WHY GLOW FLOW CHEFS?
When founding our company, we knew we wanted to create a name for our brand that we deeply connected with. The words that kept coming back to both of us were glow and flow.
We’ve always been connected to the word “glow.” First, because we wanted to have that look; we wanted our skin to glow, to radiate light. As we became more entrenched in the wellness world and as our spiritual practices began to grow, we recognized that we not only wanted to glow on the outside, but on the inside as well. We wanted to shine bright, feel alive and energized, and we wanted our glow to enable us to share our light with others.
The other word that we connected deeply with was “flow.” Flow was what we felt when everything just seemed to go as we desired. Everything seemed to come easily. Time would escape us. There wasn’t friction or fear. We wanted more of this and we wanted it often. Flow came after meditations and calming yoga series. Flow came after long walks outside. Flow came when we felt connected to work, whether that be writing, brainstorming, talking to clients, or concocting in the kitchen. Flow came when we felt deeply happy, in alignment with our purpose, and fulfilled.
The word “chef” in our name has a broader meaning than its traditional use. We chose chef to denote that we are curators of products and works that help others reach their own version of “glow and flow.” Our creations include food and beverage products, programs, books, and more.
What we’ve realized is that we have the power to alter our minds and bodies so we can obtain glow and flow. WE have the power to do things that can change our thinking and the way we feel. It’s time to recognize YOUR power and YOUR abilities. That’s where we want to help.
Our brand was born out of our desire to share with others what we have learned over the years – the tools and techniques that have helped us reach our own personal glow and flow states. Our mission is to elevate and empower you to take ownership of your life, to take steps necessary for change, and to know that you are worthy of a life that brings you continuous joy and fulfillment.
Holistic Health and Empowerment Coach
Certified plant-based chef from Matthew Kenney Culinary
Certified health coach with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition
I am a holistic health coach and whole-foods chef with a deep passion for helping people heal their relationship with food and their body. I long to help people experience the joy that comes from eating freely, without rules, restrictions and internal judgment.
My overarching mission is to empower people with knowledge around nutrition, healing foods, intuitive eating, and self-care practices, so they can release the shackles of control, embrace a life free from fear of food, and re-discover a profound love for their body.
Like everyone, I have a past, and mine has not always included intuitive eating, mindful practices, and self-love. In fact, it has encompassed everything but this, at times.
After years of working tirelessly in corporate marketing jobs, battles with health issues, and lack of confidence in myself, I finally hit my breaking point. I knew a change was necessary. Not only was I unhappy, but I was a stressed-out mess. I could not digest food properly or think clearly.
What did I do – I quit everything. I left New York, where I was living at the time, and returned home to New Orleans. I literally started all over again. The career I knew for 6 years was no longer; I was surrounded by complete uncertainty.
The one thing I knew for sure was that I had to get my health back in order. If I wanted to uncover what would bring me true fulfillment, I knew I needed to feel energetic and have the capacity to think clearly. It was then that I began my extensive studies of healing the body naturally, the digestive system, meditation, and self-care practices. I threw myself into books about detox, eating for vitality, digestive health, breathing techniques, meditation and everything in between. I learned a great deal and took with me what was needed at the time.
Every day I discover a little more about my body and what makes it operate at its highest potential.
I will forever be experimenting with new foods, innovative ways of eating, alternative exercises, meditative practices and more in an effort to discover what makes my body tick – gives me that extra pep in my step, glow on my face, and clarity of mind. It’s a journey that I previously viewed as difficult and exhausting – one of regimen, control, and restriction – but that’s drastically changed.
Today I embrace the self-discovery that comes from incorporating new foods into my diet, taking a break from consuming certain foods to see my body’s reaction, adding different exercises or self-care practices into my days, and most importantly listening to my body’s internal cues – it’s a never-ending journey with a profound goal – health, happiness and fulfillment.
