With the recent launch of our Organic Pima Collection, we learned that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach Kelly LeVeque brought her expertise into The Bedroom, Los Angeles, where she walked us through the making of her famous Fab Four Smoothie Method. We got the chance to sit down with her and ask her some of our burning nutrition questions on supercharging our morning, organically.
Eating organically was once deemed counter-culture, and now it really has become the culture, do you think it's here to stay?
Organics isn't going away as science continues to show us that non-organic foods are linked to cancer when we use pesticides. There is no "quick fix, fast grow" when it comes to agriculture, so we need to push for re-genitive farming. Organic is here to stay; regenerative farming is next.
Everything seems to be labeled 'organic' these days — how can consumers shop smart and educate themselves?
Regenerative organic labels are coming down the pipe—start looking for this! Talk to vendors at your farmers market—see what they're doing. Some farmers use ladybugs instead of pesticides. Source locally!
Intermittent fasting has recently become very popular. Is eating breakfast as important as they say, and what's your take on fasting?
My rule is maintain to a 12 hour fast. Intermittent fasting is good; lots of studies show metabolical benefits. My only worry comes when you skip breakfast or lunch—'light hours'—and eat everything in the 'dark hours'. Propensity to store sugars and fats is higher in the dark hours than in the light.
Tell us about the Fab Four Smoothie; how did you decide on the ingredients?
All of the smoothies on the market were full of sugar and made blood sugar spike and crash. We wanted a true meal replacement smoothie—these indigents do that and provide what our bodies actually need on a biological level. Instead of focusing only on flavors, we first looked at what every shake should include to keep you going throughout the day, and then we built off of flavors from there.
3 organic brands you're loving?
–Primal Kitchen (clean and pure!)
–Organic Girls (prepared greens)
–Thrive Markets (grass-fed frozen proteins)
Pizzana's gluten-free buckwheat pizza
Favorite spot to eat in LA?