of failure, how we might be viewed by others, and the story we tell ourselves. If you can recognize the thoughts that are holding you back and decide to feel the fear and do it anyway, you’ll begin to feel more fearless, powerful, accomplished, and will realize that there was nothing to fear in the first place.
· Live in the present moment. Let go of the past because it is often what keeps us feeling stuck. Don’t worry about the future because it hasn’t happened yet (this doesn’t mean you can’t set goals). Stay focused on today because it is the only moment you truly have.
· Be grateful for what you have daily. Start a daily gratitude journal and list 5-10 things you're grateful for. Studies show that daily gratitude improves mood by helping you see the world in a more positive light. Constant gratitude also sends the message to the Universe or God that you’re thankful for what has already been given and you are open to receiving more abundance in your life.
THANK YOU, TARA. You certainly are an inspiration and these tips can be integrated in everyone's lives (not just for us 40-somethings).
If you'd like more information on Tara's services, please check out her website: www.holistictara.com