"Nothing can compare to the power of food!"
Meet Alyssa : Dietitian
Hi! My name is Alyssa Cuellar. I am 23 years old and currently live in San Francisco, CA. I’m finishing up my last semester at SF State and will be graduating in May with my Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics. I am extremely passionate about nutrition and how food can heal the body. Food is truly the best medicine, and I love having so much knowledge about food and being able to share it with others. In the past year I’ve also developed a strong passion for holistic health, and try to focus on whole body health, meaning I think of being healthy as not only eating healthy and exercising, but also take in to consideration my mental health, spiritual health, and my overall happiness. In my spare time I love cooking, doing yoga, going to a soul cycle class, and spending time curled up on the couch with my boyfriend and my dog. I love sharing healthy recipes and health tips with people on my social media platforms, and I love answering questions on all things health. After I graduate, I would love to move back to Southern California, particularly to San Diego, so I can be a beach bum again. I’m originally from LA, so I desperately need sunshine and the beach all year long. I became a Banish Warrior to help inspire people and be part of a support system and a guiding light to those who are suffering or who have suffered from acne. As an acne sufferer myself, I know how much acne can take a toll, not only on your physical appearance, but also on your mental health. I want to be able to help people feel confident in their own skin, and help them heal from within to live an overall healthy and happy life.
More About Alyssa
Alyssa always thought she would follow in her family’s footsteps and become a nurse later in life, until she discovered her love for nutrition. She started out taking a few classes in college and hasn’t looked back since. For her, food is extremely healing it can either hurt you or help you depending on your diet and lifestyle. That being said, she isn’t a fan of extreme diets.
Take one look at Alyssa’s Instagram and the first thing you’ll notice is the food. It’s portioned appropriately, amazingly lit, and platted to 100% perfection. I don’t even really like eggs, but after seeing one of her #toasttuesday posts featuring one of those bad boys sunny side up, I was suddenly craving them all day. Although her photos look professional, Alyssa hasn’t always had a passion for food photography. She recently started her page after going through a hard time with school and life in general. She was in a dark place and needed an outlet to get her mind off of everything. As a dietetic she always already learning about nutrition and making delicious food on her own so she thought, why not share it with the world? And from there, @holisticlyss was born!
As she continued to eat a balanced diet, Alyssa began to notice a change in her skin. Slowly but surely with a clean diet, her acne completely cleared up! She still gets a few pimples from time to time like all of us acne prone people, but nothing like before. Although dermatologist often dismiss this link between food and skin, she strongly argues otherwise. This she knows from first hand experience, as a previous worker at In and Out, she would frequently eat their burgers. Sometimes, up to three times a week! Mix this with standing around frying grease for 8 hours a day and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an acne disaster. She admits, that this time period of her life was the worst her skin has ever been.
ON A MISSION TO SPREAD CONFIDENCE
So why a food instagram? Why talk about diet and nutrition as a way to heal? For Alyssa it’s not just about sharing her story, but helping others to find their journey along the way.
“I went through an acne journey myself, and I remember how crappy I felt about my life. All the things I would do to myself to try to clear it, and I see a lot of people doing the same. I just want to show people that healing is possible through nutrition and help people that are struggling find a solution. I never had a support system when I was going through my hardships so I just want to give back and be that for someone. I’be gained confidence along my journey and I want to spread that confidence and positivity to others who are in the same position I was in.” (Alyssa)