HI, I’M MARCIELI
I was very young when I learned how to cook. I came from a family of food lovers, so we were always cooking, baking, and eating something. But not often the healthiest choice. As a Brazilian, growing up in a Southern State colonized by Italians and Germans, we had lots of pasta, polenta, lasagne, bread, cuca (a Brazilian crumb cake). Add to that a Sunday family reunion for a traditional Brazilian Churrasco, followed by an afternoon coffee full of cakes, pies, bread, cheeses, homemade jam, and so on. I always enjoyed eating. It was pleasurable, but, for many years, it was also painful. I did not know why, but for some reason, I was sick all the time. The doctors did not know what was wrong with me.
In 2011, my life started to change. I finally got my diagnosis of celiac disease and lactose intolerance. How terrible was to deal with all the food restriction, but how grateful I was for not being a crazy sick person anymore. Five years later, due to a diagnosis of intestinal permeability (leaky gut), I spent six months on a very restrictive diet. After that, I learned that I had a sensitivity to casein (the milk protein), not lactose.
Overcoming the challenges of a restrictive diet is not easy. We cannot live in a bubble, and cross-contamination is a big deal. It is exhausting. The transition to my “free-from” life did not happen suddenly. It took me time to accept my dietary restrictions. However, my health journey unveils my hidden passion: nutrition! While living in Ireland, I went back to school to study Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching. Learning from Functional Medicine at the Institute of Health Sciences, I got impressed with how strong is our inner nature of being healthy and the power of our body to heal itself.
My passion for life, nutrition, and people gives me purpose. I am humble enough to know that alone I cannot change the world, but I am also a dreamer. I expect that together with other health and nutrition professionals we can make a difference. My effort is on making nutrition science more accessible, translating evidence-based content, empowering people to be healthier, and rescuing their love for life.