With the great advancement in Medicine, it came to a point that we could pop a pill for every ailment that we feel. Headache? You got it! High Blood Pressure? Here's a tablet. But if there's a chance we could go back to the root cause or reverse back those ailments naturally, would you do it? Will you listen to your body, and figure what it could be telling you? How would you properly respond to it?
Joining us is Emily Niswanger an integrative and functional nutrition dietitian for 8 years. She will talk about how food itself can be a medicine for your body and the lifestyle changes you need to make. She will also share her story on why she chose this wonderful career of helping people reach their healthiest state in life!
I"ve seen how powerful following a plan can be to help people reach their health goals.
What makes your business unique?
There are not very many dietitian-led meal plans. Many are put together by recipe bloggers. Doing a meal plan that's created by an RD assures people that what they're eating is scientifically recommended and nutrient balance.
What impact do you want to have in the world or change you want to see or make happen?
I love watching people take control of their health through cooking. It's SO empowering!
Are You Happy with your business, What makes you happy, And What Would You Change?
Yes! Meeting new people and teaching them cooking/prep skills. I'd love to have in-person classes someday.
Did You Experience Failures? If So, What Did You Learn From Them
Need to think about this
How Did You Handle Adversity And Doubt?
I listened to inspiring podcasts from other entrepreneurs and surrounded myself with friends who are also entrepreneurs.
Do You Plan On Growing Your Business? How?
Yes! I have a new membership platform
Do you think self-love and trust are important in running a successful business? Why?
Yes! If you keep doubting yourself you'll never "just go for it." Striving for perfection will always hold you back.
What advice would you give someone interested in starting their own business?
Do it! Understand that it's a ton of work, but you create your schedule and get to decide where to put your energy, which is much better than having someone else tell you what to do.
If you would rather read the interview, feel free to check out the full transcription below!
Trusting your intuition will lead you to create a passionate and joy-filled life. Are you ready to get turned on to a new way of thinking? Are you ready to meet people who have conversations that speak to the things that truly light you up? What if you had access to a podcast that featured women, just like you, who shared stories that empowered you to let go of a lifetime,
to others' expectations and to start living in the now with passion and joy, I'm Jacqueline Rodriguez, founder of your intuitive life coaching owner of enlightened styles, holistic salon, and your host of the intuitive light podcast for the enlightened entrepreneur. My goal is to help women recognize how tightly they are tied to negative thoughts and other people's expectations so that they can fully embrace and become the untethered CEO.
They've always wanted to be. You're about to meet some amazing women who will inspire you to untether yourself from any fears, the negativity that you carry, and become the untethered CEO of your life. This podcast is for you woman champion, warrior, entrepreneur, mother, phenomenal. Hello, and welcome back to the intuitive light podcast and show I am your host Jacqueline Rodriguez.
And thank you so much for being here this week. I cannot wait for you to hear the amazing story from Emily today. She is an integrative and functional nutrition dietician, and she has got a wonderful, um, membership that helps you eat healthier and sustainable and prep for food. And we're going to talk all about how food is medicine for your body.
So without further ado here is Emily. Thank you so much for having me. It's so great to be here. Thank you so much for being on the show. I am passionate about what you're talking about and everything that you do because as a business owner, and because I believe so much in sustainability and getting rid of toxins in your life like I take care of the beauty aspect of contact care and make,
take the body and the energy or not the body and your GI, but the body's one of those things that it's so important to learn and to learn early as possible. So like, this is super important from like my kids and everything. So I would love to hear all about how you got into and you know, just More about you. Awesome.
Thank you. Um, first off I wanted to start by saying I love what I do. I don't know. I don't everything that just, you know, fell into place to get me to where I am. Um, I just feel so lucky. Um, I've been a dietician for almost eight years now, and, um, I fell in love with nutrition for many different reasons.
Um, I grew up on, I grew up on a farm and we ate home-cooked meals, nothing, nothing to the degree of variety that I eat now, you know, it was like corn peas and potatoes type of, um, vegetable spectrum. Um, but eating family meals was always super important for our family. And so I think that was always really instilled,
instilled in me that how important food is at least holistically as a family aspect. Um, but I went to school and, um, I've been a dietician for going on eight years and I started my career in a cardiac ICU. So I would see people, um, after they got out of surgery from having a heart attack or cardiac arrest,
um, some pretty big deal surgeries. And I was in charge of educating people before they went home. I would also feed people enterally so basically like in a straw through their nose, down to their stomach while they were on a ventilator. And so while I loved what I did, I loved the team people I worked with. I have such a strong passion for education and preventative medicine.
