It’s 4:30 in the morning and I’m writing this before I head off to Riviera Maya, Mexico to cover an International chef collaboration dinner for The Daily Meal. Needless to say it’s early and dark, and normally I would be less than thrilled to be at the computer at this hour. But today I’m thrilled because I am writing about someone who puts a smile on my face just thinking of her – yup I’m smiling. Dear friend, fellow foodie, chef, adventure seeker, life lover and overall enthusiast for anything that combines all the above, Lauren Lobley is one of those people that you count twice as one of your life’s blessings – which is why I’m excited to introduce her to you as this week’s Summer Fling!
From 4 years as a star player at Lululemon to Executive Pastry Chef for celebrity cake maker Duff Goldman of Ace Of Cakes, to now as a certified Integrative Nutrition and health coach as well as official chef on the many yoga adventure retreats she hosts alongside her downward dog, extreme sport, adventure seeking and yoga empire founder husband Ted Macdonald – well you could say Lauren lives her passions. Besides the fact that she is one of the most genuine, open hearted, hard working, funny and smart women I know – she is full to the top of integrity and sincerity.
Just being around her makes me feel like a better person – ahem, which is why I try to hang out with her a lot. Besides making me feel good about myself – Lauren’s life purpose is to bring zest and vitality back to folks that are feeling depleted, exhausted, burned out or just blahhhhh. With her personalized coaching and support, Lauren brings you back to your vitality set point through diet, nutrition, exercise and life choices that make sense for you. Basically she is your own personal angel – who just so happens to love dancing barefoot to Madonna, is prone to laughing attacks and will be the first one to call you back when you’re in need. I’m pleased to introduce you to Lauren Lobley – I’m still smiling 🙂
Health coach | Healthy chef | Writer
If I wasn’t doing this I would be:
Running a chain of healthy restaurants.
I wrote a kids book about a young chef and her adventures with cooking, and I really want to bring it to life! That is coming soon 🙂
Your Favorite Food Memory from your hometown:
Sunday dinners around the dining room table with my family. We’d always get dressed up on Sundays and my dad would make a pot roast with carrots and potatoes (I don’t eat meat anymore, but I loved it then). We’d eat it all up, and then eat some kind of Sheriff’s lemon pie with graham cracker crust or ice cream sundae (my mom never skimped on dessert). Then we’d all pile under the dining room table together and have a tickle fight! Not sure why! But it was so much fun! As for hometown specific favorites? Toasted St. Viateur bagels with cream cheese (best bagels on the planet – yes – the planet. Sorry New York), Poutine (AKA a heart attack on a plate), and 99 cent pizza.
After a long day we’ll find you eating:
Coconut bliss chocolate peanut butter ice cream or a big kale salad with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, walnuts and so much more (see the recipe) – it depends on my mood!
Your go-to party menu:
Oh, this is a tough one! It depends on the party, but for a dinner party, I would say:
Homemade Cashew cheese serve with fig crackers, and topped with oven roasted dates (simply pit the dates, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake at 350F for about 10 minutes)
Chocolate Banana Avocado pudding
Top 5 songs on your Party playlist:
I’m a sucker for the old stuff:
Anything Frank Sinatra
Anything motown (Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, etc.)
Maybe some Coldplay
Potentially some Andrea Bocelli and/or Sarah Brightman
What are you currently obsessed with:
M Cafe kale salad with spicy peanut dressing! I figured out how to make it myself and I can’t stop! Also, chocolate mint DrinkRau! It’s my new favorite indulgence.
Ok we’re go deep here – what’s the difference between you now and five years ago:
Five years ago I had just met my now husband and was leaving my career at lululemon and headed for pastry school. I was scared and excited, and had no idea what I was getting myself into. Today, I’m married, have had a career as a pastry chef and decided to go into health instead, became a certified health coach and have recipe tested almost 200 healthy recipes, most of which are on my website, Delectable You. I’ve also written an e-book, A 14 Day Nutrition Reset, to help others reset their health the way I did (I was the opposite of healthy until my early 20s). I’ve been the chef on many of my husband’s yoga retreats, and have had the opportunity to travel to Peru, Chamonix, Jackson Hole, Colorado, Greece, Belize, Arizona and Mammoth in the last 5 years, all places I had never been before.
Many places! McGill University in Montreal (BA in Arts), Bishop’s University near Montreal (BA in Drama – I used to want to be an actress), Bond Law School in Australia – I used to want to be a lawyer. That only lasted one semester!, Concordia University in Montreal (Certificate in PR), The International Culinary School at the Art Institute in Vancouver (pastry chef), and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC (certified health coach). And, of course, I’m forever a student of life!
White knuckle host/ess or cocktail in the pantry to calm the nerves:
Definitely the cocktail! A spicy margarita with jalapeno and cucumber! REAL margarita – no mix allowed! But truth be told, I don’t need the cocktail. I LOVE hostessing – it’s one of my most favorite things in the world. There is nothing like bringing friends and loved ones together, and listening to the soothing buzz of their conversations and laughter as they connect with each other and devour the food you made them while mmm-ing and ahh-ing.
Get out of my kitchen or the more the merrier:
Get out of my kitchen! Unless you’re there to keep me company, in which case, awesome. Just don’t touch anything please. But you can make me a cocktail if you’d like! Or make me laugh – either way!
Best thing about being a coach:
Getting to see people eye’s light up when they realize they can do what they once thought was impossible. It’s the best feeling in the world. Well, maybe what’s even better is then actually getting to watch them do it and succeed – or fail – but be so happy with themselves for having tried what they once thought they couldn’t do.
Last time you had a good belly laugh:
Sometime last week. I must have done something silly (I do that alot) and my husband and I couldn’t stop laughing. Neither one of us can remember what it was though! It’s ok, though. I’ve always been one to live by, “You may not remember what people said, and you may not remember what they did, but you will always remember the way they made you feel.”
What are you currently reading:
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It’s incredible!
Best thing about your work:
I get to cook in between writing and coaching! And I get to make my own schedule.
Gym girl or adventure seeker:
Adventure seeker. I’m often out in the trails running with friends, doing yoga at 5 Point Yoga, or making a fool of myself in a dance class Neda’s JAM class in Malibu reigns supreme). And in the winter, I’m skiing down the mountain side wherever the snow is best!
Best advice for a busy person who wants to be more energized:
Give yourself space to breathe. Seriously. Slow down. Go for a walk. Meditate. Regroup. You’ll come back with a clear head and feeling so energized that you will be more productive than you would have been without the break.
If you could only do one activity it would be:
Too many things to choose from, but it would involve bringing joy to other people!
Your life recipe:
2 parts courage, 1 part passion, a touch of love
Fill In the blanks:
Never eat __CHOCOLATE______ with ___ORANGE_____
Always Pair _CHOCOLATE______ with ___PEANUT BUTTER______
Motto you live by:
Always be a pleasant surprise to people – you never know how many people’s days you can make with just one smile. As I mentioned earlier, I always think of the phrase “You may not remember what people said, and you may not remember what they did, but you will always remember the way people made you feel.” So I always strive to make other people feel seen, heard, and appreciated, whether it’s the teller at the bank or my best friend.
Also, I believe that life is better when you step just outside your comfort zone. It’s where all the growth is. It’s where you get to peel back the layers of what’s possible for you. So I’m constantly making myself a little bit uncomfortable, doing things I didn’t think I could (or should) do!
For more of Lauren check out her fun adventures, nutritional wisdom, recipes and life lessons on her site DelectableYou.com