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Meet Meryl Pritchard of Kore KitchenMeryl is a Personal Chef and Holistic Nutritionist from Boulder, Colorado and currently based in Los Angeles. Through her plant-based food service she focuses on nourishing the mind, body, and spirit from the inside out, while weaving in ancient Ayurvedic lifestyle practices. Kore Kitchen does not focus on calories, and believes that when it comes to food, quality is more important than quantity. When you are eating high quality, nutrient dense foods, you don’t need to consume as much because your body is able to utilize everything it’s digesting. 

Aside from delivering sustainable, delicious and wholesome meals, Meryl is equally conscious about our environment and keeps sustainability top-of-mind in everything that she does. Dive in as we learn more about how Meryl is inspiring us all to mitigate our carbon footprint and balance it all with such grace.

How do you practice sustainability? 

Sustainability is at the core of everything I do, and something I factor into every step of my daily routine. I refuse that which I do not need, I reduce the amount of overall items I consume and own, I reuse and repair my things before buying new, I recycle packaging and wear recycled clothing, and whatever I can’t recycle I rot (in my compost).  

What are your favorite Eco-Friendly Products? 

I have many products that help me prevent waste. Here are a few of my favorite brands:
Fat & The Moon – I use their deodorant, face exfoliant, and lip balm. All of their products are vegan, cruelty-free, organic, non-toxic, and comes sustainable packaging like aluminum or glass which you can recycle easily or reuse. 
Reformation – I try to buy a majority of my clothing used. However, there are certain things like that I sometimes like to get new but from companies who have strong ethics and take responsibility for their waste. Reformation is one of those companies. They use fabrics that would have otherwise gone to waste, and try to reduce carbon emissions, and water usage. You actually get a full report on how exactly your purchases saved the planet. 
Package Free Shop – this online shop was started by my friend Lauren Singer. Lauren was the one who inspired me to shift to a zero waste lifestyle. Package Free is an online and physical shop in Brooklyn, NY that carries pretty much any item you can think of to help you live a zero waste lifestyle. Bamboo toothbrushes to sustainable condoms, she carries it. I recommend following both her and the store on IG for lots of tips, facts, and resources. 
Plaine Products – shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Not only are their products vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, they have a great business model where you can ship back your empty containers so that no recycling is necessary – even better! You can request a free shipping label and box that you can ship your items back to them in. They encourage you to purchase the pump once, and hold onto it for all of your refills.
Pela Case – phone cases made from plants
Leaf Shave – zero waste razors 
RMS Beauty – clean zero waste make-up (comes in glass pots which can be recycled)
Christy Dawn – sustainable and ethical clothing company based in Los Angeles
Modest Mylk – sometimes you don’t have enough time to soak nuts for homemade nut milk so Modest Mylk makes a great easily blendable organic paste that you just have to mix with water and viola – nut milk! P.s. it comes in a glass jar.

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness to me means treating yourself (mind, body, spirit) with respect. 

Any advice for people wanting to make the switch towards a more mindful existence (increased wellness) but who are not sure where to start?

You don’t have to do everything at once. Start with one thing, whether that’s committing to a reusable water bottle or taking a walk every day, every little bit does make a difference. Small, personal choices have unsuspected transformational power. It’s all about doing that one thing consistently and over time you will see a change. Some of the things we think that are so easy to do, are also so easy NOT to do. Creating a daily routine is the key to success.

What are your go-to daily beauty products and why?

My beauty routine is very simple which saves me a lot of time and makes my life easier and more efficient. I use an overnight hydrating mask that I can rinse off in the morning and then warm some Everyday Oil in my hands to moisturize my face. If I think I will be in the sun, then I’ll also add a non-toxic SPF for extra protection. My tinted moisturizer is by Vapor beauty and comes in a glass bottle. I use Vapor blush and bronzer as well which come in aluminum. I’ll use a little RMS concealer under my eyes, and their Lip-to-Cheek for a tinted lip. And last but not least, a light layer of brow tint mascara. That’s it! I usually choose products that are chemical free, come in sustainable packaging, and don’t change the way I look or coat my face, but rather lightly highlight my natural features. 

Why is clean beauty important for you?

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs whatever you put directly onto it. It’s surprising how little we are taught about the harmful chemicals that are included in most mainstream brand skin care and make-up. They contain endocrine disruptors which can mess with your hormones, and heavy metals that can get stored in your brain. To me, whatever you put on your body should be just as clean as what you would put in your body. You should also be able to find most of your skin care and make-up ingredients in your kitchen or your garden. 

How do you de-stress?

I don’t have one solution that takes stress away, it is part of my everyday life as an entrepreneur and generally as a human being on Earth. Deep breathing can be really helpful in the moment. It allows you to pause and bring more oxygen to your brain so that you can think more clearly. Sleep does wonders for the body, and allows you to function at a more optimal level so that you don’t get so stressed out. Getting some sunshine and going for a walk around the block also helps me reset when I need it. All of these are free resources and really work! Lastly, CBD has been a great supplement for me. I like to microdose it throughout the day to help combat and tackle my stress in a more manageable way, and I also take a larger dose at night for a nice deep sleep! 

Favorite mood-boosting meal?

My favorite mood-boosting meal is a smoothie. This is the first thing I started doing when I started my journey to living a more healthy lifestyle. I didn’t change anything except just adding one smoothie to my diet every day. This was the easiest way for me to get all of my vitamins and minerals into my diet via superfoods. I also include healthy fats (nut butter, coconut, or cacao butter) , fiber (chia, hemp, flax) , and protein (my favorite is EPIC protein by Sprout Living). They always look beautiful, taste yummy, are easy to make, quick to eat, and make you feel awesome.

