The Root of What Matters™
With Chelsea Gloeckner, MS, RD and Founder of VICTAE LLC
ZYN: Give us the Chelsea Gloeckner story in 2-4 minutes?
- A southern transplant to Milwaukee who moved 3 years ago from Charlottesville, Virginia.
- A science nerd who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University.
- Passionate about health, performance, and nutrition and began my MS in nutrition at Georgia State (just finished it at Mount Mary!).
- Married to my high school sweetheart.
- A registered dietitian who coaches professionals and athletes to perform their best
- Determined to help people live vibrantly healthy and abundant lives.
- A hiker, traveler, yogi, and mountain lover.
- Very comfortable in the kitchen- cooking is meditative for me, and I learned my skills from my southern belle mother.
- Lover of cats-my husband claims he’s allergic, so we don’t have one….YET! He’s not allergic.
How’d you come up with the name, Victae? We like it, of course, here at ZYN!
VICTAE means “that which sustains life” in Latin (I took Latin for 7 years). I want people to feel alive, to feel abundantly excited to live out their passions and dreams. That feeling comes through taking good care of yourself, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. It’s my passion to help people feel their best, by starting with nutrition. Like ZYN (great name by the way, also meaning “life”), I believe that wellness and good living starts from being mindful of the food we put into our bodies.
You’re rather new to Milwaukee, right? How’s the city treating you? What surprised you most when you and your husband moved here?
Yes, we love Milwaukee! We are settling into our new home which we moved into one month ago- so we will be here a long time 😊 Milwaukee is such an underrated gem, full of incredible and inspiring people, restaurants, and endless outdoor activities. The food scene here actually surprised me the most- Milwaukee has so many fun, delicious, and healthy options (I love the beer, too).
Moving on to nutrition, what’s a fundamental eating mistake that most people make?
Most people overcomplicate healthy eating. Eating “healthy” should be easy and intuitive, but unfortunately it’s not, because there are so many contradicting, quick-fix eating strategies that almost never work or last.
Your top 3 eating tips?
A whole food, plant-based diet is incredibly powerful at improving health and performance. Stop counting calories and macros- food works together to improve health, and is more than just its constituents. Eat cake. Or cookies. Or bread. Because, really, life has to be fun too!
Thoughts on coffee? How much? Good for you?
Let’s just say I’m not completely myself without a cup of coffee in the morning! Caffeinated coffee is actually neuroprotective, meaning it’s great at improving brain health. Just like curcumin in turmeric is 😉 Everyone’s genes are different, so while some may benefit from two cups of coffee per day, others can have three cups or more. For me, one cup is enough.
What’s the one food that has the biggest benefit, but most don’t consume?
Legumes! Other cultures and countries base every meal around beans and lentils, but not here in the US. Beans and lentils are packed with protein, and feed the healthy bacteria in your gut.
How did you like ZYN?
I’m totally hooked! It’s wonderfully flavorful and sweet, yet it’s so good for you. I also think it’s great how the typical smokiness and bitterness of turmeric is masked by the fruitiness of each flavor. Everyone will love the taste!
What are you reading now? Fiction? Non-fiction? What’s your reading passion?
I like to have a few books going at the same time, depending if I want historical fiction (my passion) or something that will inspire and help me grow. My fiction book right now is “The Pearl Sister” by Lucinda Riley, her latest book in this series. For nonfiction, I’m reading “Willpower Doesn’t Work” by Benjamin Hardy, and “Anything You Want” by Derek Sivers.
Finally, define success.
Meaningful work, meaningful relationships. I swiped that from Ray Dalio, because it really rings true. What is success if you’re not doing what you love, being true to yourself, and fostering loving and supportive relationships?