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MEET MELANIE POTOCK


WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION? The kids I treat for feeding difficulties motivate me every day. They inspire me to stay in the moment and celebrate the tiniest steps!
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY ON A BUSY SCHEDULE? I keep a pair of walking shoes in my car, which is my office on wheels.  Even if I have a 20 minute break between appointments during a work day, I find a neighborhood and walk a few hills.  If I still get to the gym later that day – well, bonus! 
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FOODS? Anything from the local Farmer’s Market that my husband grills while I enjoy a nice glass of wine. Perfection! My current favorite is beets, but I’m excited to grill peaches soon!
Email: Melanie@mymunchbug.com
MEET BETSY THOMPSON 
 
HOW DO YOU SNACK HEALTHY? I tend to have raw almonds stashed all over. In my desk at work, in my kitchen at home, even little baggies in my purse.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FOODS? Watermelon, sweet corn on the cob and cherries


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE? My favorite go-to smoothie would be 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup fresh spinach, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tsp raw cacoa powder, 1 tsp spirulina. Tastes delicious and gives me energy!
MEET KARLA CHIN
 
WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION? Feeling good! It’s something that I greatly value and no longer take for granted. 
WHAT ARE YOUR TRICKS FOR EATING HEALTHY AT A RESTAURANT? Always start with a serving of veggies, and most importantly, eat with absolute presence and pleasure. This involves taking deep breaths throughout the meal and releasing any guilt. 
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HEALTH AND WELLNESS BOOKS? Here are some of my favorites: The Slow Down Diet by Marc David, Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay & Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Northrup.
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WHAT ARE YOUR TRICKS FOR EATING HEALTHY AT A RESTAURANT? I try to stick to a lean protein, cooked either baked or steamed (like fish), or stir fry vegetables, brown rice, salad with dressing on the side. 
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HEALTH AND WELLNESS BOOKS? Andrea Beaman’s books/DVD’s on healthy thyroid, all of Dr. Mark Hyman’s books and a new cookbook I love is: “Cookin’ Up Good Vibrations: Deliciously healthy gluten-free & dairy-free dishes in harmony with the seasons.”

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MEET NICOLE SMITH 
 
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY ON A BUSY SCHEDULE? In addition to health coaching I do have a regular full-time sales job, so staying active, eating right and finding some quiet time every day is key. I try and start my day with a workout (running or yoga usually) becasue I’m more likely to actually do it if it’s the first thing I do. I almost always bring a lunch to work. It’s important that I stay on track all day long, and if I have a lunch already with me I don’t have those mid-day crashes from eating unhealthy. Each day when I come home, I take my pup for a walk. It’s a great way to unwind from my crazy schedule, and help her burn off some energy as well. 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE? 2 c Brewed tea, 1/2 c coconut water, some fresh or frozen berries, spinach or kale, 2 T raw cacao powder, goji berries, 1 T each raw honey, coconut oil and almond butter. Blend, strain and enjoy!
HOW DO YOU DE-STRESS? By going for a run, long walk/hike or yoga. Usually the more I sweat, the clearer my head and better I feel. 
MEET ERIN ELBERSON
 
 HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE? I am a road cyclist and ride 8-13 hours a week. I also do strength train and flexibility train at least once a week. I use a stand up desk and telephone headset for work, and our dog keeps me busy and she always is ready for a walk!
 WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FOODS? Fruits of all kinds! Lots of salads, the occasional sangria, and a purely elizabeth chocolate chip cookie (or 3) after a long ride. 
WHAT FOODS COULD YOU NEVER GIVE UP? Dark chocolate in some form. 


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MEET ELIZABETH LEPPART
 
WHAT FOODS ARE IN YOUR GROCERY CART? Always fresh or frozen organic fruits and veggies for snacking and green smoothies, non-dairy milk, oatmeal or low-sugar cereal, dark chocolate : ) 
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY ON A BUSY SCHEDULE? Let me count the ways! Make time for a hearty, healthy breakfast. Snack on fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc. If no time to work out, stretch in the morning, evening and throughout the day. Make healthy meals in bulk to freeze and use throughout the week. Always drink water! The list goes on and on…
 WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FOODS? Summer is my favorite time of the year, largely due to the fresh foods in-season! I simply love picking fresh fruit and vegetables from my graden or walking to the local farmers markets. For meals, you can’t beat backyard BBQ’s and picnics in the park. And there’s nothing more refreshing than a big glass of fresh fruit-infused water


MEET PAULA ANTONINI
 
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY ON A BUSY SCHEDULE? Preparation is the deal breaker. As long as I plan ahead and have only healthy foods in the house, it’s easy. I make pots of soup, for example, and divide it into meal-sized portions and freeze it. There’s always something already prepared that I can take out of the freezer for dinner. I also have lots of green smoothies. 
WHAT FOODS ARE IN YOUR GROCERY CART? Dark, leafy greens, avocados, goat yogurt, quinoa, chia, raw cheese, organic corn chips, dark chocolate, and- of course- purely elizabeth granola!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FOODS? South Carolina peaches and Tennessee tomatoes
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MEET SEELEY GUTIERREZ
 
