Friend Friday

Today we’re talking to a woman who really inspires us: Angelle Batten with NourishMD

1. How do you motivate people who aren’t close to you to see your vision?

I focus on being authentic, real. I share my experience and knowledge and probably most importantly my own story. People who resonate with my story when I share my celebrations and my ‘oops’ moments are often motivated to make positive changes in their family’s diet and in their parenting.

2. You’ve got $10 to buy lunch – where do you go?

Well, first I would scour the van, the couch cushions and the laundry room for a few more dollars so I could have a REAL food lunch at The Root in White Lake. If I wasn’t able to find a few extra dollars I would go to lunch at Chipotle and have a steak salad with beans, sour cream, guacamole and cheese.

3. Tell us some of the food shops you frequent when buying groceries to cook for yourself?

The grocery stores I shop at most are Better Health Market, Whole Foods and Kroger. However, most of my meat, poultry and dairy comes from small farms – Creswick Farms and Hicks Dairy. I also love the Ann Arbor farmers’ market and the People’s Food Coop in Ann Arbor.

4. Your favourite place to grab a couple of drinks and hang out where everybody knows your name?

My basement! Love having close friends over to hang out, catch up and share lots of laughs.

5. If you could be any superhero, who would it be?

Wonder Woman because she was as a role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men. Seems like we need Wonder Woman more than ever today!

6. What do you normally think about right before falling asleep?

Being grateful for my day, no matter how crazy it was or how many ‘do-overs’ I wish I had, I think about how grateful I am for the people and opportunities in my life.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Kahlua and cream on ice. Yum.

8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

A picture of my family, a big lighter, and a Strawesome straw in hopes that there would be some coconuts on the island that I could use it for.

9. How did you get started in the business?

I got hooked on learning about nutrition once I realized that the Mountain Dew I was drinking every day was causing me stomach aches. I just started reading and became a nutrition ‘junkie’. When I had kids it all escalated – learning about food and parenting. When one of my twin boys was a year old and woke me up in the middle of the night I couldn’t go back to sleep. That’s when I found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition online and I was registered within the next week for their program.

10. Are you working on any current projects?

Always! At NourishMD we are revamping our website and store to be more supportive for our customers. We are launching a national campaign called Get REAL for Kids – all about REAL food, REAL health, REAL parenting. We have a ‘Super Team’ of moms and entrepreneurs on board to help us with photography, video, marketing, social networking and more. We have our first actress (name coming soon!) who has signed on to say, “Yes, it’s time to get REAL for our kids!”

11. What type of advice would you give other entrepreneurs?

Ask for help. Get coaching around areas you aren’t knowledgeable about. Focus on your strengths and passions as much as possible so you are fueled to keep going with your dream and ask other people – beg, borrow and ‘steal’ – to help you with areas that are not your strength or that you just don’t have time or energy for. Keep going. It takes 3-5 years, at least, for most new businesses to get to the point where they are financially worth all the investment of time and money so keep the faith!

12. If you could choose your last meal on earth, what would it be?

A grass-fed burger with avocado, cheese, lettuce and tomato, with a side of sweet potato fries and some perfectly sautéed collard greens with garlic, raisins and pine nuts. I’d follow it with some amazing raw chocolate dessert – all prepared by a chef who understands how to prepare REAL food.

Thanks Angelle for making REAL food real tasty and possible for so many people!


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