Living Well with Meghan Telpner
Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She’s written two bestselling books: UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook. Forbes ranks her as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada & she is one of our favorite people of all time!
After healing herself from crohn's disease, Meghan made it her mission to support others in radical healing & transformation. Her practical, honest & direct approach is incredibly inspiring. Read on for a fresh perspective on what it means to Meghan to live a vibrant life, full of love, in the face of adversity, challenges, and change.
What does living well mean to you?
Living in such a way that nourishes my own health and wellbeing, supports the health and happiness of my family, and allows me to lead and share by example for the community that supports the work that I do.
And...Has that changed since having a little one?
Not at all. If anything, with my boy Finn coming into our lives, it has invited my husband and I to be even more committed to caring for ourselves and so that we can be models for our boy. It’s certainly tougher to carve out time for exercise or creative projects, but we also know that this time in our son’s life is so short and we want to be as present as we can.
How do you nourish yourself daily?
With the little one it is definitely tougher. I no longer have daily goals but weekly goals, which include a yoga practice a couple days a week, a few walks in nature with our baby, an ongoing commitment to eating the best food possible, and I remain committed to finding time for at least one bath a week! Sometimes this last one happens. One thing that has never wavered and we remain wholly committed to, is our gratitude and happiness practice. Every day at dinner, we list off three things from the day that we are grateful for.
Do you favor routines or go with the flow?
Routines are helpful to ensure I follow through on my intentions for the week. But given that my husband and I both have our own businesses and a 5-month old baby, being comfortable going with the flow is the only way to get through our day right now.
What are your favorite ways to unwind?
Movement (yoga or a spontaneous dance party), hot baths, a walk in the park, and the introvert in me generally feels very good simply with quiet time at home with my little family.
How do you navigate big feelings?
They are part of life. I have long outgrown a desire for drama, so to be honest, ‘big feelings’ aren’t really something I think about. Writing is my outlet and right now, writing about the feelings of motherhood has been an incredible outlet for me and simultaneously a service to my community. In the last year, my most popular posts have been about my miscarriage, the traumatic birth of our son, and the heated topic of mom guilt.
What are your biggest challenges?
Balancing home life with my business. The big challenge is that I have so many ideas and so many projects I want to be working on and creating for my community, and never enough hours in the day. I am truly blessed to have these as my challenges. This I know!
In what ways do you create healthy boundaries with tech & social media?
No phones in the bedroom- ever! No phones at the breakfast or dinner table. All screens are off by 9pm. It’s tricky as our business is our lifestyle and vice versa, so we put these guidelines in place to allow us the creative freedom and fun of posting to Instagram during the weekend, but it not interfering in our downtime. We also keep a lot private. I don’t ever post where I am while I’m there—usually because I’m too busy being present with what I’m doing. I’ll take photos and videos and post later if it’s something I feel like sharing.
Is there a life lesson you’d like to share?
Do the work in the face of fear! It is so easy to hide away our greatest potential just because we’re afraid of failure. This doesn’t mean everyone needs to ‘chase their dreams’ to live a fulfilled life, but it does mean that there is value in working hard, taking risks and pushing what you think are your own limits. You can bring passion to anything you do- your job, your relationships, even just simple conversations. There’s a misconception that having your own business is the only way to thrive these days and that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you bring passion and curiosity to the life you are living today, then aren’t chasing a dream, you are living it in the moment.
Any tips or tools you’d like to share with new moms?
YOU ARE AMAZING! There is no one perfect way of being the best mom ever. Trust your own instincts, ignore the chit chat that will be thrown at you and do what you need to care for yourself. Moms have to be okay with putting themselves first every so often. If you give all you have, there will be nothing left and this is when your child, and relationship will suffer. If you are well and good, then you can better care for those you love most.