And I love spending time with people, one on one in a hospital setting. Just really isn't for that. It's, it's, uh, it's very fast-paced. You don't, you just don't get to sit and have conversations with people like you do, um, in a one on one setting. So, um, I left my job in the cardiac ICU after gaining tons of really good experience.
And I started getting trained in integrative and functional medicine. And what I love about this approach is so it's training on top of my four years of undergraduate. In my two years of my master's degree, this two-year training, also, was specifically how to help people get to the root cause of their symptoms, their illness, and try to reverse back disease.
And so with that food is everything. Food is medicine. Um, you know, it's not for some people, it is a replacement for medications. Um, but for others, it's something we use in addition to helping minimize symptoms or reverse people back to when they felt good. So I always like using the example of acid reflux. So cause acid reflux is so common for so many people and it's just kind of like something we have,
we just have acid reflux and we just pop a couple of times when it happens. And so some people go on to higher grades of medications. Well, you don't have acid reflux cause you're missing that medication in your life. You have acid reflux because there's something dysfunctionally going on, um, at a, at an internal physiological level that your body's not digesting that food well,
and it's being irritated by that food, or it's the process around when you eat and you lay down or you eat and are too active. So it's really about modifying the foods that you're eating and the lifestyle around food. And then you reverse back the illness. You don't need the medication at all. So that's yeah, one of the like simpler explanations of kind of food as medicine approach.
So that's so important to have that look because we've heard, I mean, just in America, we revert to meditations, like we're just pop a pill to take care of everything. And I'm a huge advocate of going the natural route because there are so many things that we can do that I'm shocked. It's not more in our culture to fix the root cause instead of just popping a pill,
because then there are all kinds of other side effects that we won't even get into. Or maybe you will, but I will go on my box cause it drives me. I think the only piece I'll add about that is like for something like acid reflux, those medications tend to disrupt digestion. So you no longer have acid in your stomach because you're suppressing it longterm and then you don't break down your food as well.
And that can lead to nutritional deficiencies because you're not breaking it down to an absorbable level. Um, you're also now not breaking down your food well, so then it tends to lead to constipation. So then what do you need for constipation another medication? So, um, it just becomes one bandaid on top of the other versus just fixing the root cause of the issue,
which is a food tolerance issue. You know, it's just more of a, becoming more of an intuitive eater would make a really big difference for these people. And that's what I love doing one-on-one with people. So yeah. Yeah. That's awesome. And that's where you take in your education and where you've started helping people, um, learning how to do that.
How, how do you do that? Yeah, such a good question. So, um, my, um, I work three days a week at an integrative and functional medicine clinic. So I get to see people. Um, well I was seeing them in person obviously up until March and now we've been virtual since, since March. And so I see people one-on-one and the first visit is a super holistic approach.
It's, you know, our visits are an hour in length and the majority of the first visit is getting to know people. And just depending on what they came in for, we might be talking about whether or not they were, um, breastfed as a child. Um, did they have recurrent infections when they were a toddler? Did they have their tonsils removed too?
They, um, have any disorder of eating patterns as a teenager. Um, all of these things that, um, happen over your life can then show up in your thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, as, um, as digestive issues, as brain fog, like joint pain. And so then we need to figure out where did all the breakdowns happen and how can we restore health holistically?
And we're not going to do that again in, in, uh, in one session, it's something that we continue to do. And we, um, I also work with a team. So a lot of my patients will end up working with, um, a mind-body therapist. So we have biofeedback on our team. We have a massage therapist on our team.
