Well Women Network

Amanda Johnson

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As a working mom and business owner, how do you stay on top of your health?

This whole CEO gig is not for the faint of heart, and it keeps calling me to more and more optimization of my health. How can I possibly be the best version of myself for my family and clients if I don’t have enough energy or mental focus? Honestly, the answer for me is waking up before everyone else and taking those early morning hours just for me. Sometimes, I meditate, read, and journal. Other times, I listen to an inspiring video and do some yoga. My favorite mornings consist of a 30-minute walk through the gorgeous neighborhood I live in. I didn’t realize until recently how badly I needed more time in Nature. I feel like it nourishes me physically and spiritually. I’m also really careful with what I put in my body — only organic meats, veggies, and fruits, clean alkaline water, and of course, the best dark chocolate I can find. I’ve found that eliminating sugar and caffeine from my everyday life helps me to keep my energy more consistent throughout the day…and it keeps me more sane — out of the fight or flight experience that sugar and caffeine compounded for most of my young life. Oh, and I try to do a short detox at the turn of every season.

What is your favorite past time?

I love hanging out with my guys — taking hikes, playing UNO, and enjoying great stories.

If you have a beauty tip, what would it be?

Find your true intention, your purpose, and dive in. The more meaning and purpose I experience, the younger I feel, the more I glow, and the less makeup I use. ­čÖé

How does your health allow you to live the lifestyle that you have-include what you do for a living and how your health allows you to do that and other things in your life?

I am clear that I cannot do the work that I am here to do in the world with a depleted body and a muddy mind. My mission is to help mindful messengers stay true on the page and the stage as powerful authors, speakers, and coaches; and what I know for sure is that we messengers tend to be so service-driven that we have to work really hard to put ourselves first in every way — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. My commitment is to model that as best as I can. Plus, gosh darn it, I want to have energy left over at the end of the day to play, adventure, and explore!

How do you as a working mom teach your child about health and introduce health into his life?

I spent a lot of my son’s early years talking to him about why we don’t have a ton of sugar, chips, and other ‘yummies’ in our home on a regular basis. As I learned about the body and what it needs, I shared it with him. When he was about 7 years old, I taught him how to pack his own lunches and make sure that he got all of the nutrition he needed for his brain and body to work properly at school. When he was determined to watch a ton of youtube videos, I put a small trampoline in front of the TV and insisted he move his body while he entertained himself. I’ve also released the slack on the reins enough from time to time for him to experience the difference — what happens to his body and emotions and overall well-being when he stops moving his body and putting the right stuff into it. Today, at 14, he’ll randomly walk into the kitchen to let me know that he’s taking a week off of bread because he doesn’t like the way it feels, and I find him out on the big trampoline every chance he gets. I’m grateful to see that he’s internalizing what he’s learned, that he’s mindful and connected to his body in a way that I never was, and that he’s willing to take responsibility for his health.