If you’ve ever made New Year’s resolutions you didn’t keep, you’re not alone. Rather than making and breaking deals with yourself, which puts you on the fast track to disappointment, why not try something different this year? We asked our new ambassador, Vanessa Packer, Founder of modelFIT, and a fitness and nutrition expert (she’s a licensed nutritionist) for her tips on starting 2017 strong. Turns out, we’ve all got what it takes to thrive!
Living Aveda: Tell us a little bit about your background in health and wellness.
Vanessa Packer: It started when I was a kid, actually. My mom was a good role model, she exercised every day and took great care of her skin. I was an athlete in high school—captain of the track team and a volleyball player. Then I went to college at University of Colorado Boulder, which gave me a nature fix. That’s where I got into the organic and local food scene. Boulder was a very alternative town at the time, and I learned a lot just by exploring the community. That’s also where I got into yoga big time, as well as Ayurvedic medicine.