We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Phon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
This quote resonates with me on many levels. It speaks to how I got into Holistic Health Coaching in the first place. I had some chronic health issues that Western medicine wasn’t able to address (for years.) As part of my quest to heal myself, I began learning holistic and alternative approaches to health. What I learned amazed me: being “healthy” is so much easier than people think!
We each have an amazing ability to heal ourselves, given the right ingredients. But people just don’t know how.
I put aside my acting career and healed myself, but that was just the start of my journey. Now, I couldn’t NOT share what I learned, and share with others how they could do the same.
So to me, this quote is central to my mission. By educating others how to care for their body, their mind and the planet we can ALL have happier & healthier lives.
And I’ve seen impacts from the “ripple effect” of this healthier shift already. The global pandemic has caused people to re-think the link between diet, health and immunity. The shift to plant-based meat & dairy alternatives was already underway, but now it’s one of the fastest-growing food sectors, predicted to reach $75 billion in sales by 2027. That’s one change I made personally years ago, but there are still many aspects to optimal health that don’t get nearly enough exposure.
When the pandemic hit, and people were hoarding toilet paper & clorox wipes, I was getting a new LettuceGrow Farmstand (home hydroponic garden – get your own at a discount with code FRIEND-SO53!) and writing newsletters & blog posts about helpful supplements and strategies for my subscribers to stay healthy & sane.
I truly believe that if everyone was aware of the easy, simple, inexpensive changes they could make to live a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life we would live in a vastly different (and better!) world.
The way to make that happen is through education. Share the knowledge and change the world. That’s what I’m trying to do, one plate at a time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a board certified holistic health & wellness coach. I help people make easy, sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle to live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. What makes me different is walking my talk. I went through a major chronic health issue and healed myself holistically. I also live a holistic and non-toxic life. From eating a plant based diet, to using food as medicine, certain essential oils for wellness, only non-toxic skincare and beauty items, to having 2 home births (all 3 births were unmedicated & natural)… I put into practice what I advise clients and subscribers. I bring first-hand experience (as well as a thorough education in the subject) and can use both my experience and education to help my clients find what works best for them.
I mainly work with fortune 500 companies, such as Google doing workshops, seminars, cooking classes and food demonstration. I also have been quoted in well over a dozen national publications, such as in Parents Magazine, Whole Foods Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and was one of MindBodyGreen’s first contributors (with over 30 articles published).
I’m also a mom to 3 young children (and a rescue rabbit!). My 7 year old loves avocado toast, my 4 year old & 2 year old rabbit, both eat parsley and cucumbers straight from our garden and my 9 month old eats kimchi by the handful. Teach them young. 🙂
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d definitely hit up all the amazing plant-based culinary delights LA has to offer! Especially for out-of-town guests, I love showing how delicious food can be good for you, good for the environment and just as tasty as conventional options (if not even more so!)
For breakfast, we’d go to Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood for their bagel and carrot lox, which is out of this world. As a Jersey girl, I have a rule of NOT eating bagels in LA (they are never as good as bagels in NJ or NYC!). But this bagel and it’s addition of almond milk cream cheese and insanely tasty carrot lox is not to be missed! Also… (vegan) chicken and waffles! Need I say more?
Then we’d go to the Marina and do some kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding… or both. We’d coo over seeing some sting rays and a cute baby shark.
For lunch we’d hit up Double Zero in Venice, to split one of their incredible pizzas. SO, SO good that you forget you’re A.) not in Italy and B.) is this REALLY vegan?
We’d stop by the beach for a long walk. This is by far, my FAVORITE activity. I try to do it daily, or at least a few times a week. Maybe we’d see a few seals and dolphins but definitely some beautiful sailboats and seagulls as we watch the fiery sunset. You get Vitamin D, oxygen, grounding AND exercise… all for FREE! 🙂
For dinner we’d dine at Plant Food & Wine in their magical and lush outside back patio by their garden, with olive trees and twinkling hanging lights and the stars. We’d start with the cheese plate and go from there.
On another day we’d take a drive up the coast to Malibu. Another must-visit for sure is one of LA’s many amazing Farmer’s Markets. There is one in almost every neighborhood, and almost every day of the week. They have abundant beautiful organic local produce. Your body does better when you eat foods in-season, and the shorter distance your food travels the fewer carbon emissions it contributes to the environment.
But most importantly, like anywhere you go, as much fun as it is to dine out and experience the sites or culture of the city, it’s the people who matter the most. So we’d hang out a lot at home, with my 3 kids and cook some yummy food and catch up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) has been integral to my health journey. It’s where I went to school to learn to become a holistic health & wellness coach. I went there primarily to understand and help myself, but it also gave me a greater understanding of how to help others. The education I received was top notch. I learned from Dr Mark Hyman, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Marion Nestle, PhD, Geneen Roth, Gabby Bernstein & countless other experts in the health & wellness field. They also train you in the business side and the friends you make & support you receive is bar none. I couldn’t recommend this school more. I love it so much, I became an ambassador! So if you are interested in becoming a health coach, please reach out to me. I love sharing about my experience, can answer any questions and I often have a discount I can give. Part of enacting a grassroots change in how we approach our health is educating others and getting the word out there.