I first met this weeks Savoury Soul, Whitney, when we briefly worked together at lululemon athletica in Seattle. Whitney is extremely sweet and a pillar in the community of health, wellness and fitness with her company, Mack's Mo that she and her husband started in 2012.
Macks Mo is a health community designed to give you the tools required to get the most out of life, offering both individual and group training and recently added, online nutritional coaching. Whitney is a fellow IINer (Institute of Integrative Nutrition) as well! We most definitely are creating a ripple affect!
You can tell that Whitney has one of the deepest passions when it comes to health, fitness and wellness and she is nothing short of motivating.
Without further ado...
Tell me all about your mission?
I believe in the power of momentum – that every little step and small decision along the way to improving your health adds up to lasting changes that stand the test of time. By using food and fitness as a foundation for establishing positive habits, clients build the momentum needed to wisely examine every action to streamline a path towards creating a life overflowing with happiness, passion and joy that’s lived to the “macks”.
What sparked your interest in living a healthy life?
Two things: cooking with my Mom and working at lululemon athletica and getting involved within the fitness community. Cooking with my mom inspired me to cook more at home, which ultimately developed my love for cooking at home with good food. I loved the energy of group fitness classes and the potential to share healthy habits within a tight-knit community, which ignited my desire to teach.
What do you find people are most confused about in regards to eating healthy?
Labels. Food marketing is super misleading and consumers trying to be make healthy food choices are often dooped by savvy labels and misinformation. Anything trying to sell itself as “healthy” should be left on the shelf – the ingredients in food speak for themselves; and you don’t see a “eat me, I’m healthy” sign in the produce section.
If you could cook for anyone who would it be and what would you cook?
That is a tough one. I guess I would love to cook for any client who thinks that they don’t have time to prepare quick, good-tasting, high-quality meals.
What are your top 3 favorite plant-based ingredients to use?
Coconut oil, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Coconut oil is a staple in my cooked foods and basically anything raw gets the latter two!
Finish these sentences:
I am happiest when… I am connecting with friends or family, laughing and playing games!
I am currently listening to… because I am a group fitness instructor, my music is constantly changing – but in my car, “The Coats” Christmas CD’s (yes, I realize it’s not Thanksgiving yet but truthfully I started listening to them right after Halloween – what can I say?!).
My favorite place is… Montana or anywhere with my husband, Regan.
It makes my blood boil when… cars won’t let other cars merge during traffic. We all know what it’s like to be in the wrong lane or have to make some quick lane switches, so perhaps apply the Golden Rule when driving!
I am most grateful for… my husband. He balances me out in the best ways and keeps me grounded. I can get pretty wound up with all that’s on my plate and he reminds me to be present and enjoy every moment. And he makes every moment more fun, so it’s a win-win.
What does self-care/love mean to you?
Putting your own health and well-being above others; especially for those of us who are “givers” (myself included). Too often, since we enjoy serving others, we forget to take care of ourselves – which leads to burn-out and exhaustion! So, I try to do at least two things per day that increase my health and happiness – it could be taking the time to call a friend or taking a really long shower. For me, a lot of times it means slowing down and asking the question “what does my body need and does what I am doing serve my happiness?”
What is your favorite thing about yourself, personality and appearance?
Honestly? Ha ha – my butt! It’s my favorite asset (pun intended) and gives me clout when speaking to clients about how importance of back body strength!
In your own words, what is a Savoury Soul?
A savoury soul for me would be liken to a bosom friend or kindred spirit. I see a savoury soul as “juicy” – full of life and exuding love to those around them.
Whitney is wellness activist - certified as a group instructor through ACE and AFFA, while also finishing school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to be a holistic health coach. She founded Macks Mo - a Seattle-based and online fitness + nutrition business with her husband in 2012, is a fitness presenter and lululemon ambassador. Her business helps active, professional women reduce weight and stress, while increasing energy, passion and joy through her group classes, coaching and nutrition programs. Her goal in her work is to redefine "health" and ignite a revolution that helps clients achieve balance and happiness through the perfect marriage of food + fitness, allowing them to get more out of their lives.