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.
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.
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The most points for: HIRE SARAH. Trust me on this.
Happy weekend thanks byeeeee.