Divya Cardoso is a dietitian, mom, and the blogger behind @an_evolving_life. Gary Cardoso is a dentist. They are both Nonahood residents. Read our interview with them below!
Nonahood News: What is your job?
Divya Cardoso: I have a threefold answer. By education, I am a registered dietitian with a double master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. I have been in the profession for the last 15 years serving different age groups.
Second, about two and a half years ago, when my husband and I decided to start a family, we had a pleasant surprise waiting for us at our first ultrasound: We were expecting twins! Being a mom has been life changing.
Thirdly, combining my professional and personal experience, I started seeing a need for accurate, evidence-based information to support new parents in providing a healthy lifestyle for their children and family. I decided to share my experience and knowledge using social media and blogging. I focus on sharing practical, evidence-based approaches to daily struggles regarding food and wellbeing.
NHN: What does your day-to-day schedule look like?
DC: My schedule reflects all the hats I wear. We live in a multigenerational household because of the current circumstances. I spend the day with my children and my dad. In the evenings, we spend time together as a family. Once lights are out for the night, I spend my time writing and creating content for my blog and social media.
NHN: What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of your job?
DC: Trying to accomplish everything within a 24-hour period can be a challenge. I remind myself to do the best I can and not to stress out about being perfect. The palpable interest from people I have engaged with since starting An Evolving Life has made this entire experience very rewarding.
NHN: What got you interested in doing your current job in this area?
DC: In this current age, information from social media influences people. I came across a lot of misleading information shared by people who had no education or experience in the field. Hence, sharing a practical and relatable approach to daily struggles with food and diet within a family has become an interest and the content for my social media platforms.
NHN: Do you have any interesting hobbies, collections, or interests?
DC: My stress buster is gardening. The last few months, I was able to start a vegetable garden and actively involve the twins in the whole process.
NHN: Where do you see yourselves in the next five years?
DC: I see myself as a person who can impact families to make well-informed food and lifestyle choices.
Gary Cardoso: We want to be a major part of Lake Nona. I’m a dentist and Divya is a dietitian, so we want to make an impact within our community.
NHN: What brought you to Lake Nona and when did you move here?
GC: We chose this community by total chance. We moved to Central Florida due to work. I chose a job in Brevard County, and Lake Nona was the closest place for me to drive back and forth. It was the best decision ever. At first, we rented, and in six months, we bought a house. We moved to Lake Nona in 2015 on Thanksgiving Day.
NHN: Where are you from originally?
GC: Born and raised in Dubai but 100% Indian.
DC: I was born and raised in India.
NHN: What would you say is your favorite thing about Lake Nona?
DC: It is family-oriented and a conducive environment to raising children.
GC: Multicultural society – you learn so many things from different people. Whatever you need is in a few miles’ radius of your house.
NHN: What would you say to anyone who is considering a move to Lake Nona?
GC: You are moving into one of the most developing and best communities in Orlando. It is the place to buy a house and move if you want to raise your family in a nice, healthy environment.
DC: The people in Lake Nona make it special. It is a little bit of everything; that blend is good for family life.
Photos Courtesy of Divya Cardoso