Jan. 9 2019
Tara Stiles is the model-turned-entrepreneur who founded Strala Yoga, a combination of yoga, tai chi, and TCM to help clients “move and live with ease.” This yogi was raised by parents who lived a zero waste lifestyle in connection with nature, an idyllic life that also included a pet Shetland pony named Honey Babe–which we agree is as charming as it gets. When Tara isn’t running a successful business, she can be found knitting, working with her “ninja” husband Mike, or interacting with her well over a hundred thousand fans. And if her studio sounds right up your alley, Tara has invited you to visit their Strala Immersion program in Park City, Utah this fall. Are you on Expedia yet? Below, Tara shares everything she eats in a day as inspiration for us to all live a healthier life.
What I eat: Cappuccino with oat milk (pre-breakfast Mike makes every morning at home) around 7:30 A.M. Strawberries (with Daisy) and Green Dream smoothie (banana, spinach, almond butter, hot sauce, oat milk).
The time I eat it: around 9 A.M.
How I make it or where I get it: Made it at home with our Vitamix.
What I eat: Avocado toast.
The time I eat it: 11 A.M.
How I make it or where I get it: Dumbo House (café with a friend).
What I eat: Baked Oatmeal.
The time I eat it: 2 P.M.
How I make it or where I get it: I made this for some cooking videos we were shooting for Strala. It’s super simple and I make it regularly to have easy meals and snacks. I used oatmeal, granola, oat milk, maple syrup, apples, banana, and cinnamon and baked that together for 25 minutes or so. Super easy and delicious. It makes the whole house smell amazing too.
What I eat: Hot chocolate.
The time I eat it: 2:30 P.M.
How I make it or where I get it: Out for a walk with Mike and picked this up from a local spot in our neighborhood.
What I ate: Veggie pasta bake.
The time I ate it: About 6 P.M. with the whole family.
How I made it or where I got it: I make this in big batches so we have it for a few days. Pasta, broccoli, carrots, sweat potato, celery, and bell pepper was in this batch. The sauce is blended cashews, nutritional yeast, oat milk, and spices. Works with any veggies you like.
What I eat: Hot water with ginger and lemon and snickerdoodle cookies.
The time I eat it: 8 P.M.
How I make it or where I get it: Mike and I have this together at night while we’re winding down with Daisy and she is sipping on her milk before bed. The snickerdoodles were around for the holidays. Who can resist?
Workout I do: Yoga, mediation and a lot of walking.
Time I do it: Yoga and meditation happened in the morning around 7 A.M. and again around 3 P.M. I usually practice between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on what’s going on. Walking happens a lot during the day and is my favorite mode of transportation when possible. We were shooting at home this day so it was pretty easy to relax and eat well. When I’m on the road or at an event or training it’s more challenging of course, but we manage by making it silly and fun by packing our own lunch, usually peanut butter and jelly, and trying to stay in places with a kitchen so we can have a stocked situation.
Overall thoughts about your day today and how you feel:
I enjoy shooting at home. It’s comfortable and I can eat when and what I want usually so I felt pretty great all day. After shooting I crash a bit from all the excitement so a bit of yoga was nice to even my mood and physical self. Managing myself with lots of water and fresh foods is essential to feeling good and being productive so I do my best to prioritize eating well and moving every day.
What are other wellness activities or habits that make you feel like your best self?
Turning my phone off when we are winding down for bed is an awesome habit I’m in. We spend our nights hanging out all together as a family so it’s easy for me to be with Daisy and Mike and to put the email and social media down. We have fun, run around the house, laugh and play. It’s a great state of mind to be in for me.
It’s not so great to just glue on wellness actions to a hectic life. We grow and feel better when we take a step back and see what we are doing with all of our time, and if we don’t like how we are living, make some changes from there. Adding a green juice isn’t really going to save it all.