Sarah Baker, Founder of Balanced Babe ®
I’m a serial entrepreneur when it comes to working within the holistic health industry. But most folks know of me by my prized possession, my business child, BalancedBabe.com. As a certified holistic nutrition and health coach, I provide personal nutrition and wellness coaching for women with a special focus on pre and post natal wellness. My philosophy focuses on intuitive eating/no label dieting while focusing on individual goals and medical needs.
My alter-ego is all business, baby. As a certified business consultant and marketing professional, I also work with entrepreneurs and start ups in the wellness space to help them launch and grow their business.
When I’m not focused on work, I’m busy preparing to be a new mom to our first baby boy and planning our big wedding coming summer 2019! I have a passion for everything women’s wellness (especially pre and post natal wellness), nature, biking along the lakefront in Chicago, quality time with my tribe, warm weather farmers markets and being on a never ending journey to balancing life.
My drive for championing a Balanced Babe lifestyle by translating healthy living into an approachable and enjoyable journey for on-the-go women, pregnant ladies and new moms is what drives me day in and day out.
So what exactly IS Balanced Babe?
Some may call it a “blog”. But I like calling it a media platform. I don’t just post a bunch of pics with a few sentences describing what I’m wearing that day or piddly diddly nonsense musings about my day. I like to create actual articles focusing on women’s health, pre/post-natal wellness and balanced living to educate, inspire, and motivate readers to take action to live a Balanced Babe lifestyle themselves.
You can find articles on all things holistic nutrition, recipes with benefits of ingredients, and actionable holistic health guides that are easy to implement and don’t sound like a hippie on LSD from the 70’s wrote it (I love hippies BTW and I am a secret hippie myself, but you get what I’m saying). I also write about clean beauty trends and products I love, natural self-care and beauty remedies you can do at home, and home projects that make your home balanced too.
Why Become a Balanced Babe?
My mission is to make Balanced Babe a lifestyle, community, and space for women to live their life with zest and balance! First and foremost. This is about entertainment, laughing, being real, and not taking everything sooooo seriously. Like honestly I’m sick and tired of people taking nutrition, wellness and fitness so effing seriously. Life is too short to be constantly worrying about what to eat, what workout to do, how your butt looks, and what trend you’re missing out on.
My Principles On How To Be A Balanced Babe
- In *not* putting labels on your eating habits or diets (AKA being an intuitive eater).
- That you can totally be a lover of yoga and a lover of tequila at the same time.
- Eating a kale salad for breakfast and a buttercream cupcake for dinner won’t kill you.
- That you can live a healthy and balanced life without going to an extreme.
- That the outstanding obstacle between you and your dream life is, yourself
- That you can train yourself to be completely aware of how your body responds to anything you consume and expose yourself to (physically and mentally), so that you can be 100% aware of internal body cues to help you live your healthiest life.
- That there can be a healthy balance between living holistically and logically. Holistic doesn’t always have to be “woo-woo”.
- Being balanced is an ever evolving journey, not a destination.
It IS possible to live a healthy and happy life without hitting all of the extremes. I know this because I practice what I preach and I love the body and life I live!
How I Became A Balanced Babe Myself:
Going through life feeling unfulfilled with a long time career path, I took it upon myself to embrace a new purpose and business with tenacity and drive. This lead me to create Balanced Babe and my nutrition/wellness career. I started modeling at the age of 11. Living every little girls dream of playing dress up and posing for photos all day. Unfortunately, this feeling of euphoria did not last long.
At times, photographers told me I had a fat face, and an agency even told me that I needed to do pilates to slim down my thighs, all before the age of 13. Still, I carried on and landed contracts with agencies in international markets – I was still achieving my dream even though I was criticized for how I looked. After modeling for a good decade, I felt like I had to go to extremes to lose weight, and I did. I smoked a pack of marlbaro reds a day, measured my waist and hips daily, and obsessed severely over what I ate (and sometimes I wouldn’t consume nourishing foods at all). I became so obsessed with being “skinny enough and pretty enough” that even eating a piece of cheese sent me into a downward negative spiral for a whole day.
While living in Istanbul, Turkey for three months on a modeling contract, I woke up one morning and said to myself, ‘screw this!’ I was yearning for a purpose in life to help women by promoting a healthy body image, not by being a photoshopped weight loss goal.
My world and mindset started changing while working in Istanbul. One day I was sitting in a room at a casting call with many other young models from all over the world. When I looked around and became aware of my surroundings, I saw a room full of negativity and unhappiness.
Almost every girl was smoking.
Every girl was sharing with each other what they were (or weren’t) eating that day.
Every girl was viewing each other as a threat and competition.
There was no compassion, no positivity, and no love in this room.
And I realized at that moment that I have not been positive, compassionate, and loving to myself throughout this career path I chose.
Since that moment, I quit smoking, changed my education path, and decided to create a loving and accepting Balanced Babe lifestyle for myself, and others.
Feeling out of control of my own destiny is what pushed me into action. Since experiencing my own awakening, I’ve made it my mission to help other women take the lead and accomplish their life goals and dreams.
What I experienced and learned throughout my journey of becoming a Balanced Babe created massive positive shifts in my life. If I can quit smoking a pack a day, quit obsessing over the foods I eat and allowing others how to dictate what MY body should look like, then you can too.
I relate to those who feel stuck in in their path and in some way, hopeless, because I’ve also been there. I know what it’s like to have insecurities, to not treat yourself with love and care, to feel like you don’t have power over your future, and to feel like your career path does not align with your life’s purpose. Because I know what being stuck is like, I know how to get up, go, and make change.
Together, we will take on the adventure of embracing and welcoming the Balanced Babe lifestyle.
My central passion is to help others feel beautiful in their own skin and influence readers to achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals with the help of delicious, nutritious, holistic recipes and remedies, an abundant amount of healthy living guides and resources, and advice on achieving a balanced, glowing life.
The end result? Being a Complete Balanced Babe.
Sarah Baker is a certified holistic nutrition and health coach, motivational speaker, certified business consultant, and founder of the Balanced Babe brand. Sarah spends most of her time as a media and TV personality advocating an approachable and fun holistic lifestyle through morning shows such as ABC’s Windy City Live, WCIU You & Me This Morning & The Jam, Good Day Chicago FOX, WGN News and also has her own episode on Jewel Osco’s series, “Something Fresh”. She can also be found in publications such as Glossed & Found, Purewow, Redeye Chicago, Refinery 29, Mind Body Green, Sun Times Splash, Revia Magazine, and a plethora of lifestyle blogs.