Leah Goldglantz // @leahsplate
Happy Monday loves! Today's guest is an amazing #BossBabe, mama (soon to be mama of 2) and overall lovely human. Leah and I met while in the back of the most terrifying Uber coming from Revitalize in September. We white-knuckled our way to the Phoenix airport, which was certainly a memorable, bonding experience. She is the founder of the incredible account @leahsplate, which features GORGEOUS food photos and drool-worthy recipes. I hope you love Leah as much as I do!!
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Hi! My name is Leah and I’m 31 years old. I live with my husband and two-year-old daughter Emma in South Florida. I’m currently pregnant and so excited to be expecting another girl this May. I feel so grateful that my blog has turned into my career and that I’m able to stay at home with my daughter while doing that.
What is your zodiac sign? Aries! I definitely show all the qualities of a typical Aries! My strengths are being courageous (I’ve gone skydiving and bungee jumping plus I’m emotionally courageous), determined, confident and passionate. My weaknesses are being impatient (sooo impatient I literally want to scream when waiting in line), moody, short-tempered, and impulsive. Hey, no one’s perfect right?! Aries also likes to wear comfortable clothing and you can literally find me in yoga clothes and sneakers 7 days per week – I literally only wear high heels if I’m going out to a fancy dinner.
Tell us about the path that lead you to starting your blog, Leah's Plate! When I was about 24 years old I was living in NYC and was not in a good place mentally or physically. I wasn’t happy with my career or passionate about anything I was doing. I was going out a lot and staying out way too late. I spent so many days hung-over on the couch. I realized that’s not how I wanted to live my life. I was really down and knew I needed a change. It was then that I decided to make a lifestyle change. I moved to South Florida and never looked back. I dove headfirst into researching the best foods I could be eating to feel good. I began to cook most of my own food using only wholesome ingredients and fell in love with yoga, kickboxing and spinning. I was finally feeling good and knew that’s how I wanted to live the rest of my life.
What does a day in the life of Leah look like? I wake up between 6am and 7am every day (even weekends). I don’t set an alarm; my body just naturally wakes up at this time. I love waking up early because my daughter sleeps until 8, so it’s really one of the only times I have to myself. I crave that time and need it. I have warm water with lemon every morning upon waking up. I used to enjoy coffee or a matcha latte, but stopped when I found out I was pregnant. I know one cup of caffeine per day is totally fine while pregnant, but I just felt that I didn’t need it, so it was easy to give up. I’m sure I’ll be sipping on my cup of coffee or matcha again as soon as this baby is born.
Within 20 minutes of waking up I either head to a yoga class or a spinning class. If I’m feeling lazy I go for a 2-mile walk instead. Before this pregnancy I was obsessed with this kickboxing class and look forward to getting back into it in a few months after I recover from having the baby. After I workout I come home, take a quick shower and make myself a big nourishing smoothie or bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I’m usually very hungry in the morning. Emma wakes up around 8am so after that the world revolves around her. She goes to preschool 3 mornings per week, so those mornings are kind of hectic getting her out of the house – I get her fed, dressed and out the door. Those mornings I come back and try to get as much work done as I can for my blog, Leah’s Plate, usually creating new recipes, editing photos, writing blog posts and responding to emails. Then I pick Emma up from school and try to give her my attention for the remainder of the day. I do my best to put my phone away and be present in the moment. I know she’s only young once and I never want to look back and think I missed out on precious moments with her because I was more worried about responding to text messages or emails (I’m not a doctor saving the world so anything can wait a few hours). On the days Emma doesn’t have school I pick a park, museum, library or a friend to have a play date with. I get my work done when she naps on those days. 5pm is ‘quiet time’ in my house – I allow my daughter to watch a TV show and this allows me to get dinner together. My husband then comes home and we all enjoy dinner together. Emma usually eats whatever we eat. After that it’s bath time for Emma then Josh and I read her books and put her to bed together. That’s around 8pn, which is late for a two year old, but then she sleeps until 8am and I prefer to have the time in the morning. Then I clean up all the toys around the house and do the dishes. I absolutely cannot wake up to a messy house. Being organized is everything to me. I then catch up on any emails I wasn’t able to get back to during the day and finalize any blog posts that may be going out the next day. I respond to texts and then put my phone away for the night. I try to get off my phone and computer by 9pm. I even leave my phone in the kitchen and try to never bring it into my bedroom. I catch up with Josh then watch TV until I pass out by 10pm. TV is my favorite way to spend my down time – it relaxes me and I love falling asleep to the TV. I know it’s not the best habit, but there’s a lot worse things I could be doing right?!
How has your wellness journey changed since becoming a mom? I don’t have as much time to focus on myself, so I’ve had to pick and choose what are the most important, essential and non-negotiable things for me. I used to be able to workout 5 – 6 days per week, and now it’s realistically 3 - 4 days per week at best. Of course I’d like to workout more, but sometimes sleep is a bigger priority to me. I’m pregnant plus running after a toddler, so I listen to my body and know when I just need to rest. However, working out is a non-negotiable so I do make sure to find the time at least a few days per week even if it means just taking Emma on a long walk.
I used to have all the time in the world to cook and now I definitely focus on creating quick and easy healthy recipes with minimal ingredients. As a mom you need to get healthy meals on the table quick!
Also, since becoming a mother I read labels very carefully because not only do I want to be careful about what I’m putting in/on my body, but also in Emma’s body. I switched to all natural and non-toxic products during my first pregnancy and am loving this ‘cleaner living’ lifestyle!
What is the biggest message you want to share through your platform? Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean complicated recipes or hours spent in the kitchen. I create recipes that are easy to make that don’t require tons of ingredients. I try to share a lot of my daily meals on my Instagram so people can see how easy it is to throw together a quick and healthy meal. Also, I want everyone to know that it’s never too late to make a change.