One of the nation’s leading health experts, Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, will be in Indianapolis speaking at the Indiana Conference for Women, which is Indy’s largest one-day professional development event for women, by women!
You may recognize her as the nutrition expert for NBC’s TODAY show. She is also the creator of JoyBauer.com, and the author of 13 best-selling books, including a #1 New York Times best-seller. Her latest book, Joy’s Simple Food Remedies, explores the healing power of food and features natural, holistic remedies for the most common everyday ailments, including bloating, headaches, anxiety, and more.
Joy recently released a children’s book, Yummy Yoga, encouraging young kids to try healthy new foods and energizing exercise in a playful and engaging format. We chatted with Joy to hear her tips on healthy eating, her new book, and so much more. Check out the interview below.
Q. What can people expect from your breakout session at the Indiana Conference for Women?
I’ll be giving women real-life, practical, manageable tips to help them boost energy, enhance cognitive function, maintain weight and improve overall health so they can become master jugglers—better employees, co-workers, bosses, leaders, moms, wives, friends. I’ll be sharing the secret sauce to be the best version of yourself.
Q. As a nationally recognized nutritionist, how do you manage a healthy lifestyle on the go?
I’ve become the ultimate multitasker: Taking conference calls while walking outdoors (or on the treadmill if the weather doesn’t cooperate). I’ve been known to do sit-ups and push-ups in my hotel room or walk the stairs if the hotel doesn’t have a gym or I’m tight on time. And I always stash good-for-you snacks in my travel bag and mini-fridge in the hotel. Another trick: I often host get-togethers and parties at my house. Although this might seem like it creates more work, there’s a method to my madness! I’m in control of the menu, which allows me to test new recipes on unsuspecting guests (the recipes that get rave reviews end up in my cookbooks, website, or on TV) and it’s a health-inspired night that often rubs off on my family and friends—a win-win.
Q.What are some simple ways to create a healthier lifestyle starting today?
Enjoy veggies at every meal. Veggies are high in volume and low in calories, so they fill you up without filling you out. They’re also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep your body healthy and strong. Plus, they’re a terrific source of fiber to lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar, which is important for reducing your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Try a veggie-loaded omelet for breakfast, a salad of leafy greens topped with chickpeas and chicken at lunch and a lean protein like fish, pork tenderloin, or lentils with roasted veggies (think broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and more!) for dinner.
Go topless. No—I’m not advocating public nudity! I’m talking about losing the top slice of bread on sandwiches, burgers, rolls, etc. and enjoying them open-faced, instead. Each slice of bread contains anywhere from 80 to 100 calories. If you did this five times a week, over the course of a year, you could lose up to 7 pounds from this one simple strategy.
Walk 30 minutes each day. Sure, daily exercise helps you shed pounds faster and tone muscles. But more importantly, it boosts your health and keeps you in the right mindset to stick with your wellness plan. Walking is simple and free. If you don’t have the luxury of a 30-minute time slot, break it up into 10-minute increments.
Hydrate for good health. Hydration is key to feeling your best—it’s essential for metabolism, digestion, joint health, and keeps your entire body operating on all cylinders. Here’s how much you need: Divide your body weight (in pounds) by two. That’s about how many ounces you should aim to take in each day. Then, fill up that water bottle and get sippin’. Bored with plain old H20? Try adding cucumber or citrus slices with flavorful, fresh herbs (mint, basil, rosemary, etc.!), or grab a naturally flavored sparkling water for a soda-like fix without calories, sugar or sodium.
Q. You recently released a children’s book this month, Yummy Yoga, what was your inspiration behind it?
I’ve always had a passion for helping kids foster a love for wholesome food and exercise. At the beginning of my career, I worked in pediatric cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. I also had the chance to implement health programs in communities that were identified as being high risk for obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes (specifically Harlem and East Harlem in New York City). For years, I taught nutrition and exercise classes to children in kindergarten all the way through 12th grade—it was one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had! It was so inspiring to watch these impressionable kids sop up the information and make dramatic changes. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe.
From working with thousands of kids throughout my career—and raising three of my own—I’ve learned two important things:
- It can often be TOUGH to get little ones to try new healthy foods and energizing exercises.
- They’re much more likely to latch on when we make it fun, exciting, and interactive.
So when my college friend, Bonnie Stephens, a brilliant photographer and yogi, sent me a “food sculpture” she had built and photographed, my brain started spinning. I knew there was something super cool and creative here.
And then, YUMMY YOGA was born – we built playful yoga poses made out of healthy foods that kids can mimic… and then I designed tasty kid-friendly recipes to go along with each of them. The goal is that the fun poses make the food more enticing and crave-worthy!
My hope is that this book will help parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers – even older siblings—encourage their precious little ones to latch on to good health.
Q. Be Well Indy is a new platform helping to highlight the people and places impacting the wellness scene in Indianapolis. What advice would you give to health and wellness entrepreneurs?
Make sure you’re passionate about what you’re doing. When you start your own business, there’s no time off—you’ll be living and breathing it 24/7. That’s the reality. It’s important to love your purpose and main theme.
AND once you get it off the ground and you’re in a position to do so…hire really smart people to cover areas that are not in your wheelhouse. I always say that my personal success has largely been due to the amazing people I’ve bought on to work with me.
You can learn more about Joy Bauer at the Indiana Conference for Women.
To purchase tickets, visit indianaconferenceforwomen.com.