Laura Lea Goldberg // @lauraleabalanced
HEYLOOOO my beautiful friends! Who is excited for today's ULTIMATE boss babe interview?!?! I know I am! While I'm sure you all already know Laura Lea Goldberg, lemme give you the scoop. She is literally one of the most genuine souls I have ever met. LL and I connected last year through the strange world of social media, and quickly became good friends. It's not hard to see why people love her. She is one of the kindest and most goofy people on the face of this earth, and has a following more loyal than most I've seen. She also has a new YouTube channel which I have been loving! Laura Lea is a Nashville-based Certified Holistic Chef, cookbook author, and mother of three fur babies. If you haven't, be SURE to pick up a copy of Laura Lea's cookbook ASAP! It is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy the interview! xx
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Hi guys! 1) I love Allie 2) I am Certified Holistic Chef in Nashville, TN. Basically, that means I got a degree to learn how to make healthy food! I have three insanely adorable fur children, a husband who makes the best dad jokes, and a kitchen where I pretty much live/breath/sleep. My first cookbook aka my 4th child, came out in May, which includes 120+ healthy recipes for the everyday home cook.
What is your zodiac sign? Libra…balanced…scales. It just makes sense!
Tell us about the path you took to become LLBalanced! 6 years ago I was depressed and intensely anxious, living in New York City and hating my job. I spent my first two years in the city partying several times each week to distract myself from my unhappiness. This meant that I was eating lots of meals out, drinking too much and staying up way too late. Surprise surprise—it only made things worse. I remembered Einstein’s definition of insanity and decided it might be time to switch things up, so I stopped going out and eating out. Instead, on the weekends I’d wake up early, make myself oatmeal and spend hours wandering around the city. I naturally gravitated towards the farmer’s markets, with their beautiful seasonal produce and locally made breads, cheeses and meats. I also found myself in bookstores, specifically in the cookbook section. I began taking pictures of recipes and making them at home with my farmers market bounty. After several months, my anxiety had diminished dramatically, and I felt happier than I had in years. At the time, there was lots of buzz about the physical and aesthetic benefit of nutritious food, but not so much about the mental and emotional benefits. I knew that I wanted to talk about the connection for a living. One day, I googled “healthy cooking schools” and lo and behold, there is one in New York City called the Natural Gourmet Institute! I visited, fell in love and enrolled immediately. 11 months later, I decided to move home to Nashville to begin my business in my community.
What does a day in the life of Laura Lea look like? It is seriously so different every day, but there are absolutely a few themes. I aways wake up and speak a gratitude list aloud—just a few things I’m thankful for that morning. Then I wander into the kitchen to feed our three pets. While I’m feeding them, I sip on my “morning drink”, which contains apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and Go Everly Strawberry Lemonade stevia-sweetened drink mix. Then it’s time for breakfast…usually a mixture of complex carbs, healthy fat and fiber. Recently I’ve been loving a piece of my homemade PB & J Banana Bread and one of my Superfood Matcha Lattes. After breakfast, I sit down at the computer for my best brain work—writing, emailing, editing. Late morning is typically exercise time; these days I’m smitten with Orange Theory. Then it’s time finally clean up and look like a normal adult. I make something quick and easy for lunch, usually leftovers. The afternoon is when I like to have meetings, phone calls, test recipes and photograph them. I try to do a little something active again before dinner, maybe just a 30 minute walk outside or on the treadmill. If my husband has an early work night we’ll eat together, but either way, I shut down work around 7 so I can enjoy my meal and take a long bath before bed!
What is the best part of what you do? The hardest part? The best part is hearing how my recipes have improved the lives of my readers. It fuels me every single day. I also love…LOVE…LOVVVEEEEE recipe creation! The hardest part is knowing where to create boundaries. I want to give as much help and information as I possibly can, but sometimes it comes at the cost of my own well-being. It hurts my heart to disappoint anyone or leave them hanging, but I know I have to save some energy for myself!
Do you have a fitness routine? Sort of! I recently changed things up, actually. When I was living in NYC, hating my life, I was also running 6-8 miles most mornings. It was terrible for my body physically and my brain mentally! When I moved back to Nashville, it was time for a series running break. For my first almost FOUR years in Nashville, my body craved nothing more than walking, yoga and occasionally barre classes. I needed to let my muscles repair and get out of the exercise-obsession mindset. Just about a month ago, I started craving more intense workouts again. My body and mind were ready for it! I’ve now gotten on the Orange Theory train, and I am loving it so far. I try to go 3-4x/week right now to build muscle and endurance, then I’ll probably take it down to 1-2x per week. In addition, I still gotta get me at least one yoga class each week, and I do short walks almost every day!
What is the biggest message you want to share through your platform? Eating healthy, delicious and family-friendly food IS for everyone, and it isn’t difficult. Also, if you don’t know where to begin when creating a healthier lifestyle, start SMALL. Pick ONE thing you know you could do—drink more water, have one less spoonful of peanut butter at night (ME), walk 20 minutes each day. Implement that and ignore the information overload. Once you’ve mastered that small change are allowed and inevitable, move onto something else small. You wouldn’t believe how much lasting change this approach will result in.