How to Feed Yourself Happy {Interview}

July 21, 2017

in Happiness

Kristen Noel,  Editor-in-chief, Best Self Magazine, shares with us how to follow our dreams and create a happy life.

I met Kristen in a serendipitous kind of moment. One night a few girl friends and I ventured into NYC to join Kris Carr for her new book launch, Crazy Sexy Juice. We bought the VIP tickets because I had coached with Kris and wanted to be able to thank her in person for all her business mentoring (and soul diving support).

At the end of the night, I somehow stood up and got the last microphone question. It was here I thanked Kris and also asked the audience to think about juicing with their kids instead of asking a question. I wanted to share my story how after coaching with Kris, I returned to work that Monday and ripped out our old therapy room and built what I call our Kind Gut Cafe. It is in this luscious room that I teach families how to juice, make smoothies and tackle chronic health issues by detecting and repairing leaky guts and balancing vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Kristen approached me after my last question soap box moment. She wanted to interview me for her incredible magazine, Best Self. I was super excited (maybe a bit nervous as well), as Kristen has interviewed famous people such as Mary Anne Williamson, Kris Carr, Danielle LaPorte and Congressman Tim Ryan (check out the archives here). Perhaps you can say we were dazzled by one another, but since working with Kristen, I thoroughly have enjoyed sharing health and happiness with as many readers and go -getters as we can.

When I created, my goal was simple: to help teach others how to create healthy and thriving families. In doing so, I make sure I share with my followers and patients, valuable resources that will help them do so. This includes amazing women like Kristen. She is truly an inspiration. Grab hold of how she runs a magazine, family and healthy lifestyle as well as, the endless resources Best Self Magazine website has waiting for you. And, make sure you treat yourself to her gift to you: a FREE 6-month subscription to Best Self Magazine (for mobile devices) by clicking here.

Enjoy my personal interview with her!

Q & A with Kristen Noel |Editor-in-chief, Best Self Magazine:

1. Share your story, telling us what you do, what your passion is and why you do it?

I write. I curate. I create…why, because I spent a lifetime before this doing other things, fulfilling other needs, attending to other’s needs and ultimately it didn’t make me happy. It made me feel tired and worn out. And as the saying goes, when mama’s not happy, no one’s happy! But seriously, as clichéd as it may sound — we have this one precious life. We owe it to ourselves to fill it with work that makes us feel alive, that we feel aligned with and that feels like we are making a contribution to the world in even the smallest of ways. If we touch one life, it mattered.

Sometimes we need things to wake us up and remind us of who we are. I believe that we will get those wake-up calls from the Universe when we are not doing what we are meant to be doing with this life of ours. It’s never too late to heed the call, never.

At a time in my life when it felt as if everything in the world had literally fallen apart, I turned to writing to soothe my soul. Writing played a big role in my healing, in reconnecting to myself. Initially it was just secretly in a small journal and then it grew into something much bigger out in the world. The point is that when we connect to that aspect of ourselves, it grows. It heals and it leads you to new places.

2. What is your favorite aspect of your business?

As Editor-in-chief of Best Self Magazine, I get to co-create with the leading minds in the space of self-empowerment. Every day is on-the-job training — I have a voracious appetite for information, to absorb as much knowledge in the realm of body, mind and spirit as possible. So, I pretty much feel like a kid in a candy story of self-improvement every day. They say, one writes what they need to learn. I love, loving the work of others that I get to celebrate, the individuals I cross paths with, the change-makers that inspire me to reach further. Waking up each morning and feeling passionate about something I do, is a gift I spent most of my life searching for.

3. Can you give us an example of one of your healthy eating tips that you do that helps you balance a healthy lifestyle, work and family.

I seriously view food as medicine. Over the course of the last few years, I have taken much into account and made several shifts from where I shop to what I eat. I understand financial realities and what it costs to put food on the table for a family each week, etc. But I also know the difference of how I felt shopping in a big box store for price consideration vs. a local farmer’s market or health food store for a certain standard of quality. My food budget is high, but when you view it as your preventive care, the medicine to keep your family from being sick — the savings are invaluable and you can get creative and cut expenses elsewhere. For me, this isn’t one of those places.

