ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — The sudden death of her 17-month-old daughter in 2011 was reason enough for Gina Santangelo of Englewood Cliffs to give up on life.
Santangelo’s husband, her 17-month-old baby boy — the baby girl’s twin — and a world of women looking to better themselves, however, gave the then-Cresskill resident a reason to have faith.
“You can live from heart or hurt when you come out of something that changes the course in your life,” Santangelo said. “I took the heart.”
Santangelo took creative control and wrote “Eat Clean Live Free: A Woman’s Guide to Health, Beauty and Youthful Energy,” to teach other women how to take care of themselves — despite any level of pain.
She will be featured on "Notable Woman" — a blog, podcast (Sept.15th), and television show (in November) for women who are making big impacts through volunteering, education, art, science, religion, civil rights.
“The things I’ve done to help myself get out of negativity and the hurt had to do with nourishing my body and the soul,” said Santangelo, who sold her Tenafly fitness center in 2015 after 13 years in business.
“I created my own practices on a daily basis and [focused] on the positives.”
Santangelo also concentrated on the “non-negotiables,” the things that made her happy — like helping others and her family — to keep her passion for life from fading.
“The non-negotiables are things that we definitely align,” she explained. “That could be a dog… listening to a podcast, or anything that makes us happy.”
In doing so, Santangelo was able to work from the inside out to maintain her “fierce feminine energy.”
While Santangelo will likely never see a day without grief, her life-changing experience is what set her on the path to pursue her purpose, she said: “I’m here to help women.”
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