I strongly believe that food is medicine – that we can drastically alter the state of our health by consuming foods that revitalize and nurture our system – however when we take it too far and eat based on rules provided by others, instead of listening to our internal cues and signs from our body about what it desires, food’s healing abilities diminish. Food becomes tied to how it will make our bodies look instead of how it can nourish our system and soul. The whole eating dynamic changes and unfortunately more times than not this leads to unhealthy behaviors around food.
I want to bring people back to eating as they did when they were a child – with freedom, joy, and pleasure. The truth is that food can heal or destroy us, and I am not only talking about eating “healthy” foods versus “unhealthy” foods. It can be a life thief and can steal precious moments away from us spent contemplating it, feeling anxious around it, and letting it sadden us. Our culture has allowed food to play a far different role than I believe it was ever intended to. It is meant to invigorate and sustain us and to be eaten with joy, not to make us feel shameful, guilty and to be eaten with fear.
My goal through my work is to guide people towards empowerment around food – to help them feel confident when it comes to their food choices and to guide them towards mindful, intuitive eating practices, based on the needs of their particular body. Everyone is different and requires varying foods at different times, based on their unique life situation (i.e. what state their body is in, their mental condition, etc). This is why blanket rules and diets do not work.
If you’re ready to take a different, individualized approach and to do the deeper work that comes with long-term health, empowered, mindful eating, and self-care practices, I encourage you to head on over to our “Offerings” page to learn more. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on your health journey.
Before beginning her career in the health and wellness space, Emily worked in the public relations and marketing industry for 8 years at several leading, worldwide agencies including Ogilvy Public Relations, Marina Maher Communications and Everyday Health. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. In 2013, she attended The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach and several years later attended Matthew Kenney Culinary, where she was certified as a plant-based chef.
Mindset and Empowerment Coach
Certified Life Coach with Carl Massey
Certified KRI Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher
Certified Ayurvedic health coach with Anna Apotheca
I have my fair share of certifications. I’ve received a lot of training and studied A LOT. I think my biggest contribution, though, are my stories. It’s my experiences that I want to share with others. It’s the learnings, the tools, the modalities that I’ve used, and continue to use, to overcome what I’ve been through, that I want to teach others. I’m not a fan of titles, but I listed mine above in case you are interested. What’d I’d prefer do is tell you my story.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a strong desire to help people feel happy. When I see people going through a tough time or unhappy, I have a burning desire to understand why – to really get to the root of the issue and to help them get to a better place.
It’s a bit ironic because just a few years ago, I didn’t know how to help myself get to that better place.
Due to what I can only equate to my fear of failure or not being good enough or not being the best at something, I put myself and my body in a state of stress and because of my constant go-go-go mentality, I was blissfully unaware that anything was significantly wrong. I felt decently happy, decently healthy and pretty successful. What I didn’t feel, was deeply fulfilled.
But, I didn’t know what to do to get off the hamster wheel that had become my life. Most significantly, I was afraid to make changes.
What helped me stop the perpetual spinning was yoga. As cliche as it may sound, yoga helped me discover and make friends with my calm mind. Yoga helped me recognize my mind yearned for rest and my body begged to be listened to.
As I started calming my mind and properly nourishing my mind and body, the world began to speak to me. I’d finish a yoga set and could write for hours. My desires began to shift to wanting to do — what I can only imagine is what I should have been doing all along — helping people feel good.
I’m certainly not there yet, but I know I’m on the path I should be venturing down.
Today, I’m doing what my heart tells me I should be doing – helping others awaken to their full, unique potential. Sometimes that’s life coaching to help people recognize their gifts and determine ways to integrate them into their lives. Sometimes that’s teaching Kundalini Yoga to elevate others to see their strength and build confidence. Sometimes that’s just being a friend with an open ear, so people can express how they’re feeling.
I want everyone to know they deserve to feel utter happiness and joy. This world is good, we just need to figure out how we can best serve and exist in it. I’d love to help you on your personal journey.
If you don’t stop to think about the life you’re living, you may not recognize the one you’re not living. STOP. BREATHE. LISTEN. AND FEEL.
We look forward to working with you!