I'm a bit obsessed with food. My mom always said, "You eat with your eyes first." To me food is experiencial and every meal can become an occasion with the right people. Food has always been the center of my Filipino heritage. Family, security and love are all concepts that get communicated through our food.
My extended family would meet often, gathering around food, eating and laughing until the wee hours of the night. Having enough to eat was a symbol of security and a sign of 'wealth' for my family who immigrated to the United States when I was three years old. My mother and grandmother would spend hours in the kitchen making meals for the family. They poured their love into their food and I felt it as a child.
I think that’s why I value it so much within my own family today. The ability to make nutritious food from wholesome and organic products to fuel our bodies and support our internal systems while also feeding our souls and nourishing our psyche has always been the utmost importance to me. And not just nutritious food, but also good-tasting food as well.
My Keto journey started in 2018 when I finally got tired of being tired. I had, at that point, reached my highest post-pregnancy weight and the pounds were not budging. The on and off again Keto "diet" I tried on a whim quickly became a lifestyle as I embraced the philosophies of Keto, digging deeper into the research and educating myself on the science.
In January 2022, I received my Primal Health Coach™ certification and now I am on a mission to change the trajectory of my fellow mothers' health—and in tandem their children's health—one household at a time. Mothers, we pour from our cup every day and have the weight of nurturing and setting the example of health and vibrancy for our children and families. If we are healthy, happy and vibrant; if we put ourselves first mentally, emotionally and spiritually, we will have more to give our families and we'll have paved the way to self-awareness and longevity for our children.
It starts with us mamas—and I'm looking forward to helping you co-create a nutrition plan that helps you rediscover your own wellness so you can advocate for wellness in your family. If you are looking for a family-focused health coach, I'd be honored to work with you. Please schedule a free discovery call today.
This website documents my family's journey through Keto—our favorite recipes that I've created and tested with my own kids, our favorite products and keto resources. Browse around and come back as I will be sharing more information consistently.
I hope that our journey inspires you to live your healthiest. Cheers!
ARLENE JOY SANTOS
Certified Primal Health & Nutrition Coach