Four Questions with Beth Aldrich

Beth Aldrichby Wendy Gabriel

Beth Aldrich is a Healthy Lifestyle-Green Living Expert, writer, media personality and mother of three. She is Certified Health Counselor, and former PBS TV series producer/host. Having qualified and run the Boston Marathon with a personal best time, Beth knows how to run after her three sons and two Tibetan Terriers, Karma and Bonsai. As a “break her own rules” treat, you can find Beth eating chocolate cream pie, at least once a year.

How do you make your day-to-day life a little greener?

I make my day-to-day life a little greener by living consciously. Every step I take, every action I make and all of the food I eat, I think, “How am I impacting the planet by this decision.” I think of how much I love my sons and how much I want their children to live in a clean, healthy planet, every time I purchase organic food or turn off a light. If every mother made conscious steps every day, we’d be on our way to a “cooler” place to live. Global warming is real and when we live “green” we do our own small part for the bigger whole; and that is what my upcoming book is really all about.

As a Certified Holistic Health and Nutritional Counselor what are your thoughts about the H1N1 vaccine and the overwhelming push to have everyone vaccinated?

Like politics and religion, you can’t infringe your beliefs on someone else unless they’re paying you to do it or ask for your help. With that said, I will tell you that as a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, I have taken a vow to live drug free. Now, that can be tricky at times, but to err on the side of caution, we believe in prevention. My son actually contracted H1N1 and I did everything the doctors told us to do, and then some. I have a full artillery of nutritional supplements that seem to do the trick. We use UMCKA cold and flu remedy, a homeopathic liquid that truly works at lessening the affects of illness, when my kids get sick.We take also take probiotics and Omega 3 fish oil as well as a high quality multivitamin. All of these, combined with Vitamin L (LOVE), attention and hand washing, seem to keep the Aldrich’s healthy.

You recently blogged about Seeing Green in 2010 at THE GREEN MOM Blog with Beth Aldrich. A wonderful piece, and in it you mentioned that you have a lot of energy and are always looking for the next learning adventure. You have a husband, three children and a very busy and diverse career. What’s your secret for having a lot of energy?

I LOVE when people ask me that!! First off, good genes; everyone in my family is high energy. I have never had a cup of coffee in my life and yet I get so hyped up sometimes, especially when I’m on my “path”. If I am writing or working on a media project, I get so excited with butterflies in my stomach–it’s kind of funny. I can feel the energy brimming up inside of me, putting me in an excellent mood…then I get so much done–it’s crazy! I can remember in college, my roommates would “down” coffee to stay awake at night and I would just drink a huge glass of water. I love clean, fresh water. I should be a spokesperson for water because I believe in the healing powers of it, so much! My other secret is “greens”. I make a green smoothie every day and I truly believe when you include the pure enzymes from living (uncooked) greens, you acquire so much energy and vibrancy. I also think the more you move, the more you gain energy. It’s kind of like when you charge a battery, it stores extra energy in it somehow!

You are also the founder of Restoring Essence, a nutrition company. The stated mission is to guide you to personally discovering what nourishes and feeds you and ultimately what makes your life remarkable. I know that every client is different but generally how is this goal accomplished?

The secret to this is to listen. When you truly unearth what is going on personally in your life, not what a diet book tells you, but in your own “real” world, the answers just manifest. It’s really interesting to make gentle, specific changes and then watch. As you, for example, cut out caffeine, things start to happen. Sure, it’s hard, but once you get through the “ring of fire”, it’s so much nicer on the other side. So often I see people who are trying to lose weight and then they order a diet soda with their salad at lunch. I sit there quietly–because remember, food is like politics and religion. It is sacred to them and to make drastic changes or unsolicited suggestions would equate to disaster. Instead, individuals have to come to “that point” in their lives where they’re sick of being “overweight” or tired all of the time and WANT to make the changes. That is when the person seeks out support (like a health counselor) and starts to “discover” what nourishes and feeds them…and ultimately, the changes take place and their life becomes so remarkable…they start to get butterflies when they discover what “charges their batteries”.

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  1. Alison Kerr’s avatar

    I like that Beth lives consciously, thoughtfully. I hope more people decide to live that way.

  2. graceonline’s avatar

    “Every step I take, every action I make and all of the food I eat, I think, ‘How am I impacting the planet by this decision.’ I think of how much I love my sons and how much I want their children to live in a clean, healthy planet, every time I purchase organic food or turn off a light.”

    What a wonderful example for us all. Being conscious of our every choice–so important. And what Aldrich says later in the post about food being sacred to us, an equally important insight.

    I don’t always take the time to comment on your interviews, but they never fail to leave me with much to ponder. I give gratitude for your faithfulness to your work.

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