Moderator Interview: 8 Questions With Julie Starr
Want to change your life? Meet Julie Starr. She has dedicated her career to making you feel good inside and out. With certifications in both yoga and barre, a Master's degree in Nutrition, yoga/barre studios in two locations, and a nutrition consulting business, she has the knowledge, tools, and space to help you move, eat and rest better. Read our interview with Julie to learn why we are SO excited to have her moderating our EAT panel on April 8th.
Q: Tell us how you got into nutrition and fitness as a career. Was this the career path you always saw yourself pursuing?
I always knew I was going to do something in wellness. My career path started with home birth midwifery at Hampshire College. I studied to be a doula, childbirth educator, and attended midwifery school in Maine. Laws pertaining to midwives started to become unstable, so I decided that I should take a break and look into getting my Master's in something I love. I have always loved food and nutrition science seemed to come naturally to me; fast forward a few years and I graduated from BU with my Master's in Nutrition.
In terms of fitness, I was a competitive gymnast during my childhood, and discovered barre and yoga in my 20's. I am a lover of alignment in any forms of fitness, I don't move fast or care how much I am lifting, I want my form to be right. I was invited to get my barre certification and decided on a whim to get my yoga certification.
Q: What is a typical day like for you in terms of food and exercise/movement?
As an owner of multiple small businesses and a mother of a 9-year old every day is so different. In terms of food I am not a snacker- I like meals- and I try to eat three meals a day. Lunch is when things can get a little lost but whenever I can I will sit down and eat my food. Ever since my fiancé moved in, I hung up my apron. He does all of the grocery shopping and cooking. He is such a great cook I feel so lucky, I can literally ask him to make me anything. Almost 95% of the time I eat at home.
I try to work out 4-5 times a week. It’s no secret amongst my friends that I really don't like to workout (I think that I'm actually pretty lazy with it). I know I need to; for my physical and mental health. I take classes at my studio and get my bootcamp fix at Barry's.
Q: What has been the most rewarding part of owning your own business? What has been the most challenging?
The most rewarding part is hearing my daughter talk to her friends about "Mommy's business". I also love to hear stories from students and clients about how much healthier and stronger they feel because of their experience working with me or at my studio.
Challenges? There are so many. The most challenging part of owning a business is the loneliness coupled with the pressure of having many people rely on you for something. Even when you have fantastic managers, instructors, students, etc.- it’s still my name on the brand.
Q: What made you want to be a moderator for the Strong Process Forum? What do you hope attendees get out of it?
I love Rachele [Pojednic] and honestly I thought I would be really great at it. I love giving group talks and connecting with people, so I figured this would be perfect. I am so excited for the panelists and I know all of the attendees will come out of Strong Process with skills on how to navigate the abundance of information that exists and a more clear perspective on wellness claims.
Q: What would your advice be for someone who is looking to get into a health and wellness career?
Be prepared to work hard, and ignore the number of followers people have on Instagram (it sounds funny but its true). If you are just starting out, find a program that will provide you with the degree or certification that you need to give your future audience/clients/students the standard of care that they deserve. There have been so many times in my 12-year career that I thought: "Maybe I should just get a regular job". Then I remind myself that there really isn't anything else I would rather be doing. When you feel overwhelmed or burnt out, it always helps me to reach out to colleagues that are in similar positions in life and career. It also helps to step away from your work for a few days if you can and take a break- doing something nice for yourself.
Q: What is the most outlandish nutrition or fitness “fact” you’ve heard or read on the internet?
There are so many and I literally block them all out. The activated charcoal craze, gluten-free diet that everyone thought they needed to be on, or any diet that claims to get rid of toxins are all super annoying. Sorry I can't give a more outlandish example, I really don't read wellness websites- I focus on reports written by reputable sources.
Q: If there was one thing I could shout from the rooftops about nutrition and/or fitness for everyone to hear it would be _____________________.
Eggs are not Dairy! I'm partially kidding. I can't tell you how many people that are lactose intolerant think that they can't eat eggs because they are dairy. I always point out that they come from different animals- they are just often put in the same aisle in the grocery store. If I could yell anything out it would be: “Eat what makes you feel the best, move your body every day, and live your life with passion.”
Q: What is your personal motto?
“Don't worry twice.” I'm a worrier by nature, so I literally tell myself this several times a day.