How Yoga Star Caley Alyssa Follows an “Awareness Diet”

Caley AlyssaYou may be surprised to learn that Caley Alyssa hates the gym or loves face massages.

But this is something that probably won’t shock you about the influential yoga teacher, who inspires women all over the world on a daily basis during her classes, on Instagram, and via the monthly speaker series Women Catalysts.

When we asked her to describe the habits that make up her Nutritious Life, a major theme emerged: mindfulness.

Living consciously, she said, means being constantly mindful of “where the products you’re using come from and where they will go when you’re done, AND not just to know, but to care.” And that ethos seeps into all of her habits—from yoga and meditation to eating with awareness.

Find out how, plus other fun facts about the superstar yogi, below.

How does Caley Alyssa Live a Nutritious Life?

If you had to name your healthy diet, what would you call it? The awareness diet! It’s simple. Be aware of what you’re eating, how it was grown, how it makes you feel when you eat it, when you’re actually full and satisfied, anticipate thirst, prepare for performance, and recovery….I could go on!

What’s the one thing you always have in your fridge? Kombucha.

The one food you’d never buy? Meat.

The snack you always have with you when traveling? Nut butter packets.

Your favorite food indulgence? Honey Mama’s raw vegan chocolate. It’s basically healthy fudge. I’m obsessed.

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How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? Every day! Other than yoga, rock climbing is getting to be on top of my list. I also really enjoy Pilates and hiking.

How do you stay active outside of the gym? I never go to the gym! It’s my least favorite place in the world.

What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? Meditation.

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How do you pamper yourself when you need it? I go to the Olympic Spa and get a massage and scrub down! It’s amazing.

Do you have a favorite health gadget? I use meditation apps like Getting into the Vortex and One Giant Mind.

How do you express and spread love? Touch, clear communication, inspiring confidence!

What’s your weirdest healthy habit? Face massage! It’s changed my life. I get the massages from an amazing woman, Natalia Armonik. She’s trained in a very special method. Basically you never need Botox. It relaxes the tense muscles of your face and reduces wrinkles. It also tightens your skin and boosts collagen production.

Which healthy habit do you wish you had more time for? Massages. I really need one a week.

Lightning Round

Meditation or massage? Both.

A hot shower or a soothing bath? Bath.

Almond butter or peanut butter? Almond butter.

Coffee or tea? Tea.

A long run outside or a dark spin class? Long run.

“How Do You Live a Nutritious Life?” is a recurring column. Featured guests complete a questionnaire and select answers are then chosen and edited to share, here. Are you a wellness pro interested in sharing how you live a Nutritious Life? Email lisa@nutritiouslife.com to be considered.

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