Voyage LA Magazine: Meet Joanne Rose of Maui Wellness Coach

JUNE 5, 2019

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joanne Rose.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years but in 2018 big city life no longer appealed to me, so I gave up the city for simplicity by moving to Maui, Hawaii. It was the best decision I made. Everyday I wake up to endless sunshine, the fragrance of plumerias, lush green, and pristine beaches. Nature is a great teacher and healer.

Living away from the entertainment industry and choosing a life of simplicity actually proved to be a win-win for me. I began to have a whole new perspective on life once I moved to Hawaii. I had less distraction, and as a result, more inspiration because I was now living life in the flow. It’s interesting when you think about it. The ocean flows and lava flows…basically, life just flows in Hawaii.

I was a columnist for the Australian magazines, Vegan Voice and Nature & Health and wrote the foreword for the book, Vegans Are Cool by Kathy Divine. I’ve featured in magazines such as The Australian Vegan, The Vegan (UK) and the book Everyday Vegans. I also wrote a cover story on Supermodel Carol Alt for Natural Health & Vegetarian Life, which appeared in the HBO documentary About Face: Supermodels Then and Now.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always forged my own path and love to inspire others to do the same. It’s never too late to change your life. I became a Certified Health & Wellness coach and my company is Maui Wellness Coach. I help women transform themselves to create a life of freedom, fulfilment, and happiness.

I’ve always had a natural ability to inspire others to live their dreams and a passion for health and wellness.

My specialty areas as a wellness coach are holistic wellness, plant-based nutrition, and self-care. I have been a vegan since 1994 and recently launched my e-book called Healthy Hawaiian Ice-Cream Recipes.

I’m still a screenwriter but that’s not all I do anymore. When I was living in LA, I was told that in order to be a successful screenwriter, I would need to write 4-5 screenplays a year. To me, creativity can’t be forced and now I write when I feel like it. I formed my own production company so I could write strong roles for women. I love to write all-female comedies for fellow Gen X women.

Vegan Vision Productions was the first Los Angeles film production company I started in 2008, which focuses on web series and unscripted programs for TV. I opened my second production company Sweetest Pit Bull Productions in 2015, which focuses on female-driven comedies and optioned for film books.

The very first show I wrote, produced and performed in was the multi-award winning sketch comedy web series, Vegan 101. The series launched online in 2009 and ran for 3 Seasons, ending in 2012. Season 2 guest-starred Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts with music by Keaton Simons.

My TV pilot script, Life of Groupies, won an award as an official finalist at the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. I also wrote a romantic-comedy feature film called You Had Me At Aloha™ which was a 2017 Screenplay Award-Winner at the Honolulu Film Awards.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’d visited Maui a few times before I made the decision. Being a natural born city girl, adjusting to island life wasn’t easy. I still had many city girl traits and expectations and couldn’t get my head around the slower pace. I used my time to meditate more, connect with nature and slow down. It was like shedding the ego and reconnecting to my authentic self.

Please tell us about Maui Wellness Coach.
I help women transform themselves to create a life of freedom, fulfilment, and happiness. As a wellness coach, I’m here to make a difference. To help you feel better about yourself and build a life you love.

I can work with you to achieve optimal health by providing support that will positively transform your life through positive psychology, improving your mindset, discovering your strengths, goal-setting and developing strategies to overcome obstacles.

When it comes to wellness, we need to look at a holistic approach through the mind-body connection. Good nutrition can improve mental health. A whole food plant-based lifestyle is good for your mood, heart, and increases blood flow to the brain. I’ve been vegan since 1994 and can help you smoothly transition to plant-based foods, so you can nourish your body and thrive.

Each coaching session is tailored to your goals and vision to help you flourish and live your best life ever because now is all there is. You’ll be given the necessary tools to help restore your mind, body, and spirit to become the best version of yourself.

Many people from all over the world come to Maui to heal. Healing comes from the earth, the water, the people and the surroundings. For those who come to Hawaii, the ocean “calls” to them and helps them heal.

I offer one-on-one coaching in-person, Skype or phone, so no matter where you are, I can help you on your journey.

How can a wellness coach help me?
I will help you get unstuck and live a more authentic and fulfilled life.
Help you identify your strengths and find your life purpose.
Assist you in setting positive lifestyle goals.
Offer motivational tools to help you overcome obstacles.
Provide you with accountability.
Encourage and support you on your journey.

