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Based in Philadelphia, Danielle works as an international speaker, as well as a confidence coach, comedian, astrologist, and meditation guide. She also hosts a podcast, Curiously Confident.
Danielle is a trained life coach via the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and is also certified under Gabby Bernstein’s Level 1 & 2 Spirit Junkie Masterclass. Learn more about Danielle on her website, or follow her on Instagram, @daniellemercurio.
BINTO: What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
My morning routine always varies, but there’s one non-negotiable: no reaching for my phone first thing. I have a rule that I have to look at myself before I look at anyone else. I acknowledge what I’m grateful for and take a few breaths.
Then, sometimes I get up and get to work, go for a workout, or meditate. Sometimes I’ll brew some coffee and sit and journal.
BINTO: Tell us about your eating habits.
Everything in moderation. I’m a former binge eater, so having restrictions or rules around food is a trigger. I allow myself to have healthy boundaries. I like healthy carbs, such as oatmeal, fruits and veggies, and avocado. I love making bowls with rice, shrimp, and salsa. I eat mostly vegetarian -- about 85% -- and only on rare occasions I’ll have seafood.
I practice listening to my body and learning what foods it likes. And when I go out to eat or go on vacation, I intuitively indulge in whatever I want to. When I indulge in moderation, I’m less tempted overall and food has less control over me. When I try to control it, it controls it.
BINTO: What workouts do you enjoy? Which do you not enjoy?
Again, I like variety. My favorite workouts are SoulCycle and hot yoga. I love sweating -- it feels good to work up a sweat in some capacity. Since I work from home, I like going to group fitness classes to be a part of a community and get out of the house. I love walking as well, so I take walks in the neighborhood, or by the river, to take a break during the day.
BINTO: What was the defining moment when you realized you could take your health into your own hands?
I was coming off my “Saturn return” -- the universe’s quarter life crisis. I was really unhealthy, and had no sense of where my life was going. I felt directionless with my career/purpose, and I felt the same way with my body. I escaped trying to deal with reality by drinking alcohol or eating too much. I abused my body, and my body retaliated. It made me realize I’d had ENOUGH. I may not have a good hold on my career but I can’t keep destroying my body. That’s when I gave myself permission to take back my own power and create my own rules.
It wasn’t an overnight thing. I started reading and learning about mindful eating, through books like Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. I started to enjoy taking care of myself. I started going to the gym, doing the elliptical, and then I got into running half marathons.
BINTO: How did you get into astrology?
I grew up in a strict Catholic household, where astrology was seen as “out there” and “wrong.” I started to learn about it as a secret hobby, and I became fascinated by it. It was something I always loved, but I kept it private.
Once I got into health and wellness, I wanted to help other people too, so I got my life coaching certification. Then I started to see how coaching and astrology can go together, so I started to market myself as a spiritual coach. That allowed me to leave my corporate job and do this full-time.
BINTO: How does astrology relate to health?
When we look at your birth chart, we look at how your zodiac sign and how it relates to the whole solar system. We all have a “House of Health,” so we can look to see which planet was in our house of health when we were born. This can give us clues as to how we handle certain elements of our health.
BINTO: Do you use Binto? If so, what kind of changes have you experienced as a result?
Yes! I started using it a month ago. I feel like my digestion is more seamless. I’ve also noticed that my dairy sensitivity didn’t seem to affect me as much. I also like the convenience of the packets and not having to overthink which supplements I need to take.
BINTO: What other product can’t you live without
I love coffee. I make bulletproof coffee in a French press, using organic roasted beans. Depending on my mood, I’ll brew coffee and add a tablespoon of MCT oil which can help stabilize your energy, collagen powder which has protein, plus a mushroom powder like lion’s mane, or an adaptogen like ashwaganda.
BINTO: What is your biggest challenge in terms of health or wellness right now?
My main thing is keeping my energy levels in check. Because I’m self-employed, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I tend to overwork and put too much on my plate. It’s important for me to keep my health in check because it helps me show up for my clients better and manage my stress around running my own business.
BINTO: How do YOU define wellness?
I define wellness as a sense of self. It’s the idea that you’re coming to an understanding of who you are and intuitively navigating it so you can show up as your best self, in your best life. Astrology is one way to learn about who you are and what you need today.