We had the good fortune of connecting with Mandi Pimental and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mandi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Since the age of 16 I worked as a creative and working for myself always came naturally to me. I began as a singer in the music industry and after recording and performing for 8+ years, I decided to settle down in Arizona and follow other passions – such as nutrition and journalism. The creative drive paired with my own struggles with my health and food, led me to launch my brand Nosh and Nurture in 2012.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Nosh and Nurture, my food blog and brand, was born of my love of finding foods that can heal. What started as a journal became a catalyst for connection to other women, families, moms and dads who were scared and seeking answers. It led me to obtain my degree as a nutritionist and start using my blog as a mission field to empower those in my shoes and in their own unique situations. Parts of it have felt easy, because doing what you love and what you’re called to never really feels like work. Becoming a mom of two and still finding time to love on my blog and brand has had its share of challenges. Especially being blessed to create and shoot my own cooking show, The Clean Plate with Mandi, during motherhood and a worldwide pandemic – it was a rocky beginning to a beautiful dream that we are still trying to pursue.

As far as lessons, I’ve learned that people will only help themselves as much as they are willing to. As someone passionate about seeing results and healing, it was hard when clients didn’t want to make changes and I’ve since shifted from more one on one coaching to broader audiences and I have gone back to more writing and public speaking.

I would want the world to know that lifestyle, nourishing food, traveling and finding joy can bring so many benefits to your overall health and well-being. That nothing is one size fits all. And that I love just coming alongside and being a friend to those who want to talk.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question! As someone who is passionate about people falling in love with where they live I have actually thought about this a lot.

First, I have a soft spot for finding eateries that cater to food allergies well. As someone who is strictly gluten- and dairy-free, and many of my friends are as well, I tend to visit the places where I feel safe and Arizona has many local spots that have a great vibe and amazing food. Eateries on the list would definitely be Picazzo’s for amazing Italian, Tocaya Organica for modern fresh mexican and Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers for a fun sporty atmosphere and great food.

If my visitors have kids, we always visit the Arizona Boardwalk. Johnny Rockets has amazing vegan shakes as a treat and there’s so much to do in one area. For a girls weekend, we always go up north to enjoy the beauty of Sedona or the small-town simplicity of Prescott.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, God, the writer and creator of my story. In addition, my husband Douglas has hands down been my biggest supporter through all of my creative endeavors. My producer and shows co-creator, Gary Devon Dotson of Nite Vision Entertainment, has also been an integral part of my career since 2010 and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his friendship and guidance.

Website: http://www.noshandnurture.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/noshandnurture

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/noshandnurture

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/noshandnurture

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR04rVNGV4tLcyEPCWbxWuQ

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