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1. Autobiography of Lorena Farias
My parents are involved in the area of health, my father is a doctor and my mother is a dentist. They were very involved in teaching me how to eat as healthiest as possible. I could never leave the house without breakfast and, like any kid, I wanted cereal with milk, but NO! for my parents had to be black beans and Arepas (typical Venezuelan food made from corn) with egg … well resolved and high in protein.
I would say that my parents have been my biggest influence in wanting to study Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2006 I started my career in the Faculty of Medicine (School of Nutrition and Dietetics) at the Central University of Venezuela, and studied until the 7th Semester. As I was accepted and awarded a scholarship by Florida International University (FIU) in 2009 continued my career at FIU and I graduated two years later. I started working in various companies and hospitals but felt I did not do what fascinated me. In 2013 I decided to register my company in USA called “No es Dieta” which gave life to my whole concept and my work philosophy.

2. How did “No es Dieta” project begin?
No es Dieta was created from my experience every day with my patients. They told me “Lorena I am doing Diet perfectly ” and my answer was always “Remember is not a Diet, is your meal plan.” For me it has always been important to TEACH my patients to EAT HEALTH and create easy eating habits, instead of “diet” to help them lose 10 kg, but then again recovered.

The philosophy of No es Dieta:

– Count Nutrients instead of Calories
– View food as energy
– Educate our minds
– Increase consumption of plant based foods and less animal food. – Decrease processed food.

3. How important is it to drink water and stay hydrated?
It is extremely important, in fact you’ve more than likely heard this before …you can live for days, weeks, and even months without food, but 2 days without water will kill you. A good recommendation is for men is roughly 3 liters (around 13 cups/day) and for women is 2.2 liters (9 cups/day). However, the most important thing is to avoid “feeling thirsty” or having your lips all dry. When that happens is a physical sign that your cells are dehydrated.

4. What happens to your body when you don’t drink enough water?
When you don’t get enough water, every cell of your body is affected. When you sweat, you lose a lot of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium and chloride, which are essential to your body’s functions. Thirst and a dry mouth are not the first signs of dehydration. In fact, by the time you notice these symptoms, your body’s cells are already craving water. Thirst is your body giving you a heads-up, but your body is already feeling the effects of too little water. Fatigue, headaches, inability to focus, dizziness and lack of strength are all possible signs of dehydration. When in doubt about the reason for these symptoms, go ahead and down a glass or bottle of water.

5. What do you recommend to eat/drink for breakfast?
You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs, high in fiber and some high quality protein. I will give you three options:

  • Warm Oatmeal: Half a cup of oatmeal (Rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Fiber and potassium) made with unsweetened Almond Milk + 3 Strawberries + 1 spoon of Chia Seeds (Plant based protein high in Fiber )
  • Green Omelet: 2 Egg whites made with a cup of Kale + Spinach + mushrooms. Add a slice of whole grain bread (high in Fiber) + Coffee made with almond milk
  • Cleanse Shake: 1 Cup of spinach + Half green Apple + 2 celery Sticks + 3 squeezed lemons + 1 spoon of Chia Seeds + 1 Spoon of Hemp Seeds (Plant based protein high in Fiber, antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids)

6. Is the juicing/smoothie trend a good way to consume vegetables and fruits?
Yes of course, mainly if you don’t like eating your vegetables, or you don’t have a lot of time to prepare a complete meal in the morning. Consuming green smoothies is a good way to get vegetables in your diet, but remember to include green vegetables (spinach – Kale – celery ) + Water or Almond Milk + a Fruit rich in antioxidant (berries – Kiwi – Green Apple ) + High quality plant based protein ( Chia and hemp Seeds )

7. What are 5 foods we should ALWAYS AVOID and why?

  • Cow’s Milk
  • Red Meat
  • Sugar
  • Refined and processed products
  • Sodas and Energy Drinks

8. What are 5 foods we should ALWAYS EAT and why?

  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Fruits (specially the ones high in Antioxidants and Fiber)

9. How many meals per day should we have?
Between 5-6 small meals.

10. What is the best source of protein?
The most important thing is to have a High quality protein containing all the essential amino acids. You can have either plant-based protein, which are free of cholesterol and saturated fat such as:

  • Tofu (Soy)
  • Quinoa
  • Chia and Hemp Seeds
  • Beans and Brown Rice
  • Amaranth

Or you can have animal protein, which are:

  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Turkey – Chicken

11. What do you recommend your clients that are overweight and are tired of trying diets that don’t work?
I recommend for them to start implementing small changes in their food habits.

Fruit Juice
Sodas and Energy Drinks
White Sugar
Cooked Vegetables
Cow’s Milk
White Rice
Cooking with Vegetable oil

Instead Try…
Whole Fruit
Water with Lemon
Raw Crunchy Vegetables
Almond Milk
Spinach & Kale
A little coconut oil + water



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