Dott.ssa Veronica Pacella
Speak Your Truth - the series

Conversation with: Rosa Palermo

Rosa Palermo is a beautiful and successful Australian – Italian Health and Wellness Coach. She worked in the Fitness Industry. When she realized women’s approach to their body and to fitness she decided to study more in depth coaching, nutrition and yoga to help women to find their beauty inside rather then outside. Let’s know more from her!

Hi Rosa, it’s a pleasure to have you here. Would you like to talk a bit about your story?

I grew up in a family where I never felt like I was loved, let alone liked. My parents worked full-time, and as the eldest, I was responsible for my three younger siblings. I didn’t really have much of a childhood and my parents were really strict. At home we only ate home-cooked meals and we always had veggie gardens, fruit trees and chickens. When I left home, I had a job and access to lots of takeaway foods. I ate a lot of the wrong things. I put on a lot of weight. It wasn’t really until my second child was 2, that I realised that I needed to lose weight, and so began my journey in the Fitness Industry. I’ve been in the Industry for over 20 years, working in gyms, as a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor, as well as administrative and management roles.

How did you feel during your daily life in your soul-searching? What inspired you to go ahead?

Earlier this year I decided to leave my full-time job where I was not valued and appreciated to pursue health and wellness coaching, using my fitness experience and people skills to help people on their journeys to wholistic health and wellness. My initial intention was to coach women with nutrition and exercise, however this has now evolved throughout this year as I’ve researched body image and the negative impact it has on women today. I now want to coach women on eating nutritionally and moving in ways they enjoy, but most importantly learning self-love. Women join gyms to lose weight and most of them don’t even enjoy group fitness classes, cardio or weights. They feel intimidated by the ‘pretty perky girls’ and muscle bound men and end up not going and losing their money. I see women attend the same classes day after day, year after year with their body shape not changing at all – because in order to lose fat from our bodies, the process is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. In my opinion, gyms have their place, but they are not the great magical temples you go to to lose weight and change your body shape. This can be done anywhere and a lot cheaper.

What do I think about loving our body?

In order to spread the word of self-love, self-care and self-respect – I had to take a good hard look at myself and change my way of thinking. I had to stop getting on the scales every morning. I had to stop depriving myself of ‘treats’ and start to eat intuitively. Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body – where you ultimately become the expert of your own body. You learn how to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings, and gain a sense of body wisdom. It’s also a process of making peace with food – so that you no longer have constant “food worry” thoughts. It’s knowing that your health and your worth as a person do not change, because you ate a food that you had labeled as “bad” or “fattening”

. I had to stop teaching classes that were putting a strain on my body. Now when I look in the mirror at my naked body – if I catch myself thinking something negative about parts of my body, I stop myself and think something positive. I have a Vision Board in my bathroom that I look at regularly that features quotes that support my beliefs. I seek out quotes to post on Facebook and Instagram that are like journalling, and I’m constantly reinforcing positive body love for myself. I am also a volunteer Body Image Movement Ambassador where I help to encourage women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others, and to prioritize health before beauty.

How do you feel now? What does the new Rosa do now?

Today I love my life. I am grateful and feel blessed with what and who I have in my life. I love who I am and I love my tribe. I have an amazing group of women around me who support and encourage me to be the best I can without any judgement at all. I feel so much peace with who I am now as I’m living my authentic truth now. I believe that by being my authentic self, it creates an environment for women to feel they can trust me with helping them on their journeys.

Thank you Rosa!
You can find Rosa at: Rosa Palermo Wellness

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