Diana Tencic is the co-founder of Body Be Well fitness and food coaching based in Melbourne. The company specialises in functional fitness and food coaching supported by monthly clean eating- sugar free workshops. Diana has over 15 years experience in all aspects of the fitness industry from personal and group training to club owner and spin instructor.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
My journey into the fitness world commenced a long time ago. I was burning the candle at both ends in my early 20s and my health gave way. It took 6 doctors, constant misdiagnosing to finally be diagnosed with ulcerative colitis plus fructose malabsorption. Then, medication began. I had to make huge changes, as I was damned if cortisone was going to be a part of my life. I investigated alternative therapies, chiropractic work, holistic healing, exercise, destressing! It took 5 years of trial and error but I can now say I have been in remission for over 10 years.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
It’s always great to do your research. I highly recommend spending a day shadowing a personal trainer and going from there. Days are long 5:30am till 8 or 9 pm and always being “up” tests your stamina!
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
I have a young family, so I love spending time with them bike riding or exploring our local parks. I also do sound healing meditation once a week in a group setting. it has changed my life.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Switching off. Teaching, demonstrating, and guiding are a wonderful experience, however it does take time for me to turn off.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Patience, commitment, passion, enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
No day is the same and I am constantly challenged by the needs of my clients, which I love.
What’s next on your horizon?
We are expanding our clean eating sugar-free workshops.
If you weren’t a Personal Trainer and Health Coach, you would have been an…
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
Oh where to begin! It works, simple as that.
When I started reading Sarah’s blog then her book, I Quit Sugar, after the birth of my 3rd child, I was nodding my head and grinning constantly. It just all made sense. Sarah’s philosophy had a profound effect and resonated quite strongly with me. It was so lovely to finally find a book and amazing woman who got it, bound it up in a book and shared her journey of just eating real food and cutting out the crap with us all.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
Well, having a Croatian background, we do love our food, so…
An antipasto platter of marinated peppers and olives, some fermented cabbage (my mum rocks in that department), my father’s home-made sausages and prosciutto. Main would be stuffed red peppers with good old mash potato and sweet treats would be my chocolate ganache sugar-free cake.