Do you want to live your life in sync with the seasons of your menstrual cycle, harness the power of your innate feminine energy, and learn how to use food as medicine to support your natural rhythm and promote healthy hormone balance. If your itching for these tools, knowledge, and wisdom to harness the power of your body (like your period!)? Well, keep reading then!
As we transition into fall and prepare for the changing of the season, our desires, needs, and ways in how to live in our environment change. Every moon, menstruating bodies cycle similarly to the seasons. That’s why we are so grateful for the work of Stefanie Adler, founder of Bright Bean, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Birth Doula AND a Natural Chef and Wellness Coach to help us make sense of it all.
SGC: Hey Stefanie! Tell us a little bit about who you are, what you do, and where you are based out of?
Bright Bean: Hi there from Santa Monica! I wear a lot of hats in the wellness world, with a background in holistic nutrition and wellness consulting. Most recently, born out of my own journey and experience most of my work with clients and workshops are centered around women’s wellness, hormone balance and gut health. Because I’m so passionate about women’s wellness I spend most of my time either working or playing in that space. Though I advocate for balance for a healthy lifestyle and practice what I preach, so you can often find me reading a good novel, at the pottery studio, practicing yoga at the beach or cooking(which is my favorite form of meditation!).
SGC: You are the founder of Bright Bean, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Birth Doula AND a Natural Chef and Wellness Coach. BOSS BABE. How did you get started in wellness consulting?
Bright Bean: Growing up I really struggled with my digestive health. At around 13 years old after years of being in and out of doctors offices trying to figure out what was wrong/how to relieve my symptoms, with nothing working, a family member of mine mentioned a friend of hers had switched her diet to heal from IBS and suggested I try it. At that point I was desperate for any solution that wasn’t a pharmaceutical with negative side effects so I made the lifestyle switch and within a few months, symptoms I’d experienced for over a decade went away. All of this gave me a deep understanding of the relationship between the diet and the body. After living abroad for several years and getting an undergraduate degree in conflict resolution, I moved back to the states to start working for an NGO doing interfaith coalition work. But upon my return stateside I started noticing how every other commercial on tv was a pharmaceutical or junk food ad while also seeing how disconnected folks were from their food system. I decided to go back to school for holistic nutrition to be a part of the solution to the ‘dis-ease epidemic’ our society is experiencing. . After that, the rest is history! I feel honored to be able to work in the wellness world, and share my passion for holistic living with others.
SGC: Bright Bean Health is the cutest name: Where did you get inspiration for it?
Bright Bean: Thanks! From a cranberry bean and a brainstorming sesh with a good friend actually! When I moved to California, I started doing all my produce shopping at the farmers market and learned about so many new vegetables! When cranberry beans are fresh they are the speckled pink and purple and so stinkin’ cute. I fell in love with their playful energy- while I felt they also represented a connection to our greatest medicine- food.
SGC: You offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to health in a truly genuine way. What does it mean to you to be able to help people in this form of wellness consulting?
Bright Bean: I truly feel so grateful to get to do this work. I believe that our capacity for connection, to self and others, creativity and happiness increases when our bodies FEEL GOOD. I see this in my clients all the time, as the physical transformation takes place, a deep mental and emotional growth spurt happens. Through my work with clients, we open up an opportunity for that energy that was once spent focusing on lack of wellbeing (in however that manifested for an individual) to blossom into something beautiful that better represents how an individual wants to show up in the world. Being a facilitator of this change is a gift I cherish every day.
SGC: You also do menstrual consulting - What does it mean to you to be able to help people understand their bodies more in a culture that doesn’t always accept it?
Bright Bean: Wow, what a question. I go back and forth between feeling overwhelming amounts of joy (and omg I can’t believe I get to do this!) to be making a difference in a grassroots level in people’s lives and also a deep feeling of frustration with the system that got us to where we are when I hear stories from so many who’ve been dismissed by the conventional medical system when seeking help to heal their bodies and their cycles.
Most of the health and wellness information that is out in the huge either of the internet (studies, recommendations etc) has been based on the male 24/hr hormone cycle. This needs to change so that those who cycle monthly can have a better understanding of their bodies, and the tools they need to love their cycles and empower their lives. It’s my personal mission to contribute to this cause and create change for the current and future generations!
SGC: You live in sunny California but grew up in Atlanta! Do you have to reside in Cali to get your services?
Bright Bean: Now that I live in LA it is always sunny, though I spent almost 4 years in the foggy Bay Area which often had me missing that Hot southern sun! You do not have to live in Cali! As a matter of fact, about 50% of my clients are not California based. This past year I have worked with amazing people in New York, Australia, DC and more, through the gift of technology. Video Conferencing, Phone Calls, and Email make it easy for me to connect with clients anywhere!
SGC: We love LOVE the way you promote wellness and give and inside to your daily practices through your Instagram, what is your favorite way about connecting with people about your work on this social platform?
Bright Bean: Thank you so much for sharing that! When I first started being present on Instagram to speak about wellness I previously hadn’t been very active on social media before and had resisted it for a long time. Now I’ve learned to love it- especially since I have such an awesome online community to contribute to and learn from! I love doing Instagram video stories because it feels like I’m having a conversation with everyone (especially when people respond!) . Hearing from my followers about how my content has positively impacted them has been so rewarding! I love hearing from folks, whether they are sending me photos of meals they’ve made inspired by my recipes or what I’m eating, clean makeup they are switching to or notes about their own wellness journeys- it always makes my day!
SGC: Where do you find yourself focusing your energy for the remainder of 2019?
For the remainder of 2019 I’ll be focusing most of my energy on creating immersive experiences like retreats and workshops- while continuing to support 1:1 clients doing the transformative work. I believe in the power of sisterhood and community to create lasting lifestyle change- so I love creating nourishing experiences for people to learn about wellness together! There are some fun collaborations (and a group coaching program!) on the horizon for early 2020, stay tuned :)