“I was a person who used to look at ‘vegans as being crazy’- I actually had eaten meat my whole life.”
Mr Bee: Can anyone make the transition from a meat eating diet to plant-based diet?
Chantal: I think anybody can do whatever they want. I believe anybody can do what they set their mind to. People sometimes undervalue their own strength to make changes in life. Habits and culture are really ingrained in our bodies, brain and life. Making any change is not always a smooth process. I was a person who used to look at ‘vegans as being crazy’- I actually had eaten meat my whole life. I said that myself, so I know it is possible for anyone to make a change.
“I felt like I had a balanced diet but I had a lot of other issues that needed to be acknowledged. “
Mr Bee: In your 20’s you state on your website that you were frustrated. This a feeling which many people find themselves easily trapped in regardless of age, sex or material wealth. How have you learned to better deal with frustration?
Chantal: Frustration for me was around a very shallow subject; about having the perfect body. The way you deal with frustration is you accept it, you do the best you can. In my 20’s for example I was working hard, going to the gym, running, doing weights but my body wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I felt like I had a balanced diet but I had a lot of other issues that needed to be acknowledged.
To be honest, I wasn’t coping, I was getting frustrated. What changed for me was I became aware of the fact that I had to deal with a lot of other emotional stuff for me to be happier in my physical body. I really worked on appreciating the beauty that I possess. It was about being mindful about how I really felt. That was the catalyst for my transformation. I accept what my body looks like now. I am grateful to be healthy and happy. That makes a huge difference.
“I really believe that people need personal attention. We live in a society where everyone is living on top of each other.”
Mr Bee: How can people find out more about your projects current and future Chantal?
Chantal: My work is growing in health, nutrition, well-being and yoga in general. I also organise well-being retreats with a partner. She is a Barre teacher, she is amazing. The retreats combine yoga, food and Barre – we just bring it all together. We are going to do another one later in the year in September. Then I am going to open my own well-being retreat in Portugal. That has been one of my dreams since I was 10 years old. We bought a beautiful place in the mountains and we are transforming it into a healing retreat. The space will also bring in other practitioners. It will accommodate a total of 10 teachers.
I really believe that people need personal attention. We live in a society where everyone is living on top of each other. If I personally go away I want to be seen and heard because I have to open up about something I want to have a safe space to do that. I do not think you can have that 15/20/30 people. Small, embedded in nature, connecting to mother earth are what we are about. I still teach in London – I mainly am around Notting Hill, St John’s Wood and the London city. I am also involved in creating mindful events around London.
Mr Bee: Do you teach online or offer one-to-one well-being coaching?
Chantal: I tend to do less one to one coaching, but I am open to having a conversation with people, depending on their needs. I also have a lot of excellent professionals in my network who are nutritionists and other healers. I like to consider myself as a bridge and love connecting people.
Mr Bee: Really appreciate your time Chantal. We will be seeing you very soon at one of your events, and do keep us posted on how your retreat projects are progressing! Stay well and look forward to catching up with you soon 🙂
If you would like to learn about how Chantal is creating lasting positive change you can read more at Live Lean Health.