We have acupuncture. So Chinese medicine, we use herbs. Um, it's, it's amazing. It's a holistic approach, which is so important to kind of build your team around. Who's going to help you heal and feel better. Oh, most definitely. And I know that all of those pieces do fit together to fix and heal our bodies. It,
you, you can't just have one and not so much about like the energy piece and then the brain pieces. I work on helping people get over those limiting beliefs that this has to be hard or that it can't be fixed other than a pill. So I think that that's just a beautiful thing that you have a strong team behind you. Absolutely. And,
and I always try to remind my patients that even though if they have like a lot of visits on top of each other, um, it's a good thing to have such a beautiful team of people supporting you while you're trying to heal. And to look at it as a positive thing of, of, I know these are appointments, but you know, acupuncture in itself is a way to,
to zone out for you to relax and sit still for 45 minutes and, you know, just receive, um, nourishment in a different way sometimes, especially for my really busy, stressed-out high anxiety, um, patients that I see, I love it when they go to acupuncture, cause they are forced to sit still and to relax. And I think that's another beautiful thing about the mind-body therapy,
um, like biofeedback therapists, um, is they need to, um, you know, kind of slow down and address these things that are so toxic to their health. So, yeah. And, and talking about slowing down, like that's one of the things that in our society, along with eating terribly and just popping pills for every ailment. Yes.
So fast. Yes. You just keep going and going when never take the time to slow down and ask ourselves, are we even hungry? Yes. Are we tired? Do we, are we hydrated? Um, do, are We so stressed out that, you know, can't actually think because we're just going hard and add it over and over again,
instead of taking a minute to focus on your breathing or to meditate or to just walk outside. Amen. Yes. Oh, I love that. Yeah. I couldn't agree more. It's so important. And it's, it's hard to break those routines. Yes. Well, it's a habit. Every habit and belief we have is on a loop in our brain and some of them that get looped more and more actually become subconscious and they're automated.
So something triggers it. We don't even have, we don't even have thought about it any more than that's conscious just automatically go into. Okay. So now this is what I do. I'm stressed. I want food. I, we have those automation and that is the part that I try to break, but you've got to have something to replace it with.
Yes. You know, and it takes time. It takes, I, you know, most people, I know we always hear like it takes 21 days to create a new habit or a spring habit, but it's that 21 days is only to create that thought and that belief to be neutral versus automation. And then on top of that, so fascinating.
Yeah. And that's one of the things that even with food like we have those automation and I'm sure that, you know Yes. And that is something I hear a lot about, um, you know, how can I do this within like a couple of weeks or 30 days? And it's just like, I'm so sorry, but that's just not possible because many people that I see we've,
you know, we eat we've eaten the same way. Most people have eaten the same way their entire life. Okay. So maybe you've been around 20 years, maybe around like 30, 40, 50 years. So to decide, you know, which is great. So you're deciding I'm going to make a change. I want to improve my health, but we can't expect to get everything perfect in 30,
60, 90 days, even this is something that you've decided I'm tired of the way that I feel I don't want to, I don't want the remainder of my life to be, uh, you know, the destination of what my parents had or maybe what my grandparents had. I want to prevent that. And so I'm putting a stop to the way,
these negative inputs, my life right now, and I'm going to change it going forward. And that's what people need by saying, like, this is a lifestyle change. This is not a diet. And, and you to build those foundations, I think it's so important to have the support of a health professional with you so that you're not just,
you know, winging it, um, with no support. I think that's important. Well, it's just like anything that we do. If we want to take it seriously and make a change, we've got to have the community around us, a support system, and accountability. So you have to have those things. And that's why, like, I'm a huge advocate of having a coach.
Um, and not just because I'm a coach, but because I have multiple coaches and they all help different aspects of my life. So I can't ask my best friend to me or to keep me accountable for eating healthy when that's not what they do. You need somebody and who can give you that support. And actually has the background of knowing that you're going,
there's going to be bumps along the road and they know how to help you through that versus just plugging away. Like we do everything else That is so important. I agree so much. And I really find that people who have those support systems, um, you know, they are the most successful. Absolutely. I think it's so important to be able to just recognize that you can't do it all yourself and it's too overwhelming.
It's too time-consuming to try to do and perfect everything yourselves. Um, so getting that team again, built up around you, that support team is just so important. Yeah. Yeah. And it's just like running a business because I'm, you know, I am a serial entrepreneur. I have my hands in a lot of different things and I have teenage kids and I'm a wife and we're so much to everybody and I liked to take care of myself too.
So having someone like you and my team allows me to let go of that stress and that, that responsibility, because I know I can lean on you and the same with hiring a team for anything else. Like you are an entrepreneur, you need somebody to help with social media. Could you hate it? Get somebody on your team. Yes, absolutely. I've I've um,
I've learned a lot about, you know, know your strengths and your weaknesses and, you know, put your energy where your strengths are. Um, you can work on your weaknesses, but really if you spend too much time trying to become an expert in your weaknesses like you're just gonna waste a lot of energy. And I think that's, I love that.
