Wellness Warrior – The Good Life’s Michelle Yandle
Michelle Yandle is a health and nutrition coach based in New Plymouth. She loves helping others to eat more healthily and to achieve their wellness goals. Her Facebook Page, The Good Life is a hub of ideas and healthy recipes that are easy to re-create. We caught up with Michelle to talk about how her career change offered up a whole new lifestyle, and she shared with us her top tips for keeping well.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
I am a health and nutrition coach who helps busy people find balance by assisting them in breaking down the barriers that prevent them from feeling their best. I am the Healthy Inspirations ambassador for Bin Inn, and I do staff training, advising and guest speaking for several corporations. I am the author of A Diet for 7 Generations, and the cookbook; “Beyond The Bin”, sold at Bin Inn stores nationwide.
What was the ‘ah-ha’ moment that encouraged you to get involved in health and nutrition?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in health and nutrition. I grew up as an overweight child and was determined at a very young age to figure out what foods would fuel me and make me feel my best. Recently I was working in a job that left me feeling stressed and burnt out. Although I had a comfortable income, I asked myself, ‘can you do this for the rest of your life?’
Of course the answer was no, so I decided to pursue what I am absolutely passionate about - and I haven’t had to ‘work’ a day since!
What have been your favourite highlights since working in the wellness industry?
Definitely the people. Since I left my previous career, a whole new world has opened up for me. I have met so many amazing health foodies like myself. I also love getting to travel around New Zealand for work and seeing so many of the amazing places it has to offer. I feel blessed to be able to help people achieve their goals so that they can feel as amazing as they deserve.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I don’t know if I know what a typical day is! Generally, I wake up, open my curtains and start the day with a bit of gratitude. I enjoy going for morning walks – and feel so much better when I do. I also love breakfast – it’s my favorite meal of the day alongside a great quality coffee. I spend some days working away in my home office or chatting with clients via Skype. Other days, I see clients face to face at my office in New Plymouth. Then, I head home to relax with my husband. I love preparing a delicious meal and spend the evenings catching up and reading a good book.
How do you maintain balance and keep your wellbeing a priority when life gets busy?
I always try to bring in consciousness. Simply stopping for 1-10 minutes a day and focusing on my breath always re-centres me. Everything becomes so much clearer when I stop and breathe. To-do lists are always helpful too!
What are your top three tips for staying fit and healthy?
- Focus on what healthy food you can crowd in rather than what foods you need to avoid. The more good stuff we pile onto our plates the less room there is for food that doesn’t serve you. Plus there’s the bonus of extra vitamins and minerals.
- Find movement that you love. Exercise should never be a burden or else it’s just not sustainable. Explore the options that are in your community and do it because it makes you feel good.
- Pencil self-care into your diary and make it priority. You can’t pour from an empty cup! You need to take care of yourself first so you can better take care of others.
Do you have a life motto or mantra you live by?
Rather than asking yourself what’s the worst that could happen by taking a leap of faith- why not ask yourself, ‘what’s the best that can happen?’