Specialty Areas:
Holistic Wellness
Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition
Self-Care

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Listen to my inner guidance instead of resisting it. Pay attention to those urges.

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25 Travel Nutrition Tips to Help You Eat Healthy While Traveling

Whether you’re heading out on a business trip or taking a vacation, being away from home and routine can throw many of us off our nutrition game. A long flight or car trip can mean being stuck in your seat for hours on end but that doesn’t mean letting boredom give in to temptation. Believe it or not, many of the unhealthy cravings we experience on the road can be satisfied with a refreshing drink of pure water. Besides, staying hydrated, water helps you eat less by staying full and energized.

With so many fast food chains and large food portions served in restaurants, being too casual and having a mindset of, “I can eat whatever I want”, can actually wind up working against you, leaving you bloated, irritable and tired. Therefore, the phrase “If you don’t have your health, you’ve got nothing”, rings true.

Make eating healthy while on vacation a goal by sticking to a normal eating routine as much as possible. When you go for long periods of time without eating, you’re far more likely to pick up something unhealthy. Live by the golden rule of eating something every 2-3 hours. It doesn’t have to be much, just a handful of nuts or a small tub of unsweetened non-dairy yogurt to keep your hunger at bay.

Being prepared is your first step. You can still indulge in a nutritious diet while on the go. Here are 25 nutrition tips to help you eat healthy while traveling so you can plan accordingly and stay happy, healthy and energized while you’re on the road.

In The Car

By the time you’ve hit the road everyone in the car has a ravenous appetite. The last thing you want is to have an endless supply of junk food. Instead, pack a few snacks and easy meals. To keep things fresh, bring some airtight containers and a cooler along. Here are some foods to eat while traveling in a car:

  • Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • Home-made hummus with baby carrots
  • Gluten-free vegan sandwiches
  • Quinoa black bean salad
  • Celery stuffed with almond butter

On The Plane

While most airlines don’t provide healthy food choices, you can still plan ahead so that you can stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Instead of spending money on fast food at the airport or junk food on board, you can save time and money by being prepared. Traveling with some protein sources and a full litre of water can help prevent dehydration and fatigue, as well as excessive hunger and overeating later. Consider these healthy options next time you travel so when the flight attendant comes around passing out bags of pretzels, you’ll be able to reach for a healthy snack alternative.

  • Rice cakes with almond butter
  • Home-made hummus
  • Homemade trail mix (raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts)
  • Larabar’s
  • Whole fruit

At The Hotel

Find out ahead of time if there is a supermarket nearby. The good news is there is supermarkets pretty much everywhere. Ask hotel staff for recommendations. You can also request a refrigerator or microwave in your room to keep anything that you’ve purchased from going bad. Stock your hotel refrigerator so you have snacks on hand if you get the late-night munchies.

  • Non-dairy milk
  • Pre-cut veggies (carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery)
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Nut butter
  • Brown paper bags and popcorn kernels to pop in the microwave

By The Shore

When you need energy for a long hike, a long drive, or a day at the beach, stick with high-quality plant-based protein. It’s important to eat balanced meals throughout the day and to include a plant-based protein, such as tempeh, nuts or legumes and add some veggies to your plate. Be sure to include some of these healthy foods choices:

  • Collard Green wraps
  • Brown rice salad
  • Rice cakes with avocado
  • Homemade vegan sushi
  • Homemade energy bars

Dining

Depending on your accommodation, having access to a kitchen at an Airbnb as well as other vacation rental services, can set you up with all the amenities of home and are usually the least expensive option compared to a hotel. This means you can buy and cook your own food, which can save you money on a trip. Or search out healthy restaurant options close to the hotel you will be staying in. Here are some smart healthy choices:

  • Steamed vegetables
  • Brown rice
  • Legumes
  • Tempeh
  • Quinoa salad

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7 Ingredients to Avoid When Choosing Your Protein Bars

Protein bars are a perfect snack for people who simply don’t have the time to sit down for a complete meal and who are looking for a quick, nourishing and convenient snack on the go. But how healthy are these protein bars? Have you ever stopped to wonder what’s actually in them?

While the very mention of a protein bar can conjure up an image of perfect health in one’s mind, it is extremely important to choose your protein bars very carefully, since they can truly make or break your health. Many protein bars vary from being healthy and nutritious to being completely loaded with harmful ingredients such as: hydrogenated oils, sugars, chemicals, additives and fillers, as well as preservatives. If you’ve ever wondered do protein bars make you put on weight? In truth, the answer is yes. These harmful ingredients can actually lead to stomach problems and weight gain.