I think that's so important. Yeah. And you spin your wheels and then you take yourself out of what you're supposed to be an expert at. Yes. Yes. As much as I love nutrition and it's such an important thing to me, I'm not the expert in that. That's why I have you, you know? Yes. That's what we do.
And that's why I wanted to bring you on because it's so important for people to see that you, they need that help and support and that you that's what you do and that's your specialty and you can really help them and guide them through that. Yes. Yeah. So fun. I love it. And you can tell the passion and when you are working,
when you're aligned, um, you know, I teach all my students to like, be very aligned with what it is you're doing because then all of a sudden you can talk about it for hours and you feel excited about it. And there's no hard, you know, like obviously we have things that happen, but it just comes so naturally and easily to us.
I agree that it shows, it shows in your eyes, it shows in your whole body, your posture, and your energy. Absolutely. I agree. Yeah. And that's what you have going on. And I want to learn more about how we can do that. And I know that you have a few different ways, like you, I know you work one on one with people,
but then you were talking to me about meal planning and that struck a chord with me because I'm guilty of not doing it. So yeah. I'm here. Help me. Yeah. So this is separate from my clinic, the clinical practice clinic that I work out of. Um, uh, this is just something that I became super well. I'm,
I've always been passionate about meal prepping. It's something that I started to, like, I think I made a new year's resolution around it. Like I kind of pick things that like, I wish I knew how to make a chicken from scratch, like a whole chicken. And like, that seems like the most intimidating thing. I literally made it a new year's resolution,
which sounds so silly. Um, but then it drove me to like go after it. And now it's something that I can do without really thinking about it. But so I got into cooking a really into cooking as a, as a driver. Like I want to have children someday. I just thought I wanted to learn it now so that when I have children,
that this is going to be something that I don't have to learn in the middle of that chaos. Right. That busy-ness. Good chaos. Yes. Good. Busy-ness um, but I didn't want to have to be stressed out and trying to learn it then. And so it came out of a, uh, an, uh, want to,
to learn that before having children with kind of decided that that was something we've delayed and we may not ever have children. It's just something different than what we're looking for now. But it just turned into something where I just love teaching. Um, I love teaching couples, Especially how to cook, Who, um, maybe they're like newly married or newly living together.
They both have been eating different ways, their entire lives, and they now have to cook together or like eat somehow together. And so that's probably one of the niches that I'm, I love probably teaching the most is getting couples together because if one person's trying to maybe die it and the other one doesn't think they need to die. And they're both using different eating patterns.
It can get stressful when in reality, you know, diets don't work, but getting back to whole foods, real ingredient meals, that's what gets the body into a healthy state and can promote healthy weight loss if the body, um, allows it. But I find that getting people together on the same page, even families is just such a stress reliever.
And it just takes a little bit of time to kind of build that foundation. But, um, it's just, it's worth the extra, a little bit of the extra work. So in my, Oh, go ahead. I was just going to say, but you say extra work, but you have, you were telling me earlier that you've kind of gotten down to a science where you can make it not so much work and the beautiful thing that you provide that not every,
like you, can go on Pinterest and find meal preps, but you're not gonna get that nutritional. Um, yes. Oh, I'm at a loss for the word, but Guidance that goes along with it. And then also the balance I think is really important. So yeah. So in my clinical practice, you know, I've had people who, um,
you know, they want to change what they're eating and they're like, just if someone would just tell me what to eat, I don't write meal plans in my clinical practice because writing them individually for people is extremely time-consuming. Um, but if I can teach a large group of people, how to cook, you know, a subset of recipes every week,
I could impact more people that way. And so that's really what drove me into entrepreneurship and building my own business anywhere, nutrition to teach people how to meal prep and how it can be really simple. So, um, it kinda started of me creating an Instagram page and showing people how I prep three, four days worth of food all in one day.
And then I don't have to cook the rest of the week until I do a midweek refresh. And then more people were like, teach me how to do that. So, it's grown into a meal plan membership. And so what I do each week is I create a meal plan. And I think what, what is so different about my meal plan compared to some other ones that are out there is because I'm a dietician.
