This week, talking about her personal and entrepreneurial journey – Lorena Salas!
Who are you?
I am Lorena Salas. I was born and raised in Buenos Aires in a bilingual family – I’m half British. In 2004 I met a French man who was traveling the world, we fell in love and we began traveling. We decided to travel for two months in Australia and then we eventually settled down in Paris, France. Then we moved to London, where we lived for 3 years. It’s also where my first son was born! We ended up moving back to Paris. There, my second was born.
In 2015 we decided to move to Barcelona because we wanted a better quality of life. Especially since my husband has the opportunity to work the same job he was doing in Paris, but from Barcelona. So, we decided to stay here and we recently bought a house!
I’m an English-Spanish translator and I’ve worked in the corporate world in Paris and in London. The job market here in Barcelona though is quite different which is when the ‘entrepreneurial seed’ was planted in my mind.
In 2004 I lost my sister from breast cancer, in 2007 I lost my dad from cancer and my aunt was also sick at that time from cancer, though she survived. It was then and there when I decided to study and read a lot to understand what had happened and why they got sick in the first place. That’s when I started reading all about nutrition and its effects on health. I was scared for myself too for many years.
In 2019 I decided to change careers and do something more meaningful. I got to a point where I found the office job wasn’t fulfilling enough. I decided to pursue this calling I had for many years. So, I signed up to study nutritional therapy online! I’m so passionate about that.
Describe yourself with 3 words
Empathetic, curious, reliable
What do you do?
I’m a certified nutritional therapy practitioner. I coach women online and I hold workshops. The last one was about lacto fermentation. I have a program called The Mood Swing Solution, which I designed to help women who suffer from mood disorders, such as PMS, anxiety, post-natal depression, lack of energy or feeling sluggish, sleeping too much or not enough, difficulty concentrating or focusing. I help them heal their body from the inside out, starting with food and lifestyle. The result is that they stop putting band-aids and embrace true healing instead.
The brain and the gut communicate via a gut–microbiome–brain axis, and a growing body of literature indicates that a disrupted gut microbiome may contribute to a variety of cognitive and mood disorders, including: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and even autism.
The bacteria in your gut hold immense power over you—they can even influence how you respond to stress.
Nutrition has a tremendous impact on mental health and our mood, as well as the health of our gut microbiome. My mission is to empower women to take charge of their own health, tune-in and listen to their bodies, to sit in the driver seat! I teach them tools and bring awareness so they can stop feeling guilty about their unpredictable behavior.
Many women think that feeling run down and emotional is just how they are and that the only solution is to take medication. The same way we think that because we’re over 40, it’s normal to feel aches and pains in our body. The truth is: you are not broken.
Those are all messages that our body is giving us to let us know that something is out of balance, it’s trying to catch our attention, while we’re so busy living our lives in auto-pilot.
I take a holistic, compassionate approach with my clients, mind, body and soul are all connected, and I also focus on the mindset, which is essential to achieve results.
My focus is very much on inclusion rather than exclusion of foods – helping people to get a wide variety of nutrients from different foods and food groups into their diet, rather than encouraging avoidance of the less-healthy treats. Cooking meals from scratch with whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients. I believe that the food we choose to eat is the foundation of good health and well-being. A nourished body provides us with the energy and drive that in turn encourage change in other areas of our life and this can help kick start a positive cycle of self-care.
What do you aspire to do?
I wish to grow my community. I would love to host workshops as well as corporate workshops. I would also like to host my own retreat! My mission is to help clear the confusion and overwhelm around food. We’ve never been so exposed to information, yet so confused.
What have your biggest struggles as an entrepreneur been?
After I got my diploma as a nutritional therapy practitioner I just wanted to start helping my clients. I quickly realized that I had to learn about social media and how to find my clients online. I also listen to many podcasts with a lot of interesting information about entrepreneurship.It’s a constant learning curve and I find it fascinating, I love learning new things, so I don’t think of it as a struggle.
How have you been dealing in the pandemic?
Now that we can go out it’s a completely different situation. That’s made a huge difference, especially for my two boys. I like to go on walks by myself every morning.
In the beginning I spent a lot of time in the kitchen trying out new recipes. After a week or two though I decided to take it easier. I’m multitasking all day long – working on my business, homeschooling the kids and so on.
I’m optimistic by nature, I take one day at a time!
How do you feel about the planet venus community?
I’ve only been to one event in person and I absolutely loved it. I met a lot of women with whom we’ve connected and we still keep in touch! I really hope that we can go back to face-to-face events soon and meet again.