Monday, April 21, 2014

I had the pleasure of catching up with one of my clients this past weekend. During our talk, she introduced me to the concept of an internal board of directors, which I love so much I want to share with all of you.

According to my client, each one of us has a board of directors–a group of 5-7 voices (picture them sitting around a circular table in your mind) that guide and influence our decisions and being. 

Everyone’s board of directors is different, naturally, and each one can be comprised of any of the hundreds of people who have passed through or impacted your life: your mom, your best friend, your great-granny, Oprah, Deepok Chopra, or Suze Orman.  

Having a board of directors is critical, and having an awareness of who sits on said board, even more important. 

These are the voices we are inviting into our mental spaces, after all. These are the opinions that are chiming in constantly on any number of issues, from what blouse to buy to whether or not you should dump that guy.

Relying on our instinct and having a successful board of directors are not mutually exclusive. Self-reliance is, in a way, enabled by the possession of successful, internal advisors.

We must take care when choosing our board of directors. And every so often, we need to reevaluate our board; have people wandered into those sacred seats without our active appointment? Are there board members who have overstayed their welcome? Whose voices may have been appropriate at one time that are no longer so?

According to my client, it’s often the case that board members will need to be retired after a while–given a hefty bonus, and sent on their way, to lounge on the beaches of Hawaii, let’s say. 

Instead, we appoint new board members whose expertise is tailored to our current circumstances, whose voice more accurately aligns with our current outlook on life, and so on.

We select our board members based upon the answers to this question:

What is the message I need most right now, and who do I believe is going to offer me that message with as much love and tact as possible? 

Or, just as good:

Who is going to help me be my best self? 

Friday, April 18, 2014

It’s Friday, which I’m sure you’ve managed to hype yourself up about, but allow me to hype you on this post.

Today I’m spotlighting Sarah Adler, a nutrition coach, healthy lifestyle expert, Seattle based food blogger, real food lover and owner of Simply Real Health—a healthy lifestyle company with a mission to help people to live healthier + happier lives.

Sarah and I met a couple weeks ago, and when I tell you I immediately felt the kinship vibes, well, I felt them.

Within minutes of meeting her I had ascertained: 1. Homegirl knows her stuff. 2. Homegirl walks her talk. and 3. Homegirl is impressively skilled at not making one feel bad about one’s energy bar fanaticism, and also at presenting better alternatives in such a non-bossy, no-big-deal-way that one leaves the conversation believing that replacing Lunabars with daily green-chia-seed-smoothies was in fact one’s own brilliant idea.

She’s the real deal, and believe me when I say this: I am very selective with that phrase.

K so Sarah answered some questions for me and here they are hope you enjoy and go to her site and start eating Simply and watching all her videos and–

 1. What’s the backstory behind SRH?

I started Simply Real Health with a mission to teach people how to live a healthy life, made simple. Specifically, a healthy daily lifestyle with more freedom and joy, so that they feel amazing, energized, productive and more fulfilled in every aspect of their lives.

In a nutshell: I believe that real food is good food. In simplicity. In counting nutrients and pureness in food rather than counting calories. That what you eat has a direct impact on how you feel, physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, creatively + financially. That cocktails + chocolate belong. That food is loved and should be celebrated. That perfection is never the goal. But that living your life more joyfully and alive is.

2. What are your strengths as a nutritionist/wellness coach—things that set you apart from others doing similar work?

My goal is to help people figure out the gray area in life—like what does it mean to just live a more normal healthy lifestyle –daily. When they’re not being extreme and following set rules around food, but they are just being more aware.

I focus a lot of my time on teaching people exact ways on how to navigate the real world, not avoid it. Because that’s what most of life is. And I want people to understand how to be healthy no matter where they are in their life. Less about perfection and more about doing what you can.

I teach people these specifics: what to think about with food, what to ignore, how to travel, snack, go to happy hour, take vacations and just FEEL better in their daily life because of it.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love seeing that amazing moment of clarity for people—when their pantry, fridge, grocery list, head space and mentality are all of a sudden a lot more light and free.

When they start to find a lot more joy with their food (instead of negativity), start taking better care of themselves, and how easy the process can be. It’s no longer such a complicated, boring or overwhelming process to eat, live and feel better.

4. What are your 3 non-negotiable food rules?

1. Whatever it is, have the real food form (and there is ALWAYS a real food form).

2. Take the emotion out of it. If you’re not hungry (physically), don’t eat. It will always make you feel worse, not better.

3. Eat vegetables at every meal. A green smoothie, green juice, big time salad, roasted veggies, etc all count!

5. What’s the process of working with you like? What motivates your clients to seek out your services?

The process of working with me is different for every person based on what they need help navigating the most.

For some it’s help at the actual store and on the planning and meal prep side of things. For some, it’s actually learning how to cook. For others it’s the emotional and mental side of food and changing their relationship to it. Or finding ways to be healthier around their crazy schedule.

Clients seek me out when they are ready to live a healthier lifestyle for good- when they are sick of dieting or following the latest food trend, or when they hit a turning point in their life and realize that they actually need to educate themselves about food and the tremendous role it plays in their life whether they like it or not.

All those things they think are normal—like being tired when they wake up, craving sugar and bread, having energy crashes in the afternoon, digestive issues, getting sick all the time—isn’t normal.

The great thing is that it’s usually a very empowering and freeing process, no matter where people are coming from. And the changes happen pretty quickly, which is just the best to watch.

A must read for healthy eating/living! Worst and best possible foods according to nutrition coach and healthy lifestyle expert Sarah Adler

6. What one item do you wish people would hereby ban from their kitchens?

Soy milk. Non-fat milk. Cliff bars (and most bars, really). The protein shakes with the muscle man on the front. Splenda + fake sugars. Diet Coke. Margarine + butter substitutes. Tofu. Vegetable oil. Terriyaki sauce. There are so many better options for all of those things!

7. And one item you wish everyone would hereby always have stocked?

Spinach. You can literally use it in so many ways. As a salad, pureed into a sauce, in smoothies, sautéed with garlic and olive oil, etc.

It’s like a wonder food, with more calcium than any product and more vitamins than most other foods out there. And dark chocolate, for the same reasons really. 

8. What foods items (if any) do you think it would surprise people to learn are actually delicious, and not just ridiculously good for you?

Green smoothies for sure. My pesto kale salad. Unrefined coconut oil on popcorn with sea salt. Homemade salad dressing on basic greens. An avocado sprinkled with sea salt + pepper.

 Want more?

Sarah sends out FREE tips, recipes + healthy inspiration every Thursday. Click here to get on her fun list.

You should also ogle her Green Smoothie Guide as well as her Spring Meal Plan.

Bonus points for getting it happening with S. Adler on all the social medias:

Facebook //Instagram //Twitter //Pinterest

The most points for: HIRE SARAH. Trust me on this.

Happy weekend thanks byeeeee. 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

The other day as I was installing a lazy susan turntable in my client’s corner cupboard I was thinking to myself, “You know what Senior Inventor of The Modernday Kitchen? This isn’t okay!”

After I had installed the turntable, the best I was able to say was, “well, that’s certainly an improvement.” Which it was. And which still doesn’t mean it’s okay.

I vote we evolve past the dumby corner cabinet for good, and induct these badass drawers of the future instead.

Remembering this genius idea for when I build a kitchen of my own!

Who’s with me? 

Image credits: Jeri KoegelHouse to Home