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON LIVING PURELY? To me, living purely is keeping things simple, whether it’s with food, exercise, or emotionally. The best food is the one with the least ingredients, the one that’s closest to its pure form. The best types of exercises are the ones that your body naturally wants to do; you don’t need to make complicated training schedules or routines in order to be fit. Emotionally, avoiding drama and living an authentic life, however you see that, is pure. 
WHAT FOODS ARE IN YOUR GROCERY CART? Bananas, sweet potatoes, and spinach are mainstays. If the husband is shopping with me, Nutella and Virgil’s root beer will also be present. 
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HEALTH AND WELLNESS BOOKS? I’m not big into books on health and wellness as I tend to follow blogs more. I do like the “Thrive” series. For blogs, 101 Cookbooks, Elana’s Pantry, and Goopare where I get some of my cooking and wellness inspirations. 
MEET ELIZABETH HULL
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE? I use Arbonne protein powder shakes to get enough protein (they’re vegan so I don’t have to worry about where the protein came from) so sometimes I add frozen blueberries and bananas to the chocolate shake with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maybe a spoonful of almond butter.  Yum!! 
HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE? I chase twin toddlers around the house!! They are a very good form of exercise. 
WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION? My motivation to live purely is to maintain my health so I have the energy to keep up with my family and my passions. I love to help other people – I’m not a nurse practitioner by accident. I see so many people, mostly women, whose lives are so stressful and unhealthy that they have terrible pain and fatigue. They come in seeking pain medication when what they really need is to detox their life and take the time to take care of themselves. Some people feel so hopeless they think this is impossible. I know it’s not because I’ve been there. I want to help other people to see that it’s not impossible to get better without drugs. 
MEET JULIA HANLON
 
HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE? Yoga, running, biking, swimming and walking. 
WHAT FOODS COULD YOU NEVER GIVE UP? Avocados, raw cashews and my mother’s hummus. 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE? A Green Granola smoothie: kale, almond milk, strawberry, and banana smoothie with purely elizabeth ancient grain granola cereal on top!
MEET DANI STURTZ
 
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY ON A BUSY SCHEDULE? I stay healthy on a busy schedule by planning ahead. I try to cook a bunch of staple items like quinoa, brown rice and green veggies that I can have for any meal! I also pack healthy snacks like veggies, fruits and nuts so that if I need a pick me up I’m prepared.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE? I don’t know if I have a favorite smoothie, but I’m really digging Juice Generation’s Peanut Butter Split. It is all-natural peanut butter with omega-3s from flax oil blended with organic almond milk, banana, and frozen coconut milk. It is delicious! If you haven’t tried it, go get one!
WHAT FOODS ARE IN YOUR GROCERY CART? My grocery cart consists mainly of fruits and vegetables. I love green leafy vegetables like kale, swiss chard, and spinach. I also love broccoli, cauliflower, and avocado. As far as fruit goes I love most! Blueberries, apples, grapes, and cherries are just a few of my favorites. In addition to fruits and vegetables, proteins are a must! I like to stock up on tempeh, tofu, and beans (chickpeas, kidney beans, and black beans are my go to’s). And no grocery cart would be complete without something sweet! I enjoy endangered species dark chocolate bars or purely decadent’s choc. chip cookie dough coconut ice cream.
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MEET CYDNEY SMITH

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION?My motivation comes from wanting to have the energy and clarity to live a life that I love and enjoy. I want to be healthy enough to live out my dreams and bring my gifts to the world. I have two children and I want them to be healthy and strong so they can do the same. 


WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FOODS? I just made a huge bowl of gazpacho. No cooking and it keeps well. I love having it in the summer.  It’s so easy to make and there are so many ways to add variety – I switch up the herbs between basil, dill and mint. You can add almost any fresh summer vegetable to it. I prefer to chop all the veggies by hand. I find it very meditative and relaxing. I love having a counter full of produce go to good use!


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE? Lately, I have been in to green juice. I have a Champion Juicer I bought over 15 years ago that runs like a charm. My favorite combo: 1 cucumber, 2-3 stalks of celery, a big handful or 2 of Kale (about a small bunch), 3-4 leaves of Romaine lettuce, a small chunk of ginger (about an inch), 1/2  a bunch of parsley, 1 lemon, and any other greens or veggies I may have on hand. Sometimes I will add spinach, beet greens, dandelion, sprouts, collards, or even a handful of leftover salad! This usually makes about a quart of juice. I pour half into a tall glass and the rest into a canning jar. I fill it to the top to minimize any air pockets when I put the lid on. I save this in the fridge for a late afternoon snack. I always add some kind of booster to my juice. Some of my favorites: a powder probiotic, maca, spirulina, a few tablespoons of chia seed, or ground hemp or flax. I don’t add a sweetener, but I will put an apple in there if I am craving more sweetness. Most days I shake the juice over ice. Refreshing and invigorating!


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MEET AMY ABELOFF
 

HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE? I work out at least once a day, sometimes up to 3 times. Why? Because it’s FUN and I’d rather go do that than sit and watch reality TV at home! I’ve been working in small group training classes using TRX suspension and kettlebells, and the results are really motivating, Same with barre classes: awesome results in a unique and welcoming atmosphere!

 
HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY ON A BUSY SCHEDULE? I make working out top priority. My work schedule is currently flexible enough to do so, but it still should come first no matter how hectic things get. If you’re motivated by losing weight or maintaining your health, you’ll find yourself happy to wake up early for a jog or a trip to the gym. I also swear by exercise as THE ultimate way to de-stress.
 
WHAT ARE YOUR TRICKS FOR EATING HEALTHY AT A RESTAURANT? Stay away from anything fried, cream-based or oozing with cheese! If I see a salad with fruit, a vinaigrette, and plain nuts with chicken or fish, I usually pick that comfortably. Also, tell the waitress/waiter to hold the free bread or chips. 
 
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MEET MARLA ZICKE

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION? To be healthy and live a long happy life with my family!

 
HOW DO YOU DE-STRESS? Music blasting in my ears while running on the treadmill relaxes me!

 

 

WHAT FOODS ARE IN YOUR GROCERY CART? Organic milk, greek yogurt, strawberries, and apples.   
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