About Me

Hi. I am Mónica. I am a wife, a devoted mother of three beautiful (and at times challenging) children (ages 9, 17 and 20), a friend, an exercise lover, a sister, a Mexican, a scientist, and a functional nutritionist.

But above all, I am a woman trying to feel great inside her own skin - a woman trying to juggle all different roles in her life and still live a happy life.

I’ve Always Been Health-Conscious, But..

After having my third son and moving to a different continent, I hit rock bottom and started to develop a wide range of IBS-type of digestive symptoms: bloating, heartburn, indigestion, constipation (you know how it goes…).   I also developed Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I was feeling tired, cranky, and had no motivation to do anything.

As a result, I enrolled in a Naturopathic Nutrition Program in the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. While there, I began to understand how the very powerful nutrients in our food interact with our cells - how they interact with our genes, the gut barrier, the microbiome, our immune cells and hormones to influence health.

The Path to Wellness

I started to ask myself some more questions: What else can I do to stop the progression?

There has got to be some lifestyle factors that are contributing to the developing of this condition and not allowing me to feel my best.  

I started to incorporate changes little by little and began to experience first-hand that a healthy diet, exercise, sleep, and a toxin-free life were essential for health. I started to feel better. I was not as tired and cranky; my mood changed.

But I was still not feeling 100% refreshed.  I still had some digestive discomfort, and my Hashimoto´s was still progressing.

It was not until I incorporated a daily meditation practice that I realized how much the way I perceive stress and my reaction to it contribute to my symptoms. It has also become clear that the lack of social connections and a nurturing supportive network around me stop me from thriving and enjoying optimal health.

Vigeo Nutrition

All this experience turned into my mission to develop a plan that aim to help individuals achieve both optimal physical health and happiness:  Vigeo Nutrition was born.

By connecting and listening to my clients, I create a personalized plan that considers their unique context, physiology and preferences. A program called “Our Pillars of Health” that takes into account:

  • Diet

  • Sleep

  • Movement

  • Microbiome

  • Stress

  • Toxic load

  • Purpose in life

  • Social Connections

Professional Background

I finished my postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York after obtaining my doctoral degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Biological Sciences.  I am a ADAPT Trained Practitioner (one-year practitioner training program focused on functional medicine, ancestral health and practice management) and a full member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).   I started Vigeo Nutrition in 2015 to help busy individuals deal with health issues as a result of imbalanced diet and lifestyle. Vigeo Nutrition offers a wide range of services - from individual coaching, food workshops to nutrition seminars.