MARY BETH HARDING    1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?   Give yourself some grace and don’t make wellness about appearance. OK, that’s two, but they go together. Focus on creating habits that will help you feel better (physically, mentally, emotionally) and not on your appearance, weight, or size. By doing this you will create a more sustainable healthy lifestyle. And then when you do slip back to a habit you’ve been trying to change, don’t get caught up in it and feel bad – this is advice I give myself regularly! It doesn’t make you a bad person or mean you shouldn’t keep going. Being able to forgive yourself will allow you to keep making beneficial changes rather than wanting to give up.   2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?   I have struggled with body image issues pretty much my whole life. I’ve never been thin and for a long time I exercised and dieted solely to lose weight. However, I hated myself and would usually try completely unsustainable ways to lose weight, making me even unhealthier in the long run.  Then I found yoga and specifically Gillian St. Clair (owner of Steadfast & True Yoga) in 2010. She never made yoga about losing weight or getting in a workout but used the practice as a means to learn more about, and love, yourself. As my practice evolves, I have learned to become more mindful and to use movement and diet to make myself feel better, not look a certain way. I feel like I’ve only really recently started this wellness journey and of course, I still struggle with body image, but overall am far more satisfied with life than when I was obsessed with the scale.   3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?   Being realistic about what I can accomplish. I know that if I want to work a full-time job, teach yoga 6-8 times a week, workout 3 times a week, cook 80% of my meals, and practice yoga/meditate a little every day, all while maintaining healthy relationships, you gotta say no to some stuff. Ideally, those things would be unhealthy habits (bye, bye late nights at bars), not so great friends, and any activities that cause you to stress. But I’ve always been a have your cake and eat it too personally, so that’s hard for me!  I think understanding this struggle helps inform my teaching because I understand what it feels like to be overwhelmed or too scheduled. I try to make my yoga classes practical and fairly easy to break down so someone could practice portions at home in short amounts of time. And when telling my students that we all have 10 or 15 minutes throughout the day that we could use for ourselves, I’m reminding myself of that too.

MARY BETH HARDING

1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?

Give yourself some grace and don’t make wellness about appearance. OK, that’s two, but they go together. Focus on creating habits that will help you feel better (physically, mentally, emotionally) and not on your appearance, weight, or size. By doing this you will create a more sustainable healthy lifestyle. And then when you do slip back to a habit you’ve been trying to change, don’t get caught up in it and feel bad – this is advice I give myself regularly! It doesn’t make you a bad person or mean you shouldn’t keep going. Being able to forgive yourself will allow you to keep making beneficial changes rather than wanting to give up.

2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?

I have struggled with body image issues pretty much my whole life. I’ve never been thin and for a long time I exercised and dieted solely to lose weight. However, I hated myself and would usually try completely unsustainable ways to lose weight, making me even unhealthier in the long run.

Then I found yoga and specifically Gillian St. Clair (owner of Steadfast & True Yoga) in 2010. She never made yoga about losing weight or getting in a workout but used the practice as a means to learn more about, and love, yourself. As my practice evolves, I have learned to become more mindful and to use movement and diet to make myself feel better, not look a certain way. I feel like I’ve only really recently started this wellness journey and of course, I still struggle with body image, but overall am far more satisfied with life than when I was obsessed with the scale.

3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?

Being realistic about what I can accomplish. I know that if I want to work a full-time job, teach yoga 6-8 times a week, workout 3 times a week, cook 80% of my meals, and practice yoga/meditate a little every day, all while maintaining healthy relationships, you gotta say no to some stuff. Ideally, those things would be unhealthy habits (bye, bye late nights at bars), not so great friends, and any activities that cause you to stress. But I’ve always been a have your cake and eat it too personally, so that’s hard for me!

I think understanding this struggle helps inform my teaching because I understand what it feels like to be overwhelmed or too scheduled. I try to make my yoga classes practical and fairly easy to break down so someone could practice portions at home in short amounts of time. And when telling my students that we all have 10 or 15 minutes throughout the day that we could use for ourselves, I’m reminding myself of that too.

 
  LINDSEY JOE    1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?   START. SMALL. When it comes to changing behaviors to be healthier, we often feel compelled to tackle everything all at once. This can be overwhelming as we also juggle life's other demands and to be honest, doesn't set you up for the best success. Pro tip: Once you make a goal, ask yourself how confident you feel in being able to achieve that goal. The more confident you feel, the more successful you're likely to be.   2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?    For me, I grew up being very active in sports (gymnastics, soccer, dance), but as I became more independent as a young adult I found I struggled with knowing how to navigate healthy eating habits. This influenced me to pursue a degree in nutrition and work towards getting registered and licensed as a dietitian. (Did you know, that Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree, completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice in an internship, and passed a national exam to translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living for you!)   3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?    Walking the talk of course! Just like everyone else, I too am always balancing work and life and it doesn't always work in my favor despite the best intentions. I definitely believe that we can learn something from every experience and set back so I utilize this info to address the most common meal planning problems in my "Master Meal Planning" classes.   Register for “ Master Meal Planning ” class.

LINDSEY JOE

1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?

START. SMALL. When it comes to changing behaviors to be healthier, we often feel compelled to tackle everything all at once. This can be overwhelming as we also juggle life's other demands and to be honest, doesn't set you up for the best success. Pro tip: Once you make a goal, ask yourself how confident you feel in being able to achieve that goal. The more confident you feel, the more successful you're likely to be.

2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?