When you simply begin to monitor how things make you feel from your eating habits (are you eating on the go — forgoing all ritual) to checking in to see how particular foods make you feel (energized or deflated) to your relationship to your body (do you like what you see when you look in that mirror) — food is a roadmap that can uncover small shifts you can make that will result in big, lasting impact. When you feel good — you bring that to the party. It makes you a better you; in your life, with your family, in your work. Helping my family make those connections has been empowering as well.

4. What are examples of your cheat foods that are actually healthy?

When I was younger it was sugar. I could safely say I was addicted to sugar from childhood into my late 20’s, somewhat unconsciously — never questioning what I was really craving on a deeper level or making any connections between food and my emotions. Today, I’m more of a savory type – I crave salty things. I love anything salty and crunchy. I find options at my health food store (black bean chips, nuts). Ideally, if I’m going to indulge, I have some red wine, cheese and crackers…and enjoy it. YUM!

5. What is your biggest personal struggle with eating healthy?

Making it! I don’t like to cook. I do however like to eat healthy food and luckily live with someone who is not only health conscious — he loves to cook! Admittedly, it’s a bad party when he’s away though. The good news for me is that I have an amazing local vegan restaurant within walking distance. I always laugh (but not really) and say, “when Bill’s away – it’s Garden Café every day!” And I’m not kidding.

Look, we are who we are. I work hard. My indulgence is either going to the café to have my meals or to take-out. Either way, I view this as self-care. We need to find ways to ‘feed’ ourselves on the deepest levels. Eating well is an act of self-care and self-love. We’ve got to take care of this vessel!

6. Tell us about your product, sharing why my readers should check it out – talk about the results and benefits your product or service provides.

From day one, I have referred to Best Self Magazine as a collaboration, a co-creation of people coming together, spreading messages and personal stories that will stretch beyond the pages of our digital publication and our social media reach — and connect others to their own possibility, potential and passion.

Readers will find an array of topics all intended with one goal in mind: healing, holistic healing of all aspects body, mind and soul. We represent myriad voices and the span of our reach includes topics such as self-care modalities, spirituality, fitness, nutrition, creativity, holistic living, relationships, responsible entrepreneurship, social give-back, purpose-driven careers and more.

We emphasize the sharing of not only information, but personal story. Information hits us on a deeper level when we hear it through story. A great story-teller helps us feel as if we are a part of the story — we begin to feel a part of that journey and perhaps either energized, inspired or empowered by knowing that if they can do it, so can I. If I have learned anything – it is never too late to become who you were meant to be. It’s up to you. Connect to that self. Connect to others striving to do the same. This is the community we have strived to create.

7. What does your ideal (your personal favorite) client look like?

I guess a perfect client is a subscriber, someone who finds their way to us — someone is seeking more from their life, someone who may have experienced a life stumble…someone who is ready to make a shift.

My intention and dream is simple — may they unleash a part of them selves via something they have read within the magazine. We strive to empower and inspire others to reach for their best selves…no matter what life has dished out thus far, not matter what choices they have made, no matter where they may find themselves. Today is a new day — a great time to wake up to your best self!

8. What does your product or service do for people?

I want to believe that all the blood, sweat and tears (and love) that go into producing each issue brings forth a shift for people, resonates in some small way and reaches beyond the written text, video or audio and says – You can do it! Go for it! We do provide many tactical strategies and tools for creating shift. But most of all, I hope that the magazine connects people to their best selves — the part of themselves that is alive, thriving, passionate, capable and knows that we are all in this human experience in all of it messiness and glory, together. They don’t call it a journey for nothing! I just hope that they milk that journey for all of its has to offer. May we all connect to our highest selves so that we can bring forth our gifts to the world and live in the most compassionate, giving and loving of ways.

9. What is the best advice ever given to you and why?

“No” is a full sentence.

Sometimes, we try to be all things to all people — to say “yes” to things that we feel obligated to, that will take us away from our families, take us away from our downtime, that will disappoint others if we decline…etc. Yes, there is reciprocity in helping others and supporting the projects of others, but we need to create protections around ourselves and recondition ourselves to not have guilt about it. Listening to your gut about what feels right to you, from dinner plans with friends or work obligations, to embarking on new paths, requires a level of settling into oneself and listening. And beyond listening, there is trusting. Trust that inner voice and honor it and you will never go wrong.

I’m a work-in-progress…working on it and making progress, but that’s ok. That’s my journey.

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