It’s a special new day at the Fearless Face. I’m beginning a new feature called Fearless Females. And it’s my first giveaway, too! I love women that give me inspiration, and I love giving away free stuff! (Keep reading to see what you could win). Let’s do this!
Meet Sarah Finkbeiner, a luminary health coach, massage therapist and Qigong instructor. She’s one gorgeous lady that emanates positivity and motivation. I love her energy and want to hang out with her every chance I get. Together we did a fun interview covering health, inspiration, and beauty. Enjoy!
I’ll be giving away a copy of one of my favorite beauty guidebooks, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth about Your Beauty Products–and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. This book really changed my life. It breaks down what’s safe in cosmetics, and what definitely is not, in a fun and easy way. I’m also a huge fan of their blog. With Sarah’s health tips and these beauty guidelines, you’re well on your way to creating a naturally beautiful you!
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On to the interview!
What inspired you to be a health coach?
I knew I needed to make some big changes in my own life and I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn for myself and then share that knowledge with others. My father died from a sudden heart attack a couple of years before I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I feel strongly that his death could have been prevented, or at least he could’ve lived longer, if he had made some different choices for his health. This really opened my eyes. The world is facing a dis-ease epidemic with diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and stress as #1 killers. People are more confused than ever about what to eat and what not to eat. Being a part of the health revolution, educating the public around food and lifestyle issues, and serving as a catalyst for change really feeds me deep and I think the world needs this now more than ever.
If someone wanted to change their lifestyle and adopt healthier habits, what advice do you have for getting started?
Seek out some support. You see, most people know what they should be doing for their health (eat more veggies, drink more water, exercise, de-stress), it’s that they’re just not doing it. I think one of the most important things we can do to set ourselves up for success is to make sure we have support. Find a buddy, work with a coach, get involved and make friends that are healthy influences. Change can be pretty scary for some, and since we’re meant to run in a pack trying to do it alone can make it even scarier to the point where we just don’t do it. This creates some not-so-nourishing inner conflict (I know I should be… but I’m not!) A little support, especially in the beginning can go a long way.
The majority of my clients are women that struggle with mild acne. What are some nutrition tips that can help regulate hormones and clear the skin?
I’ve got 3 tips for this as I’ve dealt with this myself.
Tip #1: Increasing Omega-3 fats with sockeye salmon, walnuts, flax seed, sardines and/or a high quality eco-sustainable fish oil supplement. In addition to that, minimizing consumption of processed, packaged foods. These can be loaded with chemically altered, hydrogenated fats or fats high in Omega 6 fatty acids, like most vegetable oils (soy, canola, safflower). We need a balance here and most of us are out of balance in this department (way more Omega 6’s than 3’s). Fat is a crucial ingredient needed in our diet. In addition to other important functions, it’s a macronutrient that actually makes hormones. We need these.
Tip #2: Increasing alkaline foods in the diet like veggies, fruits, citrus, seaweed, and herbs. With the Standard American Diet (SAD), we tend to eat a lot of meat, dairy, sugar, salt, and packaged foods that result in an acidic pH and inflammatory state. I always start my morning with a pint of water with a lemon squeezed in it to alkalize the body after a night’s sleep. You may be thinking, “Aren’t lemons acidic?” Yes, you’re right! But as our bodies metabolize them, they become alkaline.
Tip #3: Managing our stress is huge. Stress is the main reason for more than 80% of all dis-ease and can throw the whole system out of whack. I recommend meditation, journaling, taking baths, going on walks, drinking calming tea, anything that helps to calm the nervous system and therefore help the endocrine glands function optimally.
What is the most common nutrition misconception that you have to set people straight on?
Oh boy, this is a doozie: The most common misconception I find is that people think that skipping meals helps to lose weight and unfortunately the meals that get skipped are breakfast and sometimes lunch. Our bodies use food (calories) for fuel, for energy, and skipping out on that fuel as we start our day, as we “break the fast” from sleeping, confuses the body. It wonders when we’re going to feed it again so the next time we do feed it, it stores that food as fat, as a reserve, so it can be sure it has enough to function. Meanwhile, we grasp for sources of energy to help us keep going like caffeine and sugar, but these really don’t provide any nutritional value so we still get the signal that we’re hungry. Late afternoon and dinner comes around and we eat huge meals! But we don’t need the fuel anymore because our day is done and we’re going to bed, so once again, the body stores the food as a reserve rather than metabolizing it on the spot and using it. We wake up, not hungry from our huge meal the night before, and the cycle perpetuates itself. Our bodies are incredibly wise and need to know we’re going to show up for them with regular feedings!
What do you consider to be the biggest obstacle that prevents people from obtaining complete health, beauty, and happiness?
Interestingly enough I think it’s a lack of self-love and self-care. In today’s hustle and bustle we get caught up in going, going, going and leave little time to take care of ourselves. We have a judgment, probably that we picked up from someone else a long time ago, that taking time for “me” is selfish. But I find that the more time I make for self care and nourishing myself, the more positive effect it has on people who I interact with – family, friends, loved ones. Quality over quantity, ya know? People, especially women, have a tough time with receiving this attention because naturally, we’re caretakers – taking care of others, that is! I find when they put themselves as priority #1, their health and happiness increases so much and so does their skin, their glow, because they’re rested, loved, and taken care of. Everything comes into balance.
What are your top 5 healthy foods/ drinks?
Only 5?! I love food and drink…
# 1 Kale- or really any dark, leafy greens for that matter. I eat them at least 5 times a week and it takes up the most growing space in my garden. Dark, leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses! I can literally feel my body celebrating inside when I eat these. Be sure to eat them with a healthy fat because they’re fat soluble, which means the fat helps to assimilate the maximum amount of nutrients in the body.
#2 Avocados – so creamy, fatty, and delicious, especially with a little lime.
#3 Mushrooms! All kinds, I just love them! And they’re soooo good for us.
#4 water with lemon squeezed into it. Every time I drink lemon water, I feel renewed, refreshed, energized. I can feel a shift back to center in my body chemistry.
#5 Chocolate, but not just any chocolate – dark, rich chocolate. I gravitate towards the 75% or more cacao – another amazing superfood and mood improver. Chocolate feeds my soul.
What is your favorite quote, saying, or mantra?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Savor the flavor and take it one step at a time.
Sarah is a luminary health coach, massage therapist and Qigong instructor. She loves working with open minded women who are ready for change, and to feel light, free, and fabulous in all aspects of their lives without using denial or deprivation. Sarah delights in inspiring you to love who you see in the mirror. Visit her here www.nourish-your-roots.com and sign up for her newsletter for great health tips and tricks.