Diana Stobo is an entrepreneur, classically trained chef, nutrition expert, best-selling author, and innovator and leader in the global wellness industry. She is an expert and trusted voice on subjects of digestive health, food as a modality for change, hormone balance, sex, aging well, weight management, wellness travel, and optimal health through helping the body heal itself. Diana is known for her ability to create tools and practices that empower and facilitate transformation, and to help foster freedom and empowerment in people’s lives.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in Southern California, with 4 siblings. My parents owned their own business, so they were rarely home. I played mama to my siblings, I found great comfort in, organizing, and creating. I was always an artist, making foods, painting, drawing, building, planting, and anything else that occupied my creative space. I am also an avid walker, it’s my time to think, to process, and to manifest. I have always been a homebody who loves projects. So, yes, my childhood absolutely shaped my future. From my marriage, my children, my business, and how I spend my time, it’s never really changed.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
I wish I knew then what an amazingly intelligent, interesting, courageous, and beautiful woman I was. It took me a long time to recognize my worth.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Being in the health industry, there are many BAD recommendations. Science is touted as a fixed knowledge. But information is not Knowledge, as Albert Einstein reminded us. Knowledge comes with time and experience. Science is constantly changing, and new discoveries are trumping the old. I hear a lot of misinformation that has created fear and distrust in one’s ability to know themselves and their bodies
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
My deepest and darkest moments came from my divorce of a marriage of 27 years. I worshipped the man I loved, and because of my lack of self-esteem, I allowed many years of neglect. The devastation and the loss turned out to be my greatest challenge and my most courageous moment in life. I turned my sadness and heartbreak into a healing project. This is how I built my hotel- The Retreat Costa Rica.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
I believe in magic. I am a master of manifestation because I say “yes” to the world and all the opportunities that fall before me. I think, believe, and create, and it appears.
What is your morning routine?
Shamefully, my morning routine has been off since a crazy year of lockdowns and so much travel before that. But my normal life would include a 6 am wake up- sometimes earlier, and I would roll over in bed, drink 20oz of water and check my calendar on my phone to see what the day holds.
I like a slow morning, some tea or a coffee. Then I put my walking shoes on and take an hour or more power walk. I have to drink green juice every day- for energy and constant nutrients in my bloodstream. I shower and then get to work.
Every day is different because I have so many projects. But I like to finish my workdays by 3ish if I can. And then meal prep and recipe testing is one of my favorite things to do, so prepping and preparing dinner is a joy for me. And then, I get to bed by 9 pm. Kind of boring I know, but it keeps me in homeostasis.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
I have so many learned behaviors that have improved my life. Walking, green juice, lots of sleep, positive thinking, choosing to be happy no matter what!
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I try and compartmentalize my tasks. The creative brain uses different energy than the intellectual brain, and then there is the absolute physical side of work, the hands-on. I try and set days for each one- for example, Mondays are catching up with details- requests and setting the calendar for the week. Tuesdays may be creative days, writing, designing, or whatever is going on. Wednesdays may be the ‘head down in the finances’ day. Thursdays may be the physical, and so on…. Some days are successful, and other days, not so much. But one thing for sure, at the end of the day, the way I feel lets me know how successful I was.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
A Course in Miracles was a tough read until Marianne Williamson was able to translate it to the masses, along with other interpreters. It influenced the way I shape my thoughts and how I choose to live in the world. It is about releasing and forgiving your thoughts and allowing the universal flow of positivity and manifestation to take place.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
Absolutely, “everything is exactly as it should be” for life’s grand plan and “better out then in” when it comes to health.