I understand like the science, um, and then, you know, the research behind eating certain components and combinations of food and why she needs one sort of combination over another. And so I balance out meals in a very specific way with protein fats and carbohydrates, so that it reduces cravings over time. It keeps you fuller longer. It reduces digestive symptoms and improves energy.
Um, people have had their skin clear up, um, and that's all related to having better digestion and also being less stressed. So, um, yeah, it's not sensitive. That is huge because most of us, you know like you can go on, and like I said, Google Pinterest and get a bunch of stuff, but you're not going to get that balance.
And that's where that sets you apart. And again, it's putting you in, you're in like putting you in my team and helping me with that aspect to reduce anything that's going on and then reduce the stress and make things a little bit fun. And especially for someone like me, who I don't mind cooking, I mean, I'll put it on there.
I am not that Suzy homemaker likes want to cook all the time, but it's something we have to do and I want it to be healthy. So that is incredibly important to me. Yes. And I liked what you said, but like, I don't want to be cooking all the time. Like cooking is, is a therapy for me, but like it does make a mess.
And so I also, as building a business, I don't want, I can't be cooking all the time. And so that is another push of why I love the meal prep, um, um, set up is that I get my kitchen like a total disaster on Sunday. I prep all of these meals. And then I just either like gently reheat them or eat them raw because they don't need to be reheated up until like Wednesday or Thursday of the week.
I'm very, um, I've been doing this for a long time, so I know which recipes reheat well and which ones not, you know, wouldn't be a good leftover. So I don't use those types of recipes. Cause I get that question a lot. Like what if it doesn't taste good as a leftover, like, there's, I'm very picky with what I pick out for recipes because they taste good as leftovers and a lot of foods gain flavor the longer they sit,
especially if you think of like a, like a Chile, the first day you eat chili, it doesn't have much flavor to it because the spices haven't integrated into the meat and the beans. But if it sits day two and day three, the flavor beats and it's even better. So that's, I do like a good chili and yes, it's so true though.
It is always better because I make a huge pot of it. But then we were forced to eat it three days in a row and then I should just freeze it and make it a lot easier. Yes. So that's another thing I teach people is what freezes, well, how to store things properly. So they don't waste food. I'm really passionate about being a low waste kitchen.
Um, and so that, you know, every ingredient that goes into the meal plan that anything left of it. So there are four stalks of celery that go into a recipe, but there's gonna be four remaining. I use that within the same meal plan so that we reduce food waste for the entire week and we don't just throw that other half away. So it's that.
Yeah. Yeah. And so another part of the membership that just rolled out is that I provide like a video every single week. And I tell you that if I had this menu in front of me, exactly how I would do my meal prep day. So you don't have to look at it and be like, should I make the eggs first? Should I make the burgers first?
Should I make lasagna first? Or the snacks? I tell you exactly how to do it, to get like in and out of your kitchen quickly. So you have a set of instructions of like, okay, like that is going to be the way to not have three separate things going in my oven, 45 minutes here, 45 minutes here,
45 minutes here. And then you're in their kitchen for four hours. I help people. Yes. And on how I want to spend my Sunday. No, I'm in and out usually in an hour and a half to maybe two hours with, with prepping breakfast, lunch dinner, and usually two snacks for the whole week for about three or four days. That's yes.
So usually Wednesday or Thursday, we do a refresh. And the recipes that I put on Wednesday, Thursday are usually it could be like a slow cooker type of recipe where you just kind of set it, forget it, put it in the fridge and it's ready to be portioned out. Or it's a no-cook recipe, maybe like a chicken salad type thing,
like a cold salad, or like a bento box type of assembly thing where you're not, you know, get into all your pots and pans and re cooking, um, and making a big mess out of your kitchen midweek. So it's usually pretty simple for the refresh. That is super important. The simplicity of it, because I mean myself, I've gone on and I don't know how many times I ask my kids,
how many times have been like, okay, we are going to meal prep, all right, let's do this. And then we get in there and I'm like, Oh, you know, and then there's just, it's such, it's a disaster in my household. And then before I know it I'm like yelling at my kids. No, I told you to do this.
