In this new series, we’re excited to introduce you to Sarah Hebbel-Stone, our Head of Client Wellness. As a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert, Sarah has a passion for cooking with a focus on holistic health. She is our resident health counselor on staff and assists our chefs and nutritionists in developing our weekly menu. In addition to being a yoga instructor and wellness coach extraordinaire, she also manages our client service and concierge team, working directly with clients and assisting any special requests or custom needs on their wellness journey.
1. What is your go-to for self-care, and how do you find the time to fit it in? Weekly yoga classes and monthly acupuncture - scheduled in ahead of time so I have no excuses to skip it. I love ClassPass so that I can check out a bunch of different studios, and I like to mix it up with different styles like aerial or restorative. My favorites are sweaty vinyasa classes at Brooklyn Yoga Project and Project by Equinox.
2. How do you fuel your body, food-related or otherwise? I'm a big fan of healthy fats like avocado and extra virgin olive oil - and lots of water. Daily walks with my dog while listening to some new music is always a must, too.
3. What’s your not-so-guilty/guilty pleasure? Definitely coffee. You can find health arguments both for and against coffee, but it really depends on the person. I find that keeping it to just a cup a day (plus not relying on it first thing in the morning) and taking a break a few times a year keeps me happy.
4. Favorite Food: Fresh raspberries. They are literally nature’s candy, and it’s just a bonus that they’re packed with antioxidants.
5. Next up on the travel bucket list? Bali!
6. For people who are just getting interested in health and wellness, where do you recommend they start? Just start reading as much as you can. Find like-minded wellness professionals, read their blogs, and follow them on Instagram. A few of my favorites are Sarah Britton, Meghan Telpner, and Rachelle Robinett. I also suggest getting books from the library and reading as many articles as you can. Some health books I recommend are The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, and Undiet by Meghan Telpner.
7. Fiction or non-fiction? What books are on your bedside table these days? I like to alternate between fiction and non-fiction - I've been binging on murder mysteries for the last year or so, usually alternating with health-related non-fiction. I just finished Quench by Dana Cohen and Gina Bria which talks about how to optimize your body's hydration.
8. Favorite Song to get Pumped Up: Man of War by Radiohead.