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e011 – Winning at Health & Nutrition with Suzanne Carpenter

Suzanne Carpenter is a mom of 4 children, a Certified Nutritional Consultant, and the CEO and Founder of CarpenterOne80, a virtual nutrition education company, whose mission is to provide affordable and simple programs that can clear up food confusion so that people can win at losing weight.  

In this episode:

How our own personal growth and powerful stories can inspire action and positive change for others.
Making our self-care, including health and nutrition, a priority sets an impactful example for our kids.
Family meal ideas that are healthy, quick, easy, delicious and with a winning combination of protein, fat, and fiber.

Connect with Suzanne:

Website: www.CarpenterOne80.com
Instagram: @weightloss.over.40 https://www.instagram.com/weightloss.over.40/
Facebook: @CarpenterOne80 https://www.facebook.com/CarpenterOne80/ 

From Suzanne:

On her website, get 7 Days FREE (test drive) SOS (Suz On Your Shoulder) 

Daily soundbites (3-4 minutes long) teaching you what you need in the right sequence so you gain control over food
$15 a month if you decide it is a fit
Use promo code JUNGLE to get 4 different types of grocery lists to make getting the right foods in your home in a doable, simple, and straightforward way

Book Suggestion: “The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery” by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a fantastic conversation with Suzanne about the key pivots in her motherhood/work journey, self-care when it comes to winning at health and nutrition, and practical tips and strategies for feeding our families. 

If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 11 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast. 

I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Suzanne! She is incredibly warm and fun to chat with! She is the REAL DEAL! Right off the hop she talked about how she still turns the odd load of white laundry pink! And…. I love that being classroom teachers has been something that has been a part of both of our journeys! Suzanne’s words of wisdom: “Today is a really good day to start.”

PIVOTS, TRANSITIONS, & CHANGE
Suzanne has had many moments of transition and change along her journey of swinging motherhood and work. She was a first grade teacher but found as a mom, although she loved teaching, that she wanted to be home more with her family. She left teaching and stayed home with her kids while her husband worked full-time at a job that involved a great deal of travel.

A BIG MOVE
In 2009, there was a bit of recession with an impact in the auto industry which was the sector that her husband worked in. Looking for a more secure work opportunity given the economic circumstances, Suzanne’s family moved from Michigan to Mississippi. The move resulted in her husband  having a position where he could be home at night but also came with a 40% pay cut. This change in finances was not something that they talked about but it was an underlying source of stress and worry for both Suzanne and her husband. 

DIRECT SALES
Suzanne went to the gym one day where one of her girlfriends mentioned an opportunity with a direct sales company selling nutritional products and coaching clients. Suzanne decided that this was something that she could do to earn some additional income while being at home with her kids. She enjoyed it, she felt like she was good at it, and it was an opportunity for Suzanne to develop her entrepreneurial skills and spirit. What she found, though, was that people were looking for magic diet pills which…just don’t exist. Suzanne started doing pro bono work in nutrition for her customers by coming up with meal ideas for them in her own kitchen. 

A BIG SECRET
It was during this time that a “secret” that Suzanne had been struggling with for many years, since she was a teenager, came to the forefront. She was asked the question,

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