We should be over here. Never mind let's order out. Yeah, Absolutely. I get it. Actually, on my meal prep days, I usually will get something from the grocery store that is kind of like premade, and then I'll eat that. So then I don't have to think about like, when will I get to eat at the end of this meal prep,
that's usually like, I'll grab like sushi to go or something or finish up a leftover that we haven't gotten to so that I don't have to rely on finishing this meal for me to eat that night. And I can just focus on, on cooking so, Well, this is definitely something that's going to help. You know, I, I, cause I always,
and a lot of our people on our podcast are women entrepreneurs who are busy with families or just running their business, you know, cause we've got so much, um, I think that this is a great way to start introducing and to make the focus, I think traditional meal. Yes. It's not going to be, you know, ordering in the first thing that you can think of and you know,
always leaving everything to the last minute, right? Yes. That is probably one of the things I hear the most from families do. The meal plan is like, they don't have to, it's not four 35 o'clock and they're like, are you cooking? No, I find you were cooking, you know, and what are we making? And yes.
And then it's just like, you know, then it's become super frustrating. And again, you're eating a bowl of butter noodles or something that maybe your dislike. I know we can make better meals than this. I mean, I'm sure that happens and that's okay. But we try it. We want to try to have a plan like 80% of the time and 20% of the time,
we're just kind of, eh, you know, I'm just going to make a bowl of butter noodles And there's nothing wrong with having those days that prep, um, and planning to succeed. Like if I want to get healthy and we are like, that is my lifestyle. I'm always worried about sustainability. I'm always worried about taking toxins out and making sure that I don't bring in any junk,
but the biggest struggle I have is my food because I haven't prepped properly for it. So then I ended up just frustrate and we are where that family at like six o'clock, I'm like, who's cooking tonight. Like what's going on? Cause I've been in the office all day and then I get done and I'm like, I'm starving. Okay. Let's just order pizza.
Cause at this point, Exactly. And the other thing is it's at that point when you're hungry, like the last thing that sounds good is like chopping up celery and broccoli. I mean, at least in my opinion and all the years of experience I've had to work with people, it's so hard to make a healthy meal choice when you are just like hungry already,
like you just want to eat. And I think that's, you know if I work late in my office and I'm getting home at like seven 30 or eight o'clock, I haven't even thought I, I just get home and I'm like, Oh, that's right. I have that all ready to go. And just reheat it. I sit down and I just move on and there's like,
no obsession about food. There's not, is this healthy? Is this not healthy? Is this too much food? Is this not too much food? I just eat it until I'm content and I just move on and it really just, there's just no thought about it because I thought about it three days ago when I kind of had had my meal plan ready for me and I already made all those decisions.
Um, yeah. So I think that's one of the other reasons why I love it so much and it's just something that's a part of our lifestyle. It makes perfect sense. And I know that me, I do need the support and the community and all of our people listening. I'm sure like some of them may be wonderful at this and you know,
just what to find out what you're doing. But I know that as a mom and an entrepreneur we're running crazy and food is one of the last things we start thinking about. So we want to make sure that we can get a hold of you and, you know, follow you everywhere and make sure that we're getting to know all of the amazing things that you're doing.
So where can we find you? Yeah. So every Sunday, unless I'm, um, I'm out of town, which happens rarely now I do meal prep Sundays on Instagram. So you can follow and see how I do my meal prep every single Sunday. So on Instagram, which is anywhere in nutrition and no spaces or anything in there. Um,
you can also find out information about me and my meal plan anywhere, nutrition.com. Um, yeah, I'm going to be dabbling probably in some more like YouTube videos with like little snippets of, of nutritional information because I like, I'm very passionate of course, about meal prep, but I also want to bring in the information of the why, like why do we want to eat a certain type of meat over another type of meat?
Because you know, two different things happen in the body when we eat different quality types of meat. So I put a lot of that information out there too. So you understand the why and that's the science behind it that, um, I'm also really passionate about and just, you know, again, the food is medicine. There's food that is so powerful for changing our physiology.
And I believe in that so much, but coming from like, that's not my wheelhouse. I know that it's important. That's why I got to check out all of your stuff and find out the why behind you. Because I do find that the way our society is, there's a lot of missing information out there and they say, and this is not just to do with food because I feel the same way about beauty.
