Focus on Fitness: A Nutritionist’s Writing Book on Men’s Mental Health and “How to Overcome Trauma”


Albuquerque resident Daniel Rocha is writing a book on men’s mental health. (Courtesy of Daniel Rocha)

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Daniel Rocha has spent most of his life trying to be healthy.

Whether it’s through eating healthy or exercising, the Albuquerque resident spends hours improving his quality of life.

He deals with men’s mental health in a book project.

“It’s a book about overcoming trauma,” he says. “A lot of it is based on my own life experiences and the healthy things to do that help someone get through tough times.”

For example, therapy and anger management.

“Nothing is forbidden,” he said. “Men are embarrassed to show their emotions, and I want to help break down that barrier a bit more. The first step is to talk about it.

Rocha says there aren’t as many resources for men who are dealing with trauma. He wants the book to resonate and be a source for men to use.

“It’s not just women who experience brutality,” he says. “Sometimes more men have problems than women. Most of the time, the guy’s friends won’t take the time to listen. Often, hearing yourself out loud helps. Most men are problem solvers, and talking to yourself or someone else about it helps a lot. Feeling vulnerable and sensitive is natural.

Writing the book kept Rocha busy, and he balanced the process with going to school.

He studies at the Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Santa Fe.

Daniel Rocha has spent his life working in fitness and nutrition. He is studying at Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Santa Fe. (Courtesy Daniel Rocha)

With 25 years in the fitness industry and 20 years as a nutritionist, Rocha felt this was the next step, as Naprapathes are classified as connective tissue specialists and focus on the ligaments that hold bone to bone. , tendons that hold muscle to bone, but the most common connective tissue is called fascia, or interstitial tissue. Naprapaths work through muscle in connective tissue to take specific stress results on ligaments and bone structure to then bring about alignment.

Rocha also continues to train clients and has developed online fitness programs and resources available at

He says that in developing the program he wanted to make sure it was affordable and focused on different parts of the body.

“With the programs, it helps someone build good habits,” he says. “You have to make the decision to want to change your life and be consistent. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes a routine.

Rocha says being consistent is the key to change. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about him:

1 “I have two pit bulls.”
2 “I do home care. I help cancer patients.
3 “I was in Flex magazine in 2010 as one of the top bodybuilders.”
4 “I got my life insurance license because a lot of my friends were dying and I had to do something to take care of their families.”
5 “In fact, I’m a foodie and love new restaurants. Food trucks are fun for me. I don’t just eat at five star restaurants.

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