March Featured Wellness Ambassador: Hillary Sargent
What is your field/area of expertise?
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist specializing in real food nutrition, elimination style cleanses, sugar detoxes, and support for fertility and people with food intolerances and/or allergies. I provide one-on-one or group sessions and look not only at what you put into your body, but what you put on your body and the environment in which you live, both physically and emotionally, so you can get well and feel your best. From pantry purges, even to cooking, I am there to help you along your path to health. EveryBODY is different and that is the glory of healing with food! I am also a community herbalist and farmer, and have my own line of sustainable skincare, farm-grown teas, herbed salts, and herbal remedies.
How did you get into this line of work?
I have always been interested in food! I was the college kid who always had organic berries in my tiny dorm fridge. I have struggled a bit with weight, but was always active and in the end, knew that food was my answer. I found my school and got immersed in not only my own health but the health of others and the health of our land and planet through food choices. I found that I had severe food intolerances and stopped eating those foods, picked up a paleo-ish style of eating and have been feeling my best ever since. Herbalism came easy as I never liked taking any medicine and can't tell you the last time I took an Advil. So making medicine for myself and seeking out alternative remedies seemed like the right step. Farming came from wanting to heal our bodies through healing the land, and I think we are taking huge strides in that manner right here in Louisville.
How does your work contribute to the wellness of our community?
I believe that my work as a farmer, alongside my husband, is my community work and also where I get to get the good word out to the masses. Seeking nutrition advice and services is a leap for most people, so I try and educate at markets as much as possible and find that people tend to latch on and want more after speaking with us and eating our food...wanting more information and education is what is most important for me to see within our wellness community. Every person has a different path to get to health, I just hope to be a part of that path in some way; through good food, education, skincare or tea!
Why do you love Rainbow Blossom?
Oh boy, EVERYTHING! I got my first taste from the New Albany store and it was my saving grace after moving to the area from Colorado. Each store is unique and I love that, they carry staples as well as what I call the "fun stuff" and I can always just get lost in there for a while. Price points are better and better and I believe in the items they choose to sell as they are thoughtfully picked and it shows. Also...GREAT FAMILY and I love a family business!