24 Questions with Sarah Anne Stewart

As a go-getting, wellness influencer, Sarah Anne loves nothing more than inspiring positive change on a global scale.

Beyond her private practice, Sarah has partnered with several of the largest brands in yoga, health, and wellness, consulted for international nutrition companies, written for dozens of online publications, and teamed up with some of the top doctors in the world.

She has also partnered some of the top holistic brands to offer events, workshops, meditation classes, international wellness experiences, and retreats. Also, Sarah loves working in partnership with holistic centers and corporations to provides weight loss and wellness management.

Most importantly, Sarah is changing the conversation around weight-loss and the traditional definition of wellness – focusing on creating a movement that encourages individuals like you to connect the mind, body, and spirit.

 

1. What does thriving mean to you?
Thriving for me means living in what positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls flow. Flow is one of those states where you’re completely in the present moment, absorbed in what you’re doing. You’re no longer in your ‘head’, or your habitual patterns and ways of thinking. When I’m in this space, everything is effortless. I’m energized, I’m creative, I’m fearless. To me, being free from all mental conditioning, and connected to what truly makes me feel alive is thriving.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?
Our careers, financial pressures, relationships, and simply stress from our busy lives often leave us making excuses – there simply is not enough time to thrive. I have found that although cooking might feel like a burden, cooking impacts our entire relationship with food, our bodies, and our healing process. It is one of the most significant ways to move us towards thriving. It starts with us investing in quality food at home while finding joy in the process: from sourcing the product, preparing the food, mindfully eating and sharing the meal with our family and friends. Cooking creates an incredibly intimate experience that fast food could never provide us. When we learn to slow down and go back to our roots, we find ourselves connecting with food, chewing longer, eating less, and becoming more mindful and present during our meals. We can begin to understand why the urgency of fast food, feeding on the run, in our car, in front of the computer or television is negatively impacting our health and happiness. Playing around with new recipes, planting a garden, or attending a cooking workshop, empowers us to change our lives through the connection to our health, align with our deepest goals and commitment to well-being. It creates an energetic shift in our body as we empower ourselves. When we feel great, every area of our lives is impacted for the better.

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?

By and large, it was (and sometimes still is) food or lots of coffee, which is why I’ve dedicated my life to helping other women with emotional eating. I also am a perfectionist, which I’ve learned has to go!

4. What gets you back on track?
Meditation, breathwork, or several mindfulness techniques like positive affirmations while moving has helped me get back on track. Or, I use a lifeline and phone a friend or coach 🙂

5. What was an embarrassing/painful moment you can share?
Several years ago, I landed in the ER in NYC from a series of eating disorders. The doctor told me, I had no choice if I wanted to live, and needed to make a change now. I was completely malnourished and no longer recognized who I had become. It was one of the most painful moments of my life for many reasons: having to admit that I had a problem, feeling alone, the fear of ending my modeling career. Then, confronting all of the shame that came with witnessing my father who healed cancer with food… and there I was, suffering and about to lose my own life, because of my relationship with food. As painful as it was, it was the turning point to reclaiming my health and self-esteem.

6. What did you learn recently?
I’ve recently discovered that when you write a book about your life… you inevitably come face to face with some of your trauma and uncover a new level of pain within your body. In the process, I’ve learned how to become more vulnerable and stay in self-compassion. It’s reaffirmed what I’ve known about healing, which is that it’s a lifelong process. I’ve learned, regardless if we need to write a book or not, we must be willing to look at the past and identify how it’s impacting our thoughts, beliefs, habits, and decisions today. This book has also empowered me, to recognize my courage and strength by remembering what I have been through. It has been a truly beautiful and transformative process

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?
I was a teenage girl, just scouted by the modeling industry, who had never worn high heels or makeup before and had to learn quickly how to be a ‘sexy adult’. It was the beginning of a dysfunctional relationship with food and my body, one that ultimately would lead me to discover the true meaning of self-love.

