What has My Mission Got to Do with Your Well Being?
My vision is to empower you to achieve your optimal health and lead a healthy life through awareness and education. It is to bring you simple, delicious, nutritionally dense foods and easy recipes that support the wellness of your mind, body and soul.
My goal is to teach the effective principles and practices of our ancestors in a modern context for living a vibrant life.
I am Caroline Aslanian.
I am a holistic nutritionist, a real foodie, a mother, and a wife. As a family, we lead a busy and active life, yet we value a healthy lifestyle. My family is my training ground where I formulate methods for healthy living to address busy lives.
This has led me to become a food educator, speaker, writer, wellness coach, an advocate of conscious living, and a lover of nature.
I practice my craft by being supportive, caring and loving. I strive to lead by example and to bring real, natural, simple, delicious, realistic, and wholesome solutions to life. Inspired by one of my idols, Mahatma Gandhi, I practice my mission actively and proactively “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I believe that pleasure is the cornerstone of sustainable healthy living. Living a healthy lifestyle will last when healthy food tastes good. My own family wouldn’t support a healthy lifestyle if the foods we ate weren’t tasty, no matter how motivated they were to be in shape – athletically or mentally. I believe that food can be a celebration rather than a chore when the focus is on good food and not counting calories.
Although I’m very busy being a full time mother, studying for my masters in Holistic Nutrition, and managing multiple projects, I always make time to give back to the community. From 2007-2011, I was one of the founding “mothers” of a Wellness Committee at a local school district in Oak Park California. That school district’s Wellness Policy serves as a model for other school districts nationwide. I am also the founding mother and have been the Chair of my kids’ new school’s Wellness Committee since 2009, which feeds my soul. In 2011, after 2 years, and with the approval of the community, the school adopted a Wellness Mission and Guidelines. I also enjoy teaching cooking classes and holding workshops/seminars for the community.
I am the mother of 3 amazing children who are my greatest “professors”. They have shown me to guide not preach, to motivate by example not by guilt-tripping, to empower not force, and to have humility rather than judging others. The best lesson that they have taught me is how to exercise compassion by stepping into someone else’s shoes, for only then am I able to inspire and offer guidance to others.
How lessons learned from healing my past condition can help you?
I am a former chocolate addict. I have always tried to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating consciously and being active, but when I was a teenager, my vice was chocolate and any kind would do. I convinced myself that as long as it was just chocolate that I was eating, I wasn’t a junk food addict. In my high school senior poll, a new category was created for my condition and I was voted Chocoholic!
I was also borderline hypoglycemic. Although I had “hanger” (hunger and anger), lack of energy, and shakiness when hungry, I didn’t take those as signs of a developing condition. Feeding my “hanger” with chocolate only worsened my hypoglycemic condition.
When my son was six, he was diagnosed with a Candida overgrowth where certain bacteria grew out of control when too much simple carbohydrates and sugar was consumed. Through our collective desire to support him, I noticed that I still had the same problem. During our healing, I noticed that I actually had more energy, felt young again and I healed my hypoglycemic condition. My goal became to motivate my children to eat healthy by creating simple dishes that are nutritionally dense and taste divine.
This is where my kids became my greatest teachers. My motivation to pass on my knowledge to them wasn’t enough; in order for them to have a lifelong passion for this lifestyle, I had to dig deep. I had to learn how to communicate and present effectively so that my knowledge would be well received. Having three kids with three different temperaments presented the best opportunity for me to learn how to present my material to different personalities.
My kids see the benefits that our lifestyle has had on their lives. They are bright, aware, athletic, artistic, and socially friendly. They are always observed and admired for their stamina and continual energy in performing what they love to do. And they are able to focus academically. We rarely get sick, and if we do, it only lasts for a short time
My Guiding Style:
I guide using simple language. After years of offering presentations and demonstrations on different topics of nutrition, my audience has educated me on what they are seeking and how they’d like to learn. My audience doesn’t care for complicated scientific language. What I have found is that people want to learn about health and wellness in a language that is simple to understand and fun.
I am always ready to question even my most cherished beliefs, and am prepared to change my mind in the face of new evidence. And it’s imperative that we apply the same standards of critical thinking to ancestral diet arguments that we do to conventional arguments.
I do follow my ancestors diet including eating some grains. However it would be foolish to think that we could eat just like them though because so many of the crops have been adulterated, especially wheat through hybridization overload.
For over two decades, I have been inspired and interested in studying different diets, religions and cultures, as well as the reasons behind their dietary practices, food philosophies, and food politics.
Although my intuition has always been my guiding light, I like to support it with reputable and trustworthy data. Through research, I have found what I consider the golden rules in helping your body be the healing machine it was designed to be.
I want to help you navigate through all the misinformation that is out there and teach you how to fish for the knowledge that will bring you optimum health. I will teach you how to overlook what I like to call the sales noise.
You can create optimal health while living a modern lifestyle by eating real food and living consciously.
Would you like to learn how to expand time?
I want to teach you how to take care of yourself. Once you learn how to apply self-care, you’ll see the world differently. All of a sudden you’ll have more freedom from fear and more freedom of time. Once you learn how to gain balance in your life, you’ll find abundant sources of energy, and time will expand. Once you have more energy, you’ll be able to accomplish more than you could imagine.
I am here to be your messenger and continuously deliver empowering information that will help optimize your health. May all beings out there be happy and free.