A Savoury Soul: Whitney Scofield Mack // Macks Mo

macks mo 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.

whitneyWhitney 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.

A Savoury Soul: Mia Uren // Chia Mia

Another fellow IINer (Institute of Integrative Nutrition), Mia from Chia Mia is extremely passionate about living a healthy, happy life.

Her blog is full of enticing recipes like this one and this one plus great health tips like why it's important to keep your body in a state of being alkaline instead of acidic and why Dandelion Root tea is so good for you.

Read on to learn more about Mia and her mission to help others learn to love eating healthy as much as she does.

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Tell me more about what led you to health coaching and The Institute of Integrative Nutrition?

I grew up in a very healthy household as both my parents are Chiropractors and living a healthy life is extremely important to them. However, when I moved out of home at 18 I started to get into the party scene and only cared about getting drunk on the weekend. As a result I did not take very good care of my body. About a year and a half ago I started to get sick of having no direction in life and constantly being tired and feeling like crap so I started to search the web looking at the benefits of certain super foods. Before long, I was obsessed with the benefits of organic wholefoods and how I could incorporate them into my diet in a fun and delicious ways. I stumbled onto numerous health blogs which I would check religiously every day. I then came across the role of a health coach on one of these blogs and instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. I enrolled with IIN and life has just been getting better and better ever since!

What is your health philosophy?

I believe in order to truly be healthy you need to fill your body with well sourced whole foods 80% of the time but also let yourself indulge 20% of the time as life is too short to deprive yourself of foods you truly love (for me it is cheese!). In saying that, though, also remember that there are many healthy alternatives to some of your favorite junk foods that in my opinion taste better than the original. Surround yourself with a positive supportive network of friends, find an exercise you love doing and be as active as possible, find a passion in life, enjoy time to yourself at least once a week and remember to stop and have fun every once in a while.  

What are your top 3 favorite plant-based recipes?

Kimberly Sniders ‘Glowing Green Smoothie’ http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/ggs/ I make a big batch of this every Sunday and keep enough in the fridge for 2 days, then freeze the rest to defrost when needed. This is what I put in mine but you can change it round to use whatever veggies or fruit you like. It makes enough for 6 days.

Ingredients

500ml filtered water 4 cucumbers 1 bunch kale, stalks removed (I like to steam mine lightly first) 5 stalks celery Big bunch mint ½ head lettuce 1 lemon, skin removed 1 knob ginger 2 handfuls baby spinach ½ pear

Blend all ingredients until smooth. You may need to do this in 2-3 batches as there are a lot of ingredients.

My ‘Supergreen Pesto’ recipe. This is great to add to zucchini pasta or as a sauce or dip. http://chiamiablog.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/super-green-pesto/#more-869

My ‘Lettuce Leaf Bruschetta’. This is a great entrée for a dinner party. http://chiamiablog.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/lettuce-leaf-bruschetta/
What are your top 3 favorite plant-based ingredients to use?

Avocado - my all-time favourite food; you can do so much with it and it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. My current obsession is this choc pie where avocado is used for the filling. http://chiamiablog.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/chocolate-banana-cream-tart/

Kale - I think this is every health foodie’s favorite! Again it is so versatile and the health benefits are endless.

Zucchini - another very versatile vegetable; I am loving zucchini pasta at the moment.

If you have one piece of health advice to give what is it?

Can I give two?

Drink at least 2L of clean filtered water every day. I know this is so cliché but it really is so important as it flushes out a lot of the bad stuff in our bodies and helps you glow from the inside out.

Also eat your greens! Try and incorporate them into every meal if possible; their health benefits are endless.

Blend your veggies and filtered water to make a smoothie in the morning and you have these two health tip combined :)

What are your favorite healthy go to snacks?

I love nut butter spread on some apple or celery then sprinkled with cinnamon. I also love activated nuts; they are a very quick and easy and accessible snack.  Cutting up some carrot and dipping it into an avocado is another favorite.

In your words, what is a Savoury Soul?

A savoury soul to me is someone who has a positive outlook on life and is grateful for everything around them. They are someone who is always willing to help inspire and improve the lives of people around them. 

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Mia Uren is a health coach and founder of health blog Chia Mia. She is extremely passionate about living a healthy, happy life and her mission is to promote an educational approach to food and drink consumption by providing wholesome, tasty and stimulating alternatives. Through this she hopes to help men and women explore a positive, anxiety-free approach to eating and, ultimately, move towards self-acceptance and self-love.

You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.