Nicole Catania is an online destination for those with a desire to live a clean, toxic-free and mindful lifestyle. Our digital home will document the journey through plant based recipes, everyday living, beauty + style, travel & entrepreneurship.
My story began with burning 100-hour weeks in the financial sector and start-up scene, where I founded and managed brands within the food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle space. The downside of an entrepreneur is the non-stop, 24/7/365 work cycle which took a toll on my health. Lethargy and persistent aches and pains were eventually diagnosed as Chronic Lymes Disease that also included 19 co-infections, a near-crippling autoimmune disease. For me, the writing was on the wall, I needed a change of scenery and a major lifestyle overhaul.
During a life-changing trip to Africa I found a pace, a passion, and a purpose that had been lacking during all those countless all-niters and working weekends. I had to go halfway around the world and get completely lost–both literally and figuratively–in order to find myself. Somewhere along the way, I found a better pace and with it, my renewed sense of purpose: to create an improved, sustainable quality of life. For me, and so many others, that begins with a revised diet, a product overhaul and soul reset.
A streamlined diet, the elimination of many chemicals and toxins from my body & home and personal self-care (love) had a direct and significant impact on managing the effects of Lymes Disease and my co-infections. For me, this profound, trans-African journey, culminated in a simple but significant, switch-flipping realization: if you do (eat, shop, think) better, you feel better; if you feel better, you live better. In the end that’s what all of us want…a better life, one day at a time.
Little things, over a long enough time-line, have a big impact. Few things more so, than food, everyday products and your mindset. I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. I’ve lived it. This is not a theory, this is a fact and it’s one that’s been born out of my own life. When it comes to lifestyle choices and the impact they have on our health and happiness, I remember the before, that’s why I appreciate the after.
I had one clear mission in the process: improve our health and our happiness, one bite, purchase and thought at a time.