Hi, my name is Steph.

Steph trains on the TRX

Everyone Has a Story

Stephanie Kanoeola Megumi Wong

We all need food to function, right? But where it comes from, how it’s prepared, and our everyday lifestyle choices can make all the difference in how we feel…from the inside – out.

My name is Stephanie and I am a healthy living entrepreneur – passionate about merging food, healthy living, and design into one holistic experience. After growing an art direction career in the tech startup world, I decided it was time to pursue my mission to lead a healthy life. So I quit my job, headed back to school for holistic nutrition, and am now on a path to inspire busy folks (the passionate, hardworking, “never know when to stop” busy-bees) to get their butt in gear with me.

For some, that means losing weight, or deconstructing cravings, and for others it simply means learning the craft of healthy cooking.

Bottom line: we all deserve to be healthy, but believing it and actually practicing it are two different things.

Here’s my story.

My journey to become a certified holistic nutrition coach and healthy living entrepreneur really began at one of the lowest points in my life. As an overly ambitious, career-driven, woman myself, I was working strenuous 15+ hour days and clearly saw the side-effects that this prolonged stress had on my body, let alone my relationships. Exhausted by 3pm with zero energy, I would literally throw a blanket over my head, put up a sign on my computer monitor that said “do not interrupt,” and took 15 minute naps at my desk. I gained weight, felt frumpy, and began to notice knotted pain in my stomach after eating. The worst part however, wasn’t any of the above. It was simply walking around day-after-day, feeling horrible and pretending like I didn’t. I was trapped.

So you would think that the next ‘pit-stop’ in my life would be a happy one, right? – The point in which I turn everything around? Not so much.

After a few years of performing the ‘juggling-act,’ I began to work-out harder than ever before. Inspired by a TRX Group Fitness class I had taken for years, I explored physical training beyond the treadmill and weight machines. Hearing that ‘diet’ is 80% of any fitness goal, I also started playing with food – reducing calories, and buying low-fat everything.

I was a nut. I did NOTHING to alleviate or address the crazy work-day. In fact, I just added to it and soon discovered I was doing it all wrong. My joints hurt, I had even less time than I did before, and was tired beyond belief.

Farmers Market Fun!

Something had to change. So I started to read more – not the fitness magazines, but the real stuff. Books like…”In Defense of Food,” “Know Your Fats,” “Sugar Shock,” “Sugar Busters,” and numerous articles from Precision Nutrition. It was at this point in my life, that I realized that FOOD IS POWERFUL. Slowly changing the way I ate, investing in quality food, and experimenting in the kitchen, I began to notice changes – real, phenomenal, blow-your mind changes. I was losing weight and getting stronger, I had more energy, and the best part…I was falling in love with making healthy food DELICIOUS!

These changes in my eating habits, eventually trickled down into other areas of my life. I created goals, excelled in my design career, enjoyed time with my family and friends again, and even became certified to teach TRX Group Fitness classes on the weekends. I wanted to inspire other people and show them that they can be busy and fit (mentally and physically) at the same time.

With a clear plan to transition my hobby into a more substantial career, I decided to go back to school. Believing that FOOD IS POWERFUL and knowing first hand that total health extends beyond greens on my plate, I took the holistic route and now hold a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am currently working on a Sports and Performance Nutrition certification through the internationally-recognized company, Precision Nutrition.

As mentioned above, I also am a certified TRX Training Instructor and have been teaching functional movement and intense bootcamp-style classes since 2008. To gain better food and cooking knowledge, I interned under Maxine Siu, co-owner and executive chef of Plow Restaurant, San Francisco, CA.

Come cook with us!

As your health and nutrition coach, friend, and inspiration, I leave you these 2 pieces of advice:

  1. Make healthy food so delicious, that healthy becomes secondary, because we do have TASTEBUDS!
  2. You must find JOY in what you do in order to sustain it (this includes your workout regiment). It’s all about the JOURNEY!

EAT LIFE WHOLE.

 

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Thanks for reading! My name is Stephanie Wong and I am a certified holistic health & nutrition coach, home-grown natural food cook, lover of all things ginger, and a strong believer that strength is beauty. [read more...]

Comments...

  1. Angela Petlow says:

    Hey Ladies,
    Wow, you two sound like an incredible team! I haven’t seen you since high school, Steph, but I am inspired by you. I too believe in the power of food and its transformative capabilities. I’m looking forward to following you through this lovely website. Best luck to you both, you may hear from me again!
    -Angela

    • stephanie says:

      Hey Angela! So great to hear from you!!! It’s been what…10 years? Wow!!!! Appreciate you taking the time to come check out this new venture of ours. Would def love to hear from you again!!! EAT LIFE WHOLE girly!

      -s

  2. Brenna Cohen says:

    Ladies,
    Your site psyched me up and inspired me. I’m a friend of Andy’s, Springer’s cousin, and a student at IIN. Andy shared your website with me after I told him about starting my health counseling practice. I’m helping people have fun with food, lifestyle and movement in NYC and beyond. Your website is clear, accessible and engaging and a wonderful model. Thank you!
    NYC cheers,
    Brenna

    • Springer says:

      Brenna – Thanks for the call out! That’s what it’s all about, right? Inspiring folks – and giving them that little extra support they need to make life long change. Keep us posted on how things are going for you back in NYC. We are always looking for ways to collab with fellow health coaches. Enjoy your time at IIN and stay in touch. Eat life whole – Springer

  3. Stephanie says:

    Steph! Your website is awesome, and I love this post about how you got to where you are now. It really is inspiring :) Hope to see you soon! And of course let me know if you need a taste tester for anything <3

    Stephanie (proworks)

    • stephanie says:

      Hey Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by. It was great talking with you the other day. Would love to have you contribute to our recipe testing AND writing. See you soon!
      (the other steph)

  4. Alonzo Alden says:

    Hi Steph,
    I enjoyed reading your inspirational article and am happy for you and your career. I am not surprised this is the path you’ve taken considering the days you taught me to cook! I remember the beginner lessons well and am thankful. I look forward to hearing about you in the future.

    Alonzo (Lon)

  5. kamzi hundle says:

    Hi ladies
    Your blog is so informative and clearly presented. I am well impressed! I came across your site when l was researching lactose free alternatives to milk. The information that you presented was great, in particular the ‘Quick takeaways’ but you didn’t include information about goats milk. I was particularly interested in gaining more information about goats milk. Could you help?

    Thanks Kamzi

    • stephanie says:

      Hi Kamzi,

      Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet message. We definitely try our best to share stories and tips in a way that will help you to make informed, healthy choices…in a light, actionable, fun sort of way! In response to your question, there is definitely a difference in how our bodies react to goats milk (or even sheeps milk) vs. cows milk.

      Here’s a longer answer to your question. You inspired me to do a quickie post! ENJOY! – http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2013/06/goats-milk-vs-cows-milk-is-there-a-difference/

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