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With our Bariatric Coaching, you will learn to distinguish, improve and resolve your habits more effectively
My story begins years ago, as an obese child with a burning desire to eat in excess. While most overweight children seem to be able to lose weight around adolescence, this wasn’t my case. I suffered bullying regarding my weight. I yearned to feel “normal”, but I felt like I was genetically “designed” to be anything but. This feeling of resignment led to complacency, a sentiment I kept for years as I tried to enjoy my life as best as I could.
I wanted to leave my mark on this planet by helping others feel better, so I became a nurse in 2006. I then got married to a wonderful man called Celedonio (Cele, for short).
My Mom, Dad and brother have been obese ever since I was a kid. After many health complications, I lost my dad due to obesity. He had a series of heart attacks, and died at the age of 62. That’s when my mom and I decided to have the Bariatric surgery as well (since we got inspired by my brother, who had his Bariatric surgery many years ago), but it wasn’t the magical solution I had expected.
Upon having the surgery I found myself constantly hungry, confused, and felt like nobody understood the challenges I was facing. I became isolated as feelings of weakness and depression stalked me on a daily basis. The surgery had drastically changed my life. Yes, I was thinner but even unhappier than I was before.
So I sought help.
I joined a Bariatric Support Group and realized, to my surprise, that my challenges were one of the lesser ones in the group! I later joined other Bariatric Support groups, lead and co-lead them. I found myself in absolute awe of how we were all lost and clueless as to how to get our lives together.
I set out to learn all I could about Bariatric surgery lifestyle. I noticed that there were no straightforward resources for Bariatric individuals to cope with all the obstacles, demands, ups and downs of Bariatric surgery lifestyle. Hence, I went to World Bariatric Congresses, met with many Bariatric surgeons from all over the globe, and read a lot about the Bariatric surgery. And I learned more and more. I improved the way I took care of my body, relationships, hunger, and impulses.
I understood, coped, strived and rose above my Bariatric challenges.
While working at Stanford University Hospital in the Silicon Valley, holding positions such as a Nurse, Clinical Informatics Educator and Manager, I never stopped studying and was always searching for more information. I obatined a Certification as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. One of the classes I took at Stanford was regarding Coaching, and fasting forward, I became a Certified Caritas Coach (I implement Loving Caring into my Coaching sessions). To take Bari Better as far as I wanted, I felt the need to formalize my knowledge, so I earned a Certificate in Bariatric Coaching. I decided to get my Master’s of Science in Nursing and as I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, I was invited to join Sigma (Global Nursing Excellence, International Honor Society of Nursing) and became a Nursing University Professor. I did my thesis in Bariatric Coaching and it was selected for a Conference oral presentation in Abu Dhabi.
Plain and simple, I turned my life around.
Imbued by the knowledge I had amassed, my confidence reached new heights. I felt empowered to travel the world, speak my mind, and cultivate meaningful relationships. Yet as I marched forward I couldn’t help but look back and see a wake of Bariatric individuals who were in the same position I was in the past. Ultimately, the only thing I could imagine myself doing was sharing my knowledge and dedicating my life to improve the lives of others like me, my Bariatric peers.
That’s how the idea of Bari Better was born, with its mission to provide Bariatric Coaching and impart knowledge on how to live a better life, to enable people to enjoy a healthier lifestyle by providing practical information and general wellness support.
That brings us back to that whole “making others feel better” desire I mentioned earlier, and after being a Nurse for many years, I can now say that there is no going back for me, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is possible to enjoy Bariatric life! I emphatetic listen, I seek first to understand others. Now, I devote my life to Bariatric Coaching. During my Coaching sessions with my Bariatric clients, I see a daughter, a sister, a human being who inspires people to take control over their lives. I see a child who overcame obesity and who is now able to be sorrounded by mindfulness eating, who accepts, nourishes and no longer damages her own body with unhealthy food choices. And I see an entrepreneur who helps people become the best version of themselves and who has the vision of impacting many lives.
Bari Better, Inc.’s mission is to enable people to enjoy a healthier lifestyle by providing practical information and general wellness support through unique One-to-One online Bariatric Coaching.
To empower people to successfully live a Bariatric lifestyle and confidently become the best version of themselves.
We help you achieve your lifestyle goals and provide you tools, techniques to guide you throughout your Bariatric life changing journey.
We operate with Core Values such as Compassion, Authenticity, Motivation, Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Open-mindedness, Consistency, Passion, Optmism, Positivity, Courage and incorporate unique Loving Kindness during online Bariatric Coaching sessions.
Amanda Mônaco Dário Reyna
Bariatric Coach, Co-Founder & CEO of Bari Better, Inc.
Speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese
I’m Amanda Mônaco Dário Reyna and after being through the Bariatric surgery journey myself, I really understand the challenges people face in their Bariatric journeys too. Threrefore, I decided to help others thrive in similar situations. I furthered my studies, became a Bariatric Coach and also received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from which I did my thesis on Bariatric Coaching. I attend World Congresses and I am a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as well as a member of the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO).
My 3 Bariatric tips:
1. Enjoy your Bariatric journey! I really mean it! Your life has changed for the Better, be proud of yourself for taking the next step of deciding to have the Bariatric surgery done. Celebrate all of your accomplishments along the way!
2. Be authentic! No Regrets, there is no going back to old habits! Be consistent and commited. Don’t look at your past, focus and stay in the present moment through Mindfullness eating.
3. Treat yourself with respect. Be aware of how much, why, when and what you are eating. Change you story, I changed mine. I nourish my body with healthy food choices and I don’t reward myself with food.
Life Coach, Co-Founder & CFO of Bari Better, Inc.
Speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese
Worked as an International Cuisine Chef.
Attends World Congresses of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as well as of the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO).
My 3 Bariatric tips:
1. As husband I need to recognize how important is my lovely relationship with my wife after she had undergone through Bariatric Surgery. I need to change my eating habits, support her in everyday challenges she is facing to reach her goals in life.
2. Changes take time, hence I need to be patience and aware of such changes, since I don’t know how much pain and suffering she is in. Instead of criticizing her, I have to love her even more and support the efforts she is making in order for her to be happier and healthier.
3. Increasing my attention and being part of her daily plans and things she loves to do, has been extremely helpful for both of us, instead of me being apart or ignoring it. Together, we had found better ways to deal with difficult times in our lives, and as a consequence, our relationship is now stronger than ever before. Together, we are Bari Better!
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