Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D. is a holistic health coach, food justice activist, raw food educator, author, radio host and blogger. A recently retired Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies at California State University, Northridge, she has authored numerous articles and two books on Latin/o/a American performance and gender studies, globalization, and new social movements. She accompanies the practices of resistance, creation and self-determination of autonomous movements of the Americas (Chiapas, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires) from an observing participant perspective.

As an advocate for individual and community autonomy, sustainable, vibrant health, empowering self-reliance and nutritional sovereignty for all, in 2009 she created Viva La Vida, Live Foods For Life, a project committed to spread the basics of a raw food diet in working class communities of color as a means to decolonize our bodies from commercial food and foster the re-membering of healthy lifestyles.

Sirena has been doing un-cooking demonstrations since that initial Revolutionary Autonomous Communities May Day 2009 picnic at McArthur Park, at the Anarchist Book Fair, the Eastside Café, the South Central Farm community center, the California State University, Los Angeles Cross-Cultural Center, El Sereno Farmer’s Market, Earth Day South LA, Mujeres de Maíz, Shaman’s Vision and Art Center, Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural, MEChA Statetewide 2011 at California State University Northridge, the RAC Food Distribution Program, the Youth Justice Coalition Chuco Center, Caracol Marketplace, Equitable Roots, El Nido, Antioch University, Corazón del Pueblo and the Agape International Spiritual Center. She also facilitates seasonal community cleanses, raw food preparation workshops at el ranchito de Sirena en El Sereno, a place for healing and mystery school, and offers bilingual individual and group holistic health coaching, health food store tours, kitchen de-junking and corporate wellness seminars.

Dr. Pellarolo received her training as a holistic health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of holistic lifestyle coaching methods. She is also in the process of becoming certified as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Raw Food Educator with the Living Light Culinary Institute.

As a compassionate, down-to-earth and experienced healer, Sirena supports her clients in the unleashing of their hidden potentials hiding behind apparent health challenges. Her health coaching programs support individuals in reconnecting with their bodies, minds and spirits by going back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle: a personal daily regimen of nutritious food, physical movement and a meaningful spiritual practice.

Her coaching practice integrates many different areas of interest and expertise. Her twenty five years in higher education provide the skills for successful participatory teaching and learning, creative research and self-motivation. As a community organizer, youth mentor and trusted influential leader, she bridges her knowledge with that of a population eager to start rethinking their nutritional habits and lifestyle in order to take charge of their bodies, minds and spirits. The eleven years exploring raw and live foods, detoxifications and cleanses resulted in her vibrant re-activation, and her life-long spiritual quest and practices an understanding that, as energetic beings, transformative healing occurs only when our mind-body-spirit connection is addressed.
Please visit her website at http://www.vivamivida.com and her radio shows at https://soundcloud.com/sirena-pellarolo

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