Perhaps you’ve even asked yourself, are protein bars good to eat for breakfast? While starting your day with a delicious high protein breakfast does keep you satisfied all day, it’s important to opt for whole foods over protein bars. However, by choosing high protein bars made with real ingredients, most will range anywhere from 3 – 20 grams of protein per serve but you’ll want to pay attention to good sources of fat, carbs and fiber. The amount of protein you need depends on your needs and your activity levels. A bar with 6 grams of protein would be ideal.

What To Look For

Before you buy another protein bar, you’ll need to educate yourself on the seven most common unhealthy protein bar ingredients, along with what makes them the worst protein bars and why you should avoid them.

Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)

While all soy is not created equally, soy protein isolate is processed as unhealthy soy. The process of “isolating” the soy protein can leave behind traces of the neurotoxins hexane and aluminium and even cause digestive issues due to higher concentrations of trypsin inhibitors that could block the digestion of plant protein. If it isn’t organic, you can count on it containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Look for soy free protein bars.

Carrageenan

A seaweed derivative that’s used as an emulsifier in many products, carrageenan is often found in protein bars. It has been known to cause intestinal irritation in many people. Always check the label for this ingredient if you suspect that it’s a problem for you.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Made by adding enzymes to corn syrup to convert its glucose into fructose, HFCS is a chemically made sweetener that studies have linked to weight gain, increased abdominal fat and insulin resistance thanks to the high fructose content. Choose low sugar protein bars.

Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil is a cheap and unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can’t be obtained organically. Instead the oil must be extracted from the pit with gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractionated form is the most processed.

Sugar Alcohols

This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness, especially in low carb protein bars. Sugar alcohol doesn’t impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they’re not well absorbed in the digestive tract.

Artificial Sweeteners

One of the most harmful ingredients commonly found in protein bars is artificial sweeteners, which can lead to severe insulin imbalances in the body and which, in turn, can lead to blood-sugar spikes that will increase cravings for sweet foods. Some research even suggests that these artificial compounds may hinder your body’s natural ability to produce a hormone responsible for controlling the feeling of satiety and blood-sugar levels – a hormone called GLP-1 – which makes you feel even hungrier after consuming the protein bar, instead of satisfied. Artificial sweeteners not only make you overeat, but they can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Inulin                                                                                                                      

A type of soluble fiber found in asparagus, onions and artichokes, works as a prebiotic to promote digestion and good gut bacteria. However, the inulin found in most protein bars is extracted from chicory root to raise the fiber count. When consumed in large amounts, it can actually do the opposite to promote healthy digestion leading to an upset stomach, diarrhoea, gas, bloating or constipation.

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Healthy Vegan Travel Snacks For The Plane

When it comes to travel and healthy food options, often the two don’t go hand-in-hand, especially given the limited choices available in an airport that are either overpriced or loaded with sugar, fat and calories. And let’s not forget the unhealthy food choices on the actual flight itself.

The best way to avoid sabotaging your diet is to save time and money by bringing your own healthy travel snacks for the plane and airport. You can do this by planning ahead of time without spending hours in the kitchen the night before. Preparing easy snacks takes about an hour, which means, you can do this on the same morning that you’re leaving.

Packing your own healthy travel snacks will also help you resist the temptation and help you stay on track with your diet. They key is to focus on protein snacks that will help you stay energized and keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Protein is an essential macronutrient that supports several structures in your body and many people rely on protein supplements to get their recommended daily amount. It is also an essential nutrient needed for muscle growth and repair.

Grains, nuts, seeds and legumes are quality sources of protein to include in a healthy diet. Sunflower seeds provide 6 g of the macronutrient in a just quarter-cup serving (or a small child’s handful). Combine seeds with nuts and dried fruit in a trail mix for snacking. Almonds and cashews provide a healthy source of protein with approximately 8 g and 5 g per a quarter-cup serving.

Healthy Vegan Snacks For The Plane

  • Fresh fruit (Apples, bananas, grapes, cherries, berries)
  • Cut up veggies (Broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, snap peas, celery sticks)
  • Nuts
  • Rice cakes (plain)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
  • Dry quinoa flakes in a cup (add hot water in-flight)
  • Trail Mix
  • Nut butter packets
  • Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • Home-made hummus or guacamole
  • Almond butter stuffed dates
  • Air-popped popcorn (plain)

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