ABOUT MICHELLE WALRATH
Restaurateur and owner of Organic Krush, an organic restaurant chain specializing in offering a healthy menu of organic, lovingly prepared meals, meal plans, and more, Michelle’s goal is to bring accessibility of healthy food options to the east coast. Managing multiple locations, employees, and her own family, Michelle proves that if you commit to a healthy lifestyle, those day-to-day demands on your time are truly secondary to the gift of eating healthy with the ones you love.
~COMMIT TO HEALTH~
When my 4 kids were young, feeling like I needed a reset, I embarked on a vegan meal plan and detox, led by my local yoga studio on Long Island. For 7 days ~ for my husband and I ~ I juiced, cooked, roasted, sauteed and hydrated, using the power of vegetables and light grains to fuel our week. No coffee, no alcohol, no gluten, no dairy. Just simple real organic food, hydration, and deep sleep. After those 7 days we felt incredible. I would describe it as buzzing with energy and positivity.
Knowing what a privilege it is to have the time and resources to focus on the food that sustained our family - that feeling became a piece of my drive to open a restaurant grounded in our deep spiritual and biological connection to our food - and offer others a chance to live life at their most amazing.
I grew up in a household that prioritized health and homeopathic medicine in addition to wholesome food. When the focus is on organic food and exercise, you learn as an individual to make the time daily to include those building blocks of a healthy life. What a gift! We've carried that spirit into our own home, teaching our kids at an early age to commit to exercise, vitamin supplementation, cooking their own food (kids can learn to cook and make smoothies as early as 5 years old), making sure to get enough sleep, and hydrating.
Speaking of smoothies, they've become a tool in my home and work tool kit, because they allow for the addition of so many beneficial boosters. At least 3x a week, I'll mix up various smoothies, including one inspired by the Medical Medium, with oranges, cilantro, spirulina, and seaweed for metal detox. Other go-to's in my house are smoothies made with bananas plus cacao (high in magnesium and antioxidants), hemp seeds (omega 3's), vegan protein powder, collagen, handfuls of spinach and almond butter. The kids drink these regularly which makes me feel great about their hefty weekly dose of nutrients.
I balance out my meal planning with meatless Monday (often veggie fried rice or frittata's), taco Tuesdays and then a whole host of salads, soups, grilled organic proteins, even crepes for dinner one night a week! The amount of garlic lemon chicken soup, my grandmother's meatballs, and vegetable-laden stir fries I've served over the years has solidified my health and my families health. This is what drives me in my business and my home. Healthy habits shouldn't be complicated but they should be consistent, delicious and whole lot of fun!!
My goal is simple: create family time around the table, centered around food that makes you feel amazing and nourishes your heart and soul as well as your body. Food heals, food nourishes, food carries a message of love and satiation, and that is a gift I want to offer the world for the rest of my time here on this sacred planet!"