Since you’re here I suspect you want to know a little more about me and WHY I’m so passionate about helping you get hot and healthy. I don’t have a “dramatic” food story, really. I grew up in a normal, fairly healthy household. My parents fed me as nutritiously as they could, given what was known about nutrition at the time. And I never had any issues or disorders around food or health.
Left to my own devices for the first time in my life, I quickly adopted a diet of mostly Pop Tarts, Lipton noodles (you know, the ones with 10 million unpronounceable ingredients), regular trays of unidentified cafeteria fare, and, well, beer (natch).
I was lucky I didn’t end up with any major health issues, but I DID struggle with severe acne, falling grades, and multiple depressive episodes. At the time it seemed like these were just unfortunate side effects of 'growing up' – but I later found out just how much of my health and well being was affected by what I was putting on my plate – and in my mouth. (Which is funny because I was pre-med in college. But one of the great travesties of medical education is that it doesn’t teach nutrition.)
As an East Coast girl, I became fascinated by all things West Coast. Especially the idea of “holistic” living. Herbs, organic food, energy balancing, Reiki, acupuncture. So exotic! I was curious about it all… but I was still too busy clubbing, drinking, smoking, and staying up until 4 AM on weekends with my friends to fully investigate.
(In all honesty, I’m basically a goody-two-shoes – but, hey, I was in my 20s!) ;)
The seed had been planted, though – so to speak. I became a vegetarian during that time – my first 'food experiment.' (I eat everything now, but still mostly plants.)
About four years after college, I moved to New York City to take my dream job in marketing at Comedy Central. As I settled into a new city, I was in full on exploration mode. Everything was new and totally fascinating. The food. The people. The culture. The energy. The ideas.
I dove in head first, and I loved it. My mind couldn’t take in new info and experiences fast enough. In 2001, Whole Foods Market opened its first store in NYC, just a few blocks from me. And the nearby Union Square Farmers Market was the place to be on weekends. So I went… and bought lots of fruit and veggies.
At the same time, my boyfriend introduced me to a magazine called Utne Reader – an alternative publication that introduced me to diverse perspectives I’d never considered on a wide array of issues. Somewhere in Utne's pages, I was first exposed to the idea of sustainable business, sustainable agriculture, local food sourcing, and farm-to-table.
I attended a talk at the Museum of Natural History by Dan Barber – chef/owner of NYC’s celebrated Blue Hill Restaurant and a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement – and visited his farm in Westchester County to learn about how good food is grown. Once again, I was fascinated by this new way of living.
Over time, I began not only to replace the food in my pantry with whole, organic choices – but also to replace all of my cleaning products with non-toxic home cleansers. It was a giant experiment in clean living, born out of curiosity. Nothing more. But when I started making these changes in my pantry, on my plate, and in my habits, I noticed a BIG difference in the quality of my life. While I hadn’t set out to change anything dramatic in my life, dramatic changes occurred.
I began to feel more vibrant. More alive. More in tune with my body and the world around me.
My career took off. I got into Pilates and back into running. My social life improved, my skin began to clear up, and, while I still have normal human emotions, my depressive episodes became a thing of the past. Food and cooking became a delight, an outlet for creativity and experimentation, a way to connect with other people.
In 2011 alone, I completed two half marathons (the first time I’d run more than about 3 miles). I trained to be a Pilates instructor. I took a two-month solo trip to Southeast Asia, where I learned to shop for and prepare local food; and how to practice yoga in an open air studio in Bali.
Because I saw the dramatic impact of these changes on my life, I decided to go back to school to learn to help others experience these same transformations. Since then I’ve been helping other women (like YOU) find their inner health, vitality, and hotness, and I know how to guide you to get big results with a lot less effort than you might think.
Food remains my art and my joy. It’s a constant reminder to be mindful of the sights, sounds, flavors, feelings, and connections of life. It’s my window into the every day vibrancy of life. And a tool for fully engaging with it.
Because when you feed your body well, LIFE POPS.
Like 'The Wizard of Oz,' pre-Oz and post-Oz. Black and white vs. technicolor.
You, lovely lady, deserve to have a vibrant life. The world needs you to come alive. I'll show you how. And I'll make it FUN and EASY for you. I can't wait to talk to you!
Lara Dalch is a business and marketing leader with over 20 years of experience in integrated brand strategy, digital marketing and advertising, social media marketing, brand partnerships and promotions, content marketing, and entrepreneurship. Lara has held executive-level marketing roles at both startup enterprises and multinational corporations, including Wizards of the Coast, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and Seattle Reproductive Medicine.
After over a decade in the NYC television industry, Lara founded Lara Dalch Coaching in 2012 – where she developed a proprietary online coaching platform to support executive women to reach personal and business goals through a focus on mind/body health. She is also the creator and host of the Women on the Rise podcast, where she explores the connection between health, self-care, and success through dynamic conversations with thriving women.
Lara holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and received her training to practice coaching via the State University of New York, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Functional Nutrition Lab. She is also a marketing instructor at the University of Washington and a business mentor for Seattle Startup Week. Lara lives in Seattle, WA.