International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we wanted to celebrate (honor) seven women who we admire and look up to and showcase the amazing work and impact they are making in their field and communities through our #GoldfadenMDForHer campaign. Dive in deeper with us as we showcase these incredibly notable and talented women.

After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges and has created the most insanely delicious and effective S.O.U.P. cleanse (so yum!), detox reset programs and is an acclaimed author to boot. She is helping to change the landscape in how we view nutrition as a way to heal our bodies and mind. Follow along as we get personal with Elissa.

Tell us the story of how you started your business?

I turned to nutrition to heal from cancer in my early thirties and from there my passion and desire to learn as much as I could continued to grow until it felt like the right time to get my certification and help others.

Which women inspire you the most and why? 

Brene Brown, her work on vulnerability, leadership, and shame is powerful and I always feel inspired by her. My circle of inspirational women here in Los Angeles (so many I could name here, but check out my YouTube Show, “The Elissa Goodman Show” where I showcase so many of them!), Gwyneth Paltrow in terms of how she has made holistic wellness more accessible, Louise Haye for her work on the mind/body connection.

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? 

Find your passion and follow your intuition. Never give up on your dreams. In taking care of yourself and being the best version of you, you will also thrive in other aspects of your life. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Water with lemon & my morning meditation and manifestation 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is? 

Drink my Kikoko CBN tea and shut down the electronics

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you? 

Navigating an ever-changing digital world and finding connection beyond our virtual ones, learning to accept and love themselves, not getting caught up in the comparison game that is social media (that’s a hard one!)

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far? 

Following my intuition, staying my course, remembering my purpose and bringing myself back to it when I get off track.

What are the worst? 

Bringing people on without vetting them, bringing people on against my intuition and having it backfire on me! Point is, always go with your gut feelings, it will save you so much in the long run.

What is your self-care routine? 

Weekly power yoga sessions, morning meditation and manifestations, reflexology foot massage a few times a month, when things get hectic I’ll use my Unplug app and do a five minute meditation. Taking time for myself and not getting consumed with work. I follow the principles of my 7-day RESET for balance in my diet and this helps me feel more energized and focused.

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