We are so excited to announce a brand new position here at Vibe Health Bar – our very own nutritionist and consultant, Roxanna Torres!
Roxanna has been working at Vibe Health Bar since we began and is the creator of our special Unicorn Bowl. She will be on call to consult, educate, and customize programs for YOUR health. As the certified nutritionist on staff, she will be on site at our Oak Park location on Thursdays 11am-6pm, and our East Sac location on Tuesdays 11am-6pm. You can come in and ask questions, talk cleanses, or inquire about specific items on the menu. If she’s not in the shop she will be on call through e-mail. She can help clients formulate realistic goals for their health, fitness, and nutrition, as well as consult with them on picking a customized cleanse to fit their lifestyle. Read on to learn more about Roxanna!!
Where are you from?
I grew up in South Sacramento, went to high school in the Elk Grove area and now live and work in Sacramento!
Which University did you attend and what was your degree in?
I went to Sacramento State and pursued a bachelor’s in Family And Consumer Science, or FACS, with a concentration in nutritional sciences. As I began learning more about nutrition and a well balanced diet, I was led to switch my major during my 3rd year at Sac State. I realized that my passion really was in health and wellness and I ended up switching my major to food and nutrition. I absolutely fell in love with it.
What got you interested in the health and wellness community/what was your biggest influence?
Growing up, I was not very aware of nutrition and eating a well balanced diet. I was raised eating a traditional Mexican cuisine, even though my sister had dietary restrictions and ate a diet much different than the rest of the family. I always wondered why we didn’t just all eat the healthy, well rounded meals that she did. In high school and college I went through some health issues which led me to eat and cook according to my body’s need. I realized that if I could do that for myself, I could also bring awareness to those who don’t have access to nutritional education, and/or to healthy foods. In the community I grew up in, there were no healthy alternatives in school lunches, which baffled me. As an athlete, I felt it was imperative to have access to healthy, nutrient dense food, as well as supplementing with nutrients to enhance performance.
When did you begin working at Vibe and why?
I started working at Vibe within the month after they opened…so, since the beginning of March or so. It’s funny, but something drew me to this specific shop. The owners shared my vision for health and wellness, it was a local shop centered in community, and it had a commitment to bringing the education of healthy living to the community.
What is the biggest nutrition myth you’ve heard that you are determined to combat?
I think people get so caught up on making sure they don’t eat carbs, staying away from fat, or forcing themselves to do tons of cardio, even when they don’t feel like it. For me, as an athlete, I know my body needs a lot of carbs in order for me to function. They are actually good and healthy for you – essential to a well balanced diet. But so many people become easily influenced by the trends that come out on a daily basis telling you to be scared of certain foods. Everyone has a different metabolism and it is all about balance in order to be healthy. I can’t stick to a strict clean eating diet. I really don’t think diets work at all…in a lot of cases they actually hinder your health. A balanced lifestyle is what truly works to maintain an overall healthy life. I encourage people to get educated on what they are eating and really take a look at what works for YOU.
What is your favorite food?
Oh my gosh, I love food haha. I usually eat a lot of Mexican food, as that is what my family generally cooks, and is what I grew up on. My ideal plate or dish, though, would have to be a lean meat (probably carne asada), tortillas, guacamole and a salad.
What is your favorite thing on the Vibe menu – to eat as well as make?
To eat, it would definitely have to be the Cacao Town with kale. It’s a guilty pleasure but then the added kale makes it healthier, and it’s actually really good.
To make: hmmm, it depends if it’s busy or not haha. If it’s slow, the Unicorn Bowl is my favorite thing to make because it’s super creative. Most of us love to decorate and really take our time with the food art, so if we have time, the bowls are generally the most enjoyable.
When do you feel best in your body?
For me, it’s when I exercise. I definitely have to make sure I eat enough during the week when I exercise though, as my metabolism. It’s hard for me to keep weight on, so it’s better for me to exercise and eat enough to maintain my weight. One of the most important meals for me is my recovery meal, and making sure I eat in the time span optimal for my body to absorb the most nutritional benefits after exercising. My ideal post workout meal is a lean protein with fast digesting starchy carbs (grilled chicken with potatoes and veggies). If I don’t have time to cook, I love the Purple Butter smoothie we make at Vibe, with added hemp protein + a We Got the Beet or Vitality juice for hydration and energy.
Guilty pleasure meal?
Oh, for sure an In n Out double double cheeseburger protein style with chile’s, and fries.
What inspires you?
In my overall life, my sister inspires me, as she was born with special needs and was given a life she didn’t choose but had to adapt her lifestyle and abilities to do the things that most of us find simple and unimportant. She is just the happiest girl ever, even with all of her challenges. I think some people are given all of these opportunities that they just take advantage of and don’t appreciate the things that they have just handed to them. My sister has so many abilities that are yet to be discovered and developed. She can’t talk, but she knows how to eat on her own, and her social skills have really improved over the years. Additionally, she plays soccer and goes swimming and does tons of normal things on a daily basis! We are really close. She’s my anchor.
On the nutritional side, I am so inspired to educate people on their health options and give them the tools to make the best health decisions for themselves. I always look at my sister, who didn’t choose her lifestyle or circumstance, and think how I can influence those who CAN choose, to lead their most fulfilling and healthy life.
If you could tell our Vibe customers anything about their health journey, what would it be?
I want people to actually realize and understand that everyone’s journey is different and their bodies react differently to foods. They do not and should not have the same goals or ideals as other people. They don’t have to follow the trends to be healthy or copy the health and fitness models and gurus to have a happy life. That path may not work for them. Patience is key. Finding a way to stay motivated is one of the hardest parts on a fitness and health food journey. It is essential that we have long term goals that are reachable and achieve a balanced journey. Even though you may take longer than someone else, you will get there!
What is your email/contact info?
I am in the shops about 3 times a week as the nutritionist on staff. If a consultation in the shop doesn’t work according to your needs please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be selfish and indulge in your own self care!