Starting people off on a holistic suggested meal guide from the get go.
If you're a processed food loving junkie and I give you a week of recipes with words like spirulina and chia seeds, I have failed you.
I know because I went from a sugar loving soy latte star who after months of courage, hired a Health Coach, received the meal plan I just described above.
I looked at it like F no. Then I flipped through the recipe guide and was like, "okay, I'll start with a tuna wrap with collard leaves instead of bread." But it took me 4 months to detox from soy and experiment with probiotics. 4 months of walking around Whole Foods like a deer in headlights thinking, "why is everything so expensive?" It took even longer to realize I didn't have to eat the recipes that made me gag. I forgot I had decisions and my tastebuds were not like anyone else's.
"I don't have to eat coconut yogurt???"
My biggest mistake was suggesting to someone who is unfamiliar with smoothies to start with a green one. I should've suggested a fruit and nut one. Something that would keep 'em coming back for more.
"Okay! I've mastered the peanut butter smoothie, now what coach?"
Now that we've taken you from a sausage biscuit, Mcdonald's lovin' drive thru diva to a smoothie girl. At this point, it's safe to throw in a few veggies.
Mistake #2, adding kale to smoothies before spinach. Thing is, not everyone loves kale. I don't love it. Only when it's doused in garlic tahini dressing from Whole Foods. I don't get excited over kale chips. I do for sweet potato chips or homemade flax crackers, but kale and me have never been homies.
And we never have to be. Adding spinach into smoothies is way easier on your digestion and you can't taste it! It's like the miracle veggie. Spinach contains tons of iron + vitamins, but no taste in smoothies! VOILA.
I thought in the beginning that to be a good health coach, I had to follow a certain protocol. Like the ones seen on perfect websites with health coaches laughing while spiralizing zucchini. That's not who I am.
I'm the coach who says, "listen, I don't like kale either, let's stick with spinach... because I can't taste it in a smoothie."
I don't want to be perfect or too clean. Not in diet or in the kitchen, it's not reality. Most times I'm wiping up leftover superfood powder and researching what the hell I'm using and how to use it before adding a tsp. to smoothies. I want things to be real. My favorite food is nachos. Doesn't mean I eat them every day or even every month. But when I do, I make them dairy free with salsa and hummus. Not that exciting but my stomach doesn't gurgle and that's the goal, right? Eating foods you love, making them healthier and having a digestion that runs smoothly?
So if I tackled you with excitement about nutrition, I'm sorry.
There are things I know to be true and things I don't agree with but keep quiet because who am I to rain on someone else's parade? Research is ongoing in the field of nutrition. Remember how big Agave was for a while, until we all realized that it's still sugar?
I want working with me to feel like a hang out sesh with a girlfriend. Because I am seriously friends with almost all my clients. So much so that I feel weird calling them clients.
So be my friend, let's get real and don't be shy to stop me when I get riled up about camu camu.