Grace is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger here at A Healthier Michigan.
Grace is a lover of food and a lover of life. She is a wife, a new mommy and enjoys dancing. Grace is very passionate about helping the world become a healthier and happier place.
Grace graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Grace has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Mrs. Derocha has a number of certifications to help her educate people regarding how to live a healthier lifestyle, including a weight loss management certification and as a group fitness instructor.
1. What is your favorite thing about living in Michigan?
I love the beauty of the four seasons in Michigan. Even though I have lived in Hawaii – I still keep coming back home.
2. What things do you find yourself doing that you said you’d “never” do?
Unfortunately, I randomly have fast food. I also spoil my baby, Kahlea. Hopefully, that does not get me in trouble later.
3. What are your favorite ways to stay healthy?
In general I try to move more and eat less. I schedule my workouts and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I never deprive myself of things I do like, and I try to consume more nutritious foods most of the time. I must admit that I exercise because I love to eat.
4. What songs or artists are in heavy rotation in your iPod right now?
Dance, pop and hip-hop songs for workouts are a must. Some of my favorites include Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and one of my all-time favorites, Michael Jackson.
When I am not working out, I enjoy acoustic artists like Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne, Justin Nozuka, Colbie Caillat and more. I love all music. I took piano lessons for 15 years, so I like to listen to classical music while I cook. I love cooking and meal planning is a must, especially as a new mom.
5. What are your favorite things to read online? How do you stay informed and inspired?
I receive a variety of e-mail newsletters, but some of my favorites are from American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and the Joslin Diabetes Center. I also visit Shape, Self, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Men’s Health and Prevention for healthy information online. I also try to keep up to date with the latest research publications.