Maria is a former fashion industry executive who spent over twenty years developing and creating product assortments for large global brands. After giving birth to her beautiful daughter, she organically started moving away from corporate America and into a more balanced lifestyle. The desire to climb the corporate ladder faded, and was replaced by a drive to be healthier and more holistic, resulting in her finding ways to incorporate these new found methods into her and her daughter’s lives on a daily basis. She started studying the natural healing properties of foods and spices, essential oils, LED light therapy, and immediately saw the results! Healing her daughter naturally was transformative, and she realized she needed to then do more to help others. Maria is now combining her business management skills with her knowledge of holistic healing, and developing new organic holistic products for our practice and customers.

How did you become involved with Sanavita?

Arul and I met years ago through our children and living in the Stuyvesant Town community. Over the years, and through the trial and tribulations of single motherhood and balancing career with family, we became close and discovered our common passion for natural healing and healthy living.

What’s your favorite thing about being involved with SanaVita?

Helping people. It’s so rewarding when my education and life experiences can help someone else heal and feel better.

What’s your favorite food/meal?

I love food and eat constantly. I’ve never been able to eat fried food, unless it’s cooked in olive oil, butter, or coconut oil, so I tend to eat a lot of Asian food, eggs, and avocado. 

What’s your favorite recipe?

There are several, but they tend to be comfort food meals – My 3 favorites are chili (a great way to get my daughter to eat vegetables), a West Indian rice dish called palau, and olive oil fried chicken.

What’s are your favorite quotes?

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” ― Lao Tzu

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” ― Frida Kahlo

What’s your favorite book?

This is a hard one because I love to read. “Welcome to the Monkey House” by Kurt Vonnegut is a favorite in the short stories category. And “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann in the fiction category. Non-fiction wise,  Bruce Lee’s autobiography was incredibly inspiring.

What’s your favorite show?

Cartoons. They are very uplifting, and help me forget about the stresses of life for a bit.

Who has had the most influence on your life?

My Daughter.

Which supplements do you find indispensable in your own life?

Multi-vitamins, probiotics, Vitamin B complex.

How do you like to cleanse when you’re cleansing?

I’ve never cleansed. If I’ve overindulged, I try to balance it out the next meal or day.

How do you like to indulge, when you do?

All things chocolate!! Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, chili chocolate bars, chocolate mousse, etc.

If you had to give only one piece of health advice, what would it be?

Eat basic fresh natural food, and leave behind processed foods, flours, and sugars. You will feel and function so much better!! Our bodies evolve very slowly and are not equipped for the processed food that we live with now, and this disconnect reveals itself in a huge variety of ways including weight gain, tiredness, IBS, low energy, allergies, and so on.