Birds of a Feather - Kelly LeVeque
If you don't know Kelly LeVeque, you will thank us for the introduction. She is not only a RAD person and inspiring friend, she's also an expert in all things nutrition and body wellness. Don’t we all need a little bit of that in our lives!? And her approach is so optimistic and fun that she makes eating well and living a healthy life something we actually WANT to do. :-) We say love your bodies! And she does too. Life’s too short to be constantly dieting. Plus it makes us grumpy. We recently spent the afternoon with Kelly on International Women's Day, and she shared with us, and ten other inspiring women, her beliefs about whole body health and nutrition.
Afterwards, we sat down with Kelly to ask her some questions about life, but before we share, she deserves a TINY bit of background (again, because she is RAD, and there’s proof of this):
1. She's a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, (oh, and . . .) celebrity health coach (Jessica Alba and Molly Sims to name a few). See, we told you she’s rad.
2. She is passionate about the science of human nutrition (she may just be the cutest book worm we've ever met).
3. She ACTUALLY cooks. And loves it. She's extremely involved in her recipes and believes that food should taste good (we agree) AND be nutritious (yeah yeah, we agree to that too). :-)
4. She completed her undergrad degrees at USC (go trojans!?!) and her post graduate degrees at UCLA and UC Berkley (hmmmm…now those are some rivalries). Smart cookie to say the least.
5. She just wrote and published the most amazingly fantastic inspiring book on nutrition that you will ever read, called “Body Love”and you need to go buy it (and, yes, read it). Seriously, its awesome. It won’t flip you out or make you feel like a loser like most nutrition books, we promise.
Ok, now that we’ve properly introduced her, lets ask her some questions:
beek: We know you are all about the “FAB4”. Can you describe what this is for our audience in 1-2 sentences?
KL: Eat the FAB 4! The Fab Four (protein, fat, fiber and greens) is a light structure I built to help my clients remember what nourishing foods they should eat to elongate their blood-sugar curve, support hormone production, microbiome proliferation and healthy body composition. Eating the Fab Four at each meal keeps your body and your cravings satiated for hours by calming various hunger-related hormones; protein, fat and fiber induces Cholecystokinin (CCK – “satiety hormone”), protein and leafy green vegetables increases Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1 – “full hormone”) and a fiber and protein-based meal increases concentrations of Peptide YY (PYY – “Control Hormone”) which all reduce appetite. If you have enough protein, fat, and fiber at each meal, you can elongate your blood sugar curve, which means you will have the energy and fuel to easily move towards ditching the snacks. Not to mention, this window will allow your body to properly digest your food, surge with human growth hormone and testosterone to burn fat, calm insulin levels (to allow for fat burning), and make you feel more relaxed.
beek: If you could take just ONE THING out of everyone’s eating habits, what would it be?
KL: That's easy, sugar.
beek: If you could put one thing INTO everyone’s eating regimen, what would it be?
KL: Omega 3, its the best anti-inflammatory for the body and brain.
beek: Favorite spice?
KL: Ceylon Cinnamon
beek: Top five favorite junk foods?
beek: Have you always had a fascination with nutrition? Where did it come from?
KL: Yes! I have loved it since my High School Health class. I also read dozens of diet books in high school.
beek: What made you finally break out on your own?
KL: Be Well by Kelly was a side hustle for 2.5 years, in September of 2015 I finally had to make the leap and take it full time because of demand.
beek: What advice do you have for women thinking about starting their own business?
KL: Invest in it; time, money and effort. Don't let a day go by without spending time in it.
beek: What’s one item in your closet that you wouldn’t sell for all the money in the world (or just ‘really really love’, cuz lets be honest there’s a price for everything):
KL: Navy leather jacket by IRO
beek: What is your favorite sandal from the new spring beek collection (I know, impossible to pick just one, but lets try :-)?
beek: Do you believe in ghosts?
KL: Yes. I don't know why but I just do.
beek: If you could have a theme song for your life, what would it be?
KL: It changes daily but currently...... Bebe Rexha - Meant to be!
beek: Are you more chocolate or vanilla?
beek: Favorite fiction book of all time:
KL: PS - I Love you!
beek: Favorite rom-com of all time:
beek: Do you watch the bachelor (cuz its our dirty little secret)?
KL: I was all for Janu-Arie. Finally, a smokin hot bachelor! LOL