I’m a health coach, soup activist and yoga nut. Passionate about ancestral health, traditional diets and all things food. My personal challenges lie in overcoming resistance to change. What has most benefitted me has been to fill my life with positive habits (more on that ahead) that work synergistically to keep me strong and stable.
Detroit >>> LA
Ten years ago, I packed up my gold Honda Civic and drove across the country. From Detroit to Los Angeles. Dreams of acting in a soap opera or sitcom filled my 23 year old head. Pretty much as soon as I arrived in LA, I was pulled over and my car was towed due to me,
unknowingly irresponsibly embarking on my trip with a suspended drivers license. Unceremoniously, my car was searched, towed and I was dropped off at a burger joint on Van Nuys Blvd. Left to figure out how to navigate from the Valley to the hostel I had booked for myself (shout out to Gramercy Place), my introduction to LA was brutal and forced me to get way more organized, fast.
From that very first night, living in Los Angeles has been full of surprises. I’ve done some really, really stupid things in my life and as a human being, I know I am not alone in that. I have also amazed myself with what I have accomplished. Today, I live with my husband, Andrew, in Altadena. Living a very different life than the girl who moved to LA in a cloud of drama. Andrew and I live in a lovely bungalow, right below the mountains, about 25 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles (without much traffic). Andrew is chef at mar’sel, a beautiful oceanside restaurant at Terranea Resort. Yes, if you are from here you know that is quite the drive, however Andrew doesn’t mind. Andrew and I work together to build a happy and healthy life filled with amazing food.
Erin Weber Vaughan’s Informal Resume
Worked as a personal chef with my own business, Erin’s Lunchbox, from 2010 to the end of 2014. Fortunate to have cooked for some awesome and amazing clients.
In 2012, I became a certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Doctor’s 200-hour yoga training at Loyola Marymount University.
I taught indoor cycling and Yoga for Athletes, at YAS Fitness Centers, on and off from 2011-2015.
Throughout my entire life I have often worked in restaurants; my resume begin’s at age 15 at a pizza joint called The Alibi, in Troy, MI. The following list is (highly) abridged:
Started bartending at the Traverse Theater, in Edinburgh, Scotland around age 19.
I opened PBR’s at Small’s, a rather rocknroll little spot in Hamtramk, MI, years later
I managed an insane sushi bar/electronic music nightclub in Detroit for a very blurry period of my early twenties.
After moving to LA, I worked with the incredible chef Walter Manske and his pastry-goddess wife Marge, at Church and State Bistro in the downtown Arts District. There I met my wine mentor Sarah Clarke.
2010: Completed the Court of Master’s Sommelier Introductory Course at this time. Also joined the American Cheese Society and attended their annual conference.
My restaurant journey continues up to most recently, as a server and bartender at Osteria Mozza on Melrose and Highland, working for celebrities Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.
Routine Vs. Resistance
With the proper routine, I have been able to dramatically improve my quality of life. Taking active steps to feel good helps me to manage my anxious and high strung side. Yoga keeps the blues at bay. What I have experienced is that when passively living: just kinda doing whatever, all the time, drama is always around. I cultivate positive habits work to crowd out my old habits, and for someone like me, who has a bit of a wild side, routine helps me keep the wheels on.
Untapped Potential Surrounds Us
I believe we can access the untapped potential for healing, growth and abundance that surrounds all of us. I work with people to heal their bodies through strength building exercise and the consumption of traditional foods. A physical practice and consumption of traditional foods are two incredibly powerful habits that can instantly soften a crappy mood, soothe a stressed out spirit and nourish a bone-tired body.
Why Work With Me?
My clients hone the skills needed to maintain a positive attitude in the face of the dramas of modern life through personal and specific modifications to their routines. I teach the how-to’s of positive habits such as yoga, strength building, real food cooking techniques and sustainable life administration (another way to say handling your life business).
Traditional Food Coaching
I’m super passionate about the hows and whys of traditional foods like bone broth, fermented foods and nutrient dense foods like sprouted grains and sourdoughs. Menu planning, culinary technique, grocery shopping skills and food preparation skills are some of skills I teach through tutorials, coaching sessions and guides.
Life administration (admin for short), is a term I use for the business of life. The details, logistics, situations and responsibilities unique to all of us. Life admin needs to be handled. I love to sing the praises of the admin style journaling I learned as a young wanna-b actress in LA and I am a big fan of writing things down. Journaling, lists, goals. Getting practical about how to administer my life has helped me turn goals some big goals into wins. Journaling can be an empowering way to admin your life.
The Journey is Important
I have been amazed in the healing, growth and energy that simple adjustments to my own routine (hint, more soup, sleep and positivity) has offered. Sharing what I have learned in my journey as a personal chef, fitness instructor and big-time food nerd through my wins and fails, I work to offer support, inspiration and trouble shooting when my clients are looking to make big changes. My experiences offers me perspective and a firm belief that the journey is as important as the destination.
Power of Positive Change
It takes me some effort to thrive in today’s stressful and increasingly toxic environment. Being healthy and happy takes some work on my part, but it is so worth the effort. I believe in the power of positive change. For me and for you, too.