Meet Denitsa Puleva Founder of Wabi Tabi
Denitsa Puleva is a Macrobiotic Health Coach passionate about bringing awareness to health and wellness embracing the wisdom of the oriental culture, cuisine and alternative medicine in her practice. Naturally drawn to the holistic approach towards health, plant-based lifestyle and the oriental philosophies of the Yin and the Yang since she was a child, her mission become helping people live vibrant and fulfilling life by applying the principles of Macrobiotics and the Traditional Chinese Medicine. By guiding her clients through food energetics, teaching how to harmonize with the rhythms of the Nature and supporting them in balancing their physical, mental and emotional health, they are not only going with ease through the everyday life, but thriving, with hope, passion, inspiration and fulfilling their dreams!
Denitsa started Wabi Tabi as her own journey (tabi) back to the basic, simple things in life that have the austere beaty (wabi), with the idea to inspire more people to have healthier relationship with food, with themselves and the environment. Her personal approach is to provide a practical way to enjoy a simpler, wholesome life, aiming to develop a happy, balanced and contented inner self. Since Мacrobiotics originates from Japan and it’s based on the Japanese cuisine and the zen lifestyle she advocates with excitement the traditional Japanese superfoods and culture.
Her biggest achievement is to be acknowledged by many Japanese native people as an expert in the field and help them rediscover their traditions. Prior to involve into health and wellness Denitsa has spent 11 years as a teacher, working for the Ministry of Environment in Bulgaria, and as a Change manager in an international corporation before heading to live in Asia (China and Japan).
Today she offers a wide range of programs and services - from individual health coaching based on food energetics, to cooking classes, workshops and seminars focused on women’s health, reiki and sound healing, Do In, acupressure and more.
“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything”
Tell us a bit about yourself and your family?
Originally from Bulgaria, I have been living in Asia (China and Japan) for the past 10 years. Before that I studied and worked in my country as teacher in Geography, Tour guide, expert in the Ministry of Environment and Change manager in a big IT company. I was trying various fields of career in search for the one that would fully align with my values, interests and dreams. The job that would inspire me daily, inspire others, while at the same time doing something meaningful for the people and the world.
Apart from that I am a wife, a mum of a teenage boy and a cute little girl. What’s more, I’m a dancer at heart and love being physically active. If possible, under the sun, at the beach and with my friends.
Have you had any formal training or family business?
Not at all. However, my father being a pilot and travelling the world, opened my eyes at a young age for the Asian wisdoms of health and lifestyle. He was also a model of a healthy, active and happy person.
Tell us about your venture and what inspired you to take this challenge, and get started?
I was always interested in humans, health, nature, and the interplay between all of that. My father brought interesting stories from all over the world when I was a child and I’ve been listening to them dreaming to follow his path one day and discover all these magical places by myself. I have been always drawn to the East, and their perception of everything in the world as energy, the energy of the Yin and the Yang and the five elements. Surprisingly for all of us, my husband was offered a job in China and we went to try for a short term (initially). After spending some time there, the magic happened and all I was interested in found me! I met the right people (teachers) at the right place and time and this opened the door for my old-new vocation. When I started to share my knowledge first with friends, family and random acquaintances, everyone felt so inspired and influenced. They followed and their lifestyle changed for better. After that the only way was to continue doing that but this time professionally, as my job.
What has been your proudest moment?
Every moment that a person tells me their health and healthy habits improved significantly, I gave them hope, strength, inspiration is the proudest moment for me.
What are some of the biggest challenges you faced as an entrepreneur?
Time management, everything about running a business and how to sell yourself, the fast pace of how everything changes and how to adapt quickly.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting out, especially in a different country?
Be open, collaborate and learn how to catch the new trends quickly before everyone else does. Most importantly be confident and brave but also be true to yourself and the right people will follow!
Given a chance would you alter any of your life decisions?
I would rather change the pace of making these decisions, trying to be quicker and more confident.
What’s coming up @wabi_tabi?
I am planning to go more online than in-person classes. Till now I was doing a lot of in-person macrobiotic cooking classes. In the near future I will focus more on the online workshops, related to the 5 elements and the connection between people's personality and them.
Also, I am graduating from another Integrative Nutrition program in May and will combine my new knowledge with the macrobiotics as well as some new coaching skills. So yes lots of exciting projects lined up @wabi_tabi.
To contact Denitsa, please visit her pages