Ever wondered what your favorite fitness guru eats for breakfast?
What about the beauty routines of the most health-conscious bloggers? Our Thrive Questionnaire series asks some of the biggest movers and shakers in the health community about everything from their daily inspirations to obsessions.
This week, we're hearing from health coach and blogger extraordinaire Arielle Haspel. Her health recipes and "treat yourself" philosophy have been featured in outlets like Glamour, NBC, SELF Magazine, The Dr. Oz Show, and of course, her site Be Well With Arielle. Read on to find out what foods Haspel wishes she could eat constantly and what inspires her most.
1. What’s your health philosophy? How do you approach wellness?
It wasn’t too long ago that I counted the calories and grams of fiber on everything I ate. I was very much stuck in the belief system that there were “good” and “bad” foods, and that in order to feel good and be fit, I’d better stick to the “good.”
That strict practice along with deprivation just doesn’t work.
So, I decided once and for all to end deprivation and figure out a way to “healthify” the foods and meals I love so I could eat guilt-free. My specialty (and absolute favorite thing to do) is to make my favorite unhealthy foods healthy. It’s so fun and so delicious.
If you’re someone who loves pizza, you should never have to give up pizza! If you love nachos, you should have nachos. If you love rice krispie treats, well then, you can eat them ... without the guilt. You can find all of my healthy recipes to your favorite foods at http://www.bewellwitharielle.com/blog.
2. What would your dream day of eating look like?
Organic ice cream with tons of toppings ALL DAY LONG.
3. What pantry staples do you buy regularly?
4. When you’re feeling under the weather, low energy or just down, what do you do for a pick me up?
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love, love black tea with some almond milk or hemp milk and a touch of raw honey. A cup of tea with milk usually brightens up my mornings and afternoons, even on hot sunny days.
5. My biggest achievement is...
Being a powerful example to the people closest to me – my husband, best friends, parents and sister, brother-in-law and nephews. When my 2 year old nephew flocked to have a sip of my bright green juice at his friend’s birthday party, instead of the bright green cupcakes, I knew I did something right.
Photo credit: Arielle Haspel