You know on Sundays when you meal prep like it’s your job? Well, Registered Holistic Nutritionist Bethany Bierema has made that her job for some very lucky clients on every day ending in Y! Bethany is not only a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology to boot!), but she also is the CEO and founder of the kick-ass meal prep company, Foody First. Foody First serves the Greater Hamilton area in Canada and customers can choose from a wide selection of nutritious, uncooked, completely prepped freezer meals (how convenient is that?!) as well as freezer meal workshops for groups!
In both her personal life and business Beth focuses on educating others on the joy that can be found in delicious, healthy food. In fact, her motto is that making meals doesn’t have to feel like a chore, but is fun and exciting!
In our Q & A below, Beth gives us a glimpse in to her fridge that is stocked with healthy goods, shares her definition of wellness, fills me in on the DELICIOUS side she brought to her Canadian Thanksgiving (you’re gonna wanna make it!), and what brings out her bliss!
MG: How did you get into the world of wellness?
BB: I’ve always been interested in nutrition, food, and wellness. I’ve always had a desire to help people achieve their health goals. I completed an Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology, the study of human movement, which I loved. I went on to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist to cover the nutrition/food portion of wellness and am loving it!
MG: What does the word, “wellness” mean to you?
“Wellness means that the person feels their best – physically, mentally, socially – whatever that may look like. I think it’s very unique to the person.”
MG: If you had to describe your health coaching business in three words, what three words would you use?
BB: Journey, Unique, Freedom
MG: Do you have a specialty you focus on with clients or in your business?
BB: I mainly focus on food preparation in my business. My desire is for people to know that eating healthy foods does not have to complicated, hard, or expensive.
MG: Describe a typical day in your life.
BB: My husband recruited me to work at a University an hour or so away, so currently I am working there until Christmas. I wake up at 6:45am, out the door by 7:20am. I used to be a diehard have-to-have-breakfast person, but find I am just not hungry in the morning anymore and all I want is water or tea! We commute together for about an hour, he drives while I do social media and emails. I work a desk job, which is hard for me because I love exercise and being outdoors, but I do love the social aspect! I get home at around 6pm. Usually I’ve put something in the slow cooker before I left for work so we have dinner right away. If it’s a test meal for my business I’ll take a photo of it. If I’m working out that day or going for a run, I’ll do that before dinner. If I am prepping meals for my business orders I’ll run and get groceries and prep the meals. Then just normal life stuff like laundry (so glamorous!), seeing friends, volunteering, reading, & watch Friends re-runs (never seen it before!!).
MG: How would you describe your diet/nutrition philosophy?
BB: I think freedom is key for me. I love food, and I love how it brings people together. Personally, I am not a fan of complete restriction or cutting out something entirely (unless of course it’s for intolerance issues or personal views like veganism). Each person has their own views on food and it’s not my job to change them, just to help them to achieve their goals.
MG: What’s your workout routine look like right now?
BB: I love the Bikini Body Guide – currently working my way through the BBG 2.0 for the second time. Such a good workout! I also love walking/running in the evening. I try to listen to my body, and never force myself to do anything. Been there done that, and this “method” definitely works better for me! Getting outside on the weekend for a hike is a muuuust for me.
MG: Can we see inside your fridge?
MG: What is your must-buy grocery item that you can’t live without?
BB: I loooove dried figs and nuts/seeds to snack on! An odd one, I love nutritional yeast – so good on veggies!
MG: What are you most passionate/excited about right now?
BB: I am excited to see a general trend of people caring more about what they put into their bodies and being a part of this trend in my own way. Definitely pumped to be a part of this wellness community.
MG: What personal habit are you proudest of?
BB: I don’t give up easily, whether it’s an exercise challenge, food challenge or anything like that!
MG: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
BB: Kind of odd, but persimmons are actually really good… but I found they have to be ripe!
MG: What’s your favorite motivational quote or mantra?
BB: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
MG: What’s your favorite meal to make for family and friends and why?
BB: I love making chilis (vegetarian or not). Something about a big bowl of warm, comforting food that just brings people together!
MG: Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? If so, what will be on your table?
BB: Canadian Thanksgiving was last month (time flies!), but I made the sweet potato casserole in the Oh She Glows Cookbook for my family! It was goooood.
MG: What brings out your bliss?
BB: Being around people that are full of joy and life and who make my stomach hurt with laughter.
Beth lives in the Greater Hamilton Area in Canada and can be found on Instagram at foodyfirst and her meal pictures will seriously make you drool. She also has an amazing blog and business website where she shares her delicious recipes and gives full details on her meal-prep service!
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