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Maria Marlowe: A Health Coach Gets REAL

Eating healthy can be hard, but it *really* shouldn't be. That's where Maria Marlowe steps in. As an integrative health coach and "real food evangelist", Maria realized that it wasn't always resistence from clients getting in the way of a healthy lifestyle but rather the knowledge and means. Motivated by her own personal journey, Maria is now on a mission to change people's lives through the power of food. Sound familiar? She's also a top affiliate for Sakara. Read on to learn how this student turned health coach, turned Sakaralite, turned author keeps is REAL at all times, specifically during breakfast, lunch and dinner! 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your journey that lead you to where you are now as health coach and published author of The Real Food Grocery Guide?

I didn't grow up wanting to be a health coach. But, long story short, after curing my own acne through food (which no dermatologist, pill, or lotion was able to do) I went down the nutrition rabbit hole and realized that food changes everything. I became obsessed with researching different foods and their impact on our health, and wondered why no one was teaching us that food affects everything - from our skin to our mood to our memory to our cancer risk...and everything in between. So, I decided to make it my mission to be that person. And here I am :) 

 

 

What about 3 simple tips to navigate any grocery store:

  1. In an ideal world, everything we eat would be organic, but that is not always economically feasible or even available. For produce, choose any foods on the EWG Dirty Dozen List organic, and the rest, you could buy conventional if you so choose. For animal products, always look for organic. (Grass-fed on beef, pasture-raised or free range on poultry or eggs are also key words to look for). For packaged products though, organic does not automatically signify healthy, and you want to read the ingredient list to determine that. 
  2. Because not all calories are created equal, the most important part of a food box is, contrary to popular opinion, not the nutrition facts panel, but rather, the ingredient list. Ideally, choose products that only contain ingredients you would stock in your kitchen. 
  3. Save time and money by ordering your non-perishable products - like spices, oils, flours, and snacks - online at a place like vitacost.com, and then shop for fresh produce, and animal products if you wish, at a local farmers market or grocer, or consider joining a CSA (a local farm share). If you don't have access to great fresh products near you, there are many sites that will now ship frozen wild seafood, sustainably raised meats, and even produce. 

 

 

What are your thoughts on eating anything from a package? 

Ideally, everything we eat would be fresh, but it's 2017, and sometimes we need convenience - so eating out of a package is OK, as long as you are eating out of the right package. Choose foods that contain real, whole ingredients, and avoid those with excessive salt, sugar, and vegetable oils. 

 

 

Are there any misconceptions/stigmas about clean eating that you would like to go away?

Yes! That counting calories is the be all and end all of losing weight or health. It's not. Not all calories are created equal, and a focus on the quality of the calories is much more important in my opinion. There is sometimes a stigma that clean eating is boring or tasteless...which is 100% not true! When prepared correctly, with great recipes (or hey, delivered from the chefs at Sakara) healthy food does taste good. 

 

 

How can you shop healthfully on a budget:

  • Frozen produce is a great - and just as nutritious option- that will help you save money. 
  • Prevent throwing away money on expired produce if you don't get a chance to eat it in time - ripe fruit can often be salvaged by chopping and freezing it in a ziploc bag for use in smoothies, and veggies can be turned into a soup and frozen, too. 
  • Frozen seafood is another money saver - plus, about 70% of the "fresh" fish at grocery stores has been previously frozen - so save your money and defrost it yourself! 
  • Shop from the bulk section for things like nuts, seeds, grains, beans, and lentils. 
  • Plan your menus around what is in season (as foods are more expensive when out of season) and even what is on sale. 
  • Buy all non-perishables online at a site like vitacost.com - they carry the same brands at 25-50% cheaper - you will literally end up saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over the course of a year. 

 

Can you share your top wellness secrets with us? 

  • Being happy is as beneficial to health as eating well
  • Love is the best medicine
  • Exercise is as much for physical health as it is for mental - getting in at least a 30 minute sweat session everyday will keep you sane, happy, productive, and sharp

 

Your go-to breakfast staples:

Greens, eggs, herbal tea, fruit

 

Favorite Sakara meal:

I literally want to drink the cucumber aloe soup all day everyday

 

The ingredients we could always find in your fridge:

  1. Dark leafy greens
  2. Organic free range or pasture-raised eggs
  3. Fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, dill, cilantro, and parsley
  4. Ginger and lemons 

 

What does it mean to live in your best body? What does that feel like for you?

  • To love your body - even when it is doing things you don't want it to do (like skin is breaking out, heavier weight than you'd like, etc.)  
  • To acknowledge, be grateful for, and respect all the amazing things your body can do
  • It feels incredible to look at yourself in the mirror, and despite the flaws, still feel damn good, knowing that this body is your ally, not your enemy in this life
  • To take charge of your health by nourishing and supporting your body through good food, movement, mindfulness, and love

 

 

Top foods/secrets for healthy glowing skin:

  • Lots of water, greens, and omega-3 rich foods (like wild salmon, flax, hemp, and chia) 
  • Everyone's acne triggers are different - but often can commonly be traced back to one or a combination of the following: malnutrition, wrong foods, poor digestion, hormones, stress, pollution, cosmetics.  

 

Lastly, how do you retrain yourself let go of "night eating":

Personally, I find it hard to sleep, and wake up feeling like crap when i eat right before bed. So, I try to remember that, and then distract myself with something else. Instead I will drink lots of water, or better yet, brew a fresh herbal tea from ginger, thyme, and rosemary, and sip on that slowly. I will pick up a book, or engross my self in some sort of project to take my mind away from eating - as often the desire to eat late or snack in between meals, comes more so from boredom or being in need of a distraction versus actual hunger.

 

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