What is your daily mantra?

“Simplify, simplify, simplify” -Henry David Thoreau. This is one of my favorite mantras to repeat because we tend to complicate our lives more than we need to.  

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.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHercampaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Lauren Kleban.

LEKFit founder and fitness enthusiast, Lauren Kleban, offers her favorite piece of advice for women trying to make an impact on their career. “Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. Be passionate and resilient. Things will always go unplanned and you will need to reconnect with that passion often. Learn more about her story in our candid interview below.

Tell us the story of how you started your business?

I was a professional dancer prior to having children. I had taught dance-inspired fitness classes throughout my dance career so the transition from dance to fitness was a natural one. 

Which women inspire you the most and why? 

Every single woman who does LEKFIT. They keep me motivated to consistently create effective and efficient workouts.

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? Be confident and who you are and what you have to offer. Be passionate and resilient. Things will to always go unplanned and you will need to reconnect with that passion often. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Check my phone. 

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

Check my phone. 

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

I think the demand of doing and having it all will only increase. With the crucial, but never ending, presence of social media, I can only imagine the pressure that will ensue. 

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

Remaining committed and authentic to my vision and brand while not allowing myself to be affected by competition. My second best decision was partnering with my husband and third was bring on Alex, our incredible operations manager. 

What are the worst? 

Hiring out of desperation instead of quality and ability.

What is your self-care routine? Daily LEKFIT sweat session followed by green juice and bone broth. Nightly epsom salt bath, weekly manicure and pedicures plus regular massages and facials. 

December’s many indulgences make January an ideal time to detox, both inside and out. Again striving for balance, we put forth our best efforts in January to cleanse both internally and externally (and we know that’s it’s all intertwined), so we asked one of our go-to beauty gals, Cassandra Cadwell, (aka newly appointed head of Customer Relations @ Violet Grey), to capture her journey as she swapped her beauty regime for our Detox Collection for 4 weeks.

Can you describe your skin type (i.e. Is your skin usually oily, dry or normal)?

Combination – I look like an oil slick at the end of the day but my skin is dry and needs moisturizer. At least this is what my esthetician tells me!

What are your skin goals?

Clear skin, of course! No breakouts or dark spots (PIH) mainly. But my number one priority is to clear up this one  trouble spot on my left cheek. Also to stop picking, this is a huge thing for me that I really need to stop.

How do you detox? (tips/rituals)

I drink a green juice every single day and have at least 2 cups of green tea throughout the day. My one tip to detox though, is simply to stay hydrated and eat clean the majority of the time. I also try to take a bath every so often and mask every night.. Yes really, I’m psychotic.

When you need to de-stress, what is your go-to?

Burying my face into my cat, Monet, or going to Moon Juice for a adaptogenic smoothie #soLA. Watching funny videos of cats on Instagram helps too… Did I mention I’m a cat person. If I’m in a situation where none of those things are possible, I just pick one thing to focus on, like a task, and direct my attention on completing that 100%. If my mind is feeling cluttered, I make a list. Typically, I find if I’m stressed it’s because my brain is scattered, if I get it down on paper, my mind is a little clearer.

How did you first hear about Goldfaden MD? What was the first product you used?

I first heard about Goldfaden MD from my friend Sarah in May when I was invited to their lovely brunch. The first product I used was the Skin Balancing Mask, and it’s still one of my all time favorites. It’s not too active but still gives your skin a light exfoliation so it’s a great go to when your skin needs a little love but nothing too dramatic. It’s really the perfect maintenance mask. Soothing, no fuss, and exactly what you want your everyday mask to to.

Tell us about your current regimen before transitioning to the Goldfaden MD “detox” collection?

My regimen prior to the Golfaden MD detox consisted of a double cleanse, a toner, one serum and a lightweight water cream. Also tons of masking, of course. In general, lots of trial and error, I’m always trying something new, it’s part of my job.

When you integrated Goldfaden MD’s Detox Clarifying Facial Wash, Detox Hydrating Gel and Facial Detox into your regimen, what did you experience after the following timeframes?

1 week: Plumping and looking fresher longer throughout the day. No 3 pm dark circles and dullness.

2 weeks: Skin started to look brighter and extra hydrated.

3 weeks: Reduction of dark spots and PIH on my left cheek. (YES!)

4 weeks: Overall balance of oil and dryness. I also saw a significant improvement on the pesky trouble spot on my left cheek in addition to less random hormonal breakouts. The later was particularly nice because when you are dealing with a trouble spot, it’s nice not to have other little blemishes pop up as well, which just feels like it exacerbates the main issue.

Have you always used or been interested/concerned with ingredients and clean beauty?

Always. I am a firm believer in not putting harsh chemicals on or in your body, but I also put efficacy first. I 100% believe that the body can heal itself and that anything we need to assist that process can come from nature. I also don’t believe in sacrificing inner health for outer beauty. Once I stopped drinking things like soda and started incorporating vegan practices into my lifestyle, I started seriously to look at ways I could cut out chemicals. Beauty is a great place to do so and if you find amazing clean product that work, like Goldfaden MD, then it’s really a no brainer.

Who would you recommend this regimen to in the future?

Everyone! Specifically though I think this line is great for the mindful person who cares what they put on their face (and therefore in their body) but also wants to see results. This regimen in particular I think is great for oily breakout prone skin, especially the Detox Hydrating Gel and,  if you have breakouts, the Facial Detox. If you take one thing away from this interview let it be this: Sulfur is the best natural way to clear breakouts – it’s straight off the periodic table! #Facts.

Since it is October after all… trick or treat?

Treat, of course… xx