We recently caught with paleo blogger and Olympic weightlifter Steph Gaudreau to learn what a blogger eats for breakfast and the new plans she has to grow her business in 2016.
How did you get into CrossFit /weightlifting ?
Back in 2010 a friend challenged me to do a CrossFit workout in my garage. I accepted the challenge and was immediately hooked. It was so different from the other training I’d ever done and definitely different from mountain biking, which was my sport at the time. CrossFit introduced me to weightlifting, and I always did some Oly in my training, but I started weightlifting exclusively in 2014. I still do WODs now and again, but the platform is where I spend most of my time.
What has been the highlight of your training career so far?
Two things stand out: First was competing in the SoCal Regionals in 2013 on Team Sea of Green (Invictus). What a cool event, and it was something I trained so hard for, plus competing on a team was insanely fun. In 2014 I qualified for the American Open in weightlifting which was a definitely a milestone.
We know you’ve grown your business and it’s taken so much amazing new directions: what are you most excited about? Where do you want it to go from here?
I’m definitely pumped about my first free online summit event which is coming up March 1-9, 2016. It’s called the Women’s Strength Summit, and I’m bringing together 33 incredible female coaches, thought leaders, doctors, and athletes — including the wonderfully talented Julie Foucher and Jenny LaBaw — to share how women can most effectively build strength of body, mind, and spirit. I’ve got a couple other things planned for 2016 but suffice to say, I’m expanding beyond just talking about food because the foundation of a truly healthy lifestyle is much more holistic in nature. Expect a lot more from me regarding that!
What is your favorite PurePharma product?
Without a doubt, M3. Helps me recover from training and I love how it helps me feel relaxed at night. Win-win.
Tell us about a setback that you’ve had. How did you overcome it?
Gosh, there have been so many, but nothing that I haven’t been able to overcome. I think I’d identify my biggest challenge as really wanting to change careers in 2013 and leave the safety of my teaching career behind. It was super scary, but I knew I was called to do something else outside the classroom. Leaving a 12-year commitment behind wasn’t easy, but with some trust in myself and the process, I did it!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’ve had endometriosis since I was 10 years old, and it made me really sick growing up even though I never received a formal diagnosis until I was 33. Changing my diet and lifestyle in 2010 really made a huge difference in how I feel. There’s a lot of debate about whether endometriosis is autoimmune in nature, but autoimmunity also runs in my family. (My maternal grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis, for example.) I know that taking care of myself and avoiding certain types of foods affects the way I feel, so it’s far more than just “dietary preference.”
If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?
Hard-working. Stubborn. Caring.
What’s your “power” song?
Haha! Probably anything by Metallica. “Fuel” really gets me amped up.
We know you are a foodie and a really talented chef — what is your favorite dish?
I definitely like cooking, but I like to keep it simple…a perfectly cooked grass-fed steak with a roasted sweet potato with a dollop of Kerrygold butter and some roasted veggies is my favorite thing.
It’s breakfast on a normal Tuesday. What do you make?
It’s usually leftovers but other than that it’s probably a can of wild-caught salmon with some sauerkraut or kimchi, some kind of greens (usually kale or spinach) and a roasted sweet potato.
We’ve seen your food photography — what’s your favorite food or vegetable to photograph?
I love to put together rainbows of different veggies or produce fresh from the farmers market. If it’s bright and bold and colorful, it makes my heart happy.
We see that you’ve recently been doing some traveling and speaking engagements. If there’s one thing you could tell everyone that’s looking to live a healthier life, what would it be?
I see so many people focusing on their health and really getting analytical about it…which can be both a good or a bad thing. If your focus on health generates feelings of stress or you lose sight of what makes like fun and worth living, that’s a problem. Your pursuit of better health should enhance life, not get in the way of it.