8. What was one of your aha/breakthrough moments?
I was laying on the ground in Jamaica, body shaking and throbbing all over, looking up at the stars when only a few seconds prior I had been in the seat of a moving vehicle. An unexpected, car accident, left myself and another, being transferred to three different hospitals, not being able to get an x-ray or understand what the doctors were saying, thinking I would potentially die in a foreign country without my family or friends. You realize how unimportant most of the things you obsess about are, and what matters in life, which is our opportunity to wake up every day and be grateful to be alive.

9. Whats the one resource you would recommend?
I highly recommend reading Break the Norms by Chandresh Bhardwaj. It will make you question everything you believe to be true about love, intimacy, God, and your ego, which is a great thing! If your beliefs are not being challenged, chances are you’re not growing!

10. What is your favourite quote?
“What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it? Name it, if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?”

11. What are your top VALUES?
Health & Vitality! Without these, it’s challenging to embody any of your other values.

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?
My focus is to complete the manuscript for my Hay House book this Spring. The remainder of the year I will continue promoting it so that I can share the message of body love and food freedom with as many women as possible!

13. You write a book for your great grandkids, what principles do you want to pass on?                                                 There is so much that I hope to get across to future generations, regardless of whether they’re my grandchildren or not. For example, how important it is to take care of ALL aspects of yourself (mind, body, and spirit). Western medicine is set up in a way that compartmentalizes all of these components, but they’re all so interconnected and crucial for your wellbeing. When you take care of your mental and emotional health, having a relationship with your body doesn’t require force, discipline, nor diets. Most importantly, every single decision you make impacts your health and wellbeing. From the relationships in your life to the career you choose, everything in your life either nourishes or depletes you. Learn how to connect to your inner self and make choices based on self-love and your truth.

14. Who is one of the people that made an impact on your life?
My teacher, Chandresh Bhardwaj, author of Break The Norms. He has taught me how to unlearn some of the most challenging thought patterns and has continuously shown up for me. Without judgment or direction, I’ve always been guided back to love, acceptance, and compassion. I’ve discovered this is the greatest gift you can give anyone is the ability to hold space for them to find their way back.

15. What are you thankful for?
My career! Every day I feel excited and honored to be able to do the work I do as a Holistic Health Practitioner. I’m thankful that more women are ready to let go of dieting, truly be healthy, and embody self-love. Really, I’m grateful for anyone who decides to do the inner work because I know that your decision to be healthy impacts everyone around you, and ultimately the consciousness of the planet.

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional/chaotic home what advice would you give them going forward?
First, you are not your story. You have the power to transcend your circumstances and create a completely different reality than perhaps you’ve seen possible. Meditation is a powerful way to tap into the life that you want to create, tune into your next steps, and overcome any fears that may arise. Connect with coaches and mentors who can support you and keep you accountable. Lastly, know that you are 100% worthy of a healthy and happy life.

17. What is your favourite memory of this year?
My husband and I hosted a love-themed yoga and wellness experience in Mexico with 100+ of our best family and friends. Given that we are often on the go, attending entrepreneurial workshops, masterminds, and business conferences, this retreat was an amazing opportunity to simple replenish and restore with some of the most amazing humans that we love.

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
Funniest moment to date… during my first fashion show, I slipped and there were candles on both sides of the runway. The candles went flying and people were trying to blow them out as I laid on my a&# in the bikini, completely embarrassed and almost burning down the place! 🙂

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?
Emails. I’m still working out how to manage my daily inbox!

20. What rule should we be breaking?
You should always question if the rules that are operating your life, are serving you. I think you should break any rule that keeps you small, stuck, or doesn’t feel in alignment with YOU (assuming it doesn’t cause anyone harm!)

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
Having a child (or children) is on my list.

22. If i am just starting out to transform my life, what one week practice would you recommend?
I don’t prescribe or set rules for my clients, except I highly recommend meditation. Most practices only tackle one part of the equation, either completely focusing on the body, or completely focusing on the mind; meditation does both. It’s proven to benefit you physically (your immune system, cardiovascular health, hormones) and it changes the chemistry and neural pathways in your brain, which helps you break old habits and implement healthier ones.

23. Who is the PERSON(S) you would like to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
@cbmeditates

24. How can people connect with you?
Instagram! @sarahannestewart http://Instagram.com/sarahannestewart

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Twitter: @SarahAnneS
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