We had the good fortune of connecting with Miriam Hahn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miriam, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is: “Progress, not perfection”. I love this quote because when people believe they have to do something perfect, they often feel pressured and angry at themselves if they fall short of perfect. Life is all about progression and striving to improve. The journey should be enjoyable and showing progress in any way, deserves to be celebrated
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own a private wellness practice called YouCare-SelfCare, specializing in plant-based lifestyle and disease prevention. I think what sets me and my company apart is the unique format of my program which offers “health lessons”. We all grew up taking some sort of lessons to learn something new. Whether it is dance, guitar, or golf, most people devote a consistent amount of time working on a skill of some sort. Additionally, in school, we learn about history, math, and science etc., but we focus very little on our health and lifestyle habits. It was always strange to me that something as important as our health and well-being isn’t taught anywhere. Because of that most people just repeat the lifestyle habits they observed while growing up. And interestingly enough most people believe that genetics become their destiny when it comes to their health when in reality, most diseases are only 10-15% genetic. People who grew up with less than healthy lifestyle habits simply repeat the habits and then of course are prone to the same chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity that beset those they modeled. In my wellness classes, we go back to basics and learn simple lifestyle habits centering around food, exercise, sleep, stress, and environmental toxins. I find that there is a large population of people that don’t know how to optimally take care of themselves. Committing to a 12-week program complete with delicious healthy food demos and healthy topic handouts is a great way to immerse in learning about how to prevent disease and look and feel vibrant. It also allows you to meet like-minded friends that want to better themselves. The biggest lesson I have learned is that no one strives to lead an unhealthy life. They just fall into habits that might not be serving them well. In my experience, once people start learning new ways to incorporate health, their life is never the same. It is just as easy to have healthy habits as it is bad habits. It is all what you get used to. The thing that I am the most excited and proud about is how word of mouth has spread and I have been able to help thousands of people improve their health! What I would like people to know is that it is never too late to change and I offer so many resources to help them. I offer online and in-person wellness classes, online meal prep videos, and hundreds of free recipes on Instagram and Facebook.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visiting the area and would take them hiking on any of our great hiking trails, would take them shopping at Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland and definitely eat at Chelsea’s Kitchen, Postino, Chantico and LGO.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Cornell University Plant-Based Program was instrumental in shaping my wellness program.
Ane Marie Tierney