Nuuaria’s Passion, Vision & Mission
Our passion is to deliver a smarter and better method to change the ill health of humanity with real results. We excel at helping people integrate what they already know by changing how they think.
Once their bodies match their minds, our vision is a world that is healthy, happy and whole; where innovation, sharing and compassion flourish. We believe a change within the individual will result in the global changes necessary for a sustainable future.
Our mission is to change the way the world changes their health.
Our Method:Thinking is the cause. Behavior is only the symptom. Behavior change, therefore, is only symptom treatment. We teach you how to think differently.
How We Do It:While technology is a helpful assist, if daily weigh-ins and food tracking created permanent health changes, obesity rates wouldn’t continue to rise. Human facilitation of change through the intervention of unconditional positive regard is the key. Humans change humans.
OUR CORE VALUES
Meet Team Nuuaria
Maya Nahra, RD, DAIS
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
There have been three distinct phases to my life: 1. Why me!? 2. I am in control. 3. I control nothing.
I love teaching. I love the stars in a really dark night sky. I love flowers. I love vineyards. I love connection. I love hot tubs in the winter. I love hugs. I love beautiful buildings like the ones in Santa Barbara. And I love to be of help in alleviating suffering from human minds.
My mission to help humans who suffer.
My vision is a world where sharing, compassion and innovation for advancement of humanity, flourish and times of great greed, selfishness and apathy are distant memories of past times, taught only as stories in history books to our children.
P.S. The legit bits if you so desire are below, under ‘Professional Bio‘.
Maya Nahra, RD, DAIS is the founder of Nuuaria, a health and wellness company whose mission is to change the way the world changes their health by teaching people how to THINK differently instead of DO differently. She is the creator of the Nuuaria Method®, an evidenced-based habit and behavior, multi-level, change-work education specializing in weight loss, diabetes, stress & meditation and anxiety.
Maya is also a behavioral registered dietitian of 10 years, a diplomate of the American Institute of Stress, the Food and Nutrition Contributor for 3TV Arizona, Named 2016 Natural Choice Best Dietitian/ Nutritionist in Arizona, a writer, speaker, and a student and teacher of human change. She lives the essentialism lifestyle and secretly wants to live on a vineyard and make wine.
Jacquelyn Ikonomov, CHES
Director of Enterprise Sales & Development
I enjoy adventuring to new places, trying new healthy foods, and learning something new that helps me think differently. Change excites me! It lights my fire. Life is an exciting journey with so much to explore and understand. Training your mind to think openly and accept what is to come next without resistance transforms your life into something beautiful.
I hold a BS in Community Health Education and a minor in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. I filled an internship in Sweden, at Linnaeus University where I taught Health Education Courses and experienced how Swedish culture -or in Maya’s words beliefs- drive their thoughts of “lagom” (not too much, not too little), which drive emotions of peace, which drive physical habits of biking to work and social “fika” (coffee breaks).
Every day, my mission is to lead by example as an energetic motivator to guide people toward a better quality of life. I can’t wait to meet you!
Katerina Diaz, B.S.
Food, love, and laughter are my three favorite things in this world. I believe everyone deserves to enjoy this life we have been given and to live it well. Daily I am learning that healthy living can be simple and doable.
I played volleyball in college and thought I had my health together because I was an athlete. Once I stopped playing, I lost all motivation to exercise and take care of my body. The unhealthy habits I had formed caught up to me and I became unhappy with my appearance. When I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I started learning more about food and its effect on the body. I loved learning about food and health so much I switched majors from education to nutrition.
I received a B.S. in Dietetics from Arizona State University, and I love how my life had changed since my volleyball career ended. I now cook more nutritious meals at home and find ways to exercise that are fun and enjoyable. I stopped weighing myself and started paying attention to how I feel each day.
My goal is to come alongside you and encourage you to be the best you can possibly be. I believe in you.
Josh Reynolds, LAC
Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated and driven by the topic of personal development. My own struggle with emotions formed a question in me that I had to know the answer to – how do people overcome adversity and become the best versions of themselves? I even took my first personality test at age 12. I still love learning about the role of the personality, along with the mind, body, emotions, and everything that goes into this human experience. Each day feels like an opportunity for me to learn and understand more about this “whole being” experience that each of us is having. I trust and rely on a daily intake of inspiration to bring me right where I need to be, to know what I need to know, and to share all I can share. As I trust more and learn more, I find myself experiencing greater freedom and less struggle, even in the areas I once thought were impossible. I look forward to helping you and trusting with you in your own search as you watch struggle be replaced by freedom, opportunity, and possibility.
For those who are interested in my professional background: I am a licensed therapist and received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2008, then spent several years providing mental health services to U.S. military units around the world, and have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
My idea of fun times is when I am able to play & kid around with my 3 beautiful children. This really makes my heart sing from top to bottom! They are such a blessing to me!
I also enjoy kickboxing, reading, writing poetry, cooking, singing karaoke, and watching the Food Network. My children and I can watch “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network all day long and never get tired!
A little bit about my work history; I have worked as a Behavior Coach/Behavioral Health Technician for the last 20+yrs, serving those who have been diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and/or Severe Mental Illness (SMI).
My own personal health journey began in 2008 when I found myself overworked, overstressed & 50lbs overweight. This imbalance of life eventually led me to a dis-ease called diabetes. My PCP gave me a bag of medications and told me that I’d be on them for the rest of my life. I did not want this to be my reality, but I had accepted the opinion of the professionals and took my pills as I was told. By grace, In 2011 I met a Naturopathic doctor who believed in me & invested in my health and wellbeing. It took some time & work, but I was finally able to make the necessary lifestyle changes that were needed to reverse the symptoms of diabetes. It is 2019 and I am medication free with a hemoglobin A1c of 4.9. I’d say I’m doing pretty good!
I’m still a work in progress, but I have overcome some major health challenges as mentioned above, and I believe I can help you with some challenges that you might be facing. When I needed help someone invested in my health and wellbeing, and now I’d like to pay it forward by investing in yours. So where would you like to begin? Sugar, Stress, Anxiety? I’m all ears:-)