When Los Angeles-based holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman talks about the power of healthy food, she goes much deeper than thinner thighs or clearer skin.
Goodman was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 32, and her cancer experience ignited a passion for wellness that led her to her current career.
Now, Goodman works with clients to promote an anti-cancer lifestyle, from foods that are associated with prevention to holistic practices like releasing stressful thought patterns. Her book, Cancer Hacks, was released in 2016, and she’s the host of The Elissa Goodman Show on Focus TV, in which she interviews inspiring “wellness warriors.”
After she spoke at The Nutritious Life Studio’s 2017 Masterclass, we decided to find out more. Find out how she lives her unique Nutritious Life, below.
How Does Elissa Goodman Live a Nutritious Life?
If you had to name your healthy diet, what would you call it? Plant-Based Flexitarianism. Why? Because I eat a little bit of everything! I feel that anything too restrictive wouldn’t work for me long-term, but 80% of the time I eat plant-based and add in some animal protein or products like grass-fed ghee and organic, free-range eggs a few times a week.
What’s your go-to breakfast? I’m not a big breakfast person; I just never have been. I find that if I have a Bulletproof-style matcha latte (or, sometimes even coffee), I am satiated until lunch. My matcha latte is a meal in a cup though—it has almond or cashew milk, MCT oil, energy-boosting matcha, and a touch of coconut milk. I usually follow this up with a green juice in the early afternoon.
Your go-to workday lunch? If I’m at the office, I often eat soup from my S.O.U.P. Cleanse program. There’s always a jar or two in the fridge, and my favorites at the moment are the Broccoli Lentil or the Caribbean-inspired Black Bean. I also love M Cafe’s M Chopped, Wild Salmon Maki-Wrap, or the Great Cardini Salad from Real Food Daily. They’re my top Postmates delivery items!
Your go-to workday dinner? My fiance and I try to go vegan for dinner as often as possible. Tonight we’re having vegan eggplant “parmesan” with Kite Hill almond ricotta cheese and gluten-free pasta from Andean Dream. For a quick and easy dinner, I like to marinate tempeh with a little apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, and lime juice and saute. I serve this with sauteed veggies and cauliflower puree.
What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Fermented Coconut Yogurt (GT’s, Coconut Cult, and New Earth are some favorites), Sonoma Brinery Raw Sauerkraut, Malk Cashew Milk, Berries, and Tempeh.
The one food you’d never buy? Too many to name one, but mainly no heavily processed foods, no canola or vegetable oils, and definitely no soda!
The snack you always have with you when traveling? My super-seed bars.
Your favorite food indulgence? Potato chips.
Other than water, what do you drink regularly? Tulsi Tea, green juices, and the lemon flavor Ultima Replenisher.
How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? Yoga three to four times per week and walking as much as I can. You’ll also find me taking the occasional hip-hop yoga class with my daughters.
What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? Meditation. I love Unplug’s Meditation app, Evenflow, and Calm.com. I also journal, and when I really need it, I turn to two incredible energy healers to help clear out the negative and leave me feeling grounded.
How do you pamper yourself when you need it? I get a reflexology foot massage once a week!
Do you have a favorite health gadget? My juicer, I use it almost daily for a dose of vitamins and minerals. There is nothing like a fresh green juice!
How do you express and spread love? When my clients have been to many doctors and they have not gotten the answers they are looking for, I give them hope and lots of love. I know everyone is capable of healing and thriving in this life. I hold the space for them to heal and get them what they need as long as they need it.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? It has taken years to discover what living consciously really means. I have worked diligently on releasing old thought patterns and habits that did not get me what I wanted in my life. I’m looking for deep connection and intimacy, and when you are not conscious, that is not possible to achieve. Also, we cannot truly heal from health issues if we are not present and conscious.
What’s your weirdest healthy habit? I relentlessly search for a fresh green juice no matter what country I’m in.
Meditation or massage? I cannot live without reflexology foot massages at least once a week.
A hot shower or a soothing bath? An Epsom salt bath with essential oils is grounding and releases negative energy I have come into contact with during the day.
Almond butter or peanut butter? I’m a major peanut butter lover. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…lol! I buy organic and fresh-pressed.
Coffee or tea? In the morning, I’m slightly addicted to organic coffee with MCT Oil, cashew milk, and pure stevia. The rest of the day I drink Organic India Tulsi Tea.
A long run outside or a dark spin class? Neither for me. I much prefer a hike or a hot yoga class.
(Photos: Elissa Goodman)