As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.
Jennifer Hanway is a Holistic Nutritionist , Level 2 Bio Signature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer…now say that three times fast. She has 11 years of experience as a personal trainer and holistic nutrionist and has worked with the British Royal Family (…yes, you read that right) and a plethora of A-list celebrities. A-list celebs and princes aside, Jennifer is inspiring because she has basically dedicated her every day to helping others live their best lives from the inside out. I’m also excited to see her speak at this year’s Day of WELLness (enter code TSSB for $$$ off)!
What does a Balanced Life mean to you?
My husband and I use the term ‘planned neglect’. We are huge fans of the book ‘The One Thing’ by Gary W Keller and Jay Papasan, which teaches you to focus on the opposite of multi tasking. I use different focus phases, for example the last three weeks have been focused on my workshops, events and speaking gigs, so this weekend we are having a big date night on Saturday and a lazy Sunday to switch the focus back to my relationship.
Do you have an AM and PM routine that contributes to your balanced life?
My days can look pretty different depending on whether I am seeing clients, going to one of my corporates, working from home or presenting. I am definitely a morning person, and am wide awake at 5.30am, and head straight for an organic, low acid coffee with almond milk. I don’t need the caffeine as I’m already annoyingly chipper at that time of the morning (!) I just love the ritual and the taste of coffee.
I do have a regular evening routine however as I love an early night and a great nights sleep (8 hours at the minimum). I have a Yogi Bedtime tea, and then read in bed with my new essential oil diffuser with lavender oil. My body is so well trained to this routine however that I usually read a few pages and then fall asleep!
What is your definition of self-love and positive body image?
This is a hard one for me, as I feel that even still in the fitness and wellness arena there is a lot of pressure for us ‘experts’ to look the part. I try to remind myself that there is a big difference between perfection and authenticity, and focus on what my body can do rather than how it looks. This past year for me has seen some digging deep into my own health issues and really doing the groundwork for continuing health, so I feel that for me is self love and thanking my body.
What are some ways you stay active and foods you eat to achieve a balanced mind, body and soul (favorite work out routines, favorite healthy dish/ snack etc.)
I love to start the day with a great breakfast as I feel that can really set the tone for the day and set me up for a great mood and lots of energy. I have a smoothie every morning and make it as full of nutrients as I can, using plant protein, collagen, amino acids, bone broth veggies and almond milk. As my schedule can be pretty changeable being able to work out from home is a big thing for me, and we have just brought a spin bike that now lives in our office! As I live in yoga pants and sports bra all I need to do is hop on and away I go – I even keep my spin shoes clipped to my bike so there are no excuses!
Words to live by/ favorite quote that has to do with positivity, good vibes or positive body image?
The one phrase I always go back to for both myself and my clients is ‘progress, not perfection’. Great health habits, practiced everyday go so much further than crazy cleanses or killer workouts, and removing the pressure of perfection makes living a healthy life so much more enjoyable.