For me, I grew up being very active in sports (gymnastics, soccer, dance), but as I became more independent as a young adult I found I struggled with knowing how to navigate healthy eating habits. This influenced me to pursue a degree in nutrition and work towards getting registered and licensed as a dietitian. (Did you know, that Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree, completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice in an internship, and passed a national exam to translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living for you!)

3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?

Walking the talk of course! Just like everyone else, I too am always balancing work and life and it doesn't always work in my favor despite the best intentions. I definitely believe that we can learn something from every experience and set back so I utilize this info to address the most common meal planning problems in my "Master Meal Planning" classes.

Register for “Master Meal Planning” class.

 
  MANDY SCOTT    1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?   One personal wellness tip I would give women who are beginning their health journey would be to give yourself the grace to be a beginner, to know you are learning how to do something new.   2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?   I was inspired to begin a wellness journey when I was introduced to CPTG doTERRA essential oils. I learned by experience how they dramatically improved my daughter's health, who is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I realized natural solutions were empowering and life-changing and I had to make the leap to learn more!   3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?   I am challenged by the fact that wellness is every single day. It's every small decision I make daily that adds up to overall health and wellness. This is why I am so inspired to teach others because we need to be reminded how valuable we are to the world. We need to encourage and support each other in making decisions that serve us rather than hurt us.  Register for “ Essential Oils for Healthy Living ” class.

MANDY SCOTT

1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?

One personal wellness tip I would give women who are beginning their health journey would be to give yourself the grace to be a beginner, to know you are learning how to do something new.

2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?

I was inspired to begin a wellness journey when I was introduced to CPTG doTERRA essential oils. I learned by experience how they dramatically improved my daughter's health, who is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I realized natural solutions were empowering and life-changing and I had to make the leap to learn more!

3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?

I am challenged by the fact that wellness is every single day. It's every small decision I make daily that adds up to overall health and wellness. This is why I am so inspired to teach others because we need to be reminded how valuable we are to the world. We need to encourage and support each other in making decisions that serve us rather than hurt us.

Register for “Essential Oils for Healthy Living” class.

 
  LAURA RODRIGUEZ    1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?   The top tip I give women who are trying to change their lifestyle and eating habits to improve their health and well being is: start slow. Eat what you like. Just make it healthy.  Kale salads and green juice are great, but if you're not used to eating those things, you may be less likely to stick to your health goals.  Make a list of your favorite 10 foods and look up recipes for those that fit your dietary needs. Your taste buds will get used to eating more vegetables and less dairy, sugar, gluten, etc. Over time, you will crave these healthier versions of your favorite foods and that's when you've made a lifestyle change.   For example:  Pulled Chicken with Clean BBQ Sauce, Gluten Free Dairy Free Mac 'n Cheese, and Apple Cider Braised Greens sounds a lot more appetizing than Kale Salad and Green Juice. Am I right?   2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?   I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, and chronic migraines for years. I had just started working for the Heimerdinger Foundation where I have to write 7 dairy free, gluten free, sugar-free, and soy free recipes a week. I decided I was going to eat this nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory food that we serve our cancer patients each week to see if any of my symptoms would subside.  I haven't had any of those issues since.  So now my passion is inspiring others by serving them this same style of food. The food does the inspiring, really.   3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?   Being a chef and a believer that food is medicine is tough. I teach a lot of cooking classes in the community and 95% of my students are in class because they love food. They want to learn how to make rich, decadent, delicious food.  So I struggle with writing menus that fit my lifestyle and my students' desires.  Since I have to taste everything I make in order to serve it, I try to sneak in anti-inflammatory ingredients as much as possible. Luckily, I've had a lot of success in convincing people to be open minded.  In reality, my specialty is making food not taste healthy. But it is. And once you try it, you'll like it. I guarantee it.  Regiser for “ Nashville Farmers Market ” class.

LAURA RODRIGUEZ

1. Share one personal wellness tip you would give women who are just starting on their journey?

The top tip I give women who are trying to change their lifestyle and eating habits to improve their health and well being is: start slow. Eat what you like. Just make it healthy.

Kale salads and green juice are great, but if you're not used to eating those things, you may be less likely to stick to your health goals.

Make a list of your favorite 10 foods and look up recipes for those that fit your dietary needs. Your taste buds will get used to eating more vegetables and less dairy, sugar, gluten, etc. Over time, you will crave these healthier versions of your favorite foods and that's when you've made a lifestyle change.

For example: Pulled Chicken with Clean BBQ Sauce, Gluten Free Dairy Free Mac 'n Cheese, and Apple Cider Braised Greens sounds a lot more appetizing than Kale Salad and Green Juice. Am I right?

2. What inspired you to get started on your wellness journey?

I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, and chronic migraines for years. I had just started working for the Heimerdinger Foundation where I have to write 7 dairy free, gluten free, sugar-free, and soy free recipes a week. I decided I was going to eat this nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory food that we serve our cancer patients each week to see if any of my symptoms would subside.

I haven't had any of those issues since.

So now my passion is inspiring others by serving them this same style of food. The food does the inspiring, really.

3. What challenges in your wellness journey do you face and how does it influence your teaching?

Being a chef and a believer that food is medicine is tough. I teach a lot of cooking classes in the community and 95% of my students are in class because they love food. They want to learn how to make rich, decadent, delicious food.

So I struggle with writing menus that fit my lifestyle and my students' desires.

Since I have to taste everything I make in order to serve it, I try to sneak in anti-inflammatory ingredients as much as possible. Luckily, I've had a lot of success in convincing people to be open minded.

In reality, my specialty is making food not taste healthy. But it is. And once you try it, you'll like it. I guarantee it.

Regiser for “Nashville Farmers Market” class.