The morning of February the 17th I was guest at Radio Nuova York, a new web radio started by Ricky Russo and Alberto Polo catering to the Italians in NY. Ricky, whom I've met through common friends a while ago, asked me to go live on his new show and to explain the turn of events that have been dominating and leading the last couple years of my life: going through a challenging time, quitting my job and "taking the plunge", becoming an Health Coach and a Colorpuncture therapist in the process.
The radio's guests have been so far mostly Italians, from all sort of life, although a big focused is placed on music trends and music artists visiting or living in the city. That's one of the reasons why Ricky's new show "Buon Giorno New York" was born. To his words: "I want to explore the city not only through its streets but also through its people, I want to connect to my people and I want to know what they do, where they work, how they feel. There is a new generation of Italians how there that need to tell us their stories. Actually, if you know someone, a neighbor, a friend that has a story to tell, send him/her to t he radio!"
The guests are asked to bring their own music playlist. It was hard to condense everything in 5 or 6 songs, but I finally picked 5 songs that represented my personal journey. I was surprised and particularly pleased when I settled for these titles:
- Negrita - "L'uomo sogna di volare"
- Jonny Lang - "Wander this world"
- The Roots - "Now or Never"
- Dream Theater - "Another Day"
- Fergie - "A little party never killed nobody"
The list obviously expresses the feelings of hope, continuing personal evolution and happiness that has been governing my soul as long as I can remember. Exploration has always been part of my story, from the day I left Milan to NYC, but problem even before that if I think about it.
For my Italian friends, below is the complete audio episode where I talk about where I come from, how I changed throughout the years, and what I'm doing now. Enjoy!
For my English speaking friends, keep reading for a quick transcript of the conversation I had with Ricky Russo.
For all my english friends, find a quick transcript of my conversation with Ricky below:
Ricky: You arrived in NYC exactly 19 years tomorrow (congratulations!) with $300 in your pockets, like a real turn-of-the-century immigrant!
Mauro: I was born in Vigevano, a small city about 50 minutes from Milan. From 6 to 23 years old I grew up in a closed gate community at the border of Milan South that we youngsters called Noverasco Beach.
Ricky: Why NY ?
Mauro: I was experiencing an adolescence crisis, and like all adolescents in a crisis, I went to the news daily and bough a few travel videos one of which included NYC
Ricky: What impressed you of NY so much that you picked it?
Mauro: Even though the VHS tape contained very old images, I could feel the energy of the city. The tape must be still in some drawer somewhere in my mom's house. I left from the airport with two of my dearest friends waving goodbye.
Ricky: You were telling me that in the last year(s) you changed life, changing a job together with your lifestyle
Mauro: My background is electronic and computer science, working more then a decade in Digital Marketing. At a certain point I realized that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life behind the screen of a computer. It was a time when I was very active between boxing, triathlons, and half-marathons, so the choice to continue studying nutrition and lifestyle was just a logical path to take. I signed up and certified as Health Coach with at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
Ricky: You were telling me that a Health Coach is NOT a dietitian. What's different?
Mauro: As a Health Coach, I don't deal with calories, menus, and restrictions. Health Coaching is about educating people on key topics like dieting, food landscape, and set achievable goals that will trigger important changes in someone's life.
Ricky: Are you a strict Coach?
Mauro: Only when you don't do your homework ;-)
Ricky: ....and then you were telling me that you recently graduated as a Colorpuncture therapist. What is Colorpuncture exactly?
Mauro: Colorpuncture was developed 40 years ago by renown German naturopathic Peter Mandel. I use a special pen with interchangeable tips made of custom designed quarts that vibrate at specific frequencies from Infrared to Ultraviolet and all colors in between, to support and enable self-healing within your body-mind-spirit system. The medicine ties together ancient knowledge with modern scientific findings so it's very effective at all symptoms and levels of disease from sleeping and eating disorders, to trauma resolutions and prenatal (and/or recent) conflicts.
Ricky: Going back to eating healthy, how can one eat healthy ? Where do you personally go shopping for food?
Mauro: It's very challenging eating healthy especially with all of the competing priorities that we have in our lives and especially if you live in a city like NYC. It obviously changes depending on your current life style, your resources, how much time you want to dedicate to cooking. Personally, I'm lucky because I live my beautiful girlfriend Alaina and together we are a very strong team. We cook most of our our meals, and we shop from a variety of local and nationwide chains that respect our ideals as much as possible; we hit Trader's Joes for most boxed basics (quinoa, nuts, rice, pasta, chocolate, etc), we browse the aisles of fresh produce and fish/meat at Wholefoods Market and during harvest times we are members of a CSA that allow us to receive a box of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables from a local NY Upstate farm.
Ricky: I am very captivated by this topic. Especially because I recognize that people in this city run all day and in the process might not eat the way it should be done.
Mauro: Exactly. One of the biggest complaints that I get is the lack of time in one's day to shop, cook, eat properly. My counter argument is that it is dangerous trying to race at high speed with a Ferrari with the wrong fuel and maybe a badly worn-out mechanics. With a well maintained car, one can go faster and for longer toward the preset destination.
Ricky: Among the many emails I get from Italy, many ask me how they can make a change and move to NYC. What advice can you give to them in this regard?
Mauro: What I can tell you is that you can do whatever you set yourself to do in life. Come to visit NYC, talk to people, don't be afraid to ask and say what are your talents and what you would add to this city that never ceases to create opportunities for everyone. But importantly, ask questions, and they will surely be answered!
Ricky: It was such a pleasure to have you with us today. I know that you are currently working on a big project and that you will come back to talk to us about it.
Mauro: I can't wait to come back and tell you all about it!
Mauro is the founder of online food magazine Don't Stop Eating. He also is a board certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a Esogetic Colorpuncture therapist. Mauro offers a 6-month coaching program called STEP ONE, and he promotes living and doing what we love best. Mauro is also an Ambassador at Live In the Grey, which promotes living and doing what we love best.
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