Stop focusing on what you should eliminate from your diet and start focusing on what you should ADD to your diet…your entire attitude about food will make a positive shift instead of leaving you with a sense of deprivation.
Asa part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tara Roscioli. Tara is a certified Holistic Health Coach and owner of Highway 2 Well Nutrition. Tara is a weight loss and clean living expert with a practice in Millburn, NJ. She published her first book CLEAN COCKTAILS: RIGHTEOUS RECIPES FOR THE MODERN MIXOLOGIST (Countryman 2017). She also co-owns Millburn’s Align Wellness Studio, one of the leading Pilates studios in New Jersey.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
As a former attorney, I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle wracked by stress and fueled by caffeine and nicotine. In 2008, after the birth of her son, she became a fully certified Pilates instructor and Holistic Health Coach. Now her passion is helping other professional women and men and busy parents who struggled as she once did, eat clean, lose weight and live in balance.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
- Stop focusing on what you should eliminate from your diet and start focusing on what you should ADD to your diet…your entire attitude about food will make a positive shift instead of leaving you with a sense of deprivation.
- Increase your daily intake of fiber. FIBER is your friend! It satiates you, revs up your metabolism and reduces your risks of breast and colon cancers. Fiber offsets the amount of carbohydrates you consume and by reducing your intake of net carbs, you reduce glucose levels and give your body incentive to burn stored fat for fuel.
- No foods are off limits. There are foods that you eat to fuel your body 90% of the time, and then treats like desserts should be reserved for the special night out or a mindful indulgence the other 10% of the time. There are no “good” or “bad” foods!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
My co-author Beth Nydick and I wrote a book together. Never in our wildest dreams did we think that was a possibility. We pitched the idea and then had about 6 weeks to write it and submit it for a first round of edits. Wehad no idea how to write a book or publish a book, but we pulled our resources and learned along the way. Everything in life is “figureoutable!”
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
In the beginning, I tried to be all things to all people and spread myself too thin. I was focusing on areas of nutrition that didn’t excit me instead of following my passion. Now I’ve scaled back, leaned into what I love and I’ve made room for more growth in only the areas I want to focus on,
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
Helping one client lose weight and feel better about themselves may seem small, but think of it this way…the way someone feels about themself and the confidence they have permeates every area of their life. When someone is healthier, their productivity improves and that has a positive effect on their work and within their personal lives. Imagine if we could get everyone to feel their very best just how productive we would all be and how many fewer sick days we would all need.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My husband, who I met when I was an attorney, has always supported me in my transition into a career in nutrion. He did double duty while I worked days, pub;ished my first book and went back to school at night for my Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance. He is really the one who deserves all of the accolades.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
I would make nutrition and healthy cooking classes a part of elementary, middle and high school curriciulum. Education is key to elimiating the obesity epidemic we have in this country. I would also love for every school to have the opportunity to grow their own produce at school because I think children would have far more interest in experimetning with healthy foods if they had a hand in growing and harvesting it.
What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- Don’t go to law school (or don’t just do something because your parent or sibling did it. Life may be short, but it’s too long to be in a career that makes you unhappy.
- You don’t have to have all the answers and know exactly what you want to do right out of college.
- You are never too old to change your mind and start something new.
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another “woman in wellness” know that you respect her as a teacher and guide! )
I’m a big fan of Tanya Zuckerbrot, internationally known dietitian and creator of the F Factor Diet. She took what she learned in a clinical setting working with cardiac and diabetic patients and crafted a highly sustainable weight loss program. I admire her because she gives so much of her time and is very charitable and shows gratitude for what she has by giving to causss near and dear to her heart.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Veganism is dear to me…I have been a vegetarian for 35 years and while I believe a plant-based diet is much healthier for the individual and the planet in the long run, I do think we have to consider long and hard the faux meats and other products we replace meat with in our diet. Its very easy to be a vegan and have an unhealthy diet. You have to educate yourself and know what you are eating.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights!