Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Women in Wellness : Nita Pettibone


Today I'm happy to introduce to you: Nita Pettibone. Nita is a certified health coach, wellness educator, author, and motivational speaker that teaches classes, groups and individuals how to feel their best by eating well, living happily, and finding balance in their lives. She has helped thousands of people achieve their own goals with food and lifestyle changes by guiding them with a mentality that feeling great doesn't have to be complicated. As a mom to one human, one canine, and a growing business, Nita understands the demands of every day life. That is why she is spreading the message that when you Fall in Happy with yourself, anything is possible. 


Your food philosophy: 

Eat what makes you feel good and avoid what doesn't. I like to call myself a FeelGOODitarian and teach others to do the same. 


Dream breakfast: 
Green Smoothies 


Daily breakfast: 
Always a Green Smoothie of some variety 

Morning ritual: 
I Set the alarm early so I can snooze, then use that as my quiet or reflection time before the busy day starts. As an example, the first snooze is used to share gratitude for a new day and all that I'm thankful for. Once I decide to get out of bed it is time for a full glass of water, sometimes with lemon, getting my smoothie and lunch ready. 

Your go-to juice or smoothie: 
My favorite go-to juice for inflammation is celery, apple and parsley. But I tend to make smoothies more! Currently I'm all about the chocolate, banana and kale. My base is either water, green tea, or coconut water. And then, I throw in a banana, frozen kale, a couple pieces of dark chocolate, a scoop of cacao powder, some seeds like hemp or chia, and then what ever else I have in the house; like Maca, chlorella, or wheatgrass powder. 

What supplements do you take: 
Actually, I don't take any supplements except for a once in a while Vitamin D capsule in the winter months when the sun is hiding. 

Your fave kitchen tool: 
Oh my Kale… Pretty sure I couldn't live without my Vitamix. I would take it with me everywhere if I could. 

5 pantry staples: 
Almond Butter, Chocolate, Nutritional Yeast, Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil 

Favorite thing to cook for friends: 
I love dehydrating kale when friends come to visit because it is the one thing they are always surprised that they like. As for a meal, I like to have taco/fajita nights so everyone can choose what they use. 

Favorite way to workout: 
Oooh CrossFit, is definitely my favorite! 

Strange wellness habit: 
When life gets hard, I'm having a challenging moment, or writers block; I journal my thoughts over and over on a piece of paper in fun designs. So I continuously write over the thoughts until they are completely ineligible but the design of scribble comes out pretty cool. It clears my head of anything negative going on and allows the positive or new ideas to flow back in. Kind of like doodling, but with words. 

Favorite thing to wear: 
Tank tops and Jean shorts. I'm a simple girl. 

Favorite place you've traveled to: 
I'd probably have to say the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. I was able to take a three day solo trip once and it was so rejuvenating. 

Where would you like to travel:
 I've really been wanting to go to Key West, Florida! 

Your favorite healthy place in your city?
Oh man, do I have to choose just one? I guess if I have to pick one, it would be the Juice bar near our house. But if I get to pick more than one, I would add a restaurant called Tomato Head where everything can be made with dietary preferences in mind, and of course CrossFit Knoxville where I learned so much about myself. 

One piece of health advice: 
Fall in Happy with yourself. When you begin to change your thoughts about yourself, everything else will begin to change. 

Healthy recipe to share: 
I love this old recipe from Happy Herbivore because it is so easy and quick. Happy Herbivore's Spicy Teriyaki Chickpeas. 


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