Pop Quiz, Monday with Gisela Bouvier

Gisela Bouvier

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Gisela Bouvier

What is your job role?
Corporate Wellness Dietitian & CEO of Mindfully Intuitive Nutrition

Tell us about your company?
Mindfully Intuitive Nutrition creates Nutrition Workshops and Corporate Wellness Programs for organizations with a focus on Mindful and Intuitive Eating. Mindful and Intuitive Eating is about helping individuals bring the focus back to their hunger and fullness cues and honoring their bodies with the foods they want and need most. My goal is to make the workplace (and lunch break) nourishment a priority again.

What do you love most about your job?
What I love about my job is witnessing the realization employees and companies have in that nutrition is far more than just calories and fruits and vegetables. I share different tools to help employees choose what works best for them when it comes to nutrition. Whether it is using the hunger scale, food journaling, plate size method, or something else, there are different tools created for different people. Tools help to optimize nutritional intake and also helps to make nourishment a priority again. Far too often, employees are eating at their desks or workspaces, stressfully or mindlessly grazing on snacks or spending hours without eating because they are too focused on getting job tasks done. This, in turn, means there is great potential for inadequate nutritional intake or overeating. By making meal time or snack time a priority again, we are able to honor our bodies with the energy that it needs, refocus on work tasks, and improve productivity.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love the “Aha” reactions I get every time I speak about nutrition. I do not ever speak to an organization and say “You can’t eat this” or “You have to eat that” for health. Instead, I say, “Think about what works for you, what you enjoy, and how YOU can optimize your health. Nutrition is about taking it one step at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time.”

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I do not have any co-workers, as I am a solopreneur. However, my clients inspire me. Their stories or them sharing with me where they struggle most when it comes to nutrition pushes me to think further on how I can help to improve and optimize their health.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Creating a motivating and entertaining environment with every employee group that I have allows me to have fun at work. I allow for open dialogue, storytelling, and finding new ways to share nutrition to keep employees engaged and motivated to make small steps to optimize their health.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Creating Employees Wellness Programs that are not solely focused on ‘Weight Loss’ and having organizations believe in my message is the greatest challenge my job has. My goal is to showcase that our health has different components and it is not only based on weight. However, because most current Employee Wellness Programs are focused primarily on weight, many companies are skeptical about my approach. However, 91% of the employees that have taken my programs ask for me to come back because I’ve helped them by bringing in positivity and demonstrating that health is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Initially, all of my Corporate Wellness Programs were 12 weeks long. I felt that 12 weeks was the minimum I needed to make an impact on employee health truly. However, I realized that not all companies or employees could dedicate for 12 weeks. I now offer Lunch & Learn Workshops and 6-week programs so that it is more attainable for some companies and employees.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
My biggest advice is for them to know that no time is ever wasted. Sometimes we feel that our failures have meant that we wasted our time, but there is always a lesson to be learned. I used to focus on one-on-one counseling and realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do because I like to impact several people at a time and it makes for a much more scalable business. However, I would have never known that had I not done it first.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mindfullyintuitivenutrition
Instagram: www.instagram.com/corporatenutritionist

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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