About Me

Hola & welcome to La Vida Sana-The healthy life.  My name is Maria and I'm a 20-something currently living in Chicago with my fiance and our yorkiepoo, Oliver.

Throughout my life, I've always struggled with my weight. In high school I was able to reach a healthy weight when I started running and eating smaller portions and I lost about 40lbs.  However, when I started college my weight slowly crept back up when Thirsty Thursdays and 5 cent wing nights entered my world.  I kept running and staying active, but my weight still remained a rollercoaster ride throughout the 4 years in college.  Graduation came and it was off to Chicago. Home of Chicago style pizza, hot dogs, and italian beef.  Thirsty Thursdays were replaced by happy hours and within 2 years of moving to Chicago, I had gained almost 20lbs.

Then came the engagement ring.  This was my incentive, it was now or never.  Wedding photos are forever and I don't want look back at my wedding pictures and wish that I was smaller or skinnier.  Also, my mother was diagnosed with celiac disease last year and it sparked my interest in health and nutrition.  I've always been active, but I've never been one to make wise food choices. 

Enter this blog.  My goal: lose about 20lbs before the wedding & to do it the "right way". Making smarter food choices, gaining more knowledge about raw food diets and getting more exercise.    

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