We’re back with part 2 of our Heather Thomson interview. What’s next for the former Bravo star? Find out.

By now, I am sure that you’re extremely excited about our Life’s a Beach with Your Bestie Giveaway, but if you missed out, here’s a quick recap. We recently teamed up with Heather Thomson’s stunning activewear line, Yummie, as well as Beaches Turks & Caicos to give you the ultimate BFF getaway you’ve always dreamed of.

You and your bestie will each get $300 in Yummie, four days and three nights at the stunning Beaches Turks & Caicos resort, and access to it’s fabulous amenities including all of their restaurants and activities. Plus you’ll both get to relax in paradise at Beaches’ Red Lane Spa. Did we mention Spa Week has also thrown in a $200 Spa & Wellness Gift Card? That will get you four $50 treatments when Spa Week’s fall event rolls around this October!

Without further ado, on with the show!

For this two part interview series, we chatted with founder of Yummie, Heather Thomson, to find out about the fabulous mother of two. When Heather’s not working on her mega successful clothing line or vacationing in gorgeous places like Turks & Caicos, she’s taking steps to fill the world with wellness and taking care of her own wellbeing. Find out more below.

A little birdie told us that you’re a student at the Integrative School of Nutrition. Can you tell us more about that?

Yes! The Integrative School of Nutrition is helping to prepare me to educate and support others to build healthy new habits and create sustainable lifestyle changes.

Why is studying nutrition and wellness important to you?

Aging, wisdom, knowledge and being a mom. I have a beautiful family, and I want to be around for a very long time. I want to teach them about stacking the odds in our favor, making wise choices, reversing DNA and listening to our bodies. Understanding the glaring warning signs we are seeing is an important piece. Rising up and forcing change starts from the bottom up and it’s all in the numbers. We have alarming cases of disease in this country, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and in our children. It basically boils down to craving and increasing my knowledge to bring about change and hopefully doing my part to encourage and promote tomorrow’s heath care and prevention system vs the disease treatment and management system we currently have in this country. We have the knowledge that most of the diseases we are treating and trying to manage in this country are lifestyle related and preventable, and reversible. And I want to be a part of educating people with every bite.

Bliss.

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What helpful tips can you share with us that you’ve learned during your time as a student?

  • Know where your food is coming from, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. This one of the most important things you can do for your health
  • Eat fresh. Eat locally and seasonally. Try to get away from packaged, processed, and factory farmed foods.
  • What you eat is important, but it’s not the only thing that is important to living a healthy life. Making sure your ‘primary food’ is intact is crucial as well. Are you happy at work? In your relationships? How is your spiritual life? Health and wellness is all about the balance of life. If someone is miserable, but eats well, they’re still going to be susceptible to illness.  

How will you use your degree once you earn it?

I plan to be an advocate for health and wellness changes. I want to help educate people about healthy choices, and stacking the odds in our favor. I plan to include these messages in my public speaking engagements, continue to host health and wellness retreats, and find likeminded industry partners for new initiatives.  

We’re dying to learn more about Yummie’s upcoming line of loungewear. What can you tell us about it?

Our loungewear is launching on Yummielife.com and in stores late September. I know people are really going to love the versatile layers, fit and beautiful fabrics from around the world, including Peruvian sandwashed silk, pima cotton, modal and baby French terry. Our lounge essentials will easily take you from the sofa to the street, and are designed to perfect layer up for an easy look all week long!

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You own a business, you film a TV show, you have kids — how are you able to eat so healthy and stay so slim with so much going on?

Eating right is crucial to my busy lifestyle. Smart health choices are out there, we just need to make the right ones. I seek out farm to table restaurants. I don’t eat factory farmed meats, and I also crave greens.  It’s tempting to go for quick-fix diets but maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires long-term lifestyle changes. Everyone is individual, and what works for me might not work for you, but setting smart goals will help you make healthier food choices. 
What’s your favorite healthy meal (or meals) to eat on a busy day?

Boiled eggs with hot sauce or sea salt is great for a quick breakfast or snack. I also like smashed avocados on sourdough toast on the go. Sourdough bread doesn’t immediately turn into sugar, so that’s always my bread of choice – and it tastes great! I will grab a green juice and handful of nuts if I’m in a rush, and don’t have time to sit and eat. I’ve found there’s really just no reason to skip a meal. And for dinner on a busy day I love the simplicity of quinoa and leafy greens or a quick bowl of rice and beans.

What’s your best advice for busy moms when it comes to working out and eating healthy?

Try to set achievable fitness goals but it’s important to realize that sometimes you will fall short and beating yourself up doesn’t help. Each day begins a new, so just start each day over with the right intentions -there’s no such thing as the perfect balance – try your best to focus on the goals and your intentions and you’ll see results. 

What’s your favorite skincare product?

I use Dr. Gross for my skincare. I love Salt of the Earth lotions and body scrubs they are great to exfoliate. And I use Mio Skincare’s the Activist, and their gym kit is perfect post workout.

What’s your favorite spa treatment?

Getting a deep tissue massage or acupuncture treatments at home.

When’s the last time you partied with P Diddy?

At his Bad Boy 20th Anniversary concert. It’s never an early night with Puff, it was a really great time.

Missed the first part of Heather’s juicy Q&A? Check it out here.

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