Diana lives in Manhattan Beach with her amazing husband John of 22 years and their 2 daughters Jennifer and Sara. She is a Registered Dietitian practicing for 31 years specializing in Eating Disorders and ADHD. Diana is active with her church family and in her spare time loves shopping and getting nails done with her girls and fitting in lunch whenever possible with her besty girl friends.
HOW HAVE YOU COME TO LOVE / APPRECIATE YOUR BODY?
As early as 5yo I remember food being very important to me. I was the one that couldn’t wait to come home from kindergarten to eat when all my other friends wanted to go play. I was an emotional eater at a young age as a way to cope with my mothers death from breast cancer when I was 5yo and my father’s passing from a heart attack when I was 11yo I didn’t like my body at a very young age from all the pain I was shoving down with food. Through years of learning to re-parent myself in a loving way instead of shoving down my emotions with food, I learned to love all of me. Through my faith knowing that God made me and loves ALL of me, every bump and bulge has helped me the most in appreciating my body.
WHAT IS YOUR SOUL'S PURPOSE? YOUR UNIQUE GIFT TO THE WORLD?
I believe God’s purpose (soul purpose) for me on this earth is to help other women, men, and teens learn to love themselves and learn how to trust themselves and their body with food. I want everyone to be free from giving power to outside people (diets) to tell them when and how much to eat. I have experienced it myself and have seen with my own children that we are born mindful eaters. We LEARN to overeat or undereat, we are not born doing that. If we go back and listen to and honor our hunger and respect fullness like babies do and give ourselves permission to eat foods we enjoy, our body will settle in to our natural body weight.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SISTERHOOD?
I am so grateful for the women in my life. I have so many different groups of women that mean so much to me from my bible study group to my Mommy and Me group, to my moms tribe from my kids schools. I wouldn’t make it without them. I have learned there is such a special bond women can have if we learn to embrace each others differences. I hope women can learn to have grace for themselves and thus learn to have grace for other women’s differences. Women can tend to be so competitive with each other. When we stop judging each other it allows transparency and this is where we can all learn from each other. When we come together with all our differences we are a powerful source to be used for greater good in this world.