Following along on our series of interviews with health professionals, today we present a talk with Adriana Albritton, who is a personal trainer, fitness blogger, and author of the book ’28 Days to a New Life’.
Adriana began her career in mental health and law enforcement when a chance injury suddenly turned her professionally in another direction. An interest in fitness and wellness led to a desire to help and educate others about improving their health and well-being. Adriana pursued training in Personal Fitness and Nutrition, leading to a career as a one-on-one personal trainer. She started her blog and wrote ’28 Days to a New Life’ so that she could reach a wider audience.
When she’s not training with clients or authoring her blog, Adriana is working on building a new digital startup that teaches lifestyle modification through fitness, nutrition, and stress management, giving people the tools to achieve wellness.
Let’s get to know Ariana better through this short interview!
Hi Adriana, tell us about yourself, your work, and how you started your journey as a fitness trainer and nutritionist?
My background is different from the typical fitness professional. I have a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and was in the mental health field before. Then, I proceeded to apply for a law enforcement job that pushed me to get fitter.
Unfortunately, during that process, I broke my hip, which ended that path. Subsequently, I became pregnant and the life growing inside me made me more conscious about my health.
Despite being physically active all my life, my health was not always my priority. Upon relocating to the US from Colombia, I suffered from gastritis, asthma, and allergies. Even though my exterior was well-put-together, my insides were not.
The broken hip showed that I wasn’t the exemplification of wellness. I did abundant research on health and nutrition and genuinely started to comprehend the importance of nutrients, and the direct correlation that diet has on the body. So, I started to eat raw organic vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats regularly, and to limit my consumption of junk and processed foods.
My eagerness to keep my body fit and my baby healthy prompted my desire to get certifications in Personal Training and Nutrition. I wanted to have the proper knowledge to be able to transform my body while remaining healthy.
I went back to the gym after having my son and started doing figure competitions a year and a half later. Since then, I’ve been helping people address their mindset and implement nutritional habits as well as fitness routines to achieve their goals.
Q. Share your experience as a fitness blogger and personal trainer.
Being able to help people get fitter and healthier, not only physically but mentally, has been very rewarding for me. Yet, with one-to-one coaching, the reach is not very widespread.
Eager to be able to influence many more lives, I started a blog (FitnAll.com) a few years back to share my expertise and educate the public. I disseminate fitness, health, and wellness content to help them make changes in their lives.
You are the author of ’28 Days to a New Life.’ Tell us about your book.
I wrote the book “28 Days to a New Life, A Holistic Program to GetFit, Delay Aging, and Enhance Your Mindset” because I wanted to create a step-by-step one-month program to help others achieve long-lasting transformations.
The program provides everything a person needs to lose body fat and get in shape through training techniques and nutritional guidance. I incorporate a holistic approach, addressing the whole being, thoughts, emotions, and spirituality.
The 28 Days Program presents concrete tools and exercises to deal with stress, self-sabotaging thoughts and emotional patterns, and incorporate anti-aging and disease preventative practices. The goals of the program are fat loss, high performance, a more centered mind, and well-being overall.
Q. When it comes to your clients, what are the challenges you face?
In any kind of coaching or helping profession, it is challenging to see others struggle, to see people sabotage themselves, to see them resist change that can help them improve their lives. So it’s important to remain patient yet determined to assist as they move through obstacles.
As you are involved in the mental health field over the years and also involved with the criminal justice system, would you like to share anything about it?
I worked at the second biggest jail in the US and dealt with people involved in the criminal justice system. Back then, I only dealt with the mind, helping them make connections and internal changes to avoid recidivism.
It was satisfying to help them process their issues and to listen to goals that involved applying healthier thinking patterns and plans of action. One of the greatest parts of my days was seeing the lightbulb turning on in their head. I knew, then, that they were ready for change.
Q. List 7 Ways to Stay Healthy After 40
1. Be Active: Perform cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training most days out of the week, and involve flexibility and balance training
2. Nourish Your Body: Consume an Organic Whole Food Diet encompassing complex carbs (raw vegetables and fruits, quinoa, whole grain carbs), nose to tail protein (consuming all parts of grass-fed animals), and healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, MCT oil, nuts, and seeds). Keep Hydrated by drinking at least 3L of water, organic cold-pressed juices, and fermented drinks
3. Reduce Toxicity: Cleanse (at least yearly), Eliminate or Limit Toxic Foods (soda, fast food, processed food, artificial sweeteners, coloring and flavors, processed sweets, white flour, fried foods, vegetable oils, refined grains, processed cheeses and meats, candy bars, conventional cereals and juices, yogurt, low-fat products, high fructose corn syrup, chips, etc.), and Avoid or limit Addictive Substances (alcohol, cannabis, other drugs)
4. Use High-Quality Organic Supplements: Take a supplement regimen to stay healthy (whole food multivitamin, probiotics, vitamin C and D, Cod Liver Oil/astaxanthin/or fish oil, powder greens, magnesium). If you feel run down or sick, take supplements to boost your immunity (zinc, garlic, curcumin, green tea, oregano oil, quercetin)
5. Recover: Sleep 6-9 hrs per day, allow sufficient rest between workouts and incorporate healing practices (massage, cryotherapy, sauna, compression therapy, etc.)
6. Fast: You can integrate it by doing intermittent fasting (fast for 12-16 hours) at least once per week. Fasting gives your digestive system a break, delays aging, decreases inflammation and blood sugar, enhances brain functioning, heart health, and growth hormone levels, increases self-discipline, and accelerates fat loss
7. Cultivate a Healthy Mind, Emotional State, & Spirit: Positively cope with stress, address cognitive distortions, guard your mind against negative input, be social, avoid engaging with toxic people, do things that make you happy, meditate and/or be mindful, and accept and love yourself.
What change do you want in the health community?
It would be nice to have a more united front and less competition in the health community. We all want to help people get healthier so we should unify our common efforts to change our society for the better.
What’s next for you?
Recently, I started working on a fitness and wellness startup creating a digital platform to help people stay fit, healthy, and even address/reverse chronic conditions.
At HealthSixFit, we provide telehealth and tools for lifestyle modification addressing fitness, nutrition, and stress management.