When we first heard of Chloe Elgar through the grapevine, we couldn't wait to get in touch with her. We love the work she is doing to assist women everywhere with ways to truly tap into a more conscious lifestyle. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and we were stoked to sit down with her to ask a few questions. She's hosting an upcoming retreat with a few spots left .... head here to secure a coveted last spot.
Q&A WITH VANCOUVER'S CHLOE ELGAR
What is your day job?
I have a personal brand and business called Chloe's Countertop which is built on the foundations of holistic nutrition, conscious living and intuitive eating. I am a Holistic Nutritionist, author and speaker and my daily work includes coaching clients, running my podcast, Conscious Conversations, and hosting retreats and workshops both locally and in international settings.
What is the number one most used ingredient in your kitchen at home?
Chickpeas are up there. I would say it's a mix of chickpeas, lemons, almonds (mylk) and bananas (and maybe kale). This is a tough question, as soon as my mind goes to superfoods and spices... it's an even longer list!
At what age did you first start cooking?
I started to really cook in high school. Before that, my cooking was slightly sporadic but I would spend my summers in England, cooking with my grandma in her kitchen.
How would you describe your approach to food?
When I became a Holistic Nutritionist, I was really intense and quite strict on the holistic rules of living (only organic, 100% vegan, clean, no toxins, seasonal, etc). As my experience grew and I eased back into a balanced life, I realized that it's not only about what you are eating/consuming but it's also about how you are feeling and what you are thinking. My approach to food and eating is really around the ideas of conscious living and eating intuitively. Meaning, it's important to connect our bodies and use them as our guides to living in balance. Your mind might think that a food is good for you, but your body may have a more in-depth perspective, so it's always good to tune in and pay attention. Also, I work hard to move myself and my clients away from the concepts of diet, restriction and labels - because I believe that they stem from a place of fear and stress rather than love and abundance. It's a journey, but it's a beautiful and delicious one.
What is the kitchen tool you can’t live without?
My Vitamix blender or my knives!
What do you eat for breakfast?
I'm a huge fan of porridge (especially in the winter months). I also love green smoothies and chia pudding or overnight oats.
Who is your biggest influencer/hero?
It's probably a blend of Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl), Elizabeth Gilbert and Brene Brown.
Favourite travel destination?
My family ranch in the rockies in Alberta, with the horses and my dog (it's also where my husband and I got married).
What are you most proud of this past year?
In business, I would say self-publishing and launching my book, Living in Light (and starting my podcast, Conscious Conversations). In personal, I would say our wedding and building a beautiful life with my husband.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust your body.
How do you relax?
I love ritual, so for me it's about slowing down, getting quiet and having a few holistic remedies to calm my body mind and soul. This includes: essential oils (diffuser), good music, fire place, animals (my dog, horses), a loved one, writing, palo santo, candles, dimming the lights, a good movie/show, taking a walk in the forest, a morning elixir, tarot cards, a cafe with good coffee... any and all of those are my favourites!
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Elizabeth Gilbert or Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl)
What music are you listening to these days?
It's always a mix of different genres. I am a sucker for the hits (Top 40's), folk, acoustic and always love the music from Lennon & Maisy (Nashville). I must admit, I recently got back into One Tree Hill and have been re-crushing on the soundtrack (Michelle Branch, The Wreckers, Dixie Chicks.. love!)
What foods can’t you live without?
Greens, almond mylk, cinnamon and I do love good coffee.
Have you always cooked with grains and legumes like you do now?
I definitely upped my game when I became a holistic nutritionist. It was at that time that I really learned about the history and traditions behind grains and how amazing they really are (versatility and nutrition-wise). I used to eat porridge a lot when I was younger, especially when I was in England with my Nana and so getting back into cooking porridge has been so fun for me.
What is your current favourite grain to work with?
I'm really loving Farro lately! I think it might be the year of Farro for me! I'm really enjoying experimenting with it in different ways at different meal times (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
We feel grateful to have the support of so many amazing chefs and foodies. What are some other noteworthy local food brands making a difference in the way you cook?
There are so many beautiful local Vancouver brands. Tempea is a new one I'm excited to try! I love the Spread'Em Dips and Holy Homous and Pastiche Co. The amazing local chocolate companies including Zimt and Julie Beyer's For the Love of Food. I love buying local breads from all the amazing cafes and bakeries
To be honest, I'm having so much fun re-exploring the Vancouver business scene as I just recently moved back from Dubai... so I know there is so much out there and I am just diving in head first!
Chloe Elgar is a Holistic Nutritionist, speaker, author and self-taught food photographer living in Vancouver. Chloe is the author of the book, Living in Light, creator of the podcast show, Conscious Conversations and founder of the personal brand and business, Chloe's Countertop.
Chloe works with clients through her Living True Mentorship, as well as with groups to bring awareness and inspire conversation around body image, intuitive eating and the psychology of eating. Motivated through her own body image story and journey through eating disorders, anxiety and depression - Chloe is driven to change the way we approach pain and darkness and how we face fear in our lives.
Through unapologetic honesty Chloe moves through her life story of family conflict, emotional trauma and crippling self-love issues- in the form of sharing stories, motivational speaking and creative non-fiction writing. Through her own story of vulnerability and bravery, Chloe's mission is to empower others to discover/rediscover their inner joy and light by embracing the contrast of darkness and light.