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#344 – Tragedy, Turmoil, and Transformation

Cynthia Pasquella


Cynthia Pasquella – clinical nutritionist, author and founder of The Institute of Transformational Nutrition – returns to the podcast and candidly opens up about her past. She shares the story of her own personal traumas, how she has used them to transform her own life, and how she helps others do the same.

Here are my notes!

3:28 – Where Cynthia’s long journey to success started, and the reason why she decided to tell her story.

7:09 – No running water? The details of Cynthia’s childhood living conditions and the many tragic events that left her parents struggling.

12:53 – How Cynthia learned to be a good mom despite growing up without a positive mother figure.

20:41 – The reason Cynthia never invited friends over, and why they probably wouldn’t have even been allowed to visit if she had!

27:28 – Raising parents and being a referee: Cynthia takes on much of the responsibility for her family and herself.

31:09 – The opportunity that got Cynthia out of the south and to LA, and how it she found herself going from “a crazy situation to a completely insane one.”

38:32 – The modeling industry, “Latte Diet” and numbing out with drugs and alcohol takes a major toll on Cynthia’s body, health and psyche.

49:08 – The important message Cynthia received that stopped her from taking her own life.

57:17 – Cynthia bets on herself–with 3 credit cards!–to learn how to regain her own health, and starts to help other people do it, too.

1:05:59 – How a cheeseburger left Vegan Cynthia in tears and gives her freedom from the food fight.

1:16:01 – Money matters: Why it’s not about the amount of money, but what you do with it that matters.

1:29:01 – How to use your own experience and story to make some extra money or even start a whole new career!

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