Even though Whole30 started out as a diet, there is more to your blog, podcast, and Instagram feed than just food. Was it a conscious choice?
It was a natural evolution from my own experience. Developing a healthy relationship with food and my body has spread to other areas of my life, helping me deal with trauma, deal with stressful life events, develop self-care practices, and delve deeper into the issues that my community also faces.
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You have been very open about your recovery from addiction and other challenges, including single parenthood and mental health issues. How come?
The best way I know of to break down the stigma that often surrounds these issues is to make conversations stand out and give them the respect, compassion and support they deserve. By sharing openly, I hope to show people that they need not be ashamed and that seeking help is strong and courageous.
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You see Whole30 as a gateway to bigger things for the people who practice it. What do you mean?
A person’s relationship with food is fundamental in all other areas of their life. If you feel like you are in control of your eating – not too rigidly and haphazardly, but on your own, “I know I am eating well by taking care of myself” – the confidence and energy that brings will flow through all of you. areas of your life.
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How can exercise and yoga affect people’s lives?
Any activity that involves moving your body can remind you of your power and give you something to focus on that isn’t just about weight or height. Can you lift more? Can you do it faster? Can you hold the pose longer? Can you enjoy the process and not just the results? Yoga in particular can be transformational – it teaches you that you are capable of much more than what you have set out for yourself.
What do you think we’re missing when it comes to wellness?
Mental health is often left out of the equation and I firmly believe in therapy. There are things that are just too big to unwrap on your own – and no amount of keto meals or CrossFit workouts will replace touching our feelings and treating injuries from the past.
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Your latest cookbook, Whole30 friends and family, covers how to practice Whole30 on social occasions such as vacations and parties. Why was this important to you?
Even with all the resources we offer and the recipes available, people still said it was difficult to socialize on the program. We want you to be sociable and prove to yourself that you can still have fun, create memories and celebrate traditions even without a cake on your plate or wine in your glass. And it’s a lesson in life that sticks. It helps people entertain, organize or attend social events in a way that feels effortless.
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