How does one become involved with food to such an extent that it becomes their career? Either you go through eating junk and then you turn around due to health issues, or you grow up in a household where cooked food is the norm.
Our new dietician and team member, Carla Centola points to the latter as influential in helping choose the path she is happily journeying on today:
‘My parents liked cooking at home so from a young age. Before long, I started cooking, loved everything about it and realized how powerful food can be. I knew I wanted to be a dietitian since grade 8 or 9 because I wanted to help others learn about food and I wanted to help foster healthy relationships with food and our bodies.’
Carla was born in the tri-cities of Vancouver and cannot see herself move anywhere else. Admittedly not a big city person, she loves nature, which is plentiful where she calls home, ‘I have access to fresh water, the ocean and endless amounts of hiking trails. It’s just so beautiful!’
It feels like there’s endless beauty to discover, she says, which is why hitting the trails with her dog can never get boring. Carla has been involved with ‘just about every sport you can imagine,’ but lately she has focused two of them. Tennis, which she says, looks easier from afar, and yoga, which helps her find balance and calmness, and become more flexible.
You may wonder what attracted Carla to joining MaxFit (OK, she admits that the Port Moody location is a bonus!). Mainly, she says, it’s the team philosophy, which is a staple at MaxFit. ‘I think when working with a team, everyone has so many great skills to provide. Having a team of experts work together gives clients access to many different professionals to help with all their individualized health and wellness goals. I always loved the idea of healthcare as a group of people with different skills working together with clients to meet the clients needs.’
As for her own role, Carla is excited to help meet the health and nutrition goals of her clients and guide them to better health through nutrition.
Timelier than ever, Carla’s favourite quote and life philosophy are encompassed by ‘no rain, no flowers’. It’s a complex thing, she explains. ‘It reminds me that without the rainy dark days, we won’t have the beautiful sunny days. Without the rain, we won’t have the colourful flowers and plants all around us. The dark and rainy days often seem so long it’s easy to forget that as we get through those dark times, we also learn to see the beauty around us.’
Welcome to the MaxFit team, Carla! We are delighted to have you aboard!