In this episode I’m chatting with Lestraundra Alfred. Les is the founder of Balanced Black Girl, an online community dedicated to helping women of color live their healthiest lives.
In 2012 Les became a personal trainer and two years later she started her first blog The Balanced Berry; to share what wellness looks like in real life. After four years of sharing recipes and workouts on The Balanced Berry, Les is excited to focus more on amplifying women of color in the online wellness space through the Balanced Black Girl Podcast.
Les is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Certified Instructor, and Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach.
THIS EPISODE IS GREAT FOR ANYONE WHO:
- Is trying to find their voice & purpose
- Has felt marginalized or different
- Wants to see themselves represented
- Considers themselves a rebel against societies exploitation of self-doubt & insecurity
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Les’s journey to becoming woke as a leader in the wellness space
- What inspired her recent shift in her brand & mission
- Staying small & simply existing VS. using her voice & actively representing
- Choosing to stay true to her values instead of following industry norms
- Her experience with the lack of diversity in the wellness space and making it more accessible for women of color
- Specific ways in which the wellness space can be more inclusive & representative for all
- In a society that profits from your self-doubt liking yourself is a rebellious act — and why she considers herself an undercover rebel
- Privilege and what it means to her
- Why we get stuck in the self-narrative that “more is better”
- Why we should take time to appreciate our own work
- Her approach to mindfully navigating the holidays
- Realizing she could be a voice of change, to speak on behalf of marginalized groups
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