We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Chante and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
For me, it was less of a thought process and more of a personal need! I’m a military spouse and we move around a lot, which made career continuity really challenging. After having my second child, we were living in a short term apartment outside of Washington DC while my husband was undergoing an intense training program. I couldn’t easily get a job for just six months, so I channeled my energy into starting a business. I knew I needed something that was portable, since we moved a lot. Honestly, part of me was just bored and lonely! I needed something to keep me busy while my husband was away and we were in a phase of transition. Now, I’ve helped dozens of women stop jumping diet to diet and find what works for their unique bodies and lives.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I help women stop jumping diet to diet and find what works for their unique bodies and life. This mission is about more than getting physical results – it helps prevent eating disorders rooted in poor diet practices. When people experience repeated “diet fails,” they start to internalize their failures and think that they’re the problem. They feel shame and frustration. Sometimes the frustration is so bad that it leads people to make extreme choices that endanger their physical and mental health, like crash dieting, and can even lead to eating disorders. The sad part is, it’s not their fault. The way we teach and talk about weight loss is broken. I know this first hand. A short time after my first child was born, I was struggling to lose weight. Even though I was in the fitness industry and had my master’s degree, I felt out of control and I just couldn’t get the results I wanted. I got so frustrated that I made myself throw up for the first time. At that moment, I knew I wasn’t acting like myself and that *I* wasn’t the problem. From that moment, I’ve made it my mission to understand every facet of the issues of wellness, weight, dieting, body image and diet culture. I knew that if I needed help then other people did, too. That’s how my personal approach to wellness was born and what I teach, now, in my signature wellness coaching program called Cracking The Wellness Code. As an exercise scientist and certified nutrition coach, I’ve seen the gaps in the traditional methods. I try to fill those gaps through my work. Over and over, my clients tell me that this new approach takes a huge weight off their shoulders and finally allows them to pursue their wellness goals in a way that doesn’t jeopardize their happiness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m always inviting friends and family to visit us in San Diego. I love showing them around! I live in North County and one of my favorite spots is Chandler’s at the Cape Rey Hotel in Carlsbad. The view is incredible and the food is so good. Since I’m always trying to nourish my body, I love ordering the kale caesar salad and adding shrimp. It’s delicious! Since the pandemic, their to-go service has been impeccable and the ocean view patio is still available to enjoy. We can’t skip the San Diego Botanic Gardens, which are truly stunning and a nice change of pace from the beach. Daily coffee and tea is a must-have. I find it so relaxing to have a hot cup in my hands! I love to grab coffee at some of our amazing spots, like Birdrock Coffee Co or Steady State Roasting. If my guests are up for hiking, we’ll happily hit the trails. Annie’s Canyon in Solana Beach is always a crowd favorite, but heading into the Elfin Forest is a nice change of pace too. The drive there through it is enough to enjoy, alone.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank my mentor, Nicole Walters (CEO of Inherit Learning Company and start of USA Network’s She’s The Boss) for helping me to believe in myself and my legacy.