Welcome back to the In Her Shoes series, where we share inspiring interviews with influential experts in health, nutrition and lifestyle.
Whenever I meet healthy, beautiful, successful women, I’m always dying to know what it’s like to walk in their shoes. What do they eat? What products do they use? What’s their routine? I’m obsessed with other peoples’ stories and love sharing uplifting women with y’all!
Today we're chatting with Diane Sanfilippo, a certified Nutrition Consultant, two-time New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo (she just released an updated and expanded 2nd edition on September 6th, 2016), The 21-Day Sugar Detox, and co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking.
Diane is also co-host of my all-time favorite health podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast.
GETTING TO KNOW DIANE SANFILIPPO
I first learned of Diane when a friend lent me her book, Practical Paleo, while I was doing the Whole30.
Related: 15 Things I Learned from Whole30
The book is a beast (in the best way–it's the most comprehensive healthy eating guide and cookbook I've ever read…EVER), and I devoured it in one sitting. It was that good!
After I realized how smart and effective her eating philosophy was, I started listening to her podcast and immediately fell in love with her practical, no-nonsense approach to food.
True to its name, balance is absolutely the word that comes to mind when I think about Diane's attitude toward eating–likely why I knew we had to have her on this series as our sensibilities are so aligned.
Like Root + Revel, Diane promotes listening to your body and doing what's right for your specific, individual needs. Yes, she recommends eating a Paleo diet, but she's not super strict and harsh drawing lines around what that means for all people.
She's realistic, and uses science and her holistic nutrition certifications to guide her audience to find a healthy lifestyle that works for them.
Diane's book and podcast were a total game changer for me–she is definitely one of the most influential people in my own life, constantly giving me new ideas and ways of looking at food, improving my health and my spirit.
Needless to say, I can hardly contain my excitement that she's here with Root + Revel today–I know that you're going to get so much value out of Diane's story!
So, shall we? Let's take a peek at what it’s like to spend a day walking in Diane’s shoes.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OF YOUR DAY LIKE?
I always lay my clothes out the night before, so when I wake up I get changed for the gym, have an iced coffee and then head out.
SHOWER TIME! WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO PRODUCTS?
I love Dr. Bronner's Hemp Almond castile soap, and I wash my face with Beautycounter's charcoal bar. For shampoo, I'm using a lush bar right now. I don't use conditioner because the water here in San Francisco is really soft.
I also love The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Cellulite Bar Soap–it's super exfoliating and smells like delicious coffee.
WHAT’S YOUR TYPICAL BREAKFAST?
Lately one of my favorites is a salmon bowl. I take a pile of arugula, add some white rice (or cauliflower rice for strict paleo), top it with a seaweed salad (you want one without preservatives or artificial dyes, not the day glo green that most stores sell) and a big piece of Wild Alaskan Company salmon, and other veggies.
ARE YOU A TEA OR COFFEE DRINKER?
Iced coffee. I'm addicted to Chameleon Cold Brew. I've tried lots and theirs is by far for my favorite because it doesn’t make you feel jittery and acidic afterward.
WHAT’S YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE?
I work out at Equinox first thing in the morning, 5 days a week, usually for an hour, doing a combination of strength training, bodybuilding, and Cross Fit. I'm all about weight training, and two days a week I go to a personal trainer, who is balance oriented and focused on corrective exercise.
Some days I just go for a walk with the dogs instead.
TIME TO GET READY! WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY AND SKINCARE PRODUCTS?
I'm obsessed with Beautycounter's charcoal mask. I seriously have a mildly unhealthy obsession with it. I paint it on with a flat brush, which makes it go further since it comes in a tube.
I also love M-61 PowerGlow Peel and Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask. Ice Water Eyes Collagen Gel Pads are awesome, too.
I've used this weird moisturizer for so many years–it's called Green Pasture Beauty Balm, from this company that makes fermented cod liver oil.
I also use C-Ex Vitamin C Serum from Primal Life Organics, usually at night. In the morning I don’t do much. Basically just brush my teeth with Desert Essence Whitening toothpaste. I don’t know how healthy it is, but it’s more natural than others.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET?
No prescription medication. I do take adrenal support supplements to support my body so that it doesn’t crash out during a stressful time, but it's preventative.
I also take Prescript Assist Probiotic, digestive enzymes from DGL, herbs from OregaMax and a Colloidal Silver Natural Immune Support Supplement.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ON-THE-GO SNACKS?
Things that people don’t think of as snack food, like, I bring leftovers and regular food. I like Sophia's Survival Foods jerky (it's really clean, no weird ingredients, and grass-fed), but dried food doesn’t make me feel satiated and I'm allergic to most nuts.
WHAT’S A TYPICAL LUNCH LIKE FOR YOU?
Salad with some kind of protein. I also love zucchini noodles with gluten-free pasta and some kind of chicken or beef. Always organic and grass-fed/pasture-raised from somewhere like US Wellness Meats or Wild Alaskan Company.
WHEN YOU’RE GROCERY SHOPPING, WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU AVOID ON THE LABEL?
It's a really slippery slope to label your way of eating, it’s too much of a religious approach, and just doesn’t sit well with me. It’s just not my personality. I don’t like to put myself in a box, perhaps I was there for long enough.
But even when I wrote my book, I questioned whether to call it Paleo. The name isn’t that important, and I do eat some gluten-free grains and white rice. It works for me, and I don’t filter it.
I know it’s confusing for people, but I’m fine with that because I want people to open their minds to the idea that your diet should be tailored to you. Maybe you eat strict Paleo at first, but it doesn’t need to be forever that you eat this strictly.
That being said, there are some things that I always avoid, like vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil or anything hydrogenated. That’s the primary thing.
And I rarely pick up high fructose corn syrup, gluten or anything with all kinds of additives.
I really don't freak out about sugar. It's probably a treat if it has sugar in it, but if it’s something like tomato sauce, then I wouldn’t get it unless there’s not much added.
I think it's important to just know what you’re eating, and then you can choose to eat it or not. Sometimes it’s there and it’s not that big of a deal, sometimes we go too crazy and it’s not always that bad.
Sometimes there’s a reason for the ingredient and it’s doing something (think about chemistry in baking). People can be too dogmatic about it.
My advice: create your own list, set your own limits, and don't just follow a program because it says to. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat something, and then add it to your own list of whether you eat it or not.
WHAT’S IN YOUR PANTRY?
Here's a list of some of my favorites:
- Thrive Tomato Sauce
- Coconut Aminos
- Primal Kitchen Mayo
- Sonoma Brinery Pickles
- Sir Kensington Mustard
- Farmhouse Kraut
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WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
Water and my Adrenal Supplements.
I'm not the biggest reader–I do more audiobooks.
But I did love Better Than Before, as it really helps you figure out how to get yourself to do things. You might know that eating this way is good for you, but how do you make yourself do it?
BED TIME! WHAT’S YOUR NIGHTLY ROUTINE?
I have to listen to something to help my mind not race. So I'll put on an audiobook or an old episode of 30 Rock or Friends on Netflix. I'm asleep within 5 minutes.
Gluten-free goodies, like banana bread from a coffee shop, or gluten-free pizza.
When we were traveling in Europe, I definitely had real pasta and pizza. But, I don’t do it here as much, especially because my husband reacts poorly.
And I just don’t get pleasure in things like funnel cake anymore. I’m grossed out by it–the more you learn about vegetable oil…it helps you not want to eat it.
And that’s a wrap. HUGE thanks to Diane Sanfilippo for sharing her story with us.
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