I feel the same way. Um, you know, our, our mind and anxiety and this and that, like on all kinds of things like this is healthy, this is good for you. You should eat this or you're supposed to have three square meals a day and you have to have bread and you know, all, all of these different things,
right? Yes. I think that's the biggest thing is knowing why we don't need that. And what is it? Yes. It is. As simple as just eating more whole foods. It doesn't, yeah, it absolutely, we overcomplicate nutrition way, way too much, um, in this country, especially. Um, and it's just so much simpler than that.
The body just wants whole foods more often than it wants processed foods, which I know in our environment, our work environment or home environment, our neighborhoods unhealthy processed food is everywhere. It is so easy to access. So we just have to kind of, you know, change up our environment so that the things that are, you know, going to be healthier inputs for us are easier to access and,
and to grab. So, yeah, I love that. I think that's so important. Well, and I know that for myself with, cause it can be overwhelming like you're saying all of this and I'm sure as I am, everybody's going, yeah, yeah. They're nodding their heads and they're saying because we know it. Um, but even with beauty,
like that's what I felt like when I was changing over and getting rid of, you know, oil of Olay for something cleaner, right? Yes. It can be super overwhelming, this whole thing of like, okay, get rid of all the toxins or just eat whole meals. Right. It's not quite that simple, but that's what you're saying. Yeah.
And I think it's been really fun too is showing, um, I have a lot of like women who sign up and then their spouses or, you know, just in, by default of course. And I get a lot of messages about like, Oh my gosh, my husband loved it. As he looked at it like, there's no way that could be as good as,
you know, what we were eating and then they try it and they're like, I should love it. And how could something with five or six ingredients be so flavorful and it's the intention and how it's cooked and the quality of the ingredients that just makes, makes a dish shine over another one. So, yes. So I get, I get what you're saying about,
you know, Jesse whole foods, how easy is that? What does that really mean? And that is what that is with the meal plan kind of helps you. Jumpstart is getting to, just, to, to understand that. And I'm, I educate a lot about that. I share a lot of information on good brands and what to look for with labels.
Um, you know, I take people from thinking that a food label is just a way to look for allergens, for people who have severe allergies to actually, you can learn a lot about the quality of food just by flipping it over and looking at an ingredient list. And you might be like, what is all of that? Like, I can't even buy all of those ingredients in the store.
Why would I ever buy a product that has all of those and put them in my body? Like what's going to happen if I do that? Yeah. That's the why part. And we have to realize like, cause you can teach them one item at a time. Don't buy it, this bread, buy this. And that's how I taught them with beauty.
Like don't buy it level a, I, you know, something, well, I use away, so that's why we switched those over, but we can do it one step at a time. And that's the beauty of like anybody watching. I know that they need to hear that, that it can be simple. We need to hear that we can just do it one step or one meal at a time.
And it doesn't mean that we have to go like wipe out everything that we've ever liked or you don't, you don't have to give up your favorite foods. Honestly, it ends up being a lot of swapping. So again, as I mentioned about the meat, it's like finding better quality meats. What does that mean? What does that look like? You know,
how can you buy mayonnaise? That's made with better oils that are easier to work with our physiology versus some other engineered process oils that our body doesn't like. So it's like, you don't have to get rid of, you know, putting Mayo on a sandwich, but how can we pick out a better Mayo? And that's, that's what I teach a lot about.
So I've learned that one thing of one Mayo switch over, and then anytime you use that, whether you're doing your meal preps or not, you automatically have a better, healthier. Yep. Right? Yep. That's so anyone interested, my meal plans will open up seasonally. So it's opening up right now for kind of the middle of the summer.
And then it will open up again this fall and there'll be a winter plan. So it'll follow the seasons as well. Food tastes better when you eat it in season. Um, and it's usually less expensive and it lasts longer. So yeah. So if anybody's interested, um, you can head over to my website and the meal plan membership tab will tell you and show you a preview of what the meal plans look like and all the recipe cards and you get to keep them for life and there's even an app.
So you can take it with you like to the grocery store and you have your grocery list all ready to go for you. Fabulous. So in other words, go on her website and get on the waitlist. So no matter when she opens back up, you have all of the information there and I'm going to make it easy because it will like all the shows,
every link, everything will be in the show notes. Um, even more information about you because I like to ask all of my guests a certain amount of questions and you can read all of those on the blog. So you get to know even more about Emily and the amazing things that she's doing. So please check out the blog, follow her, get on her waitlist so that you can meal prep with me.
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