Hello, friends! Today I’m so excited to share a wonderful resource with all of you. I know that many people make the new year a time to begin healthier habits. Today I have a very special interview with Stephanie who created Wholesome and Well. I hope many of you find it to be a helpful space to achieve your healthy goals this year and the years to follow. Stephanie is not only a fellow health-nut, but just so happens to be my sister-in-law. I hope that you enjoy our interview and that you will check out Wholesome and well often for more great articles, information, and recipes.
Wholesome & Well Interview
What does “healthy” mean to you?
The word healthy to me means absent from disease and living and being your best self physically, mentally, socially every day.
Can you tell us a little bit about your own health journey?
I like to break up my health journey into 2 parts. There’s before college graduation and after college graduation. Before college graduation I ate (and was able to eat) everything without knowing of any intolerances (although, my senior year this start to change). Post college graduation I was hit with food intolerances, allergies, and a few reality checks. All of those hurdles I had to jump were blessings in disguise because I am a much healthier me now. I’m in a really good spot health/diet wise eating a plant based (no meat, no dairy), low carb, and little to no grains and refined sugar. This works extremely well for me but everyone is different. Through the post college graduation years I’ve been able to navigate the changes and decide on what is best for my body that allows me to live an energetic, symptom free, happy life!
How did you come up with the idea for Wholesome and Well?
I saw an opportunity for a new platform to feature posts by naturopathic doctors, holistic nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, information about non toxic companies in beauty & household cleaning supplies, health journey testimonials, easy recipes, etc… and I’m chasing it to provide consumers factual information.
What is your ultimate goal for this website?
My goal is for readers to use Wholesome and Well as a resource for living the best version of themselves while living a busy life (let’s be real, we are ALL so busy!) I would love for all readers/ subscribers to feel comfortable, supported, and motivated when reading posts and submit any requests when there’s a specific topic they’d like to see covered. By seeking out professionals in requested fields Wholesome and Well is able to provide research based information and the contacts of those who wrote the piece in case readers want to work directly with them.
Any advice for people looking to get healthier in the new year?
1) Set small goals for frequent wins. With more frequent wins you’ll remain motivated. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months, that’s 5 pounds each month/ a little over 1 pound per week! 2) Tell someone your goal and ask them to check in with you each week or once a month. 3) Find a buddy. There’s probably someone out there who has a similar goal! Need accountability to motivate you to get to that 5:30pm spin class? Do it with a friend or make friends with someone in the class! And finally, 4) Aim for progress, no one is perfect!
Favorite go-to meal?
I always have a green drink (smoothie or cold pressed juice) in my hand! I’d have to say it’s a tie between a green smoothie and the biggest and most colorful salad I can get my hands on that has avocado, nuts, and beans! My favorite dessert is hands down my vegan freezer fudge recipe. I don’t eat Reese’s anymore but this sure tastes the same and has been approved by many kids! Mix 1 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup cacao, 1/2 cup honey, and optional 2 tbsp of maca powder. Mix and pour into a silicone ice cub tray. After 1 hour you have the most delicious fudge in vegan fudge history 🙂
**I have also approved of this fudge. I’ve had it multiple times and its DELICIOUS!**
How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger, Radical Beauty by Kimberly Snyder C.N & Deepak Chopra M.D. and The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari
**I second the How Not to Die book recommendation, it’s a favorite of mine too!**
How often do you post on Wholesome and Well?
Content is currently being generated by various companies and wellness professionals. I’d like to post 3-4x a month right now and increase within this year.
What can readers expect to find on your website?
Readers will see integrative medicine based facts, health journey testimonials, easy recipes, information about non toxic companies in beauty & household cleaning supplies, etc…
How can they subscribe for the latest posts?
When visiting the website for the first time the subscribe box will pop up! Also, by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the home page readers will see a box that says “Subscribe & never miss a post!” Please simply type in your email and click “sign up”.
Can they follow you on other social media as well?
Absolutely! My instagram is stephanie_pennington
I hope that you all check out this awesome resource! Don’t forget to subscribe so you can get the latest content sent to your email. Thanks to Stephanie for sharing with us today. Stop reading here and go check it out! 🙂
What’s your healthy living goal this year?
Tell me in the comments below!
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