Rosenthal came to Washington to work in microfinance. After dropping her original career plan she founded SoulFull Wellness, where she is a health coach for busy professionals.
What is the goal of SoulFull Wellness?
My mission is to help busy professionals, especially women, create more balance, health and fulfillment in their lives in a way that is natural, fun and guilt-free. I wanted to make healthy living more accessible. Being healthier is more than just what you eat. You need to get nourishment through relationships, careers and physical activity.
How did you come up with this balance?
Part of what I do is show people how all areas of their life are connected. For example, when you're not sleeping well you may not be eating healthy foods.
Do you think it's realistic to have a completely healthy diet?
I personally believe in something called the 90/10 rule. You should strive to be healthy 90 percent of the time, and indulge 10 percent of the time. Moderation is very important and health is not black and white. I don't focus on perfection but on sustainability, long-term changes. I don't believe in a quick fix or fad diets.
What is your guilty pleasure food equivalent?
I love chocolate chip cookies and I love pumpkin pie. There are some things you just love, and I don't think you have to give them up to be healthy. You can also experiment with making healthy versions of dishes you like.
What are some recommendations for busy professionals?
I think the first thing is for people to slow down. It's also important to examine how your food is making you feel, really evaluating what you need. Even when you're busy, just 10 minutes of breathing or yoga can help. There are ways you can incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your busy life, like walking around the block during your lunch break.
- Kristen Byrne