By Angelica Gavaldon.

From the young age of 24, Natalia Gomez is paving her way for a successful and healthy life. Living a healthy lifestyle is deeply rooted within her family as her brother Stephan and her father Voltaire, a retired Consul of Mexico, and her mother Lucila Gomez are all dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle.

College was always in Natalia’s plan and she graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a double major in Environmental Studies and International Affairs with a minor in French. Dedicated to furthering her studies, she is currently pursuing two certificates in Sustainability Leadership and Permaculture Design at Carbondale. She wants to take that education and do something good for the world, make it a better place to live, a cleaner environment, more green spaces and healthy food for all.

She became inspired and has gone through many different choices in her diet, such as vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, pescetarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, etc. She has now come to the conclusion that she does not want to restrict herself to any one label or category and includes a diet which consists of fruits, vegetables and not so many grains, nuts and seeds.

Exercise plays just as an important role in Natalia life as she exercises at least three times a week. She likes to trail run, practice hot yoga and loves to go hiking or bicycling. But understanding and working on her inner self is extremely important. “Sometimes we get caught up in our social lives and in thinking about society’s expectations from us and we forget to take a moment to sit quietly, love ourselves and listen to what our bodies actually need,” Natalia comments to Giving Back Magazine. She recommends to take a moment in your day to practice mindfulness and meditation either through yoga, a traditional seated meditation or just reminding yourself throughout the day to be present and not worry about the past or future and be fully aware of your surroundings.

As a native San Diego and Tijuana she loves exploring her city and new restaurants and some of her favorite spots are Café Gratitude in Little Italy and eating Pho at the OB Noodle House.

Natalia started her blog NATURALIABLOG as a platform to educate and inspire others to live healthier lives. She feels like there is a lot of misinformation out there and not enough people spreading a message of health and adventure.